Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, held its annual awards luncheon May 22 at Rosaryville in Ponchatoula.
Maureen Felder, vice president for membership, said TVFC logged 23,717 volunteer hours in 2014, according to a news release. With each hour valued at $22.55, the state saved more than $534,000 in salaries for extension agents and in-kind grants.
The luncheon featured the announcement of outstanding members of each chapter selected as chapter sweethearts. This year’s sweethearts included Hilda Alfonso, of Wednesday VFC; Gail Griffin, of Busy Bee’s; and O’Nell Richards, of Westward VFC.
Luncheon guests also included 2015 scholarship winners Jill Catherine Munchausen, recipient of the TVFC Quilt Scholarship, and Madeline Claire Lanier, recipient of the Joan Reed Memorial Scholarship, with their parents. Jenna Flanagan was named first runner-up for the Quilt Scholarship.
Each year, TVFC raffles a quilt made by members of the organization to fund a scholarship for a Tangipahoa Parish high school senior attending a Louisiana college or university.
The Wednesday VFC Chapter won the Outstanding Chapter Demonstration and Outstanding Chapter Project awards, and Busy Bee’s Chapter won Outstanding News Article.
State VFC awards for perfect attendance and community champions were given to chapter presidents for awarding during monthly meetings.
Fran Weaver received a First Timers Award for attending a state VFC convention in April.
Sandra Madere, of Busy Bee’s, received the VFC Outstanding Article of Interest Literary Award for “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” published in Louisiana Square Dancing’s quarterly magazine, Square ’Em, in May 2014.