Jack and Jill club honors Robertson
The Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack and Jill of America honored the life of Carole Robertson by celebrating “Carole Robertson Day” Sept. 29 at Mount Pilgrim Family Life Center.
Robertson, a member of Jack and Jill of America in Birmingham, Ala., was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on Sept. 15, 1963. She was only 14 and was very active in the organization. Her mother, Alpha Robertson, served as regional director of the southeastern region of the organization.
During the Sept. 29 event, local members pledged to increase awareness of improving human rights, civil rights and racial harmony.
Composers group meets in Ruston
The National Association of Composers, USA, presented the 2013 National Festival at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston on Oct. 3-5. The composition area of LSU’s School of Music participated with the following seven composers, including alumni, students and faculty.
Wieslaw V. Rentowski, NACUSA National Vice President, won numerous international awards; Mickie Willis, former faculty at Baton Rouge Community College, faculty at Arkansas State University; William Price, faculty at University of Alabama at Birmingham, first prize winner of the MTNA National Composer of the Year Award; David Cortello, recent LSU Ph.D. graduate, winner of numerous awards; Joshua Carver, current LSU Ph.D. graduate assistant, first prize winner of SCL’s Philip Slates Memorial Composition Competition; Al Benner, editor of NACUSA magazine Composer USA, commissioning chair for LMTA and publisher of Conners Publications; and Dinos Constantinides, LSU Boyd Professor of Composition and director of the Louisiana Sinfonietta.
Britt speaks at retired teachers meeting
Donna Britt, WAFB-TV anchor, talked about “Making Good Things Happen” at the Oct. 3 meeting of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association District IV at the Professional Development Center in Baton Rouge.
Retired teachers from Ascension, East and West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and Iberville parishes attended the annual fall conference, hosted by the Baton Rouge Area Retired Teachers Association.
A welcome was given by Mayor Kip Holden and EBR Superintendent of Schools Bernard Taylor Jr.
Also participating in the program were BRARTA President Alice Irving, Cleona Parisi, saxophonist Harry Johnson, Ingleside United Methodist Church Pastor Jay Hogenwood, the Broadmoor High School ROTC and Lois Holloway.
Following Britt’s presentation, LRTA District IV President Joyce Rome conducted the business session.
An LRTA update was given by LRTA Executive Director Graig Luscombe. Chairwoman Janis Hernandez gave a membership report, and Chairwoman Dorothy Wilson reported on programs. A memorial service was presented by Peggy Aime and Leontine Washington, assisted by the eight unit presidents, for all the teachers who passed away this year. A meal and door prizes followed.
La. division of the UDC holds 113th convention
The Louisiana Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its 113th annual convention Sept. 19-21 at the Airport Hilton in Kenner.
National Defense Medals were given to Betty LaMarr Charping Ernewein, Ignatius Bradley Willoz, Glenn Albert McPherson, Vietnam conflict, and the late Edwin Joseph Cantin, Korean War.
Petty Bones, of Bogalusa, played “Old Southern Songs.” In the poetry contest, which was themed “The Many Hats I Wore While My Soldier Was Off to War,” Jan Grace won first and Genevieve DeWitt, took second. Both are members of the Joanna Waddill Chapter 294. The chapter also won the special project award for its work with the Red Cross in tornado relief in Moore, Okla., highest benevolent activities and most volunteer hours.
Breaking boards for a cure to cystic fibrosis
On Sept. 28, Kimm’s Institute of Self Defense teamed up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise money for a cure.
Students of Han Mu Do schools throughout Louisiana and Mississippi raised funds for the CFF’s Baton Rouge chapter to be eligible to break boards at the Third Southern Han Mu Do Invitational Tournament, held at Kimm’s here. More than $1,700 was raised by 21 students.
To help fight CF, call the Baton Rouge chapter at (225) 769-9994 or visit cff.org/chapters/batonrouge.
Cancer survivors attend conference
On Sept. 14, the statewide African American Cancer Conference was held by the Louisiana Coalition of African American Breast Cancer Survivors at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome presided over the conference attended by more than 300 survivors, caregivers and volunteers from throughout the state. The charge to “Celebrate: Survivorship through Faith, Hope and Love” was given by Sheron Patterson, survivor and author of “The Blessings & Bling: How Faith and Fashion Helped Me Survive Breast Cancer.” She is communications officer of the United Methodist North Texas Conference.
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