Community news for April 29, 2014

Friendship Force holds monthly board meeting

The Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its monthly board meeting April 14 at the Jones Creek Library.

Karen Vingiello reported on activities planned for the visit from Ottawa, Canada. Barbara Wittkopf, Keith Corkern and Bob Duncan spoke about the Southwest Regional Conference held in March in Albuquerque, N.M. President Thornton Cofield said 20 people went to Louisiana Exploration Day on April 12 in Morgan City. They visited Mr. Charlie, an authentic offshore drilling rig, and the Cypress Sawmill and Aviation Museums.

Members discussed the 30th anniversary celebration for the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge to be held May 4 at the Woman’s Club, 259 East Boulevard. Call Frances Bennett, (225) 926-4710.

Stirling Chapter of DAR hears about Albrizio frescos

State Recording Secretary Pat Reed spoke about the fresco paintings of artist Conrad Albrizio to the Alexander Stirling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on April 14 at Delores Fontenot’s home in Zachary.

The Louisiana DAR has discussed a project to save his artworks in the state. Reed gave a slide show on the Louisiana Room at the National DAR’s Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and urged members to visit.

Hostesses Deanna Fontenot, Nancy Bickham, Carolyn Baxter, Florence Myers and Patricia Babin provided the luncheon.

Jones Foundation elects new officers, board

The Mrs. W. Carruth Jones Foundation for the Blind and Physically Handicapped elected and installed officers and board members April 15 at the State Library.

Officers are Philip K. Jones Jr., president, John Hill, treasurer and Shelia Coleman, secretary. Other board members are George Pugh, Frank Bains, Judy Najolia, Smitty Bolner, Grace Moore Scoggin and Jennifer Anjier.

Jones is the son of Philip K. Jones Sr., one of the original board members who set up the foundation in 1921 to support reading materials and services provided by the Louisiana Talking Book and Braille Library. The foundation was named for his mother, Mrs. W. Carruth Jones, in gratitude for the talking books she enjoyed for many years.

Shelia Coleman, State Library coordinator of special services, introduced her newest staff member, Sarah Nelson, supervisor of the reader advisers. Coleman announced that the theme for this year’s summer reading program for children and young adults is “Fizz, Boom, Read” and for the second year, there will be an adult summer reading program with the theme, “Spark a Reaction.”

Since the State Library has no money for books, the board voted to donate $2,000 for large print books. These books circulate to any Louisiana resident who is registered with the Louisiana Talking Book and Braille Library.

Bonsai Society learns technique from Scarton

Jim Scarton showed how to connect deadwood to a live juniper so it will appear like an old bonsai when the juniper grows around it when the Louisiana Bonsai Society met April 15.

Bonsai can live for hundreds of years, but with advanced bonsai techniques they can look very old much sooner.

Lowell Tilley spoke about bonsai techniques that were demonstrated April 11-13 at the Lone Star Bonsai Federation in Houston. He talked about bonsai workshops scheduled in May and June. The next regular club meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. Guests are welcome. Contact Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or Ltilley@cox.net.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday. 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.

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.

BR DAR rededicates commemorative marker

The Baton Rouge Chapter DAR met April 21 to rededicate the chapter’s commemorative marker downtown.

The Baton Rouge Chapter placed and dedicated the marker in 1933 to commemorate the victory of Gen. Bernardo de Galvez’s victory over the British at Revolutionary War Battle of Baton Rouge. The marker was removed for downtown renovation in 2010. The marker was replaced in the original location on North Boulevard, in what is now known as North Boulevard Plaza.

Regent Lea Evans and Chaplain Louise Strong led the ceremony, and a wreath was placed at the marker.

Members had a lunch meeting at Capital City Grill after the ceremony. Members received information from the March State Conference and discussed upcoming projects.

DAR membership is open to women at least 18 years old who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information, contact JSM1225@aol.com.

