June 09, 2012
Jones Foundation selects new officers
The Mrs. W. Carruth Jones Foundation for the Blind and Physically Handicapped elected and installed officers and board members on April 17.
Officers are Jennifer Anjier, president; John Hill Jr., treasurer; and Jerome Cummings, secretary. Other board members are Frank Bains, Smittie Bolner, Phillip K. Jones Jr., Grace Moore, George Pugh and new member Judy Najolia.
Diane Brown, deputy state librarian, reported that 100 percent of the talking book and Braille library users in Louisiana have received digital players. She said all new books from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped are being produced in digital format only but that magazines are still being issued on cassette. She was especially pleased about the grant that the State Library used to place hardware and software in each parish library so that those with visual or physical handicaps will have access to the electronic world.
She announced that the theme for the summer reading program for children and young adults at the Louisiana talking book and Braille library is "Dream Big - Read." The board voted to donate $1,000 for reading materials and prizes.
For information about the foundation or to donate, contact Anjier, (225) 768-7916.
Dream Day holds Fishin' Galore event
The 2012 Fishin' Galore event for St. Jude patients and their families had the largest turnout in its 18-year history with more than 1,300 people attending on May 5 in Clinton.
St. Jude patients and their families from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee turned out for a day of fun, food and fishing. Each patient received the gift of a camera, bag and memory stick to expand the theme of "making memories and following dreams." A photo booth was available for attendees to capture memories of the event.
The day is hosted by the Dream Day Foundation based in Baton Rouge, corporate sponsors and hundreds of volunteers from the greater Baton Rouge community who provide a day away from illness, hospitals, needles and the anxiety many patients suffer. The day offered bass fishing, pond fishing, archery, skeet shooting, a petting zoo, motorcycle and four-wheeler riding, Home Depot building, arts and crafts, face painting, riding a man lift and a picture with the famous "Swamp People" stars. Food and activities were free for all attending.
More information about the event can be found on the Dream Day Foundation website, http://www.dreamdayfoundation.org, or by calling Executive Director Jo Ann Slaydon, ( 225) 771-9438.
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