The November Ascension GOP Roundtable welcomes featured speaker Bryce Barras on Nov. 16 at the Clarion Inn, 1500 W. La. 30, Gonzales. The event begins with a meet-and-greet from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the roundtable.

The public and Republican candidates in 2017 elections are invited to attend. All participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the St. Theresa Food Bank.

Barras is from New Orleans and is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University. He is the state director for Convention of States Action, a position he has held since the grass-roots team was founded in 2014. The nonprofit organization is committed to promoting legislation that calls for a Convention of States under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, a news release said. Twelve states, including Louisiana, have signed on.

Cost for lunch is $18. Reservations are requested. Call (225) 921-5187 or email