Livingston-Tangipahoa community photo gallery for May 22, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by MONA LEBLANC -- Louisiana Volunteer for Family & Community members, from left, Jonnie Dorris, Martha Latimer, Terri Latimer, Mona LeBlanc, Jane Vizinat, Gayle Miller, Jinx Berthelot, Sarah Lewis and Fay Brady, celebrate during the 83rd annual Convention April 29-May 1 in Houma.

The Louisiana Volunteers for Family & Community held its 83rd annual convention April 29-May 1 at the Courtyard Marriott in Houma. The theme for the convention was “Soar With LVFC.”

The keynote speaker for the opening session was Dr. Gina Eubank, associate vice chancellor and program leader, nutrition and food sciences, LSU Agricultural Center, and vice chancellor of extension, Southern University Agricultural Center. She talked about the value of volunteering, attendees said.

The theme for the convention’s Fun Night was “LVFC Goes to the Mardi Gras,” and attendees donned costumes, masks and formal wear. Entertainment was provided by the Krewe of Hyacinthian, Krewe of Terreanians, Le Petit Theatre and Selucry Sopistocats.

Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet was the speaker at the “Louisiana Learning Leadership” breakfast.

He spoke about the qualities of becoming a good leader and also highlighted some of the interesting places to visit in the Houma area.

The theme for the awards and memorial luncheon was “You Raise Me Up.” The speaker for the luncheon was Bishop Shelton Fabre, of the Diocese of Houma-Tibodeaux.

The leadership workshop was presented by Margaret Burlew, retired extension agent, who shared ideas for nutritional programs that can be implemented in Louisiana parishes.

“Up Up & Away” was the theme of the LVFC banquet. Jens and Diane Neilsen, of Gretna, were honored as the “Great Louisiana Family.”

New LVFC officers were installed.

Tina Collaise, author and journalist, talked about surviving cancer at the Recognition Breakfast, “Take Flight With LVFC.”

Attending the convention were Martha Latimer, LVFC state president, and Terri Latimer, LVFC recording secretary. The women are members of the Can Do VFC, of Denham Springs-Walker.

Attending from Livingston and members of the Lady Bug VFC were Gayle Miller, Livingston Parish VFC president; and Sara Lewis, Livingston Parish VFC treasurer.

Attending from the Port Vincent VFC were Jane Vizinat, Port Vincent VFC president; Jonnie Dorris, Mona LeBlanc, Fay Brady and Jinx Berthelot. Serving as delegates from Livingston Parish were Miller, Lewis, Vizinat and Dorris.