Serving our mission of being the Voice of Business, our Governmental Affairs Committee has been quite active for the past several months. In recognition of U.S. Constitution Day (September 17), the committee, led by Chair Tom Meyer with Benefit Planning Group, donated pocket-size Constitutions to area seventh grade students to further promote their learning of American History. In 1787, 38 delegates at the U.S. Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed a piece of paper that would forever change the framework of the new government. The Constitution of the United States remains the supreme law of our country, and the day is officially commemorated as Constitution Day.
Five hundred copies of the U.S. Constitution, provided by Congressman Steve Scalise, were donated to the School Board to distribute within eight schools. The schools receiving the booklets included: Fifth Ward Junior High, Folsom Junior High, Fontainebleau Junior High, Lee Road Junior High, Madisonville Junior High, Mandeville Junior High, Monteleone Junior High, and Pitcher Junior High.
“Sometimes the things that are most important in our lives are the very things that we take for granted,” said Meyer. “As business leaders in our community, we felt it’s important to be able to give to the students. It’s also important for our young people to learn about this document, as the Constitution establishes the rule of law, as well as the system of checks and balances between the three branches of government. They need to learn the rights that are included in the Constitution and how they affect us.”
And to continue in our role as the Voice of Business, we would like to once again remind everyone to exercise your Constitutional right and vote in the upcoming November 8 election. Not only will we be choosing the leader of our country, but we will also be electing a new U.S. Senator for the state of Louisiana, the seat that will be vacated by the retirement of David Vitter. With 24 candidates currently in the race, we know it may be a tough decision. So in order to help educate our members, we will host the top five polling candidates for an informative Senate Forum Luncheon, sponsored by The New Orleans Advocate. At this time, we have received commitments from Congressman Charles Boustany, Public Service Commissoner Foster Campbell, Caroline Fayard, Congressman John Fleming and State Treasurer John Kennedy. Each candidate will present their platform and answer questions on specific policy issues, allowing you to make an informed decision before going to the polls.
The luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 6, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm, at Tchefuncta Country Club. The cost for our Chamber members will be $35 and non-members $45, with a reserved table for eight $430. It is open to the public and we invite any interested voters to attend, however advance registration is required. Please register online or by calling 985-892-3216.