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Le Bonheur Club’s membership includes vibrant, dedicated and passionate women with various backgrounds and occupations brought together by a common thread of love and service for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Their spirit for helping others and giving hearts allows Le Bonheur Club to provide countless hours of service and hundreds of thousands of dollars to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital each year.


September Eason

99th President of Le Bonheur Club

September Eason has been a member of Le Bonheur Club for the past ten years, where she’s taken on various roles and responsibilities, including Bunny Lane, Gold Tag Campaign, Recording Secretary, Benefit, Community events, Retail, and serving as Parliamentarian. Her connection to Le Bonheur runs deep, stemming from a heartfelt experience when her youngest daughter, Annaleigh, received life-saving care at the hospital eleven years ago. This profound experience led September and her husband Bob to become active members of the Le Bonheur National Leadership Council and Family Partners.

As parents of three adult children, their family has diverse pursuits: Renn is a second-year medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Evey works as a private wealth management analyst for Morgan Stanley in Atlanta, and Annaleigh is a sophomore at the University of Alabama. Before her involvement with the club, September spent more than a decade in the corporate world, with roles as a Global Account Manager for United Parcel Service (UPS) and later as a logistics consultant. Her retirement from the corporate world allowed her to engage in various civic and family-oriented roles.

Beyond her Le Bonheur commitments, September has actively served on various boards, including the St. Georges Memphis Board, The Hutchison Parents Association Board, Rhodes College Parent Council, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Literacy is Key Committee. She is a member of Germantown Presbyterian Church, where she has worn multiple hats, from serving as an interim Children’s Sunday School and VBS director to being a first-grade teacher and large group assistant. This year, she’s focusing on membership development. 

September’s educational journey began at the University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in International Business. She then continued with a global logistics certificate from Georgia Tech and completed coursework in Professional and Organizational Management at the University of Memphis. Originally hailing from Newnan, Georgia.

She is thrilled the club is again partnering with Chef Kelly English and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to host Le Bon Appetit on June 8, 2024 and hopes everyone will plan to attend.

Le Bonheur Club Executive Board & Board of Directors


Executive Board

President September Eason
Immediate Past President. Debbie Compton
First Vice President Sirella Joyner
Recording Secretary Missy Williams
Corresponding Secretary Meredith Coughlin
Treasurer Robin Enck
Assistant Treasurer Maria Beckford
Parliamentarian Cathy Wilson

2023-2024 Board of Directors
Benefit – Julie Trayal
Bunny Lane – Mary Tom Massey, Jenny Rudemiller, Susan Helms
Chaplain – Janie Owens
Community Special Events – Anne Canale
Finance – Tricia Sneed
Gold Tag – Allison Prescott
Headquarters – Shawn Ford
Hospital Services – Sadie Houge
Hospital Special Events – Monique Jalenak
Marketing – Shelby Pennycuff
Membership/ Strategic Plan – Karen Eskin, Mitzi May, Anne Canale
Newsletter – Holly James
Past President- Lala Dando
Sustainer – Lisa May
Volunteer Services – Cheryl Edwards
Ways and Means – Jamie Harris
Website – Kim Laschober

Le Bonheur Club Committee Chairs


Ways and Means:

General Chairman — Jamie Harris
Gold Tag Chairs — Meredith Coughlin, Allison Prescott, Kellie Prescott
Benefit Chairs — Julie Trayal, Shawn Ford, Kelly Bobo
Event Treasurer — Appointed
Club 100 Year Birthday — Cheryl Edwards, Barbara Hodges
LeBonheuROO! — TBD

Hospital Volunteer Service:

Bunny Lane — Mary Tom Massey, Jenny Rudemiller, Susan A. Helms
Child Life — Betty Clark
Hospital Services*** — Sadie Hogue
Hospital Special Events — Monique Jalenak
Pet Therapy — Sally Fracchia
Shoppers Chair — Monique Jalenak
Taste of Home — Kim Britt
Volunteer Service — Cheryl Edwards

***Hospital Services currently encompasses Family Resource Center, Hospitality Cart, Patient Special Events, and No Sew Blanket.

Nominating Committee:

Actives – Sara Dollar, Jenny Hammond, Susan A. Helms, Ashley Bowles, Taylor Bailey, Melissa Grimes
Junior Associates –Lisa Russell, Meredith Coughlin, Jeanne Aur
Senior Associates –Barbara Hodges, Catherine Johnston, Betty Clark, Lisa Wilbanks, Jenna Collie


Attendance Chair — Sara Dollar
Entertainment Chair — Haden Kane, Amanda Harkins
Finance Chair — Tricia Sneed
Headquarters Chair — Shawn Ford
Historian — Jenny Hammond, Katherine Graham
In Kind Chair — Lilie Hudson
Mailing Chair — Sabrina Wheeler
Marketing Chair — Shelbi Pennycuff
Newsletter Chair — Esha Iupe
Parliamentarian — Cathy Wilson
Retail Chair — Myra McHugh
Strategic Plan — Appointed
Sustainers Chair — Lisa May
Teens Chair — Kim Battaile
Website Chair — Kim Laschober
Yearbook — Sally Baker

Founding Members

To these women and those who followed them, we express our appreciation:


