“Club News” column for Aug. 14, 2013 “Club News” column for Aug. 14, 2013 Photo provided by DON FRATTINI -- Civic Associations -- Attorney Elliott Atkinson, left, speaks to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Aug. 8. With him is President Nancy Curry. Advocate story Aug. 25, 2013 Comments Legal issues topic for FGBRCA meeting Attorney Elliott Atkinson spoke about subdivision legal issues to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Aug. 8. The federation represents area homeowners associations. Atkinson said HOAs need to enforce the covenants and restrictions for their subdivisions. Covenants are the most important documents governing what can and can’t be done in a subdivision. He stressed that covenants must be applied equally to all subdivision homeowners. If the covenants are allowed to be violated and a lot owner is not notified about the violation by the HOA, there is a two-year period after which nothing under the covenants can be done in that case. President Nancy Curry introduced Atkinson. Meeting are held at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd., at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 12. Brusly Lions Club elects new officers The Brusly Lions Club has elected officers for 2013-14: Melvin Abbott, president, Steve Guidry, vice president; Steve Wallace, secretary; and John Gossman, treasurer. The “Club News” column runs every Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday as needed, in The Advocate. Club items and photographs should be submitted to “Club News,” Advocate People section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. Photos will be returned if stamped, self-addressed envelopes are provided. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.