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Giving and Receiving

Thanksgiving may have been a few months ago, but 10/31 Consortium is always in the giving spirit! I am so pleased to announce that we have delivered our annual donation check to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Each year we have been able to increase our donation by $1,031, making this year’s donation a total of $5,155. This brings our total contribution for the last 5 years to $15,411! Thank you to all our members and sponsors for helping

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Resolve to get Involved!

2016, Still love Halloween   Hi, there. I'm Jessica Edwards, your 2016 President of the 10/31 Consortium Board of Directors. For those of you who don't know me, I have been a member of 10/31 Consortium since the first meeting in July of 2010 and have served on the Board of Directors every year since. My first few years I served as Fundraising Chair; and in 2013, not only was I Parade Captain, also the Queen of the Halloween Parade. I worked

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No Rest for the Wicked

WOW! May was BUSY!!!! I'm sure everyone reading this has attended a graduation, dance recital, school play, band concert, cross over ceremony, or an awards banquet in the past four weeks. Congratulations on making it through. In the midst of all the activity, I hope that you were able to make an event or two with 10/31 Consortium. We participated in two community outreach programs and held our 5th Annual Peanut Butter Cup Miniature Golf Tournament.

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Happy Halfoween!

Happy Halfoween! Did you know that Halfoween originated from people being fed up with the fact that we only dress up for Halloween once a year!?!? It's much too fun and should be celebrated more frequently! Thus, Halfoween was born. Halfoween consists of all the relevant traditions from Halloween: Fun and games, people dressing up in costumes, candy, tricks and treats... all of which you can find at our annual Halfoween celebration, the Peanut Butter

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Let’s Get Lost Together

It's hard to believe that we are three full months into 2015! It has been packed full of preparing, planning, and partying. We've already got the majority of our 2015 calendar set, the big details are in place, and we had one rocking float in the Spanish Town Parade. It's been a great way to start my year as your president.   That being said, I'm truly thankful for the pause and peace offered to us through the Season of Lent. Lent is not only

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Happy Half-o-ween!

We are half way through the year which means we just passed Half-o-ween and it is almost time for our annual Black and Orange Bash, or "The Bob" as it is affectionately referred to by our Board of Directors. We can’t wait to put on another fabulous Black & Orange Bash for our members this year. We are so excited to be announcing our parade theme, king and queen, and winners of our special awards. Our special awards will be going to local people

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Spring into the Fun with 10/31 Consortium!

2014 is proving to be a great year so far! We met our goal of tripling our original donation to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital with a donation of $3,093. In addition to that, we were able to donate 6 large Toys for Tots boxes to the hospital.   We have had several of our members plan a few new events including a Valentine's Day Love Bites Social held at Phil Brady's and an outing to see the Theater Baton Rouge production of "Young

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Laissez bon temps rouler!

I've been doing the second line for the past two weeks already. As a parade lover, you can bet I love Mardi Gras. I have made it to 3 out of the 4 Mardi Gras parades we had downtown and even got to walk with the Krewe of Mutts Dog Parade. 10/31 Consortium had a walking group of about 20 people in the parade which helped promote our own parade with black and orange beads tied to dog treats. Everyone had a great time and the crowd loved our pup, Elvis.

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New Year, New President

I am thrilled to be serving as your 2014 10/31 Consortium President. Having serving on the board for the past 3 years, 10/31 has become a significant part of my life and I am ready to lead this organization. I have learned so much these past three years from the strong leaders before me. I am both excited and impressed by the quality of our new board members; I feel as though we will continue to prosper from their hard work. We are going to put on

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Ahoy Mateys!

September's here, which means National Talk Like a Pirate Day, and, more importantly, our Annual Shiver Me Timbers Pirate Scavenger Hunt. Start making plans with your teams of four to traipse around town dressed as your favorite pirate collecting clues for points. Or just dress up like a pirate and hang out at The Cove, where the evening will end, just because that's what you usually do on a Friday night. We're good with that, too. Either way, we

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More Fun. Always.

