Members of the Rotary Club of Gonzales have learned about salad dressing and salt domes during recent meetings.
Entrepreneur Sarah Vincent, creator of Re: Salad Dressing, was the guest speaker at the club’s May 27 meeting.
Vincent, a resident of Baton Rouge and a former member of LSU’s track team, has been working to produce and distribute Re: Salad Dressing, which comes from a family recipe. Vincent told her story of how the new business came about and the challenges of trying to learn manufacturing and distribution with no previous experience.
Reece LeBlanc, a recent graduate of St. Amant High School, was presented May 27 with a club Rotaract Scholarship.
LeBlanc served as the St. Amant Rotaract Club’s president, graduated fourth in his class with a 4.6 grade-point average and was named to the All District and All Metro football teams.
Ascension Parish Assessor M.J. “Mert” Smiley and Chief Deputy Assessor Justin Champlin were the guest speakers at the June 3 meeting.
Smiley gave an outline of the changes he’s made since taking office. He discussed the office’s newly revamped website, which allows residents electronic access to their property information.
Champlin talked about the department’s work on getting several parish salt domes on the tax rolls.
The Assessor’s Office has hired an independent appraisal company to determine the fair market value of the salt domes in the parish, he said.
Anzhanne Mackyeon was recognized at the June 3 meeting as another recipient of a Rotaract Scholarship. Mackyeon, a recent graduate of East Ascension High School, plans to attend Centenary College in the fall.
Mackyeon was a member of the East Ascension Rotaract Club for four years. She has volunteered with Toys for Tots and the battered women’s shelter. She was a member of the Air Force ROTC, DECA, FCCA, and the East Ascension Homecoming Court.