Feb 4, 2014 17:25 “Pam’s Party Line” column for Aug. 1, 2013 “Pam’s Party Line” column for Aug. 1, 2013 Photo provided by CHARLES BENNETT -- Museum Friends -- Visiting at the reception following the annual meeting of the Louisiana State Museum Friends July 25 are, from left, Executive Director Bill Stark, incoming President Lana Sonnier Venable, Volunteer of the Year Tom Bergman and outgoing President Frances Bennett and husband Charles, recipient of the President's Award. BY PAM BORDELON Feb. 04, 2014 Comments Less than a week after the Capitol Park Museum was the site of one of summer’s most exciting events — Forum 35’s Art Melt — it was again the center of attention July 25 as the Louisiana State Museum Friends gathered for its annual meeting and reception. Outgoing President Frances Bennett called the meeting to order before turning over the gavel to her successor, Lana Sonnier Venable. Before stepping down, Bennett also presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Tom Bergman and the President’s Award to Charles Bennett for their service to the Friends. In her first official act, Venable presented Bennett with a Mignon Faget “Red Stick” necklace in recognition of her leadership. Elected along with Venable were Vice President Ben Pierce, Secretary Denise Roussel, Treasurer Carolyn Morris and new board members Sarah Roland, Sarah Dupree, Megan Knapp, Holly Strange and Jarvis Green. Remaining on the board were Caryn Roland, Bergman and Derek Mathews. Thanked for their service and given gifts of appreciation were outgoing board members Mary Kay Bertaut, Jamie Craig, Rosa Dunn, Tanja Foil and Lillie Gallagher. Special guest for the evening was Louisiana State Museum Division Director Robert Wheat, who thanked the Louisiana State Museum Friends for its support over the past four years. Food for the reception was by Heirloom Cuisine. Rosa Dunn and Mary Kay Bertaut chaired the event. Items for “Pam’s Party Line” must be received by 9 a.m. the Monday preceding the run date. Digital photos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; hard copy photos should be dropped off at or mailed to The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70821. Events will run no later than four weeks after they have taken place. The date, place of the event and a contact name and phone number must be included. Photos may not include more than nine people and will be used on a space-available basis. Hard copy photos can be picked up in the lobby of The Advocate for up to three months after they run. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.