On January 1, 2013, I officially took over as your Board President. In spite of the fact that I have already served 2 years on the Board, I can assure you I did not take this transition lightly, nor did I find it any less daunting. Our founder, and immediate past president, Kelley Criscoe Stein, took her dream and made a parade. In just two years, she’s doubled the membership, doubled our parade route and consequently our crowds, and doubled our

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Change

Change is a funny thing. Some people like it and embrace it and adapt quickly to it. Some are afraid of it and resist it as much as possible. And some, like my husband, are OK with it but only with a certain amount of notice that the change is coming. No one can argue, however, that like the old saying goes, "The only thing that remains the same is change."   I started 10/31 Consortium 2.5 years ago because I wanted to see a change in our community.

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My Worst Nightmare

We knew it would happen eventually, and it finally has. My worst nightmare was recently announced:   There is no bye weekend for LSU football during the month of October 2013.   You don't have to be a football fan to understand the gravity of that unfortunate fact. Baton Rouge is a football town. When there is a home game, everything shuts down. Granted, I don't exactly "bleed purple and gold," but I do understand and appreciate the level

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Behind the Curtain

"This is Halloween! This is Halloween!"   I simply can not think of Halloween without the haunting tunes of The Nightmare Before Christmas ringing in my ears. Like many of us "Halloween enthusiasts" this is one of my favorite movies. I often wonder if the opening scene is what planted the idea of a Halloween parade in my mind to begin with.   Our parade, while quite different from the one in the movie, was just as exciting and thrilling

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Baton Rouge Crime

There is a reason that crime scene tape is used as a standard Halloween decoration. Crime is scary. And if you live in Baton Rouge, you should be even more afraid of it than the average person.   According to NeighborhoodScout.com, Baton Rouge has a crime index rating of 3, with 100 being the BEST possible score. The website further explains,   “With a crime rate of 67 per one thousand residents, Baton Rouge has one of the highest crime

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Halfoween

Tomorrow, May 1st, marks the recently declared “holiday” of Halfoween – the annual half way mark to Halloween. I’m sure this is no surprise, but this new additional way to celebrate the most wicked day of the year is something I’m pretty jazzed about.   For those of you unfamiliar with this springtime treat, check out the full description from Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=halfoween). Halfoween customs

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Golf-tastic

This year is proving to be quite eventful for 10/31 Consortium! Your Board of Directors has been hard at work planning the 2nd Annual Baton Rouge Halloween Parade, and we couldn't be more proud of what we have accomplished!   In the past 3 months, we have narrowed down the parade theme, selected a Grand Marshal (will be announced this summer; you're going to love it!), mailed out annual membership invoices (please send in your dues if you have

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Krewe of Unlucky Charms

10/31 Consortium is proud to announce that we will have a float in the upcoming Baton Rouge Irish-Italian Parade on March 24! 10/31 Members can join the Krewe of Unlucky Charms for only $50 each (non-members are $75).   Riders are asked to dress as scary leprechauns or green zombies to fit with the float theme. Riders also must provide their own throws and attend a brief meeting at On the Border at 2 p.m. on 3/10 to pay riding fees in person,

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Crown-worthy

It's the beginning of a new year and for 10/31 Consortium, that means the 2012 membership dues are due. In the coming weeks, please be on the lookout for your membership dues invoice. Invoices will be sent to the mailing address and email address listed on your membership application. If this has changed since you became a member, please update your contact information by emailing Kareem Griffen (kareem.griffen@yahoo.com) or Jennifer Taylor Chick

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Gratitude

Having just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, it seems fitting to begin by reflecting on the things for which I am most grateful. The obvious things come to mind: family, friends, and health. In today's economy, I'm sure a lot of people like me are thankful for employment. On the other end of the spectrum, I'm sure many are thankful for their last meal. It's easy to let life get in the way and consequently take life for granted. Missing the

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