Community column for March 25, 2014

Acadiana member wins RSEA Member of Year

Cheryl Smith received the Acadiana Chapter Member of the Year for her service to the community when the Retired State Employees Association held its annual meeting Feb. 26 at the Scott Event Center in Scott. She will be further recognized at the state conference this fall.

Friendship Force gets report on Canada visit

The Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its monthly board meeting March 10 at the Jones Creek Library. Karen Vingiello reported on the visit from Ottawa, Canada. Members discussed visits to Bergen, Norway, and Mid-Willamette, Ore., and made plans for the club’s 30th anniversary celebration.

Alzheimer’s disease topic for LSU retirees

Jeffrey Keller, director of the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, explained the nature of Alzheimer’s disease to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club March 10.

Keller said Alzheimer’s is not a single disease but a collection of symptoms. Each case is different. Some 100,000 people in Louisiana have the disease.

Officers and committee chairs gave reports. Guest Frank Jobert reviewed legislation affecting retirees. Joan Benedict, Alice Carroll, Susan Hodges, Betsy Juneau and Rita Walker provided refreshments.

The club meets on the second Monday of the month, and LSU retirees and their spouses may join. Contact

Music Club Chorus performs Cole Porter

The Baton Rouge Music Club Chorus performed a show titled “I Get a Kick Out of Cole” on March 11 at the Woman’s Club.

Director was Marjorie Blocker, with accompaniment by Louis Wendt on piano and Kim Sands on cello. Artistic Director was Terry Byars, with Les LeBlanc as sound man. Shirley Pittman narrated.

Soloists were Hots Aull, Lois Holloway, Louis Wendt, Jeanne Clement, Katy Pena, Curtis Lauret, Martha Thornhill, Charlotte Paulsen, Jack Harris, Cynda Barfield, Linda Mitchell, Kathy Rageur, Wesley McCoy, Tirzah Douglas, Guy Augustine, Donna Watson, Randy Smith and Linda Robinson. Selections included “Begin the Beguine,” “Anything Goes,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “Wunderbar,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Don’t Fence Me In” and “So In Love.”

Randy Smith was program chairman. The hospitality committee, co-chaired by Linda Henning and Diane Lynch, provided refreshments, assisted by Jackie Aull, Miriam Bensman, Cheryl Hall, Dot Harman, Virginia Hopper, Mary Lou Hutchinson, Louise Kinney, Ruth Patrick, Betty Robertson and Rita Satawa.

Inter-Civic group hears from veterans caregiver

April Foreman, a psychologist who serves veterans in Baton Rouge in the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, spoke to the Inter-Civic Council on March 11 at Hunan’s Restaurant.

Foreman spoke about providing care to people with severe emotional pain, thoughts of suicide, and crisis. She follows up personally, with local veterans who call the Veterans Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255. Callers should press 1 if it is a crisis.

Women’s Council gets info on Voyage Program

Kimberly Levy-Marcelle, Partners in Education coordinator for Volunteers in Public Schools, spoke about the Voyage Program and its need for volunteers to the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge on March 13 at First United Methodist Church. Angela Winn spoke about her experiences as a VIPS mentor in the Voyage Program.

Dee Mather-Muenzler invited everyone to purchase tickets and attend the Grief Recovery “Culinary Arts for Healing Hearts” fundraiser on Tuesday, April 29, at L’Auberge Casino.

Vicknair graduates from Marine basic training

Pvt. Brandon Q. Vicknair, of Lafayette, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., on Feb. 14. His next assignment is Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, N.C. He is the son of Troy and Renee Vicknair of Lafayette and grandson of Marlene Vicknair of LaPlace.

Goins graduates from Army basic training

Army Pvt. Derrick L. Goins Jr. has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Goins is the son of Latrennia and Derrick Goins Sr., of Baton Rouge, and is a 2013 graduate of Scotlandville Magnet High School.

Huval graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael P. Huval graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Huval earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Phyllis and Robert Huval, of Baton Rouge. He airman is a 2006 graduate of Christian Life Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from LSU.

Woodlawn sets reunion for classes of 1972-76

The Woodlawn High School classes of 1972-76 will hold a reunion from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 3, at the Grande Pavilion, 14210 Airline Highway in Gonzales. Cost is $45 per person, due by April 15. Contact Lisa Anderson Chatelain, (225) 439-2111, Debby Jackson Gill,

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