Club News for Dec. 11, 2012

GOP women hear justice, councilman

Supreme Court Justice Greg Guidry and Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zahn spoke to the Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish on Nov. 15 at Chateau Estates Country Club.

Guidry spoke about how the Louisiana Supreme Court periodically convenes in venues other than the Supreme Court building in New Orleans and how he is helping coordinate the court’s bicentennial commemoration. Zahn gave an update on Jefferson Parish especially beautifying many of the main entrances to Jefferson Parish.

For information on RWC of Jefferson Parish, contact Janet Schwary,

Photographic Society views Eschete’s work

Award-winning photographer Darlene Eschete showed her wildlife stills and videos, offering tips on making good images, at the Louisiana Photographic Society’s annual open house on Nov. 15 to attract new members.

Officers for next year were elected: Gene Bachman, president; David Arbour, vice president; Cathy Smart, secretary; and Cindy Hunt, treasurer. November photo contest first-place winners were Smart for black and white, Renée Pierce for category B and Kathy Reeves for category A. Visit for details.

Two tribes are topic of Audubon DAR talk

Karen White spoke on the role of the Choctaw and the Chickasaw tribes during the War of 1812 when the John James Audubon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met on Nov. 19 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

White told of the British and their struggles during the war compared to the Indians, who knew the land, its hideouts and terrain. She presented a gift box woven in an Indian design to Essie Mongeau, who has Native American ancestors.

Registrar Betty Jo Snellgrove introduced prospective members Colleen Thomas and Diane Frazier. Regent Margaret Tyler gave an update on the Wreaths Across America event scheduled for Dec. 10 and the veterans party for the Raven Outreach Center. Members took gift bags to fill for each veteran and made plans for the party.

Vice Regent Gerry Ryder reported on the Board of Management meeting held in St. Martinville. She displayed several certificates that the chapter received. Hostess for the meeting was Lee Porche.

DAR membership is open to women age 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline decent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. For information, contact

Supriya Jindal visits BR International

Louisiana first lady Supriya Jindal visited the Baton Rouge International School on Nov. 5 and taught a math and science lesson using one of the school’s new interactive whiteboards.

This technology was acquired through a grant written by technology teacher Christopher José, and awarded to BRIS by the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children, sponsored by the Albemarle Foundation.

With the aid of the Promethean board, students competed in a “Jeopardy” game and were challenged to answer questions based on math, science and the history of Louisiana. Jindal integrated visual and sound effects into her lesson while encouraging active participation and collaboration among the students through the use of clickers.

Along with the two interactive whiteboards, BRIS also received laptops, projectors and software from the Supriya Jindal Foundation.

The students presented Jindal and Sandra Holub of Albemarle with bouquets of flowers. Jindal also received a painting created by Lucia Richardson’s second-grade class and a basket of vegetables from the BRIS organic garden.

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