Community News for March 11, 2014

Alpha Kappa Alpha has Founders’ Day luncheon

Area Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority chapters celebrated 106 years at their annual Founders’ Day luncheon Feb. 15 at the Renaissance Hotel. Participating chapters were Nu Gamma Omega and Gamma Eta Omega of Baton Rouge, Phi Sigma Omega of Gonzales, Tau Kappa Omega of Plaquemine and Beta Psi of Southern University.

Dr. Rani Whitfield, “The Hip Hop Doc,” was keynote speaker.

Awards were presented to high school students: Dominique Arielle Thomas, a junior at Donaldsonville High School (Academics); Kaleb Harmon, junior at Scotlandville Magnet High School (Athletics); Jyron Andr é Walker, senior at The Dunham School (Leadership); Cach é Marchell Brown, freshman at Zachary High School (Arts); Ari Charlynn Burns, junior at McKinley High School (Service); and Sha’Myra Brianna Stevenson, seventh grade student at White Castle High School (Emerging Young Leader). Presenting the awards were student leaders Toya Spruel, Roland Stewart and Keaira McCants.

Alexis Alexander and Adrianne Williams of Nu Gamma Omega Chapter were chairwoman and co-chairwoman. Program participants included Linda Colar and Charmaine Williams, Phi Sigma Omega; Linda Early Brown, State Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, Eileen Kennedy and Shondra White, Nu Gamma Omega; Megan Henderson and Sharnice Byrd, Beta Psi; Katina Semien and LaChondria Holder, Gamma Eta Omega; and Carmen Harrison, Tau Kappa Omega.

Nature photographer gives advice to LPS

Nature photographer Don Hume spoke to the Louisiana Photographic Society on Feb. 20 about following your passion when taking photographs.

Hume’s primary love is the wading birds of the Gulf Coast. He said his success comes from good equipment, the right location and plenty of patience.

February photo contest winners were Cathy Smart for monotone, Sheldon Anderson for Level B and Renée Pierce for Level A. LPS meets on the third Thursday of each month. All photo enthusiasts are invited. For details, visit

Laureles selected Model of the Year

Faith Laureles, 14, a freshman at Central High School, was named as the Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week Model of the Year winner on Feb. 25 through the event’s social media sites. She got the news by telephone from OBRFW founder Brandon Campbell.

Using the State Capitol as its runway backdrop, OBRFW debuted its Big Night fashion event on Feb. 15 with local and out of state models wearing designs from Baton Rouge, Arkansas and Texas designers.

Sixty models were selected from about 300 who auditioned in early January. Models were evaluated on their runway walk, overall presence, professionalism and marketability.

In addition to the title, Laureles receives OBRFW merchandise, a year of promotion through the event’s website, a cash stipend and a modeling contract with Campbell’s Oneofakind Talent.

St. Louis Altar Society holds winter luncheon

The St. Louis King of France Catholic Church Altar Society held a “Let it Snow in Winter Wonderland” luncheon on Feb. 24 in the Parish Activity Center.

Calvin Bajon cooked a baked chicken lunch. Officers entered holding snowmen that they placed throughout the room.

President Teenie Bajon introduced guests Esperanza Fuselier, Vicky LaHaye and Aida Fernandez and new members Joanette Dunn, Dolores Roberts and Kimberly Roberts. She thanked committee members and officers, giving each a token of appreciation. The Rev. Jack Nutter thanked members for their contributions to the church.

Officers present were Martha Desselles, vice president; Linda Musso, treasurer; Barbara Schmitt, social chairwoman; and Beggy Baughman, corresponding chairwoman. Other officers are Angie Yarborough, secretary, and Rita Valentine, membership chairwoman.

Community Gardeners hear district director

Gail Lonibos, District VI director of Louisiana Garden Club Federation, spoke to Community Gardeners on March 6 at Connie Denicola’s home. Co-hostesses were Hazel Hagan, Mary Whittington and Dell Nelson.

Several members gave “show and tell” regarding plants they are growing. Midge Benson gave a short talk on butterflies.

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