Club News for June 19, 2013

Daughters of 1812 learn more about war

Vice President Margaret Tyler spoke on “Ten Things You May Not Know About the War of 1812” when the Gen. Robert McCausland Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812 met on May 4 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Members discussed plans for the events surrounding the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans that will occur Jan. 8, 2015.

American Merchant Marine Library chairwoman Nancy Bickham reported shipping six large boxes of books and magazines for the American Merchant Marine Library Association’s seagoing libraries.

Bickham reported that she presented JROTC medals to three area students: Lt. Cmdr. Riley Trisler, West Feliciana High School, Navy; Maj. Janae Trotter, Livonia High School, Air Force; and Capt. Marianne Terry, Zachary High School, Army. Rezzie Meyer presented the ROTC award at LSU to Air Force cadet John Presswood.

Treasurer Rachel Grace gave an update on the chapter fundraising project — embossed portfolios sold through the 1812 Facebook page with plans for an ad in the August edition of the National 1812 newsletter. Money will go to marking the graves of past chapter presidents.

Membership is open to women 18 and older who can show that they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, during 1784-1815, rendered civil, military or naval service to our country, material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark expedition. Junior membership is available to girls and boys from birth through age 21. For information, email

Altrusa Club of BR installs new officers

The Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge installed 2013-14 officers on May 20 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant: Jackie Robbins, president; Marti Didier, vice president; Laura Rhorer, secretary; Carol Davis, treasurer; and Jo Ann Morgan and Lynn Nettles, directors.

The installation theme was “Altrusa on the Wild Side,” which included a safari decor. Officers received sun visors decorated with animal colors, a tote bag with animal crackers, a puzzle with an animal design, an animal print beverage holder, plastic animals and sponge animals that grow in water and candy mints in animal wrappers.

Didier introduced guests Natalie Cole, of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., Mary Lynn Anderman and Judy Stracener.

Treasurer Carol Davis, Foundation Treasurer Cherryl Alford and Nettles, Gerry Malone, Dona Embree and Jan Holmes of the service committee gave reports.

For information on Altrusa, call Didier, (225) 939-0460.

Quilt Guild donates quilt to CAAWS

CAAWS President Frank Parks and event coordinator Libby Haydel attended the River City Quilt Guild of Baton Rouge meeting on May 4 to accept and thank the group for donating a quilt featuring puppies with floppy ears.

The project was spearheaded by Lilly Willis of the Quilt Guild to raise money for the CAAWS shelter. Helping create the quilt were Cheryl Marts, Mary Wolf, Beverly Amedee, Noreen Mazzaroppi, Jo Paula Lantier, Martha Spruell, Renee Hoeprich, Nina Delaune, Ellen Baldridge, Jo Doherty, Charlene Harp, Linda Wiggins and the Wednesday Quilting Group, with monetary donations from River City members. Quilting was done by award-winning quilter Charlene Harp of the Happy Quilter. The quilt is 74 inches by 80 inches and made from quilt shop quality cotton fabrics and cotton batting. The quilt is currently on display at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. The public may buy raffle tickets until June 30 at $5 per chance by mailing a check to CAAWS, P.O. Box 77765, Baton Rouge, LA 70879, or by stopping at the CAAWS Shelter at 6357 Quinn Drive on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. More information is available at All proceeds will benefit the homeless dogs and cats of CAAWS.

Alpha Kappa Alpha honors students

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s Nu Gamma Omega Chapter held its 23rd annual Middle School Scholars’ Reception for more than 1,000 East Baton Rouge Parish school system students on May 4 at McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School. The ceremony honored middle school students who achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher through the third nine weeks of the school year.

Gloria London, Emerging Young Leader chairwoman, presided. Program participants included President Linda Early Brown; Caroline Mays, Emerging Young Leader co-chairwoman; and Gina Domingue, Middle School Scholars co-chairwoman. Peyton Matthew, who attends Sherwood Middle School, gave a meditation. Cach é Brown, from Bethany Christian School, and Mekiah Wells, who attends Northwestern Middle School, performed a dance. Bria Johnson, a member of the 2013 Coterie of Debutantes, presented the guest speaker, Angel Tucker, the 2013 Coterie of Debutantes queen.

The Emerging Young Leaders Initiative is designed to provide leadership development, civic engagement, enhanced academic preparation and character building to impact girls in grades 6-8.

Butterflys the topic for photo society

Veteran bio-science teacher Sarah Reyner spoke about photographing butterflies to the Louisiana Photographic Society on May 16.

She showed macro images of the insects, from eggs to flight. She explained how to identify species and attract them to your yard. Her photos ranged from her personal butterfly nursery to Mexico, where millions of butterflies migrate.

Giving reports at the business meeting were David Arbour, Ken Wilson, Kathy Reeves, Helen Hall, Jay Patel, Theresa Low, Renée Pierce, Linda Medine and Mark Claesgens. Tommy Graner awarded first-place photo monthly contest ribbons to Tony Thibodeaux for Level B and Kathy Reeves for Level A. For more information, see

Philippes selected Family of the Month

Dr. Lynn and Robin Philippe received the Knights of Columbus Council 9692 April Family of the Month Award on May 26 at St. Jude Catholic Church. The Rev. Trey Nelson and Grand Knight David Goldsmith presented the award.

The Philippes joined St. Jude in January 1992. Lynn is a Minister of the Word, assists ushers when needed and is a general parish volunteer. He is a KC member and fair volunteer. Robin has volunteered at the church office in various office functions, particularly creating the bulletin. She is a fair volunteer and a member of the Giving Tree ministry. She was a RCIA sponsor, belonged to the Visitation Ministry and participated in the Washing of the Feet during a Lenten Holy Thursday service. Robin assisted with the production of the past two parish pictorial directories. She was a school volunteer serving frequently in the school library and cafeteria.

Their two children, Derick and Danielle, are St. Jude School alumni.

Bill Wilhelm chairs the award committee.

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