Audubon Chapter members attended the 104th Louisiana Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference March 21-23 at LSU’s Lod Cook Conference Center. The chapter hosted a reception on Friday night for all conference attendees. Serving at the reception were Betty Jo Snellgrove, Georgia LaCour, Glenda Carlile, Liz Walker, Gerry Ryder and Chapter Regent Margaret Tyler.
Nevada Regent Rebecca Smythe Eisenman, a former Baton Rouge resident, was a guest and told about her state project of planting an heirloom rose garden at The Gables in Goldfield, Nev. The home was built in 1907 and is being restored. Eisenman gave a rose bush “Souvenir de la Malmaison,” named after Empress Josephine’s famous garden, to State Regent Bonnie Pepper Cook.
The chapter brought home the highest award for chapter achievement. The American Indian Committee awarded the chapter first place for outstanding chapter report, outstanding chairman American Indian Committee and five more awards. The chapter received awards for planting trees at Dufrocq School, adopting a solar panel, participation with Baton Rouge Green activities and conservation minutes in the chapter newsletter; outstanding service for their computer efforts with the chapter newsletter and the state newsletter; second place for their outstanding service to literacy promotion; distributing American flags at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market; excellence in service to DAR schools; and outstanding support of its Children of the American Revolution Society.
The Americanism Committee awarded the chapter first place for 12 events. The chapter received a certificate for community service and won awards for outstanding chapter community event publicity, outstanding media coverage broadcast, outstanding media coverage print and outstanding chapter newsletter. Individual honors went to Lynda Normand for her essay “Through a Pain of Glass” and Tyler for her essay “What Not to Say …” Tyler was recognized for two fiber arts entries. The chapter was recognized by the Service to Veterans Committee for the most books donated, and was recognized for the most new members and received the first-place award for the chapter history book.
Darryn Kimbrough, general manager of Tidal Power Services in Gonzales, received the National Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Service Award on March 18 from Col. Jerald Juneau.
TPS provides preventive maintenance to electrical equipment to companies in the Southeast. Kimbrough was recommended for the award by Tech. Sgt. Brandon Hernandez, of the 236th Combat Communications Squadron, Louisiana Air National Guard.
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