The Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce met for its monthly membership meeting and luncheon at Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant on Sept. 11. Chamber President Laura Lyles began the meeting with an update on membership, events, and new programs, such as the Fall Professional Development Series and the Rideshare landing page.
After delivering welcome remarks, Lyles introduced State Treasurer John Schroder. Schroder has served as Treasurer since 2017 and is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He has served on the Appropriations, Joint Budget, Civil Law, Criminal Justice, Education and Homeland Security committees.
Schroder addressed the crowd of Natchitoches residents, telling them how he believes that the government should be run as a business is run. He informed attendees of the budget cuts he made in his own office, and spoke of his office’s work with unclaimed property. He emphasized his focus on transparency, and invited attendees to view his office’s website https://www.treasury.la.gov/ to learn more about both unclaimed property and the transparency of the State Treasurer’s office. At the end of the meeting, Schroder said he returns often to Natchitoches for the Christmas Festival, which he looks forward to every year.