Club News Gallery for Nov. 27, 2012

Red Stick Kiwanis honors LaBauve

Gary LaBauve received the Kiwanian of the Year Award from outgoing President Tony Boudreau at the Red Stick Kiwanis Installation and Awards Banquet on Oct. 9 at the LSU Faculty Club. LaBauve’s service to the club includes two terms as president.

Division 8B Lt. Gov. Bruce Hammatt installed 2012-13 officers and board members: President Laura Gilliland, President-elect Matt Robinson, Secretary Philip Divincenti, Treasurer Jerry Hammons; and board members Russ London, Charlie Jordan, Wendy LeBlanc, Tommy Foster, Jeff Floyd, Jacques Villaume and Jon Goeckel. Retiring board members are Bob Waggener, Charles Breard, Mike Nichols and Ricky Soileau. Gilliland presented the past president’s plaque to Boudreau.

District Gov. Robert Benoit inducted Army Capt. Steven Milauskas as a new member and handed out long-stemmed roses to all women at the door. Also in attendance were Division 8A Lt. Gov. Blaine Grimes and outgoing Division 8B Lt. Gov. Clarissa Preston. Phil Rainier was master of ceremonies. Doug Pacas provided piano music, and Mary Grace Eddington, a sophomore at St. Michael the Archangel High School, sang classic jazz tunes.

Gerard Ruth, a charter member for the past 53 years, spoke of when he brought John F. Kennedy in as a speaker when Kennedy was a senator. Gilliland presented Jennifer Villaume, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, with an award for efforts to involve the Army with the club.

GBR Clean Cities touts alternative fuels

The Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition celebrated using alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, promoting clean technology, and reducing our nation’s energy dependence during its National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event on Oct. 18.

It was one of more than 160 events held across the United States and internationally to promote the use of and raise awareness about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

The Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition’s Odyssey event included a clean fuel symposium and vehicle expo. The keynote address was given by Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain. Panels topics included state tax credits and the Lafayette CNG success story. Local sponsors included Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Apache Corp., Royal Nissan, and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Baton Rouge.

For information about Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities’s Odyssey event, contact Executive Director Lauren Stuart, (225) 334-8083 or

Martin addresses
Feliciana OLLI event

Richard Martin, director of forest protection and management for the Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, spoke to the Feliciana Chapter of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU on Oct. 24 at First Baptist Church in St. Francisville.

Martin discussed the ecological regions in Louisiana such as marine, freshwater and forest and how the Nature Conservancy saves critical lands in Louisiana and helps manage them. Many of these areas are now managed by the state as preserves and wildlife management areas. He emphasized West Feliciana projects such as the Mary Ann Brown Nature Conservancy Preserve, Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge and Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area.

Model Railroad Club holds open house

The Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroad Club held an open house on Oct. 27 at the clubhouse in Jackson. More than 100 train fans attended.

The Model A Automobile Club also brought a number of cars for visitors to see. T.R. Powell organized a steam-up with live steam train operators from as far away as Texas. Club member Gerry Coryell served as chef, and John Mayo gave a presentation on live steam engines.

The club meets in Jackson on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Visitors are welcome.

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