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Ascension Republican Women members and friends gather in front of the Christmas tree at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans on Dec. 12. From left are State Rep. Tony Bacala, JoAnne Tubre, Glenda Lambert, Stacey Cooper, Louisiana Speaker of the House Taylor Barras, Ascension Republican Women President Gina McBride, Karen Long, State Rep. Johnny Berthelot, Denise Aydell and Polly Broussard.

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A group of seven friends who belong to Ascension Republican Women visited the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans on Dec. 12 to see the hotel’s Christmas lights.

Those making the trip were President Gina McBride, JoAnne Tubre, Glenda Lambert, Stacey Cooper, Karen Long, Denise Aydell and Polly Broussard.

A meal at the hotel’s Domenica Restaurant led to members noticing a sign stating that Louisiana’s House Republican delegation was holding a retreat in the Blue Room. The group asked for State Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a guest at the group's October meeting, to come out to visit with them. Berthelot invited the group in, where they met with other attendees, mostly legislators and their spouses.

Among those the group met were Berthelot’s wife, Paula; State Rep. Tony Bacala and his wife, Lisa; and Speaker of the House Taylor Barras and his wife, Cheryl.