Attendance:  40


September 20, 2011



Robbie Ventura wanted everyone to know that his dad, Ray Ventura has recovered from Congestive Heart Failure from over the weekend.  He has since went home on Sunday, and is now home recovering and doing well.  He wanted to tell the members “thank you” for all your prayers and thoughts.



Remember to mark your calendars; GNOEA will start holding our breakfast meetings at Ralph’s on the Park beginning October 4th through December.



Jim Hudson, Executive Vice-President, Chairman Southeast Region of Iberiabank is currently going through our membership process.  Tom Tappan and Jim Hudson are both with Iberiabank and are applying for our first Dual Membership.  Dual Membership will give them both membership with each paying dues, but they will be sharing the attendance requirements.  Jim has attended all three required meetings, but the board of directors still needs to take a vote. 



Today we were pleased to have as our guest speaker Jerry Brodnax, Senior Vice President, Treasury Management, Whitney National Bank.

Mr. Brodnax spoke to our association on “Banking Fraud” through the internet.   Some of the most helpful hints that he provided were as follows: 

  • ·       never save your password on your computer
  • ·        if while during your banking session it crashes – call the bank immediately – someone might be hijacking it
  • ·       block personal emails on the same computer you do your banking
  • ·       disable disgruntled employees from computers prior to firing them
  • ·       don’t write checks if possible – use direct deposit or pay vendors electronically
  • ·       use check stock with embedded safety features
  • ·       talk to your check provider about these and other safety features

We wish to thank Mr. Brodnax for a very informative and scary program.



GNOEA will be taking a “Group Photo” on December 20, 2011 at Ralph’s on the Park.  Please try to attend this breakfast meeting so that we can have the best representation of our association.  Also, please make sure that you wear a tie and coat for the picture.



The Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, September 27th, immediately following the breakfast meeting at the Rose Garden of Jefferson.  All Board Members and Committee Chairman should attend.  All members are welcome.



September 27, 2011

Ken Berthelot, Director of Sports Programs, WGNO, Board of Director’s Meeting – Held at the Rose Garden of Jefferson

October 4, 2011

Claudia Smith, Toast Master Club – Held at Ralph’s on the Park

October 11, 2011

Joey O’Connor, President-Elect, Independent Insurance Agents of Greater New Orleans – Held at Ralph’s on the Park

October 18, 2011

No Breakfast Meeting

October 25, 2011

Joseph Azzarello, Franklynn Pest Control , Board of Director’s Meeting – Held at Ralph’s on the Park

November 1, 2011

Chris Hosch, WJS and John O’Sullivan, Lexmark – Held at Ralph’s on the Park.

November 8, 2011

MG David Mize of Federal City – Held at Ralph’s on the Park.

November 15, 2011

Christopher Stelley, Louisiana Film Institute, Board of Director’s Meeting Held at Ralph’s on the Park

November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting

November 29, 2011

Nighttime Visitation – Denise Berthiaume, LeMieux Galleries – No Morning Breakfast Meeting.

December 6, 2011

Robert Ramsey Visitation, 5700 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm – No Morning Breakfast Meeting

December 13, 2011

Holiday Party – No Morning Breakfast Meeting

December 20, 2011

Rudy Bierhuizen, Mike Posey Photography & Video, Group Photo of GNOEA Members – Dress Coat & TieBoard of Directors Meeting – Held at Ralph’s on the Park

December 27, 2011

Christmas Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting