La. Lupus Foundation holds golf tournament
The Louisiana Lupus Foundation held its 26th Annual Lupus Golf Tournament & Silent Auction Fundraiser on Oct. 14 at the Santa Maria Golf Course. Lamar Advertising was the major sponsor.
President Linda Perkins presented prizes to the first place team of Donnell Baker, Rodney Davis, Eddie Rayborn and Kirby Stewart; the second place team of Gilbert Stampley, Bob Eames, Ray Iglehart and Alfred Sanders; and third place team of John Batieste, Bobby Brown, Bill Davis and Walter Morgan.
Bonsai Society hears horticulture professor
LSU Horticulture Professor Allen Owings spoke about bonsai horticulture to the Louisiana Bonsai Society on Oct. 15. Owings is a horticulture expert for LSU AgCenter extension programs providing service to nursery, landscape and garden center professionals.
Members discussed the Fall Bonsai Show to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. Admission is free. There will be bonsai displayed by members and 2 p.m. lectures both days.
The next club meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center. Guests are welcome. For information, contact Lowell Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or Ltilley@cox.net.
Foster care program topic for Brave Heart
Christy Tate, child welfare consultant for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, spoke to the Brave Heart — Children in Need board on Oct. 15 about Brave Heart’s partnership with the foster care program.
Marcy Sparrow discussed the Christmas wrapping project for the children in foster care. She said volunteers are already wrapping and packing gifts. Dee Robinson announced that board member Vera Martin was selected as the Golden Deeds Award Winner for 2013 and encouraged board members to attend the banquet honoring Martin.
Photographic Society hears David Humphreys
Commercial and fine-art photographer David Humphreys spoke to the Louisiana Photographic Society on Oct. 17 on how he blends tradition and modern technology in his images.
The award-winning photographer’s works are included in public and private collections. He explained his techniques with examples from architecture, people, events and food photography. A gadget-lover, Humphreys showed his latest passion, a copter-cam for aerial photography.
Winners of the club’s monthly competition were Linda Medine for black and white, Bill Lane for Level B and Kathy Reeves for Level A. At the business meeting, Treasurer Ray Totty reported LPS membership rose to 186.
The LPS meets on the third Thursday of each month. All photo enthusiasts are invited. For details, visit laphotosociety.com.
Republican Women discuss health care act
Capital City Republican Women hosted a meeting on the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 17 at BREC’s Independence Park.
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert explained why the state did not accept the Medicare expansion. State Rep. Julie Stokes spoke about entitlements versus personal responsibility. Department of Insurance attorney Kory Harvey said the problem with health care is far from being solved. Audience members discussed the difficulties of understanding health care.
Cancer Services topic for Altrusa meetings
Connie Boudreaux, marketing coordinator for Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, spoke to the Altrusa Club on Oct. 21 about awareness and cancer in the community.
Boudreaux spoke about the possible cancer symptoms and what to do if they occur. Brochures and informational newsletters were passed out. For information, call Cancer Services, (225) 927-2273. The office is at 550 Lobdell Ave.
Community Service Committee Chairwoman Laura Rhorer said the committee will meet in November to discuss funding requests for Christmas projects. Vice President Marti Didier introduced guest and prospective member Susan Smolinsky, a guest of member Alice Carroll.
Club Treasurer Carol Davis and Foundation Treasurer Cherryl Alford gave financial reports. Other reports were given by Rhorer and Jan Holmes of the Service Committee. Mary Eleanor Cole reported on the Inter-Civic Council’s meeting.
Holmes, fundraising chairwoman, reminded members of the restaurant raffle, “Let’s Eat, Dine for a Week,” for $50 gift cards to area restaurants. It will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.
For information on Altrusa, contact Didier, (225) 939-0460.
Area chapters attend DKG District Meeting
Area chapters attended the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Southeast District Meeting on Oct. 19 at the Louisiana Teacher Resource Center in Baton Rouge. Beta Tau Chapter of Baton Rouge hosted the event.
Jean Clark, Beth Dawson, Catherine Jacocks, Shirley Leggett, Lori Speer and Kathy Welch represented the Alpha Mu chapter. Alpha Lambda members attending were Myrna Tuminello, Cindy Guidroz, Betsy Stafford and Joyce Landry.
Speer sang a song that she composed, “Hats Off to Delta Kappa Gamma,” and received a standing ovation and accolades from State President Martha Turner.
