Attendance:  37
December 18, 2012


There has been another change in our breakfast meeting location.  Joey DiMaggio with the Rose Garden of Jefferson has informed us that he is resigning from GNOEA and will not be able to hold our breakfast meetings at his location.  
Joey has been a loyal and generous member of GNOEA since 2006 and will be greatly missed.  We will therefore be holding our meetings in January, February and March at Ralph’s on the Park.
I visited with Joey at St. Tammany Hospital on Wednesday, he looked well and his spirits were high.  He did inform me that there was a great probability that he will be in the hospital for Christmas.  I am sure he would welcome your visits or phone calls and you can reach him in Room 220A by calling (985) 898-4000.
Our speaker for today was Representative Nicholas Lorusso, 45, is a life-long resident of District 94.  He graduated magna cum laude from Jesuit High School in 1985, where he played football and wrestled.  He graduated from the University of New Orleans and in 1992, graduated from LSU law school in Baton Rouge.
In October 2011, Nick was re-elected for a second four-year term and was appointed by the Speaker of the House as the Chairman of the Special Committee on Military & Veterans Affairs and Vice-Chairman of the Retirement committee.  Nick currently serves on the Appropriations, Insurance and Retirement committees.  He has also served on the Civil Law & Procedure, Criminal Justice, Judiciary, House & Governmental Affairs and Ways & Means Affairs committees.  He was also appointed as a member of the Governor’s Military Advisory Committee and the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.    In 2012, he received the Legislator of the Year award from the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police.
Representative Lorusso gave us an update on the recent ruling by a Baton Rouge judge on the private tuition voucher program being unconstitutional and also on the upcoming Fiscal Cliff.
He mostly wanted everyone to know that getting involved by attending sessions on Capitol Hill is one of the strongest ways to help change legislators positions.  You can go to to view a calendar of upcoming legislator sessions.
 GNOEA will not have a breakfast meeting on December 25th due to the Christmas Holiday and January 1st due to New Year’s Day.  We will meet back at Ralph’s on the Park on January 8, 2013.
I hope everyone has a great Holiday!
December 25, 2012    Christmas Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting
January 1, 2013          New Year’s Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting
January 15, 2012        Professor Kathy Barnett, Loyola University New Orleans
If you know of someone who is the owner, principal, or upper management (national companies only) of one or more of these Open Classifications, please give that name to the Membership Committee or invite them to a Tuesday morning breakfast.  If you invite them to a breakfast meeting, please give the name and other information to either the President or Susan prior meeting. 
Below please find a list of open classifications:
Advertising Specialists
Aircraft Sales & Service
Appliance Sales and Service
Audiologist & Hearing
Auto Collision Repair
Coffee Shop/Service
Commercial Window Treatment
Country Club / Golf Course                          
Courier Service                                          
Direct Mail Advertising                                
Drug Store                                                    
Dry Cleaners                                                 
Equipment – Rental                                       
Furniture Store                                               
Glass Company     
Interior Designer       
Internet Search Engine Optimization            
Janitorial/Cleaning Service     
Medical Facility  
Painting, Residential / Light Commercial
PEO/Workman’s Compensation
Physical Therapy
Plastic Surgeon
Property Management    
Real Estate – Commercial  
Sign & Banner   
Sporting Goods   
Supermarket Retail 
Wine & Liquor

Thank you,
Susan Busby