CASA Presentation at Logansport Chamber

By Nicole Tull

The Logansport Chamber of Commerce had their monthly meeting at the Logansport Library Tuesday evening, March 7th.  Beth Walker made her chicken and spaghetti with salad and brownie bites.

The Chamber had a guest speaker. He was Tyler Spears from CASA in Shreveport. He came down to talk about how the community can get involved. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate for children.

There are many adults involved with a child in foster care, but few have the time to advocate for the needs of the child. That is where a volunteer comes in. CASA came about in the 1970s in Washington to add a necessary component for children in foster care. If you have 15-20 hours a month you could volunteer, please contact the Mansfield office to get involved. Judge Amy McCartney has allowed and encouraged CASA for DeSoto Parish children.

Other business at the meeting:

Mayor Judge Cordray gave an update that all the lights in town are now up and on. President James Walker encouraged everyone to invite someone to the meeting to grow our membership. The group was motivated to do so, and a record number of 30 folks showed up. Mansfield Chamber of Commerce will have their banquet on March 30th, so Logansport members were encouraged to attend.

Some city business updates are that Daniel Loftin has his florist shop back in a store front across the street from where his other shop was. Michael Geter is building a new carwash. The drugstore has had a new owner but a ribbon cutting is in order so the community can properly welcome Shomichael Stephens. Jim Barron, owner of Whataburger, announced he has a new store in Deridder with another one being built in Opelousas.

The only old business discussed was that the chamber member stickers are in. The public should be seeing the purple and gold stickers in windows very soon.

New business discussed was the excitement of New Orleans Channel 4 coming up to visit The Crawfish Shack and Big Zach’s. Chamber members were interviewed. The show is called “A Tank of Gas.” They travel to find a taste of Louisiana. When the show airs, locals can watch online.

Future event of the Easter Egg hunt, Eggs-travaganza, to be held Easter weekend at the Logansport Park was discussed. The games were decided, and prizes have been ordered. River City Fest committee will be offering concessions to support their festival. Youth from various organizations have been asked to help.

The last point of business was drawing for the door prize. Lisa Lee won gift cards to Whataburger that Jim Barron donated. There is a door prize every meeting. All are encouraged to attend to learn about the community happenings. All are encouraged to join to support the community. The next meeting will be 6:00pm Tuesday, April 4th at the Logansport library.