Community Column for March 21, 2014

Welborn completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Jason C. Welborn graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Welborn is the son of Jason Welborn, of Lafayette, and grandson of Judy Welborn, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of St. Thomas More High School, Lafayette.

BSP’s Iota Master elects new officers

Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi elected officers on March 13 at Nancy McGraw’s home: President Pat Buturla, Vice President Cheryl Foster, Treasurer Pat Tennyson, Recording Secretary Jane Haupt, Corresponding Secretary Nancy McGraw, Extension Officer Darlene Poindexter and City Council Representative Norma Morales.

Lynda Smith was co-hostess. Members wore green, and the house was decorated for St. Patrick’s Day. Foster gave a program on “going green,” showing how to use ordinary household products for cleaning. The chapter collected items for “Connection for Life.”

BR teacher receives La. art educator award

The National Art Education Association has named Nancy Von Brock, of Baton Rouge, to receive the 2014 Louisiana Art Educator of the Year Award.

The award honors an outstanding member from each state or province association whose service and contribution to art education merits recognition and acclaim.

The award will be presented at the NAEA National Convention March 29-31 in San Diego, Calif.

“Nancy Von Brock exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today — leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession,” said NAEA President Dennis Inhulsen.

NAEA is the professional association for art educators.

Hebert Association sets gathering in Abbeville

The Hebert Association is holding a gathering of Heberts for anyone interested in the history or genealogy of the Hebert name or anyone interested in Acadian history.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Abbeville Library, 405 E. St. Victor St. Lunch is free to members and $5 for non-members.

Author Warren Perrin will speak on his latest book and the proclamation by the Queen of England in regards to the deportation of the Acadians.

The program will include information on DNA testing for ancestry purposes, as well as a presentation on the Acadian odyssey of ancestors deported to France.

Follow this link to see the photos.

For information or to RSVP, call John or Kathy, (225) 622-4412, or email,

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 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.