Club News for June 12, 2013

Photo provided by BETH DAWSON -- Ex-POWs -- Physical therapist and home modification specialist Gary Johnson spoke to the Red Stick Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War on May 7 at Hollywood Casino. Shown are, from left, Marion Bahlinger, Johnson, Billy Heroman and Johnnie Mosby.
Photo provided by BETH DAWSON -- Ex-POWs -- Physical therapist and home modification specialist Gary Johnson spoke to the Red Stick Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War on May 7 at Hollywood Casino. Shown are, from left, Marion Bahlinger, Johnson, Billy Heroman and Johnnie Mosby.

Home modifications topic for Ex-POWs

Physical therapist and home modification specialist Gary Johnson spoke to the Red Stick Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War on May 7 at Hollywood Casino.

Johnson discussed solutions to help make homes safe and wheelchair accessible.

Commander Beth Dawson announced that member Johnnie Mosby would have a ceremony on May 19 at the Louisiana Army National Guard recognizing his receiving the Purple Heart medal 59 years after being wounded during the Korean War.

Friendship Force visits New Zealand

Ten members of the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge visited New Zealand on April 12, returning to Baton Rouge on May 7.

Thornton Cofield, Barbara Wittkopf, Karen Pharis, Keith Corkern, Morena Cazedessus, Vera Martin, Rose Wooden, Jeanne George and Darwin and Linda Knochenmus visited such attractions as the Maritime Museum, KiteKite Falls, Waiheke Island, which is famous for its vineyards, and visited the 1,000-acre Gibbs Farm, an open-air sculpture park featuring 20 large sculptures by international artists.

On April 19, Sue and Richard Phillips joined the group and they learned about Maori culture, including a traditional Hangi feast with Maori entertainment at the Mitai Village. They visited the Agrodome Sheep Show and the Waitmoto Caves and saw the famous “glow worms.”

Members also were hosted in homes at Hawera in South Taranaki. Friendship Force members of Hawera had visited Baton Rouge in 2010. They saw dairy farming, sheep farming and shearing, visited the Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust Park and had a farewell dinner in which they were entertained by the Hawera Repertory Society with a play written by one of its members.

Pianists, baritone perform at recital

The Music Club of Baton Rouge held its final recital program of the club year on May 14 at the Woman’s Club.

Constance Carroll performed piano works of Scarlatti, Ravel and Chopin. Baritone Victor Klimash sang Lehrer and Avery’s “When You Are Old and Grey,” and several songs by Brahms. He was accompanied by Richard Webb on piano.

President Rita Lovett greeted members and guests. Kay Hawthorne was program chairwoman. The hospitality committee provided refreshments. Assisting co-chairs George Ann Brown and Connie Smith were Pat Alford, Jane Carpenter, Jo Corty, Marilyn Cramer, Millicent Hopfinger, Lillian Landrum, Phyllis McKay and Mildred Taylor.

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