1970s

1970-1971 President: Mrs. Blanchard H. Texada, Jr.
Launched Meals on Wheels as new project; relinquished service to the Crippled Children’s Clinic; trained kindergarten teachers in Visual Screening; formed Sustainers’ group; Professionals produced fourth booklet, a history of Louisiana for elementary school, “Voyageons dans la Louisiana”.

1971-1972 President: Mrs. M. L. Laird, III
Sponsored two seminars on aspects of ecology; presented Everyman Player’s production for parish elementary children; constructed Thrift Shop building addition; donated $5,000 to Kent House restoration-sum matched by federal funds.

1972-1973 President: Mrs. Palmer J. Texada
Prepared storytelling tapes for Media Center; made new contributions to Friends Of The Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ) and Alexandria Senior High School Band; remodeled Thrift Shop; had known Admissions Committee; Junior League Liaison Committee submitted first questionnaire (Blue Book about Alexandria and League) as first step in petitioning for membership in Association of Junior Leagues, International and received first and second Association visits.

1973-1974 President: Mrs. Charles D. Perot
Professionals produced compilation of Education programs to be submitted to AJLI; Provisionals organized Auxiliary to St. Mary’s Training School for Special Children; relinquished Meals on Wheels, Storytelling and Youth Concerts to community; was AJL orientation year for Actives and Sustainers.

1974-1975 President: Mrs. Charles A. Prince
Accepted into Association of Junior Leagues; started Historical Tours; published Public Relations brochure; terminated Memorial Fund; compiled “Community Profile”; initiated Parental Involvement Committee; approved proposal to spend $12,000 for Master Parks Plan; provided volunteer assistance to Child Protection Center and Kent House; sent three delegates to Annual Conference, or to Association management Process Seminar.

1975-1976 President: Mrs. Walter M. Hunter, Jr.
Represented at five conferences; wrote Board Manual; became incorporator of Central Cities Development Corporation for $5,000 pledge; sponsored public meeting at Peabody Magnet School; co-sponsored Artist-in-Schools residency: “On the Move”; voted to establish a Learning Disabilities program; conducted Child Advocacy survey; provided Historical Tours for eighth-graders; recruited volunteers and sponsored training programs on Child Abuse and Neglect; sponsored television series on preschool education; submitted proposal of creation of Recreation District for Wards 1 and 8; hosted two-day seminar with Dr. Eva Schindler-Rainman; combined two committees into Advocates for Children; introduced booklet format and sold ads for Entre Nous; invited first non-resident candidates to membership.

1976-1977* President: Mrs. F.A. Little, Jr.
Produced Follies, “Raisin’ Cane”; studied public school system in collaboration with three other community groups; made three year financial commitment of $12,000 to new Alexandria Museum; sent delegates to four conferences; opened two programs to public; co-sponsored Children’s Forum; sponsored practicum for certification of Learning Disabled therapists; conducted Historical Tours; presented Master Plan for Parks and Recreation to Recreation District; represented at three State Public Affairs Committee meetings; initiated future financial planning process; dropped attendance requirements for General Meetings; one of our member ‘s elected to serve an Area V Council; voted to plan And execute a children’s exhibit for Arts Center; conducted a Ways and Means study, and was represented on the School Board’s Arts in Education and Humanities Committee.

*Denotes additional service at the Regional or Area V level

1977-1978 President: Mrs. L.D. Kellogg, Jr.
Presented Parks are for People campaign to public; hosted seminar on Funding and Grantsmanship; received grant to augment Museum project for $1,500; conducted two day in-service workshop on Learning Disabled Child for Rapides parish teachers; offered Public Forum concerning accreditation of elementary schools; adopted Policy Statement in Public Affairs; sent out Public Affairs Bulletin; served as chairman of State Public Affairs Committee; sponsored lectures on child abuse; participated in formation of local Parents Anonymous; premiered nucleus of museum Color Project at Methodist Arts Festival; sent delegates to three conferences; offered Career Development; donated $6,000 to Museum and $1,000 to Central Cities Development Corporation; adopted four new service projects and one new fund-raising project; represented officially on five community boards.

1978-1979 President: Mrs. David C. Caplan
Coalesced with other organization to distribute report on public school financing in Rapides Parish, to hold the “World of Woman, 1978” conference to sponsor state convention for the Association of Children with Learning Disabilities and to establish a summer program for academically gifted upper elementary children; presented “Spectrum:, children’s art exhibit on color; Cane Raisers presented musical programs at local nursing homes; prepared script and trunk for new Heritage Trunk Tour project; developed script and puppets for new Puppet project and piloted at Zoo Day; formulated “New to You” Task Force study; sent delegates to conference in St. Louis on VCD, to Annual Conference in Kansas City, to Area V Seminar in Ft. Worth and President’s Council and President Elect Training in Dallas; passed first position in favor of quality education; conducted first full year of business in Paper Place; established office in Guaranty Bank Building; contributed $1,000 to Central Cities Development Corporation and $4,000 to Alexandria Museum; continued to be represented on boards of CCDC, Museum, and Rapides Symphony.

1979-1980 President: Mrs. Richard W. Rand
Developed three-year training calendar; offered training in assertiveness, CPR, interviewing and presented a VCD community course; coalesced with other organizations to present “Women 1980” conference, Learning Disabilities Workshop and summer program for Gifted and Talented; received Governor’s Conference For Children and Youth Award for work with Gifted and Talented;toured “Spectrum”; received $1,500 grant for exhibit; successfully implemented Heritage Trunk Tours, Rescue Breathing and Puppet project; made agreement with School Board to purchase “Meet The Kids On The Block” puppet show; expanded “New to You” operation with additional employees, hours, and netting a profit over $20,000; made plan to establish Paper Place outlet at headquarters and selected Follies as fundraiser for 80-81; presented “Election ’79”, gubernatorial debates with Louisiana Leagues; voted to take public stand in favor of Four Year Concurrent School Board Terms; established headquarters at 915 Sixth Street; completed final pledge of $1,000 to CCDC and $2,000 to Alexandria Museum; continued representation on Boards of Museum, CCDC, Rapides Symphony and Chamber of Commerce; sent delegates to six conferences; gave OSA questionnaire; conducted two provisional classes; board manual revised; developed slide presentation and member elected as Association Secretary.