The 37th gathering of the Slidell High School 50 Year Club was recently held at Trinity’s Banquet Hall in Slidell. White linens with green, yellow and white balloons greeted guests for the festive reunion.

The steering committee for the group is made up of representatives of each graduating class. They meet once a month from February to June to plan the gala, which is a highlight of the year for the dedicated Slidell High Tigers.

The club was started in 1974 by Geneva Hover Gardner and Gladys Nell “Boots” Dunham Weston, who graduated in 1924. This year’s inductees into the club graduated in 1964.

Harold Loyacano, class of 1958, was this year’s emcee, introducing each new member to the club. Fran O’Reilly, class of 1961, entertained guests with a humorous song about growing older, much to the delight of her spry classmates.

An alumn of note at the reunion was 99-year-old Robert Hufft, from the Slidell High School class of 1932. Hufft’s special guests were his three daughters, Sharon Shembre, Brenda Leblanc and Deborah Broussard.

Leadership St. Tammany crawfish boil

Leadership St. Tammany wrapped up another successful year at its annual crawfish boil and membership drive under the Cedarwood School pavilion in Mandeville.

Hosted by the Leadership St. Tammany Foundation board, the event honors the 2014 Leadership graduates and promotes fellowship and networking among all alumni of the program.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Keenan and Crispin, who kept the mood grooving and jiving. A giant pirogue full of hot crawfish, potatoes and corn satisfied all guests long into the evening.

The Leadership Foundation makes it easy for graduates to continue developing their skills long after completion of the program, through events such as Leadership Revisited and its end-of-the-year holiday party.

Leadership St. Tammany is accepting applications for the next leadership class, graduating in 2015. For more information on Leadership St. Tammany, visit

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