Community column for April 1, 2014

Cortana Kiwanis Club fetes parade sponsors

Cortana Kiwanis Club honored sponsors of the Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade with a breakfast buffet on March 13.

Heather Folks, Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade committee chairman, spoke about the parade and welcomed sponsors attending. She showed a DVD chronicling 2013 Christmas Parade and explained that the planning is a year long project.

Sponsors present were Brent Salter from Provost, Salter, Harper & Alford; Danny Fields from OLOL Children’s Hospital; Percy Singleton from Cortana Mall; Jeremy Theriot from Cox Communications; Tyler Grodi and Brandon Kelly from E Federal Credit Union; Virgil Clipps from By the Specs Roofing; Daronda Lathan from Redemptorist Elementary School; Tom Olinde from Olinde’s Furniture; Paul and Debbie Salvant from The Bug Man Pest Control; Dr. Glenn Kidder, dentist; and Marc Pater from Premier Lanes Entertainment.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd. Guests are welcome to attend. Contact Lowell Tilley,, (225) 272-6744.

Mental health group receives accreditation

Executive Director Melissa Silva announced the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge had received the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities accreditation for three years at its monthly meeting on March 20.

This award signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback and serving the community.

Fund Development Specialist Jenny Ridge discussed plans for the fourth annual Beat the Odds Casino Night on May 3 at the Capitol Park Welcome Center on River Road. For information, call (225) 929-7674.

Alpha Mu members attend state convention

Six Feliciana educators in Alpha Mu Chapter attended the 80th State Convention of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International March 14-16 in Pineville: President Beth Dawson, First Vice President Kathy Welch, Secretary Shirley Leggett, Linda Courtney, Lori Speer and Catherine Jacocks.

Dawson and Welch serve on the State Executive Board. On state committees are Welch, Leadership Development; Leggett, Musical Instrument; Courtney, Research; and Dawson, Finance.

Legislative Committee Chairman Renee Siccone presented the Friend of Education Award to State Rep. John Bel Edwards, who was nominated by Alpha Mu.

Speer sang a song that she wrote, “Hats Off to Our Founders.” Welch accepted the Silver Key Chapter, Newsletter Award, and finalist in the Fleur de Lis Award earned by the chapter. The Fleur de Lis Award was presented to the top three chapters in Louisiana to recognize outstanding projects. Welch, Dawson and Jacocks accepted the award.

Hays Town addresses Chronologically Gifted

A. Hays Town Jr. spoke about dangers to Baton Rouge area drinking water when the Chronologically Gifted and Talented of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church met March 19.

Town established Baton Rouge Citizens to Save Our Water, a non-profit organization. He detailed facts about efforts to prevent the encroachment of saltwater into the freshwater aquifer used by Baton Rouge. He outlined efforts of city officials and lawmakers to stem the flow of saltwater.

Industries’ over-pumping fresh water from the aquifer is the main cause of the problem, he said, which could result in the city having to find another supply, likely the Mississippi River. Town asked members to ask legislators to support the Groundwater Bill. For information, go to

Philharmonic Club hears violinist Lowry

The Philharmonic Club of Baton Rouge was entertained by its 2013 scholarship winner, violist Christopher Lowry, on March 19 at MaryLynn Sache’s home.

Lowry played selections from Bach Suites No. 1 in G major, No. 3 in C major and No. 5 in C minor. He also played “Hindemith Sonata for Solo Viola, Opus 25” and his own composition, “Milestone Miniatures for Viola Alone, Opus 13.”

The club awards a scholarship each year to an LSU School of Music student majoring in a stringed instrument. Lowry is from the studio of Elias Goldstein.

Hostesses were Chair Gail Evans, Janet Daniel and Marilyn Braymer.

LSU student receives first Edelman Award

Erin Kenna, a Manship School of Mass Communication senior and Public Relations Student Society of America at LSU public relations director, has received the inaugural Ruth Edelman Award for achievement in women’s leadership development.

Kenna will receive $1,500 and a three-month paid internship in Edelman’s Chicago office.

Kenna was judged on school and civic activities specific to women’s studies, work specific to women’s issues, public relations experience/achievements and faculty and professional recommendations.

