Message From Lucy
Dear Senior Spirit Friends,
On September 8, 2021, West Baton Rouge Senior Spirit will celebrate 13 years of friendly gatherings for people who are 50 years and older. I have greatly enjoyed these past years as co-coordinator of the organization with Babs Babin. The various activities brought together diverse folks who enjoy quilting, aerobics, card games, trips and guest speakers who shared their experience and knowledge on a variety of topics. I am grateful for being involved in the companionship of Senior Spirit, and as I retire, I enthusiastically look forward to continuing as an active member.
The effort to start the organization began in earnest in June 2008 with the help of Brusly Mayor Joey Normand. Mayor Normand directed Babs Babin and I to visit West Baton Rouge Parish Parks and Recreation Director Anatole Vincent. At the time, Fr. Matt Dupre, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brusly, supported our gatherings by providing space and assistance with other organization tasks.
As Senior Spirit evolved, Anatole Vincent, through the West Baton Rouge Parish Council, helped Babs and I get the organization started by providing advice, a building, and funding. Today, Brusly Mayor Scot Rhodes and Fr. Matt Lorrain, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, continue to support the organization and West Baton Rouge Parish continues to provide funding and guidance for Senior Spirit.
Senior Spirit is very pleased to announce that Layne Mire, a native of Addis and a long-time volunteer activist, will take my role as coordinator. Stella Tanoos of Plaquemine, who has been involved with Senior Spirit since its inception, will help with our newsletter and other media publications, including Facebook. With much gratitude, we welcome Layne and Stella. Walter, my husband, has been a solid support of our Senior Spirit involvement through the years. With his support, my work was much easier. Thank you Walter!
With a grateful heart for all, I look ahead to sharing in the forthcoming activities of Senior Spirit.