Sep 28, 2013 19:45 Community News for Sept. 17, 2013 Community News for Sept. 17, 2013 Photo provided by BABS BABIN -- Senior Spirit -- Gathering at the West Baton Rouge Senior Spirit fifth anniversary celebration on Sept. 8 at the Port Allen Community Center are,standing from left, Jim and Helen Thibodeaux, Dave and Claudette Fontenot and Luis Interiano, and, seated from left, Marceline Naquin and Genevieve Levert. Advocate story Sept. 28, 2013 Comments WBR Senior Spirit celebrates anniversary West Baton Rouge Senior Spirit, a program of the West Baton Rouge Parks and Recreation Department, celebrated its fifth anniversary providing activities for seniors 50 and older on Sept. 8 with a catered dinner at the Port Allen Community Center. The Fabulous Bagasse Boys provided music. The organization began in 2008 with 50 members and has grown to more than 360 members who enjoy a variety of activities. Co-Directors Lucy Landry and Babs Babin recognized activity leaders Jane Brou and Callie Smith, hand and foot canasta; Catherine Blanchard, lunch gatherings; Evelyn Clouatre, pokeno; Carolyn Blanchard, aerobics; Joan Sharon, quilting; and Dianne Martin, yoga. Landry manages group trips, workshops and daytime bourée; Babin manages bridge, nighttime bourée and communications. Appreciation was expressed to Anatole Vincent, director of WBR Parks and Recreation Department; Mayor Joey Norman and the town of Brusly; and the Rev. Matt Lorrain, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for their support of WBR Senior Spirit activities. St. Louis Altar Society has tailgate party The St. Louis King of France Catholic Church Altar Society held a tailgate-themed party on Sept. 9 at the Parish Activity Center. President Teenie Bajon welcomed members and guests Monsignor Leo Guillot and Dolores Blackwell. Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q catered the meal. Bajon thanked those who decorated or served: Martha Desselles, Marie Harrell, Rita Valentine, Betty Baughman, Susan Ricaud, Barbara Schmitt, Kathleen Mokry, Jennie Guzzardo, Nancy Tate, Emeline Desselles, Calvin Bajon and Buddy Ricaud. Civic Associations gets bookkeeping advice CPA William D. Mercer spoke on basic principles of bookkeeping for homeowners associations when the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations met on Sept. 12. Mercer defined differences between civic associations and crime prevention districts. Civic associations are generally created by individuals or developers in a subdivision. Its activities are determined by a board of directors within by-laws established by the membership or a developer and are funded by voluntary or mandatory dues. Crime prevention districts are created by the Legislature and are geographically specific. Activities and membership are determined by law and funded by property taxes. Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center at 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 10. Ibrahim graduates from Army basic training Army Pvt. Maryum M. Ibrahim has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Ibrahim is the daughter of Calandra LaFleur and Ivory Samuels, both of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of Woodlawn High School. Philemon Thomas SAR to hold essay contest High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to enter the annual Sons of the American Revolution essay contest. The local winner will receive $1,000. The entry deadline is Dec. 31. The essay should deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence or the framing of the U.S. Constitution and should range between 800 and 1,200 words. Sponsored by the Gen. Philemon Thomas SAR Chapter, the contest is open to students in public or private schools or home-schooled. For information, contact John Bilisoly, 1037 Richland Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806, (225) 383-5444. Laureate Alpha Gamma hears about recycling Jean Leyda spoke on “A Day in the Life of a Salvation Army Distribution Center” and secondhand textile recycling processors when Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Sept. 3 at Phyllis Turner’s home. Attending were Treasurer Dixie Gregory, who led the meeting in the absence of the president and vice president, Virginia Huffman, Gail Keller, Ruth Mannen, Marilyn Mayeux, Maxine Muller and Turner. Members donated items for the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Turner reported the chapter assisted Baton Rouge Green at its event on Aug. 24 at the Rural Life Museum. See the story and photos here. Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. 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