Ribbon cutting held for new D'Iberville Community Club

Ribbon cutting at D'Iberville Community Club. Image source: Sandy Steckler.
Ribbon cutting at D'Iberville Community Club. Image source: Sandy Steckler.

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new D'Iberville Community Club building on Lamey Bridge Road next to the senior center Friday.

The club's president says the group is known for its social gatherings and this new facility will not only be a place for the club to hold their own events, but it will also be available for rent.

Friday's celebration brought out members who have fond memories of the club's earlier days. Members say they are thrilled to finally have a building they can call their own.

Since Hurricane Katrina damaged their last building, club president Cecilia Dern says she and other members have worked nonstop to get the funding in place to rebuild.

"it has taken almost 8 years for us to get funding from FEMA and get this building built. So we're excited to be back in the community and contribute what we can," said Dern.

Naomi Beddingfield says she joined the club back in 1943 and can still remember breaking out her dance moves.

"We all danced and of course some of them drank, but not all of them. But they didn't get drunk. They knew when to stop and if they didn't they would go home," Beddingfield said.

Hewitt Barton Senior says he hopes the club will bring back its Mardi Gras ball.

"Now I'm gonna get to dance will all my pretty girls. And at my age anyone that can push me around in my wheel chair, I'll dance with them," said Barton Sr.

Members aren't the only ones, who will get full use of this place. The 12,000 square foot facility is also available for rent. It features two rooms, as well as a state of the art kitchen.

"We have a fully stocked kitchen, a brand new state of the art kitchen. We have accommodations for 400 guests, seated guests and I think the capacity on the building is 540," said Derns.

Dern says both rooms have already been rented out and the club still has several dates available for rent.

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