LSU student elected to PRSSA committee

Paige Weber, LSU Chapter president of the Public Relations Student Society of America, was elected to the 2014-15 PRSSA National Committee as the vice president of chapter development at the PRSSA National Assembly held March 13-16 in Charleston, S.C.

Weber has been a PRSSA member since 2010. She served as PRSSA at LSU public relations director during her sophomore year and directed the PRSSA 2014 Region 5 Regional Conference.

Weber will be responsible for coordinating programming for the PRSSA National Conference Chapter Development Sessions and Chapter PRSSA President’s Leadership Workshop, planning leadership training workshops for the PRSSA National Assembly, planning PRSSA’s Community Service Initiative at National Conference, running and promoting the annual FUNdraising Bowl and serving as a resource for chapters and their leadership.

Blanchard candidate for Presidential Scholar

Matthew Blanchard, a senior at Parkview Baptist School, has been named a candidate in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

A National Merit Finalist and an Advanced Placement Scholar with honor, Blanchard earned a perfect 36 on the ACT. He serves as captain of the drum line and drum section leader for the PBS Marching Band, is a National Honor Society and Latin Club member and has served as Latin Club president and Student Council treasurer.

Windsay completes Army basic training

Army Pvt. 2nd Class Devin Windsay graduated from basic military training at Fort Jackson, S.C. on Feb. 20. A graduate of Dutchtown High School, he is the son of Norman and Tonyell Woodridge Jr. of Prairieville and grandson of Herman and Alma LeBeau of Baton Rouge. His next assignment is Humphreys Army Base, South Korea.

12 BR DAR members attend state convention

Members from the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the 105th State Conference March 20-22 in Lafayette: Lea Evans, Rachel Grace, Sarah Brooks, Amalia Rogers, Ina Navarre, Lynette Navarre, Fredie Seab, Sue Seab, Zora Olsson, Laurel Olsson, Linda Donnelly and Lona Gros.

Alyssa Donnelly, representing Children of the American Revolution, attended. Brooks, Donnelly and Navarre were pages.

The chapter’s monthly meeting was March 17 at the State Archives. Shirley Pourciau from the Alexander Stirling Chapter spoke on Martha Washington.

The chapter presented Good Citizens certificates and pins to six students: Michael Hughes, Baton Rouge Magnet High School; Maryssa Hayes, Broadmoor High School; Christian Lemoine, Catholic High School; Patrick Riley, Parkview High School; Mackenzie Byrd, Runnels High School; and Brionna Nelson, Woodlawn High School.

Hughes won the essay contest and received a $100.00 scholarship. Good Citizen Awards are based on qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Susan Smith and Zora Olsson 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

Laureate Alpha Gamma holds hobo, tax party

Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held a “hobo and income tax” party March 22 at Verlyne and Cleve LeBlanc’s home. Ruth and Bill Mannen, Gail and Ardie Keller, Jean Leyda, Page Meyer, Anna Marie Burns, Dixie Gregory, Maxine Muller and Virginia and Bob Huffman dressed in hobo attire and used a hobo name.

The club also met March 18 at Anne Smith’s home. Also attending were Phyllis Turner, Marilyn Mayeux, Meyer, Leyda, Dixie Gregory, Virginia Huffman, Gail Keller, Verlyne LeBlanc, Ruth Mannen, Burns, and Muller. Gregory and Keller were recognized for having March birthdays.

Items for the service project were delivered to the Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Episcopal of Acadiana wins state Quiz Bowl

The Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Quiz Bowl team won the Louisiana Association of Academic Competition’s 23rd Annual State Quiz Bowl Tournament on March 22 at Northwestern State University.

The 10 players from grades 9-12 were among 30 teams competing for the title.

ESA competed in Division IV, securing a divisional championship with wins over Cedar Creek of Ruston, St. Thomas Martin Episcopal of Metairie, River Oaks of Monroe and the Academy of the Sacred Heart of New Orleans.

ESA defeated Holy Savior Menard of Alexandria and defending champion Jesuit of New Orleans to win the title, which was decided by the last question.

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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 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.