Community column for June 3, 2014

Daughters of 1812 install new officers

The General Robert McCausland Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812 installed officers on May 3 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant. Outgoing President Zora Olsson installed President Margaret Tyler, Vice President Rezzie Meyer, Recording Secretary Fredie Seab, Treasurer Rachel Grace, Historian Zora Olsson, Registrar Jan Grace, Chaplain Sue Seab and Parliamentarian Carole Gloger.

American Merchant Marine Library Chairman Nancy Bickham reported shipping large boxes of books and magazines for the seagoing libraries. Bickham said she presented JROTC medals to Paige Walton, Air Force, Livonia High School; Abegail Kent, Army, Zachary High School; and Alison Page, Navy, West Feliciana High School. Meyer presented the LSU ROTC award to Ashley Bacon, Air Force.

Membership is available to women age 18 and over who can prove they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, between 1784 and 1815, rendered civil, military or naval service to the country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Contact jang12@cox.net.

Baton Rouge DAR honors Army veterans

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution participated in a luncheon honoring U.S. Army Reserve veterans on May 10 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

The veterans served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Operation Desert Storm. DAR members presented them with bookmarks and flag pins. The bookmarks had flags of the United States and Louisiana, was inscribed with a tribute to military personnel. The chapter presented a proclamation by the Louisiana Legislature designating May as National Military Appreciation Month.

Pat Reed, first vice regent of the Heirome Gaines Chapter, spoke about the Louisiana Gallery at the DAR National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., when the chapter met May 19 at the State Archives.

Janet Toms was recognized for receiving the Historic Preservation Recognition Award. The National Historic Preservation Committee honored her for leading restoration work on the Stout Family Cemetery in Circleville, Ohio. Jan Grace, Rachel Grace and Ina Navarre provided refreshments.

The chapter held a memorial service for Mary Katherine Davidson Paine, a 70-year chapter member who died on Dec. 19, 2013, and Edith Kilgore Kirkpatrick, a 42-year member who died on April 15.

Members joined Boy Scouts and others in placing flags on 13,000 graves at Port Hudson National Cemetery on May 24 to prepare for Memorial Day.

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.

St. Louis Altar Society holds silver luncheon

The St. Louis King of France Altar Society held its silver coffee-luncheon May 19 at the Parish Activity Center.

President Teenie Bajon and The Rev. Jack Nutter thanked committee members for their work. Joanette Dunn was elected secretary. Other officers present were Vice President Martha Desselles, Treasurer Linda Musso, Corresponding Chairwoman Betty Baughman, Membership Chairwomen Rita Valentine and Susan Ricaud and Social Chairwoman Barbara Schmitt.

Bajon thanked Calvin Bajon, Emeline Desselles, Kathleen Mokry, Jennie Guzzardo, Martha Desselles, Musso, Schmitt, Baughman, Valentine and Ricaud for helping with the luncheon.

Chronologically Gifted hear writer Armstrong

Long-time journalist Annabelle Armstrong spoke about her 68-year career to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented luncheon May 21 at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church.

Armstrong started writing at age 16 for Hodding Carter Jr., Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist in Greenville, Miss., and one of her first interviews was with author and Civil War chronicler Shelby Foote. More recent subjects include nationally known singer-composer Hunter Hayes of Breaux Bridge when he was 14.

Working for the former evening newspaper, the State-Times, she interviewed pianist Arthur Rubenstein at the downtown Capitol House, stage actress Katherine Cornell in a marble dressing room beneath the stage of the old Paramount Theater and Ollie Steele Burden at Windrush Plantation. For the Morning Advocate, she did a second interview with singer Robert Merrill, whom she had interviewed while a student at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Beta Sigma Phi installs officers for 2014-15

The Beta Sigma Phi Baton Rouge City Council installed 2014-15 officers May 21 at the Jones Creek Library: Joan Coner, Lambda Master, president; Karen Kimball, Laureate Psi, president-elect; Patsy Thomas, Laureate Alpha Alpha, vice president; Jean Leyda, Laureate Alpha Gamma, recording secretary; and Casie Curtis, Xi Delta Sigma, treasurer.

Outgoing officers are: Ashley Woodson, president; Coner, president-elect; Leyda, vice president; Dixie Gregory, recording secretary; and Curtis, treasurer.

Chapter presidents and representatives are: Iota Master President Pat Buturla, Norma Morales; Lambda Master President Coner, Lois Folse and alternate Arlene Audiffred; Laureate Alpha Alpha President Charlene Ourso, Thomas and alternate Cheryl Hall; Laureate Alpha Gamma President Gregory, Leyda; Laureate Psi President Kimball, Bobbie Ramsey; Preceptor Alpha Eta President Sheila Melancon, Beth Scardina; Preceptor Phi President Michelle Roach, Tammy McDavid; Xi Gamma President Peggy Gautreaux, Georgette Harris; Xi Alpha Theta President Sharon Phillip, Priscilla Lynch and alternate Ora Ellen Nunnery; Xi Gamma Iota President Kathy Parker, Jeane Streat and alternate Judy Rossi; Xi Delta Sigma President Karen Kjar, Curtis; and Kappa Psi President Christy Artigue and Woodson.

Identity theft topic for Retired Teachers event

Kimberly Gaines of Pelican State Credit Union led a program on identity theft for the East Feliciana Retired Teachers on May 27 at the East Feliciana Parish School Board. Katherine Scales and Lisa Burdlee assisted Gaines.

Scholarship Committee Chairman Beth Dawson introduced the winner of the $200 scholarship, Augusta Ceasar, who graduated from East Feliciana High last week with a 4.0 grade point average. She plans to attend Southeastern University and major in elementary education. She was selected Volunteer of the Year for Jackson Elementary, where she helped daily when she finished her classes.

She was a cheerleader, student government president, senior class vice president, Beta Club member and educational talent search member.

The group discussed plans to start a voter registration drive this summer and efforts to get the Legislature to pass a bill concerning identity theft.

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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.