Ascension Parish community photo gallery for June 11, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Jon Hirsch -- From left, Leadership Ascension Class of 2015 Project Red Carpet team members Yvonne Pellerin, Tammy Williams and Andrew Pequet pose May 19 at the Gonzales Rotary Club meeting with Sherri Despino, president of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce; Rotary member Dr. James Jeansonne; and Rotary President Tim Pujol.

Ascension Chamber of Commerce President Sherri Despino talked about the benefits of chamber membership and the Cash Mob program at the May 19 meeting of the Gonzales Rotary Club.

Under Cash Mob, chamber representatives visit new small businesses to try out their products or services.

One of the chamber’s most successful projects is Leadership Ascension, now in its 20th year, she said. The 10-month program assists in preparing emerging community leaders for leadership positions in local government, business and community affairs.

Members of Project Red Carpet, one of the four Leadership Ascension teams this year, gave the Rotarians an overview of their project. Representing the team were Tammy Williams, City of Gonzales; Aleah Morgan, GSA Consulting Engineers; Andrew Pecquet, BASF; and Yvonne Pellerin, St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The group worked with faculty representatives and groups of students from each of the area high schools to produce public service announcements warning about the dangers of synthetic marijuana. Students worked with mentors from WVLA, WGMB and Eatel Corp. to develop the PSAs.

The project wrapped up with a red carpet event at the Malco Theater in Gonzales, where the PSAs were previewed on the big screen. Donaldsonville High School’s winning PSA will be aired as a trailer to all movies shown at Malco throughout the summer as well as on WVLA and WGMB.

Donaldsonville High also received $1,000. The other participating schools received $500 each.