Photo provided by LAYNE LANGLEY -- Attending the Christmas program Dec. 5 at Judson Baptist Church in Walker are members of the Livingston Volunteers for Family and Community clubs, front row from left, Carolyn Carpenter, Christy Anderson, Renee Deaton, Lillian King, Martha Latimer, Jeanette Sibley and Marie Stafford; and second row, Patsy Sibley, Terri Latimer, Learah Moss and Janice McNabb.

Members of the Livingston Volunteers for Family and Community clubs held its annual Christmas program Dec. 5 at Judson Baptist Church in Walker.

The LVFC’s mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through education, leadership and action, a news release from the organization said. LVFC is made of four chapters, including the Can Do’s, the Lady Bugs, Albany and Port Vincent.

Together, the groups have about 75 members. The women meet monthly and conduct educational service projects in Livingston Parish, the release said. Each December, one chapter hosts the annual Christmas program, a day filled with festivities and service to the community.

After the welcome by Can Do’s President Terri Latimer, Can Do’s Vice President Jeannette Sibley led the group in the club collect and Pledge of Allegiance. LVFC Parish President Gayle Miller gave an update about the event. Terri Latimer introduced Layne Langley, the new family and consumer sciences agent with the LSU AgCenter, who talked with members.

The installation of officers was led by Martha Latimer, state LVFC president and Can Do member. Those installed for 2015-2017 were from the Can Do Chapter, including Latimer, president; Gloria Flick, vice president; Mary Thornhill, secretary, both of the Albany Chapter; and Lady Bug member Sarah Lewis, treasurer.

The Rev. Rita Chiasson played Christmas music on the piano, and a representative from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office thanked the members for donating Christmas toys for the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Christmas Crusade for Children. LVFC Chapter presidents made presentations to Esther Sachse, of Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, who shared with the group the programs Cancer Services provides for youth and adults, and thanked the members for their donations.

Also, during the Candy Cane Christmas program, Latimer was honored for her contributions to LVFC, and members gave her a scrapbook containing messages from all the members. Carolyn Carpenter, of the Can Do’s Chapter, gave the blessing before the members enjoyed refreshments.

To join the LVFC, contact Membership Chairwoman Nathalie Savoy at (225) 202-5561. For nutrition information and the programs offered, contact Langley at (225) 686-3020 or lalangley@agcenter.lsu.edu.