Community column for Oct. 11, 2013

Cortana Kiwanis give awards, install officers

The Cortana Kiwanis Club held its officers installation banquet Sept. 19 at Ruffino’s.

Serving as officers for 2013-14 are Danny Fields, past president; Pam Morgan, president; Cal Robbins, president-elect; Mike Grace, vice president; Brent Salter, treasurer; and Margaret Hodges, secretary.

Debbie Salvant was recognized as Cortana Kiwanis Kiwanian of the Year for 2013, and Brent Salter was given The Rock Award, presented to an outstanding member who is a key contributer to the club’s success.

Daryle Gauthier received the Hixson Fellowship, named for the first president of Kiwanis International, George F. Hixson. The Zeller Fellowship — named in honor of Walter Zeller, who gave the gift to establish the Kiwanis International Foundation — was awarded to Paul Salvant and Wanda Magee.

Guests attending the meeting included Travis Vance, past Kiwanis district governor; Bruce Hammatt, Kiwanis lieutenant governor, Division 8B; Charlie Ford, executive director of the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee Kiwanis District, and his wife, Sharon Ford; Beverly Cain, Kiwanis District administrative assistant, and her husband, Ronnie Cain.

Community Gardeners hold sale, meeting

The Community Gardeners met Oct. 3 at the home of Janice Gibbon for a plant sale.

The group also held a short business meeting, and Midge Benson gave awards to winners of a plant identification game. Hostess for the meeting, which included lunch, were Gibbon, Dell Nelson, Mary Whittington and Jamie Golden.

Money from the plant sale will go to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Red Stick Ex-POWs hear from LSU official

The Red Stick Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War met Oct. 2 at the Hollywood Casino.

Adam Jennings, director of veteran military and student services at LSU, explained that veterans need concrete services and programs that will help them succeed in higher education and become leaders in the community. His primary goal, he told the chapter, is to establish a veteran’s center on campus.

Cmdr. Beth Dawson also spoke about the trip she and her husband, Scotty, made to the World War II Museum in New Orleans to hear Lester Tenney discuss his experiences during the Bataan Death March in World War II.

She also announed there will be a day at the zoo on Nov. 2.

Beta Sigma Phi chapter holds October meeting

The Laureate Alpha Gamma chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held its meeting Oct. 1 at the home of Anne Smith.

In attendance were President Page Meyer and members Dixie Gregory, Virginia Huffman, Gail Keller, Jean Leyda, Ruth Mannen, Marilyn Mayeux, Maxine Muller, Smith and Phyllis Turner.

The service project for October will be collecting personal items for members of the military.

Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship Fund applications were also handed out to members who want to nominate students.

Mayeux concluded the meeting by presenting a program on initials as used in the media, societies, organizations and in conversation.

Republican Women leaders go to meeting

Peggy Vidrine, president of the East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Women, and Evelyn Monk, first vice president, joined more than 1,275 other Republican Women leaders from around the country at the national convention Sept. 19-22 in Louisville, Ky.

During the four-day event, the women participated in leadership training seminars and heard from Republican leaders, officials and guests, includeing Sen. Mitch McConnell and former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.

Sign language class hears from volunteers

Communicating Thru Sign welcomed Jason Floyd and Craig and Michelle Hume as the volunteers of the week in the “Signs of Fall 2013” basic sign language class that met Oct. 5.

Floyd, a minister of music, worked with the class to demonstrate signing to the beat of music as his group will perform at the CTS Gospel Concert in 2014.

The Humes are hearing parents who are attending classes because their first child and both of their grandchildren are deaf. They also discussed cochlear implants, which their daughter and grandchildren each received.

Greer family sets date for 106th reunion

The 106th annual Greer family reunion will be Sunday at the family homestead at 2827 Miss. 583 in Bogue Chitto, Miss.

The reunion dates to 1907 when family and friends threw Frank Greer a surprise birthday party. It was enjoyed so much that they decided to do it every year.

Bring a pack of hot dogs for Saturday’s bonfire and a covered dish Sunday. There will be a raffle and a photo swap.

PA High School sets Fabulous 50s reunion

Calling all Port Allen High School graduates from 1950 through 1963 for a reunion from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the West Baton Rouge Community Center, 749 N Jefferson, Port Allen.

Members of the “Doo-Wop” generation — graduates and teachers — who would like to attend should contact Rogge Alexander at (225) 938-2224.

Follow this link to see the photos.

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