Club News for for Nov. 16, 2012

Stirling DAR holds prayer breakfast

The Alexander Stirling Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual prayer breakfast on Oct. 17 at the Zachary United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Greg Davis spoke on “Sin and Forgiveness in the Bible.” The 4-year-old classes of the church sang and signed “Jesus Loves Me.” Proposed for membership were Joy Smith Stegner, Karla Baxter Schexnayer and Bernadette Loebs. Members discussed area activities to honor veterans on Nov. 11. Patricia Babin, Brenda Triche, Brenda Ellzey, Keith Schwendimann and Sue Easterly prepared breakfast.

Mental Health Assoc. elects 2013 officers

The Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge nominated officers for 2013 on Oct. 18: Grace Bielkiewicz, president; Frances Bennett, vice president; Cecile Guinn, secretary; and Steve Webb, treasurer. They will be voted on at the November meeting.

Bielkiewicz expressed the board’s appreciation to Katherine Anders for the art show and reception that featured the work of the clients at the Alliance House Drop-In Center. Executive Director Melissa Silva gave an update on programs and funding. Fundraising Development specialist Jenny Ridge discussed the fundraiser scheduled for May 2013 and other fundraising ideas.

Exchange Club holds teacher adoption day

The Exchange Club of Baton Rouge honored 15 new elementary school teachers at the Oct. 18 East Baton Rouge Parish School Board meeting as part of the 16th annual Adopt-A-Teacher program. The teachers received grants to School Aids to help purchase start-up materials for their classrooms.

Teachers and their schools were: Rebecca Falgoust (Claiborne), Bethany Barrilleaux and Kaitlin Stanford Richard (Glen Oaks Park), Dayvetta Ferchaud and Shashikala Wiltz (Greenbrier), Kelsey Bezue (Jefferson Terrace), Rose Rinaudo (LaBelle Aire), Kristi Ruffin (Park), Alan LeCoq (Parkview), Rosalyn Jiles (White Hills), and Chisesi August, Chassidy Henderson, LaShone Mealey, Yolanda Armstrong and Ladetrick Provo (Winbourne).

Provo was adopted by the East Baton Rouge Lions Club, Wiltz by the Baton Rouge Area Society of Psychologists. Major sponsors were School Aids, Capital One Bank, Neighbors Federal Credit Union, Louisiana Lottery Corp., East Baton Rouge Lions Club, Louisiana Education Loan Authority, American Society for Training & Development, Baton Rouge Area Society of Psychologists, League of Women Voters of Baton Rouge, South Baton Rouge Kiwanis Club, Tony’s Seafood, Dr. Kelly Paulk Ray, Dr. Christine Angelloz and Dr. Murelle Harrison. Scott and Nadine Couper, Richard Flicker, Safeguard Promotions and Printing and the Exchange Club all made donations in memory of three former Exchange Club presidents: Janet Marquette, Janet Barnes and Dorothy Crockett.

For information about the Exchange Club or to contribute to the 2013 Adopt-A-Teacher program, contact Flicker, (225) 931-1626), or visit

Plaquemine Garden Club names winners

The Plaquemine Garden Club has announced its Garden of the Month winners for September and October.

The home of the Derrossic Allen family, 57730 Haase St., won the September award. Allen was injured several years ago and had to surrender his yard to his uncle, Horris Lee, who landscaped the grassed lot with boxwood hedges and orange canna lilies. Accenting the flower beds are urns and a birdbath surrounded by a rainbow of periwinkles that ranged from white to hot pink.

Ardie and Jamie Persick, 24400 Sherwood Drive, won the October award. Roses line the driveway, accompanied by a carpet of white periwinkles, framed by dark green and pink caladiums. Two decorative urns draped in variegated ginger welcome guests into the home.

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