Community News, Aug. 26, 2014

Louisiana CAR holds summer workshop

The Louisiana Society, Children of the American Revolution, held its summer workshop Aug. 1-2 at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe.

The national president’s project, “Oh, Say Can You See,” was presented. Funds will be raised to supply 10 new flags and flagpoles for the grounds of the Star-¬≠Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore, Maryland. The house was the home of Mary Pickersgill, who made the flag that flew at Fort McHenry, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

State President William Martin presented his state project, “Touch and See.” Funds will be raised to buy a bronze braille American flag to be placed at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that by 2020 there will be over 1 million blind veterans in the United States. The braille flag is a tactile graphic accompanied with a user key that aides the blind in denoting the orientation, and colors of the American flag’s stripes, stars and blue field.

War veterans led members on a tour of the museum. Claire Lee Chennault, for whom the museum is named, went from being a teacher in one-room school in Athens, Louisiana to become a general and leader of the famous Flying Tigers during World War II. Members were allowed to fire a Civil War rifle replica outside the museum. Members visited Debbie’s Snowball Stand and Duck Commander in West Monroe.

The Children of the American Revolution is the nation’s oldest and largest patriotic youth organization and offers membership to anyone under age 22 lineally descended from someone who aided in achieving American independence. Contact Desha Martin, ddwmartin@cox.net.

Central Masons donate sword to Grangeville

Members of Central Masonic Lodge 442 presented a Masonic ornamental sword to Grangeville Lodge 231 on Aug. 5.

The sword was originally donated to Central Lodge by John Dixon. With Dixon’s permission, Central Lodge donated it to replace a sword stolen from the Grangeville Lodge a few years ago. Central’s Worshipful Master Luther Perkins presented the sword to Grangeville’s Worshipful Master Dailey Hite.

Audubon DAR members attend state workshop

John James Audubon Chapter members Sue Blanchard, Sue Badeaux, Geraldine Ryder, Carole Gloger, Stella Tanoos, Betty Jo Snellgrove and Margaret Tyler attended the Daughters of the American Revolution state workshop Aug. 8-9 in Pineville.

Tyler received the American Heritage Art and Sculpture-China Painting award at Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., and was presented her certificate at the workshop by State Regent Sue Lewis Simpson. Tyler placed third nationally.

The chapter received the NSDAR Chapter Achievement Awards Committee’s Chapter Achievement Award, Level 1. Other national awards to the chapter were Celebrate America! Committee for “Serving Its Community” and Conservation Committee for “NSDAR Conservation Award Sponsor.”

State Historian Charlotte White gave the chapter a first place History Book award, and state Volunteer Information Specialists Committee Chairwoman Barbara Doody gave the chapter a website award.

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. Contact Betty Jo Snellgrove, bjgj@bellsouth.net.

Nu Gamma Omega holds home-buyers workshop

Nu Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held a “Homebuyers 101” workshop on Aug. 9 to help future home buyers. President Linda Early Brown and Veniayetta Johnson, mistress of ceremonies, greeted those attending.

Chapter member Cynthia Godfrey of Tiger Town Realty gave tips on buying and enhancing a home. Pelican State Credit Union Mid City Branch Manager Cynthia Vessel-Williams gave details on loan types and interest rates. Allstate agent Agnes Andrews spoke on homeowners insurance. Participants had an opportunity to ask questions.

Sorority members Ashley Broden Joseph, Cardiss Beathley, Danielle Staten, Krystina Aikens and Letondra Barton served on the committee and were program participants.

On Aug. 2, the chapter hosted its annual preschool workshop at the sorority building, collaborating with certified child care experts and the Department of Child and Family Services to focus on enhancing the learning of preschool children.

More than 50 area child care providers attended the workshop, which featured interactive learning sessions in classroom management, after-school learning, curriculum development, language literacy, motor development and abuse/neglect. Presenters included Andrew Ganaucheau, Educations Next Horizon; Norma Arthur, LSU Child Care Center; Contessia Brooks, West Feliciana Parish School District; and Shantell Freeman and Lori Brown, Education Resources Unlimited. Attendees received professional development credit hours for participating.

Daraka Miles was Social Justice Initiative chairwoman.

ITI donates $1,000 to Wounded War Heroes

ITI Technical College donated $1,000 to the local Wounded War Heroes charity on Aug. 11. The money came from a fundraiser in July at ITI’s annual summer student celebration, where students and staff decided to donate to a veterans organization. ITI employee Shirley Avants, a member of the Women Veterans of Louisiana, helped collect the money and suggested that the donations go to Wounded War Heroes.

The administration provided a dunking booth where students could try to dunk their favorite faculty member or administrator, raising $400. A Wounded Warriors hat was auctioned for $100, and the college matched the donations, bringing the total to $1,000.

The Wounded War Heroes website is wwhfr.com.

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