Livingston Historical learns about Basques
Michel-Antoine Nicolas, president of the Louisiana Basque-American Society and Cultural Organization, spoke to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on Sept. 19.
Nicolas said many families that identify as French or Spanish may actually be Basque, a group that originated in southern England, spread to Europe and reached as far as central Asia. More than 2 million Basques live in Spain and parts of France.
Colonial settles found Basque script when they came to Louisiana, and many Louisiana names are Basque in origin, Nicolas said.
Guillory, Hodges speak to Republican Women
State Sen. Elbert Guillory and State Rep. Valerie Hodges spoke to the Republican Women of Baton Rouge on Sept. 25 at Café Américain.
Guillory has been elected to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame and has received awards from the Louisiana Family Forum and the Louisiana Right to Life Team. Hodges has been recognized by the Louisiana Family Forum for her voting record on faith and family values.
Also speaking was Larry Spencer, candidate for justice of the peace in Baton Rouge Ward 3 District 3.
RWBR held a September fundraiser to benefit “Project Pillows” in Lake Charles. Newly deployed service personnel are provided with a pillow with a greeting card that says, “One touch from God is greater than all the world can offer.”
High school girls attend Leadership Academy
The 2013 Cinderella Project Leadership Academy was held Oct. 2-5 for 28 female high school students. The Cinderella Project hosted the Leadership Academy in partnership with the LSU Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach.
Gaines Foster, dean of LSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted a lecture about slavery in the South in conjunction with a visit to an exhibit on the same topic at the Capitol Park Museum.
Leadership Academy students were given a reading assignment on this topic prior to the lecture. After the lecture, students took a mini-exam. The purpose was for students to understand the expectations of a college professor and experience a college-level class.
Music Club of BR event has French emphasis
The Music Club of Baton Rouge held a recital titled “The French Connection” on Oct. 8 at the Woman’s Club. Victor Klimash was program chairman.
Pianist Susan Brys played “Le Rossignol en Amour” and “Plainte” by Francois Couperin, and “Forlane” and “Menuet” by Maurice Ravel.
Mezzo-soprano Rita Lovett sang “Serenade Italienne,” “Les Papillons” and “Le Colibri” by Ernest Chausson. She was accompanied on piano by Constance Carroll.
Soprano Rose Mary Williams, accompanied by Carroll, sang “Clair de lune,” first by Claude Debussy and then by Gabriel Faure, and then “Mandoline,” also by both Debussy and Faure.
Erin O’Shea, an LSU graduate flute student, played “Syrinx” by Debussy, and “Image” by Eugene Bozza.
The Hospitality Committee, co-chaired by Meg Genusa and Ellen Snyder, provided refreshments, assisted by Gail Evans, Mary Francis, Tommy Humphreys, Margie Kemp, Marcy Lyon, Mary Sue Meadors, Burt Robinson and Beverly Thomas.
Civic Associations hear sheriff’s spokeswoman
Casey Rayborn Hicks, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Oct. 10. The Federation represents homeowners associations.
Hicks said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux has emphasized the K-9 unit, deputies on bikes, community policing with a focus on high crime areas and deputies in schools, public information, research and development grants, emergency services unit with rapid response teams, a reinstated junior deputy program, and technology and fleet updates.
Three new substations were opened in the northern part of the parish. The technology upgrades were made on the website and in better integration with other agencies.
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting is on Nov. 14.
Trinity Episcopal Day School starts fund drive
Trinity Episcopal Day School held a “Party on the Playground” on Oct. 10 to kick off the 2013-14 Building for Our Future Fund.
Trinity’s focus is to renovate the 20-year-old preschool playground making it safe, modern, and durable. A rendering of the new playground was drawn by Lanny Smith. Guests were entertained by Trinity’s violin students under the instruction of Stefka Madere.
Walk-On’s Catering, Parrain’s, Roman’s, and Piccadilly donated food for the event. For information, visit trinityschoolbr.org.
AAUW chapter sponsors Women’s Week events
The American Association of University Women sponsored four Women’s Week activities in September and October.
The Open House was held on Sept. 29 at Carolyn Stutts’ home and welcomed District Director Melodia Gutterrey, author Ronlyn Domingue and new members. District Attorney Hillar Moore III spoke about the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project on Sept. 30.
Anne Nowak spoke about the generational conflict in the workplace and how we can work better together, and Domingue reviewed her book, “The Mercy of Thin Air,” on Oct. 5.
Laureate Alpha Gamma honors its sweetheart
Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi entertained chapter Sweetheart Maxine Muller on Oct. 12 with a luncheon at the Houma House Plantation.
She received a crystal engraved heart from the chapter and gifts from sorority members. Attending were members Dixie Gregory, Virginia Huffman, Gail Keller, Jean Leyda, Sandy Linder, Ruth Mannen, Page Meyer, Anne Smith and Phyllis Turner and guests Abigail Elliott, Leigh Redman and Sandy Bailey.
The chapter met on Oct. 15 at Gail Keller’s home. Guests were Becky Decker and Leslie Steele. Turner spoke on training and exercising the mind.
McKinley Class of 1964 plans 50-year reunion
The McKinley High School’s Class of 1964 is planning a 50-year reunion for the weekend of May 23. Planning meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the McKinley Alumni Center at 1520 Thomas Delpit Drive. Meetings are open to all alumni of the graduating class of 1964. Contact Melvin Mitchell, (225) 614-5065, (225) 769-5968, or James Lucas, (225) 216-9505.
Woodlawn student attends SLU Band Day
Sophomore Woodlawn High School band member Ryan Williams participated in the 2013 Southeastern Louisiana University Band Day.
Comprised of several hundred high school musicians from around the state, Ryan practiced and performed with the university band at halftime of the SLU football game against Incarnate Word on Oct. 5.
P.G.T. Beauregard High reunion set for Nov. 2
P.G.T. Beauregard High School classes from 1968-77 are invited to a reunion at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the in the newly renovated P.G.T. Beauregard Courthouse.
Bill Hyland, who is St. Bernard Parish historian, will speak about the history of the building. DJ Wayne Coupel will provide music. Several faculty members are expected to attend, including Pat Davis, Sidney Bellard, Charles Tartavoulle, Sandra Prados, Linda Irwan and Gail Fayard. Send contact information on classmates to Barbara Robino Geraci, (504) 439-3930.
Compiled by George Morris
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