Four Women Veterans of Louisiana members spoke about their experiences in the military during World War II on Oct. 13 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Geneva Johnson, Army; Bonnie Clavijo, Coast Guard; Lillie Clark, Army; and Vera Nuschler, Marines, participated in the event to educate the public about what women do in the military. Also attending the event were Vietnam-era members Ramona Hudson, Navy; Shirley Avants, Army; and Anna Sanders, Air Force.
Women Veterans of Louisiana members serve as honor guards at the funeral of any woman veteran in Louisiana.
East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Women hosted the group’s final candidate forum of the year on Oct. 17, focusing on candidates for city court judges, Metro Council members, city constables and constables in District 3, Ward 2.
The club also held a surprise 90th birthday party for longtime member Betty Neesom Toepfer, with Secretary of State Tom Schedler proclaiming “Betty Neesom Toepfer Day” on Oct. 20.
Candidates included city court Judge Suzan Ponder and challenger Cliff Ivey, constable candidate Alester Jones, incumbent Metro Council members Joel Bo é, challenger Ted Rush, incumbent Smokie Bourgeois, challenger John Delgado and constable candidate Carey Jenkins.
Karen Lambert, secretary of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society, spoke about some of her ancestors at the society’s Nov. 3 meeting.
Lambert , a descendant of the Diez and Severio Canary Islander settlers, presented a short history of their 1778 migration to Louisiana and their struggles in the new world. Of particular interest was the story of Adolphe Diaz, for whom Dolph Dias Lake is named. Diaz was known to be antislavery and on July 6, 1862, Confederate soldiers led by Lt. Alfred Bradley, sent to arrest opponents to secession, shot and killed the unarmed Diaz at his home. His body was thrown into the lake that now bears his name.
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