Shawn Wilson, the newly appointed secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, will be the speaker at the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday, Jan. 4. Wilson has served as DOTD’s chief of staff since 2005. He will talk about his plan to tackle the backlog of road and bridge projects and help ease traffic problems in the state. Press Club meets on Mondays in the Iberville Room at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, which is located at 102 France St. Parking is free in the garage off Mayflower Street. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $13 for members and $17 for nonmembers. The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.