Beta Sigma Phi honors 13 Women of the Year

The Beta Sigma Phi Baton Rouge City Council honored the Woman of the Year from its 13 chapter at its 83rd Founder’s Day banquet on April 24 at Ashley Manor. The local council includes chapters from Baton Rouge, Denham Springs and Gonzales.

Honored were Cheryl Foster, Iota Master; Kathy Lawrence, Kappa Psi; Nancy Campbell, Laureate Psi; Becky Pippin, Lambda Master; April Kurtz, Xi Delta Sigma; Charlene Ourso, Laureate Alpha Alpha; Judy Rossi, Lambda Alpha; Laura Faulkner, Preceptor Phi; Beth Scardina, Preceptor Alpha Eta; Pam Smith, Xi Alpha Theta; Sandy Linder, Laureate Alpha Gamma; and, posthumously, Sue Pearson, Xi Gamma.

Kim Couvillion of Lambda Alpha was Founder’s Day chair. Dixie Gregory of Laureate Alpha Gamma was co-chair, assisted by Casie Curtis of Xi Delta. Jean Leyda of Laureate Alpha Gamma chairs Beta Sigma Phi Week.

Farm Bureau honors two Valverda educators

Two teachers from Valverda Elementary School in Pointe Coupee Parish were selected as Farm Bureau’s “Ag in the Classroom” Teachers of the Year.

Catherine Olinde won the state honor. Her winning classroom lesson was on a plant’s life cycle. The school has kept a garden for many years and teachers use it for classroom learning and hands-on activities.

Jo Ann Hebert received the state honor last year and has been named one of five finalists for Farm Bureau’s “Ag in the Classroom” National Teacher of the Year. The life cycle of a chicken was her award winning national lesson plan. Her observed incubated eggs hatch over a three-week period, wrote observations, studied scientific principles and practiced map skills. Hebert was named Pointe Coupee Parish Elementary Teacher of the Year last year.

Olinde and Hebert are members of Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is extremely proud of the two members and all of their accomplishments and awards. Hebert has been elected chapter president and Olinde second vice president for the next biennium.

5 in area win corporate Merit Scholarships

Five area students are among 11 from Louisiana named winners of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 1,000 high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Area scholarship recipients are Catherine M. Albano, Baton Rouge, St. Michael The Archangel High School, Dow Chemical Company Scholarship; Michael Joseph Dejean, Baton Rouge, Catholic High School, BASF Corporation Scholarship; Susan Y. Liu, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. Scholarship; Abigail L. Dowd, St. Francisville, Louisiana School For Math, Science and the Arts, Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs Scholarship; and Carla K. Dibbs, Lafayette, Episcopal School Of Acadiana, Citizen Watch Scholarship.

Most awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

Irving receives Clayton Engineering Award

Samuel O. Irving, of Baton Rouge, received the 2013-14 Clayton Engineering Excellence Award for Outstanding Graduate Students from the LSU College of Engineering.

The award is granted each year to a graduate student who exhibits extraordinary character, scholastic achievement and evident leadership in the College of Engineering. This award entails a stipend of $10,000 to the recipient and a $2,000 stipend to the student’s principal advisor.

Irving holds a 4.0 GPA while studying electrical engineering in the LSU Ph.D. program. Irving earned a bachelor’s degree in both electrical engineering and computer science from LSU. He is a graduate research assistant to Lu Peng in the LSU Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he studies improving bandwidth usage and cache management.

Terrell graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Kayla M. Terrell graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Terrell is the daughter of Vanessa L. and Michael W. Terrell, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of McKinley High School.

Hausse graduates from Air Force basic training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Daniel M. Hausse graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Hausse is the son of Holly and Les Hausse, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2009 graduate of Catholic High School.

Doyle graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman William R. Doyle III graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Doyle is the son of Laurie and Bill Doyle, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2010 graduate of Parkview Baptist High School.

Nzekwe graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Sylvester C. Nzekwe graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Nzekwe is the son of Barbara Nzekwe, of Seattle, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from Southern University.

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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.