New Orleans Briefs for Jan. 27, 2013

Consular Corps elects officers

The Consular Corps of New Orleans this month elected new officers to guide the 53-person organization for 2013-2014.

Constance C. Willems, honorary consul general of the Netherlands, has been elected dean of the corps. Willems will be assisted by Jean-Claude Brunet, consul general of France; Greg Jamison Beuerman, honorary consul of Iceland as secretary; and Ronald Vandenweghe, honorary consul of Belgium, who was re-elected treasurer.

The Consular Corps represents 53 nations in facilitating trade, cultural and educational exchange and understanding among nations on six continents and several southern states, including Louisiana. Both career and honorary consuls are appointed by their nation’s respective Foreign Ministries with the approval of the U.S. Department of State.

FQBA names 2013 board members

The French Quarter Business Association introduced its officers and board members for 2013 at a gathering in the Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom Jan. 17.

The officers for 2013 are President Jeremy DeBlieux, Acme Oyster House; Vice President Charley Daroca, Antoine’s Restaurant; Vice President Robert Wattes, RCI Louisiana; Secretary-Treasurer Reed Neelis, First Bank & Trust; Chairman of the Board Adrienne Thomas, New Orleans Steamboat Co.; and At-Large Members C.E. Adler of Adler’s Jewelry and Nancy Tusa of WhatsNew Home Accessories.

Serving on the 2013 Board of Directors are Sydney Anderson, Drew Bevolo, Arnold Cooper, Bryan Francher, Pat McDonald Fowler, Scott Griffith, Jorge Henriquez, Lindsey Kirk, John O’Brien, Gene Sausse, Marci Schramm, Christine Sory, Tim Spratt, Debi Stak, Frank Stansbury, Shelly Waguespack and Heidi Young.

The Fleur-de-lis Award, presented annually to an individual for his or her work in the historic neighborhood, was awarded to Mr. Coleman Adler. The Ambassador Award was given to Gail Cavet.

Villere elected to LMA district post

Mayor Don Villere was elected vice president of District I for the Louisiana Municipal Association, an organization that works toward the betterment of villages, towns and cities in Louisiana.

The former vice president, Bobby Font of Walker, lost his bid for re-election, leaving a vacancy on the board.

District I covers Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes and includes 30 cities.

Beauregard-Keyes House head named

New Orleans — Larry Schmidt, the first director of the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center and longtime Louisiana director of the Trust for Public Land, has been named executive director of the Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden in the French Quarter.

Schmidt, a New Orleans native, assumed the position Jan. 1, following his retirement from the Trust for Public Land. Schmidt will be assisted by Ella J. Camburnbeck, who will assume the role of house manager.

The Beauregard-Keyes House, whose construction began in 1826, was restored in 1945 by New Orleans author Frances Parkinson Keyes. The house, located at 1113 Chartres St., is one of the earliest examples of houses in the French Quarter that reflect the American influence on local Creole architecture.

Skrmetta to hold town hall meeting

Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta will hold a town hall meeting Monday at 5 p.m. at the Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd.

Skrmetta and his staff encourage consumers who are experiencing difficulties with a utility company to attend.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau