Community News for Oct. 8, 2013

Bonsai Society learns about tropical plants

At the Louisiana Bonsai Society meeting on Sept. 17, Buck Lawrence, Mississippi Gulf Coast Bonsai Society president, discussed how to use tropical plants to develop bonsai.

Lawrence’s presentation was the latest in a 10-year string of reciprocal bonsai programs between the two societies. Howard Merill, Louisiana Bonsai Show coordinator, did a Phoenix graft bonsai demonstration at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bonsai Society meeting Sept. 11 in Gulfport, Miss.

The next meeting of the Louisiana Bonsai Society will be Oct. 15 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. The guest speaker will be Allen Owings from the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station. Guests are welcome. Call Lowell Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or email

Beta Sigma Phi discusses light, football

The Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi participated in several events recently.

The chapter met Sept. 19 at the home of Cheryl Foster. Darlene Poindexter served as co-hostess and gave a presentation on light.

On Sept. 26, the chapter joined other Baton Rouge Beta Sigma Phi chapters at St. Andrew Methodist Church for Fun Night, hosted by the Lambda Master Chapter, which included a style show from Coldwater Creek.

Cheryl and Edwin Foster hosted a football party for the chapter Sept. 28. Their home was decorated with LSU memorabilia. Grace Burley was chairwoman for the event, which included food and games.

BR Garden Club honors Sinclair, sees quilt

The Baton Rouge Garden Club met Sept. 18 at the Garden Club center.

Della Sinclair received the Distinguished Service Award, presented every second year to a member chosen for outstanding contributions to the club. Cindy Moran, 2011 recipient, presented the award.

A quilt to be raffled off at the Louisiana Garden Club Federation 2014 convention was also shown to club members. The quilt has 24 squares, each depicting the flower logo of each of the state’s clubs.

Delta Zeta raises $4,000 in Turtle Tug

LSU’s Delta Zeta Sigma chapter held their third annual Turtle Tug on Sept. 22.

The Turtle Tug is a fundraiser where fraternities participate in an Olympics-like games. Delta Zeta raised more than $4,000, much of which came from a Raisin’ Cane’s Give Back Day. The money will go to the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation.

Delta Zeta fielded 27 teams from 18 fraternities, a total of 270 men. Chapter members also served as support, coaches and facilitators.

Ikebana meets, talks Japanese bath houses

Ikebana International Chapter 42 met Sept. 17 at the home of Karen Zobrist.

Madeline Breidenbach and Terri Lamb gave an interesting program on the Japanese benki, or toilet, and the bath houses of Japan. Lunch and refreshments were served by hostesses Aleta Lester, Judy Nielson and Zobrist.

PR group’s zombie 5K raises money for trip

The Public Relations Student Society of America at LSU hosted The Running Dead 5K Sept. 28.

More than 65 runners, many decked out in zombie costumes, took the route near and around the LSU lakes to raise money for the chapter to attend the PRSSA National Conference in Philadelphia.

Prizes were awarded to Lucky Prosper (best male time). Sydney Johnson (best female time), Jocelyn Copple (best kid zombie costume) and Amanda Kuylen (best dressed, adults).

CASA gets grant from state fair foundation

Capital Area CASA Association received a $5,000 grant from the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation’s Worthy Cause Program.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers work on behalf of abused and neglected children in need of safe and permanent homes.

Garden club holds fall style show

The Lake Sherwood Garden Club held its annual fall style show Sept. 19 at the home of Lee Grotness.

Faye Futch, Phyllis Haggard and Elaine LeBas served as co-hostesses. Raffaele’s Clothier provided the clothing for the show.

Christy Harelson, Caroline Derbes, Pat Brown, Pat Rea, LeBas, Kay Raborn, Lynne Peters and Haggard modeled.

Students honored by MOWW chapter

The Lt. Gen. Troy H. Middleton Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars met Oct. 1 at the City Club of Baton Rouge.

The chapter honored as 2013 Youth Leadership Award winners Gregory Patrick Riley, son of Alfred and Paige Riley, senior, Parkview Baptist High School; Jesse P. Mayeaux, son of Ken and Shannon Mayeaux, senior, St. Michael’s the Archangel High School; and Courtney Garrett Gardner, son of Jeff and Traci Gardner, senior, Sillman Institute.

The students received a trip to attend the MOWW Patriots Point Youth Leadership and Patriotic Education Conference aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C.

During the June conference, Riley was selected as the Patriots Point Youth Leadership Conference essay award winner and will compete for the MOWW National Phoenician Essay Award in the spring.

Rodrigue Foundation kicks off art contest

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts launched its 2014 Louisiana-wide art contest recently. The theme is “Louisiana’s Natural Beauty.”

Submissions will be judged on interpretation of theme, creativity and design.

The contest will award more than $45,000 in scholarships to the top ten senior and top five junior winners.

The winning artist will also have the opportunity to collaborate with George Rodrigue to design a special poster to be sold at all Audubon Nature Institute properties. Sales of the posters will benefit the foundation and Audubon.

Applications will be taken now through Feb. 12 at

Follow this link to see the photos.