Mandeville celebrates reunion

The Mandeville lakefront was the setting for the late May “Mandeville Family Reunion 2014.” Families were spread out among the majestic oaks along historic Lake Street, enjoying the sights and sounds of this distinctive gathering.

The American Legion and Fire District 4 Honor Guard conducted the presentation of the flags at the opening ceremony, led by a bagpipe processional featuring Dutchess Simon. The national anthem was performed by the Northlake Academy of Music choir, and Pastor Donald Burris, of the Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church, led the invocation.

“Newcomers” met with the “old-timers,” and everyone boogied the day away to several local bands, including Mood Mediation, Band of Brothers and Street Parade. A special historical presentation on Mandeville was led by Darryl Taylor.

Family tents were set up along the lakefront, welcoming family names such as “Meiners,” “Taylors” and “Rosenthal,” just to name a few.

Shuttle buses ran throughout the day, and a special welcome tent featured an “Ain’t There No More” display, highlighting buildings and landmarks from the city’s historic past. Residents and guests brought their own coolers and gas grills and enjoyed the cool breezes throughout the event, which ended with a spectacular sunset for all to remember.

The festival truly brought together the community to celebrate the essence of Mandeville, with young and old alike sharing a common bond of the love for this special city.

Inner Wheel anniversary

Pinewood Country Club in Slidell recently hosted the Inner Wheel Club of Slidell’s annual recognition and installation ceremony. The charitable group is celebrating its 25th anniversary year.

Serving as incoming officers for the organization are Linda Crowe, president; Gay DiGiovanni, president-elect; Pam Anderson, secretary; Kathy Berault, treasurer; and Immediate Past President Betty Rose.

The event highlighted a buffet dinner of baked catfish and roasted chicken breast, with table settings featuring white linen table coverings with silver and blue ribbons and chocolate treats to coordinate with the milestone anniversary colors. Large floral bouquets adorned the dining room, highlighted by soft candlelight.

Inner Wheel began through the help given by wives to husbands in their efforts toward the public good. Each club enjoys close ties with its corresponding Rotary Club and is always willing to spread the missive of friendship and service. As Rotary has expanded to include many women Rotarians, Inner Wheel is now an organization of spouses of Rotarians.

This year’s “Charity of the Year” was Safe Harbor. The Frank Duvic Memorial Award was presented to Jane Alford. Elaine Duvic was presented with the “Honored Active Member of the Year” award, one of the highest membership class awards presented within the club. Duvic was surrounded by her three children during her presentation, honoring her more than 30 years of service to Inner Wheel.

Missie Arata Noel is the society and features writer for the St. Tammany Advocate. She can be contacted by email at