The Mississippi-Louisiana Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs of America convened in New Orleans on August 17-18, 2017. Maudie Benton, photographed second from the left, received recognition as Board Member of the Year for Mississippi. Mrs. Benton is president of the board of directors for the Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club of Kosciusko/Attala County, and is currently serving as interim CEO at the club.