“Community News” column for Aug. 27, 2013

Gem & Mineral Society holds annual BR show

The Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society hosted its annual Gem and Mineral Show Aug. 10-11 at the Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel. More than 900 visitors attended.

Jessica Bunnell, of Prairieville, whose birthstone happens to be the amethyst, won the raffle for a 2-foot-tall geode filled with amethyst crystals.

The society will mark its 50th anniversary in 2014. James Hudson, a founding member, attended the show. Hudson is professor emeritus of LSU’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

Membership is open to anyone interested in rocks. Visit brgemandmineral.org or the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society’s Facebook page.

Friendship Force of BR holds board meeting

The Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its monthly board meeting on Aug. 12 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library.

Lynn Robbins gave an update on the trip to Sacramento, Calif., scheduled for the end of August. Chairman Bob Duncan reported 720 ambassadors registered for the Friendship Force International Conference in New Orleans in November. Friendship Force of Baton Rouge will be the host club. Thornton Cofield announced the Women’s Week activity sponsored by the Friendship Force will be on Oct. 1 at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

For information about Friendship Force, call Frances Bennett, (225) 926-4710.

State Museum Friends board adds members

The Louisiana State Museum Friends introduced three new board members at the Aug. 13 meeting at the Capitol Park Museum.

President Lana Venable introduced Jarvis Green, Holly Strange and Sarah Dupree. Venable outlined goals for the upcoming year and Vice President Ben Pierce discussed fundraisers.

For information on Louisiana State Museum Friends, call Frances Bennett, (225) 926-4710.

Boy Scout earns highest rank of Eagle

Norris Swain has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America that a young man can earn.

Only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank. To earn it, a Scout must progress through six ranks, serve in a leadership position within his troop, provide service to the community and earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, of which 12 — in such areas as finance, family, citizenship and personal fitness — are required.

A Scout must also plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization, school or community.

Norris Swain

AGE: 18

SCHOOL: McKinley Senior High School, graduated with honors from the Gifted and Talented Program

TROOP: 50

SPONSOR: University United Methodist Church

TROOP LEADER: Tom Stogner

EAGLE PROJECT: Construction and installation of shelving and clothing racks to benefit the Connections For Life Thrift Store Ministry Outreach program sponsored by First United Methodist Church.

EXTRA: Swain earned 26 merit badges and served as his troop’s Eagle Patrol leader. He will attend Northwestern State University in the Scholars Program.

PARENTS: Ann Wise and Tom Swain

Compiled by George Morris

Advocate staff writer

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