O’Brien House leader addresses Altrusa

Todd Hamilton, executive director of O’Brien House, spoke about its programs for the homeless, indigent, alcoholics and drug addicts to the Altrusa Club Oct. 19 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Hamilton said its programs offer long-term residential treatment, therapy, job search and professional counseling. For more information, contact Hamilton at (225) 344-6345.

President Jackie Robbins introduced Shirley Bowler, guest of Alice Carroll, a writer and editor with the Texas Surplus Line Reporter and Insurance News Magazine, and Gerald Didier, spouse of member Marti Didier.

Jan Holmes said the restaurant raffle drawing will be Nov. 16.

Janie Starks, Carolyn Robinson and Nettles said 11 club members visited Dufrocq Elementary School Oct. 9 to meet the principal and the teachers and to organize volunteer work that members are performing through the school year.

Nettles and Robinson, the club’s Inter-Civic representatives, sold tickets to the Nov. 16 Golden Deeds Banquet.

For information on Altrusa, call Nettles, (225) 753-9307, or Didier, (225) 939-0460.

Gifted and Talented hear veterinarian Haase

Veterinarian Sam Haase spoke to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented luncheon Oct. 22 at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church’s Naylor Hall.

Haase charted his career through the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps and his ownership of Jefferson Animal Hospital. He cared for animals during Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and during Hurricane Katrina in south Louisiana.

Guests included visitors Nita Coe, of Baton Rouge, and Molly McGraw, of St. Francisville. E.J. McCune and Annabelle Armstrong co-chaired the luncheon.

Four students honored for honesty, integrity

St. Albans Masonic Lodge 28 gave four Honesty and Integrity Awards Oct. 26 in Jackson.

Recipients are Savannah Jayne Rheams, of Norwood; Krista Box, of Ethel; Christopher Ray Guillory Jr., of St. Francisville; and Katie Guillory, also of St. Francisville.

The award is given to high school juniors for being a good citizen, involvement in school activities, extracurricular activities and good grades. Presenting the awards were St. Alban’s Chairman Ryan Peterson, and guest speaker Ricky Dawson.

Rheams, daughter of Jason and Tracey Rheams, is an A-honor roll student at Centreville Academy and member of Centreville Baptist Church, and she assisted the church group in building bunk beds for a new church retreat center in Costa Rica.

Box, daughter of Gary and Beth Box, is an A-honor roll student at Slaughter Community Charter School. She is a member of Norwood Baptist Church and has helped with a parents night out event that provides supper and play games for children in first through sixth grades.

Guillory, son of Billy and Brandi Stutzman and Ray and Rachel Guillory, attends West Feliciana High School where he does extracurricular activities with the FFA and plays second base on the baseball team.

Guillory, daughter of Hamp and Nicole Guillory, is home-schooled with a 3.5 grade point average, having previously attended West Feliciana High School where she was a dance team member and played softball. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Francisville and is an active member of its youth organization.

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