The Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches held its first membership meeting of the month on July 11 at the NSU Recreational Complex. Roger Henson, Chief of Corrections at the Natchitoches Detention Center was the guest speaker. Kiwanian’s were intrigued to learn many things the trustees in the area do to help the community. From trash pick up, helping the Natchitoches Council on Aging with commodity distribution, maintaining local cemeteries, and helping clean local schools and churches during the summer; they are always busy. Some of you may not be aware, but the Natchitoches Detention Center trustees are also responsible for a large portion of the beautiful flowers in this historic city. Not only do they grow flowers, but they also grow produce to sell at the Natchitoches Farmers Market.
Not only do they gain skills, but they’re enhancing their educational background. The trustees are able to complete educational programs to better themselves and prepare for their futures when they are released. This is completed with their HiSET GED program. Did you know that the Natchitoches Detention Center has one of the highest graduation rates of all of the facilities in the state of Louisiana? The trustees also have the opportunity to take online courses towards a college degree to receive an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree. The next Kiwanis of Natchitoches meeting will be held on July 25 at 12 pm at the NSU Recreational Complex. If you would like more information on our club, PM us on Facebook, “Kiwanis of Natchitoches.”