Community News

Constable addresses Altrusa of Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Constable Reginald Brown spoke to the Altrusa Club on Nov. 18 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant and did the drawing for the annual raffle to benefit service projects.

Brown spoke about the Thanksgiving dinner served annually at the River Center to those in need, and about the need to educate children and parents about storing guns where children cannot have access to them. Brown said Baton Rouge ranks highly in accidental deaths by children playing with loaded guns.

Guests were Jim Cole, Gerard and Selma Ruth, T.H. and Jane St. Amant and Gerald Didier Sr.

The Fundraising Committee of Chairwoman Jan Holmes, Marti Didier and Carol Davis thanked members and guests for supporting the raffle and told members how the funds raised benefit people in need. Laura Rhorer, Service Committee chairwoman, displayed a “Bag of Hope.” The 300 bags are painted during the year and distributed to homeless children during the summer and at Christmas. Bags of Hope contain toiletries, soap, toothpaste, crayons, books, coloring books, washcloths, body wash, pencils and more.

For information on Altrusa, call Marti Didier, (225) 939-0460.

UCT volunteers assist Special Olympics event

Members of United Commercial Travelers volunteered for the Special Olympics equestrian competition Nov. 22-23 at the Hancock County Farm Arena in Gulfport, Miss.

Volunteers from UCT Council 499 in Baton Rouge were Intellectual Disabilities Chairwoman Janell Gautreaux, Calvin and Teenie Bajon, Gladden and Violet Norris, Page Meyer, Leigh Redman and Leonard Verbois. Other volunteers were Cheryll and Gerald York, of Gulfport, and Jane Mason, of Jackson, Miss.

Gerald York, Calvin Bajon, Leonard Verbois and Gladden Norris cooked a meal for athletes after they checked in.

Capital City Republican Women honor Heroman

Billy Heroman received the Fred C. Dent, Jr. Patriotism Award from Capital City Republican Women on Nov. 22 at LSU Salutes, a program honoring LSU alumni who have served in the military.

Heroman, a Baton Rouge native and resident, attended LSU from 1941-44, enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was placed in the Army Specialized Training Program at LSU. He was with the 99th Infantry Division in Europe, and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a German prisoner of war until liberated from Stalag 14 on April 17, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-Middle Eastern-African Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Award, Sharpshooter Badge, World War II Victory Medal, POW Medal, and the French Fourragere.

He is active in the Baton Rouge Run for Survival, Lady of the Lake Foundation Benefit, Tiger Athletic Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Lions International Club and has been active in the Sertoma Club, Children’s Miracle Network, Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau Board of Directors and Junior Achievement. He is a life member of Cadets of the Ole War Skule. He is married to the former Janet Landry.

Dufrene, Sterritt receive BRAWA scholarships

Kathryn Dufrene, a third-year student at LSU Law School, and Allyson L. Sterritt, a second-year student at Southern University Law School, received Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys scholarships for 2013.

BRAWA awards a scholarship annually to a female student at LSU and Southern who has completed her first year of law school and has demonstrated financial need and commitment, involvement or leadership in community or civic activities that benefit or affect women.

Dufrene, a Lacombe native, was on the 2012 Chancellor’s List. She was a quarterfinalist in the Ira S. Flory Trial competition, is managing editor of the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources, SBA Academics Committee Chair and a student member of the chancellor’s student educational policies committee. She has volunteered for the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Thirst for Justice, where attorneys provide free legal advice, and has volunteered at the Baton Rouge Battered Women’s Shelter. She received the award from BRAWA President Jan Reeves.

Sterritt, a Suwanee, Ga., native, was on the Dean’s List for 2012 at SULC. She is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She is an active fundraiser and advocate for cancer-related causes, having participated in the Race for the Cure, Relay for Life, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night and the St. Jude’s Warrior Dash. Professor Gail Stephenson, a member of the scholarship committee, presented the $300 check to Sterritt.

Eckert receives honor for volunteer efforts

Nancy Eckert is one of 10 winners of the the CarMax Foundation’s fourth annual CarMax Cares Community Service Award.

Eckert, management assistant for CarMax in Baton Rouge, has organized volunteer activities with the YWCA, Special Olympics and the American Heart Association. She has organized events benefiting St. Vincent de Paul Society, which serves the poor in Baton Rouge and will receive a grant from the foundation.

Associates across the country were nominated for their volunteer efforts and leadership in community giving. Each winner selected a nonprofit organization to receive a $5,000 grant on their behalf.

Washington completes Army basic training

Army National Guard Pvt. Samuel D. Washington has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is the son of Phillip and Belinda Washington, of Baton Rouge, and is the son-in-law of George Washington, also of Baton Rouge.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.