Margaret Wherry Archer
Billie Anthony Carrington
Frances Stratton Cathey
Corneil Knight Chandler
Louise Fly Crump
Anna Lacy Davant
Mildred Donelson
Mildred May Elliotte
Madeline Fulton
Elizabeth Jordan Gilliland
Frances Bryan Gilliland
Carolyn Halliday
Evelyn Salmon Hopkins
Louise Ann Roberts Long
Annie Ruth Thompson McCaughlan
Lucille Berwick Snowden
Marguerite Randolph Turner
Sara Maddux Van Fossan
Fay Ogilvie Wade

Past Presidents

To these outstanding women who have given of their time, talent and treasures to the well-being of the Club during their presidency and beyond:


Billie Anthony Carrington 1923-1924
Marguerite Randolph Turner1924-1925
Lucille Berwick Snowden 1925-1926
Mildred May Elliotte 1926-1927
Sara Maddux Van Fossan 1927-1928
Jewell Smith Barwick 1928-1929
Ada McDonnell Smith 1929-1931
Jeannettee McCormack Reber 1931-1932
Martha Allen Long 1932-1934
Gwendolyn Watson Graham 1934-1935
Mary Chunn Wilkinson Babendreer 1935-1936
Mary Louise McPhillips Saxon 1936-1937
Kate Person Land Pritchard 1937-1938
Mary Catherine Prest Wade 1938-1939
Margaret Trenholm Moore 1939-1940
Cornelia Covington Allstadt Gatlin 1940-1941
Beatrice Scheibler Gerber 1941-1942
Ada McDonnell Smith 1942-1943
Peggy Witherington Kimbrough 1943-1944
Margaret Conger Barnett 1944-1945
Ruth Burton Pidgeon 1945-1946
Elizabeth Miller Stratton 1946- 1947
Beatrice Scheibler Gerber 1947-1949
Ruth McClure Curd 1949-1950
Mary Carolyn Ellis Rabb 1950-1951
Elise Porter Prichard 1951-1952
Jean McKneely Weathersby 1952-1953
Amy Smith Porter 1953-1954
Martha Baptist De Saussure Collins 1954-1955
Alice Shangraw Schadt 1955-1956
Sarah Phillips Crenshaw 1956-1957
Esther Jones Doughtie Jeffries 1957-1958
Eugenia Armistead Blanchard 1958-1959
Mary Ann McCabe Avery 1959-1960
Sue Cheek Smith Hughes 1960-1961
Golda DeCell Minor 1961-1962
Maline Charlton Prest 1962-1963
Elizabeth Parsons Dudley 1963-1964
Blenda Olson Heller 1964-1965
Penny Potts Bailey 1965-1966
Sally Palmer Thomason 1966-1967
Margaret Hooks Wilson 1967-1968
Hylda Hicks Whitman 1968-1969
Ruth Younghanse Crenshaw 1969-1970
Jane Doles Jones 1970-1971
Betty Goff Cook Cartwright 1971-1972
Lucy Carrington Jones 1972-1973

Terry Brown Robertson 1973-1974
Ann Garber Creson 1974-1975
Florence Harris Hinson 1975-1976
Billie Ann Beaumont Williams 1976-1977
Mary Louise Rickets Moffatt 1977-1978
Mary Ann Davenport Ford 1978-1979
Margaret Williams Harwell 1979-1980
Gail Little French 1980-1981
Virginia Taylor Buhler Gibson1981-1982
Patricia Gardner Klinke 1982-1983
Shirley Polk Browne 1983-1984
Betty Hunt Pyeatt 1984-1985
Sandy Sherrod Sherman 1985-1986
Margaret Lott Schaefer 1986-1987
Jo Anne Bratton Tilley 1987-1988
Evelyn Schlafter Gotten 1988-1989
Roseann Harwood Painter 1989-1990
Ann Clark Quinlen Harris 1990-1991
Kate Flowers Weathersby 1991-1992
Glenna Boales Flautt 1992-1993
Beth Baker Breazeale 1993-1994
Clara Dean Cox Hope 1994-1995
Donna Wolfe Rhodes 1995-1996
Libby Reese Aaron 1996-1997
Laurie Parsons Monypeny 1997-1998
Patty Reynolds Johnson 1998-1999
Nancy Powell Kelley 1999-2000
Mary Lawrence Hughes Flinn 2000-2001
Debbie Nix Edmundson 2001-2002
Susan Hoskins Razzouk 2002 – 2003
Fini Durin Koerner 2003-2004
Nancy Cridlin Barnett 2004-2005
Debbie Holder Florendo 2005-2006
Debbie Wilson Jones 2006-2007
Jill Wilkerson Crocker 2007-2008
Mary Mac Garbuzinski Carrier 2008-2009
Denise Wherrity Henning 2009-2010
Kim Swann Pitts 2010-2011
Lauren Hendrix Daughtry 2011-2012
Donna Bellott Flinn 2012-2013
Linda Underwood Keesee 2013-2014
Peggy Weik Lovell 2014-2015
Karen McDonald Carlisle 2015-2016
Barbara Holder Hodges 2016-2017
Karen Cavanaugh Eskin 2017-2018
Janie Roberts Owens 2018-2019
Lauren Barnett 2019-2021

Lala Dando 2021-2022

Debbie Compton 2022-2023