Beta Sigma Phi holds Founders Day dinner

The Beta Sigma Phi Baton Rouge City Council held its 84th Founders Day dinner April 23 at Ashley Manor.

Jean Leyda of Torchbearer Beta was event chairwoman.Assisting were Casie Curtis of Xi Delta Sigma and Lois Folse and Joan Coner of Lambda Master.

Coner, Council president, thanked outgoing officers: Patsy Thomas, vice president; Leyda, recording secretary; and Curtis, treasurer. Officers to be installed in May are: President Karen Kimball, Laureate Psi; President-elect Curtis, Xi Delta Sigma; Vice President Jackie Rachal, Lambda Master; Treasurer Bobbie Ramsey, Laureate Psi; and Recording Secretary Page Meyer, Torchbearer Beta.

A Woman of the Year was elected from each of the 12 chapters: Leyda, Torchbearer Beta; Pat Buturla, Iota Master; Folse, Lambda Master; Tracey Yarborough, Laureate Alpha Alpha; Kimball, Laureate Psi; Beth Scardina, Preceptor Alpha Eta; Ruth Mannen, Preceptor Beta Epsilon; Michele Roach, Preceptor Pi; Sharon Phillips, Xi Alpha Theta; Susanne Salbador, Xi Delta Sigma; Jeanie Streat, Xi Gamma Iota; and Patra Easley, Kappa Psi.

Members having the most years of perfect attendance in Beta Sigma Phi are: Kimball, 44 years; Jane Haupt, 43 years; and Leyda, 41 years. Mildred George, Lambda Master, received her Diamond Ritual for 60 years of membership. Marilyn Mayes, Lambda Master, received her Golden Ritual for 50 years of membership. Ruth Mannen, Preceptor Beta Epsilon, received the Silver Circle for 25 years of membership.

3 receive Frist Awards at Lafayette hospitals

A surgeon, nurse and therapist have been named 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award recipients at Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

At Regional Medical Center, Dr. James Noriega, podiatric surgeon, was honored as the physician recipient and registered nurse Jonathan Battin received the employee award. Sherry Devall, registered respiratory therapist in cardiopulmonary, received the Women’s & Children’s Hospital employee award.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize an employee, physician and volunteer at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., a founder of HCA, the parent company for Regional Medical Center and Women’s & Children’s Hospital. National recipients will be honored in the spring at a reception at the company’s Nashville, Tennessee, headquarters.

Noriega, affiliated with Regional for 15 years, joins in fundraising contests, facility activities and surprises staff with dinner during challenging times. He volunteers on a regular rotation as a physician at the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, which provides free quality health care to the working uninsured.

Battin participates in and coordinates food drives and cooks for community fundraisers. He provides meals to lift employees’ spirits during health struggles, consoles families with food when a loved one is lost and gave personal vacation time to an employee for what was thought would be her last visit with her ill brother.

Devall is the self-appointed “birthday cake maker” for her co-workers. After every C-section she participates in, she takes pictures for the families and helps the father or significant other become as involved as possible. Devall also supports disadvantaged children in her hometown of Jennings. A member of New Hope Baptist Church, she connects with children from broken homes, provides Bible study, drives many to church services, cooks meals for them, gives them attention and ensures they receive Christmas gifts each year.

Iota Master recognizes perfect attendance

Iota Master’s Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held a picnic on April 25 at Pat and Ken Buturla’s home.

Recognized at the April 23 citywide Beta Sigma Phi Founders Day for having perfect attendance for the year were Jane Haupt, Ruth McNease, Darlene Poindexter, Cheryl Foster, Essie Mongeau and Pat Tennyson. Buturla, the chapter’s Woman of the Year, will be honored at a luncheon in May.

Foster will be installed as the chapter’s new president on May 7. Serving on the new board with her are Claudette Hill, Virginia Wagner, Buturla, Tennyson, Poindexter and Mongeau.

Olinde Hat Run raises skin cancer awareness

The Lauren Savoy Olinde Foundation held its third annual 5K and mile Hat Run and Skin Cancer Screening on April 25 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center to promote skin cancer awareness and skin protection.

The Hat Run had over 800 participants register, and dermatologists screened over 200 individuals on site. The Hat Run raised over $30,000 to raise awareness of skin cancer through education, prevention and early detection.

Major sponsors included Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, Skyhawk Chemical, Lamar Advertising, WBRZ Channel 2 and 96.1 the River.

The foundation was named after Baton Rouge native Lauren Savoy Olinde, who died after a two-year battle against melanoma in January 2012. She was 27 and had just begun her career as a local pharmacist. To learn more about her story and the foundation, visit

Williams completes Army basic training

Army Pvt. Jeriel L. Williams has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina, Williams is the son of Antionette U. Spruel, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2012 graduate of Glen Oaks High School.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The 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 Events should be submitted in a timely fashion.