The Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation Cubsight vision screening program for children received the 2013 Louisiana Public Health Association Meritorious Award at the LPHA Awards Luncheon on April 12 in Lafayette.
The award is presented “for longtime diligent and esteemed service in public health in Louisiana.”
The program seeks to prevent childhood blindness through early detection and treatment of the most common disorders that can lead to blindness.
Louisiana Lions have offered the free program since 2001, when they received a grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation. They have screened more than 200,000 children and referred 10,000 children for further evaluation.
Two Baton Rouge Garden Club members were installed as Louisiana Garden Club Federation officers at the LGCF Convention on April 16-17 in Kenner. Jeanette Gatzman was installed as president-elect, and Mary Lou Robertson was installed as member-at-large.
Willie Allen serves as LGCF Finance Committee chairwoman, and Gail Lonibos was convention protocol chairwoman. Debbie Harris, BRGC president, was honored at the club presidents luncheon. Sally Daigle is LGCF resolutions chairwoman.
BRGC members participated in a skit inviting the LGCF to next year’s convention, to be held March 27-28 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Baton Rouge.
Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society of key women educators awarded $100 grants to two first-year teachers on April 15 at the City Cafe. Lena Rivera, who teaches pre-kindergarten at Parkview Elementary School, and Theodora Peeva, a special education teacher at Brusly High School, thanked members for the grants and told about their training and classroom responsibilities.
Members discussed hosting the Southeast District meeting in October.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center recruiter Dana Hickman spoke of research affecting women to the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge on April 11 at First United Methodist Church.
She said E-Mechanic, a six-month exercise study, is available for women and men, and that the Walkmore Study needs more participants. Patty Christopher, of Waist Away Weight Loss Center, also spoke.
Doug Woolfolk spoke on the need for hobbies that make life more interesting to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented luncheon on April 17 at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church’s Naylor Hall.
Woolfolk described how he inadvertently got into collecting bottles. He has almost 1,000 bottles, most of which are 100 years old. He said the hobby brought him into contact with people in different locales and enriched his life. He researched the histories and appraised each bottle.
Woolfolk has been a publisher, editor and developer, and enjoys taking pictures and painting.
Emily Jane “E.J.” McCune chairs the CGT program.
Taara King was moderator. More than 50 college women attended the event.
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