Community column for June 24, 2014

Hurst KC Council holds annual awards event

The Father Maynard E. Hurst Jr. Knights of Columbus Council 9016 at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church held its annual awards night on June 7.

Clyde and Terrie Martin were named 2013-14 Family of the Year. Clyde sings in the choir, participates in the monthly pro-life rosary, was responsible for repairing a statue now in the church vestibule, helps set up fair booths, is council trustee and past grand knight. Terrie is an extraordinary minister, bringing communion to the housebound and nursing homes, and serves with the Altar Society. She organizes teacher appreciation luncheons. They work at the Lenten fish fries and parish fairs, and cook and clean up for many monthly meetings.

Ernest Bonaccorso Jr. was named as the Knight of the Year. Besides serving as the council program director, he helped with the Lenten fish fries, organizing the delivery of lunches to businesses, and serves on the council board of directors.

Tommy Mannino was named Person of the Year. He is an extraordinary minister of communion. For 10 years, he has helped arrange semi-annual blood drives for the parish.

He works for the Children’s Miracle Network and received the Franciscan Award for service at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.

100 Black Men honor Lewis, investment team

An individual and team sponsored by 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge brought home two trophies from the 100 Black Men of America Annual Conference June 11-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Jalen Lewis was named Mentee of the Year. Lewis, a rising senior at Glen Oaks High School in the fall, has participated in the Project Excel mentoring program for seven years.

The team of Sundae-Marie Brumfield, Godis Jackson and alternate Loveis Jackson won the Dollars and $ense Investment Challenge. State Farm insurance sponsored the program. Brumfield and Godis Jackson received $3,000 college scholarships.

Controlling weeds topic for Reflections meeting

Ron Stranhan, LSU AgCenter assistant professor with a specialty in turf grass and weed control in ornamental plants, spoke on how to control weeds and grow grass at home to the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program on June 2. He explained how to use fertilizers and herbicides.

Charbel Harb, owner and founder of Harb’s Oasis, will speak on simple water features for the yard at the next Reflections event from noon-1 p.m. Monday, July 7, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane.

For information about BHS, visit burdenhorticulturesociety.com.

Tigerland Retiree Club hears ex-LSU pitcher

Former LSU baseball player Ronnie Rantz spoke to the ExxonMobil Tigerland Retiree Club’s quarterly luncheon on June 12 at Oak Lodge Reception Center.

Rantz spoke about pitching for LSU on the 1991 and 1993 national championship teams and explained how he named his Jumbo Sports Network. Rantz has broadcast college games since 1998 and is now an executive host at L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge.

President Kitty LeBlanc recognized the DEEDS (Dedication, Enthusiasm, Extra Effort, Discipline and Service) Award recipients who turned in 3,847.5 hours of volunteer work for local organizations over the past year: Charles and Frances Bennett, Marvin Borgmeyer, Paul Burton, Lillie Gallagher, Elaine Hadlock, Pat Hines, Bill Haug, David Heckman, Colleen Kuttruff and Kaye Schiefelbein.

Civic Associations hear variety of speakers

Several professionals spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on June 12. The federation represents area homeowners associations. Speakers rotated among small groups every 20 minutes.

Bob Breaux, a volunteer for SCORE Baton Rouge, a nonprofit association providing free business counseling to small businesses, spoke on how HOAs should use technology to communicate with members. He suggested emails for security information, newsletters at least quarterly, a Facebook page and a maintained and updated website.

SCORE volunteer and CPA Larry Latuso stressed the need for HOAs to have tax-exempt status and updated filings of IRS 990 forms. He also emphasized the need for an annual audit or review of HOA records.

Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson discussed how to run a meeting. Meetings must have a quorum as stated in the bylaws or covenants or no business can be conducted. Discussion can take place but no motions or actions can result. She stressed that minutes should be only a compilation of the motions, the wording of the motion and if it passed or failed. Discussion should not be part of the minutes.

Attorneys Elliott Atkinson and Wade Baumgartner talked about how to make legal changes to association restrictions. Restrictions must be enforced by the HOA or they might be lost if a certain percentage of violations are allowed.

The federation meets the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd.

The next meeting will be Aug. 14. Contact Nancy Curry, (225) 925-1674.

Corvette Club donates to St. Jude Hospital

The Baton Rouge Corvette Club presented a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on June 14 from proceeds of its annual Labor of Love Car Show.

The club joined with the Plaquemine Main Street Program to hold its 17th annual show on April 26 at the Plaquemine Bayou Waterfront Park. The show raised $49,000. To date, more than $300,000 has been raised by the show for St. Jude, with all proceeds going to the hospital.

LSU’s Kelley receives Crespo Fellowship

LSU art professor Kelli Scott Kelley received the Michael Crespo Visual Artist Fellowship Award on June 16 at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s 2014 annual meeting held at Ann Connelly’s Fine Art.

The Arts Council administers the $5,000 fellowship on behalf of Cary Saurage, a long-time supporter of the arts in Baton Rouge.

The award is intended to recognize the quality and breadth of work by a visual artist who has become a long-time contributing member of the community.

The fellowship is memory of Michael Crespo, internationally recognized painter and professor at LSU. This year, Crespo’s widow, artist Libby Johnson, selected Kelley, saying she is “amazing, invested in her students, and an obvious and deserving recipient.”

Kelley, a Baton Rouge native, received her bachelor of fine arts degree from LSU and her MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

In 2003, Kelley received a Louisiana Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. In 2012, she was awarded an ATLAS grant to complete her project, “Accalia and the Swamp Monster” — a 5,000-word surreal fairy tale set in south Louisiana. It was published by LSU Press and released in April. The artwork in the book will be exhibited in a solo show at the LSU Museum in August through Feb. 15.

Follow this link to the photos.

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.