Several Alpha Mu members serve on state committees and they gave reports. Leggett reported on music, Dawson on research and Welch on nominations and leadership.
Guest speaker Nancy Wertz spoke on “Infinite Possibilities through Kindness.”
State Treasurer Linda Ruth Jackson presented awards to outstanding chapter treasurers. Candy Metz of Alpha Mu was awarded the Treasurers’ Recognition for efficient and dedicated service for eight years. Katherine Auer, Alpha Mu’s previous treasurer, received the Circle of Roses Award for being an outstanding treasurer for 20 years.
Dawson, Alpha Mu president, received the Attendance Award for having the most members from a chapter present at the district meeting.
Stafford gave the professional affairs report and Landry reported on communication and publicity. Guidroz provided certificates for members wishing to earn continuing education units.
Coco speaks to BRGHS on state’s WWII effort
Reginald Coco spoke on Louisiana’s contributions to World War II to the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society on Oct. 19.
Yvonne Lewis Day will speak on the dangers of steamboat travel on the lower Mississippi, focusing on the deadly explosion of the 450-passenger steamer, The Princess, at Baton Rouge in 1859, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Bluebonnet Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call Mary McKeough, (225) 924-8921.
Cemetery laws topic for Baton Rouge DAR
Assistant Attorney Gen. Ryan Seidemann spoke about legal protections for cemeteries in Louisiana when the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on Oct. 21 at the Louisiana State Archives.
Seidemann explained the legal definition of what constitutes a cemetery and gave details of legal protection in Louisiana to preserve historic burial grounds. The chapter thanked The Runnels School for donating more than 2,000 books to the Baton Rouge Chapter to be distributed to children and adults in area shelters.
The chapter is collecting items to be delivered to soldiers returning from active duty at Fort Polk. Members will make “welcome home” gift bags for servicemen and women.
Registrar June McGraw, introduced new and prospective members. Sue Seab and Louise Strong provided refreshments.
DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information, email JSM1225@aol.com.
Author Marx addresses BR Sigma Chi Alumni
Jeffrey Marx, a 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative reporting and author of “The Long Snapper” about Brian Kinchen coming out of retirement to win a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots, spoke to the Baton Rouge Sigma Chi Alumni on Oct. 22 at the Bocage Racquet Club.
Marx also talked about “Season of Life,” in which he chronicles a season with former Baltimore Colts star Joe Ehrmann, as he coached the Gilman High School football team and taught the true values in life.
LSU Greeks reach goal of $1 million for Habitat
The LSU Greek community raised $201,000 in the 2012-13 academic year for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, raising its total contributions to $1 million over the past eight years.
Fraternities and sororities host letter-writing parties, in which members seek donations from family and friends.
Greek Week, established eight years ago by the student run Greek Board of Directors, is an annual philanthropic event that Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge relies on for the funding and building of two homes in the Baton Rouge area. The money raised provides materials needed for the construction of the homes in an eight-day blitz build, while more than 1,000 Greek students provide manpower throughout the week, working under the supervision of volunteer construction workers.
“This year we will complete our 15th and 16th homes,” shared Caroline Darwin, GBOD president. “We are working toward raising funds in order to build three homes in the future as we look forward to making differences in more lives.”
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that works with volunteers to build affordable housing for families in need.
Iota Master learns about October events
Nancy McGraw gave a program on “The Lights and Likes of October” when Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Oct. 24 at Grace Burley’s home. Members discussed that month’s special days and holidays. Ruth McNease was co-hostess.
Pat Tennyson and Virgie Germany gave a program on Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects patients and their families.
Darlene Poindexter was crowned chapter sweetheart by Burley. Poindexter will be presented at the Beta Sigma Phi Sweetheart Ball in February.
Iota Master’s service project for October was volunteering at Brave Heart. Members helped Brave Heart by wrapping presents for the Christmas project that provides for the needy children of 23 parishes.
Great Basketball Reunion set for Nov. 2.
The eighth annual Great Basketball Reunion will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at LaFleur’s Restaurant, 6865 Magnolia Beach Road in Denham Springs.
The reunion is for anyone who played basketball or coached in Livingston, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, the Felicianas, Tangipahoa or Ascension parishes, or were a fan of any of their teams, from the 1940s-70s.
LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones will speak, and former Advocate Sports Editor Sam King will be on hand to sell and sign his new book, “Tiger Beat.” RSVP to Shelly Strobel, (225) 665-6057 or ShellyS55@aol.com.
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