June 19, 2012
BSP chapter installs new slate of officers
The Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi installed new officers on May 15 at Ruth Mannen’s home: Phyllis Turner, president; Verlyne LeBlanc, vice president; Jean Leyda, recording secretary; Sandy Bailey, corresponding secretary; Virginia Huffman, treasurer; Mannen, City Council representative; and Gail Keller, extension officer.
The secret sister of each member was revealed. Visitors were Carol Cross, Anne Smith and Ruth McNease of the Iota Master Chapter.
On May 5, the chapter held a mother-daughter tea honoring its Woman of the Year, Sandy Linder, in Covington. Members shopped in the antique district.
AgCenter recognizes Master Gardeners
The LSU AgCenter recognized the volunteer efforts of the Louisiana Master Gardener program with an appreciation day on May 18 at the Hammond Research Station.
LSU AgCenter Master Gardener Coordinator Rene Schmit, who oversees the more than 1,700 active members in 44 parishes, said this was to show appreciation for the hours and hard work the Master Gardeners provide around the state.
More than 260 Master Gardeners from as far away as Alexandria and Lake Charles attended the program that featured presentations on helping the gardening public by LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill, while Rick Webb, with Louisiana Growers, discussed native plants in the garden, and LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings gave tours of the sun garden.
LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Ferrin, entomologist Alan Morgan and weed scientist Ron Strahan manned booths to answer questions.
The program included contests, such as “Name that Weed, “What’s Wrong with this Plant?” and a plant scavenger hunt, Schmit said.
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