LDCF attorney honored at Lafayette conference

Candice LeBlanc, an attorney with the Louisiana Department of Children and Families in Baton Rouge, was honored at the Together We Can Conference Oct. 28-30 in Lafayette.

LeBlanc received the Catherine LaFleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award. LeBlanc represents the state in cases of child abuse and neglect. She started as a staff attorney and is now deputy general counsel for child welfare related matters. She played a part in drafting legislation related the child protection,

The award was created in memory of Lafleur, an attorney and law professor who worked to protect abused and neglected children in Louisiana, who died of cancer in 2006.

Pamela Saulsberry, a licensed clinical social worker in Monroe, received the Linda Christmas Service to Children & Families Award.

Presbyterian Women hold fall salad luncheon

Presbyterian Women at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church held its fall salad luncheon on Nov. 15. Piano students of church organist Judy McGehee gave a recital in the sanctuary before the luncheon.

Emily Jane McCune, moderator of Presbyterian Women, chaired the luncheon. Church treasurer Susan Chenevert presented a gift to Blanche Hamilton for having served as treasurer since 2000.

Virginia Holloway opened with a prayer and a reading on friendship. Pat Robertson was decorations chairwoman.

Philharmonic Club hears honoree perform

The Philharmonic Club of Baton Rouge welcomed this year’s string scholarship winner at its Nov. 19 meeting at Marilyn Braymer’s home.

Caio Alvez Diniz, of Brazil, a second-year cello student at LSU’s School of Music, played “Sonata for Violoncello Solo” by Zoltan Kodaly, “Le Grand Tango” by Astor Piazzolla and “Sambatango” by Walter Burle Marx. Accompanying on the piano were Ashlyn Harrington and Mary Catherine Schober. Hostesses were Janet Daniel, Janelle Couvillon and Rose Mary Williams.

Dealing with loss topic for Presbyterian seniors

Haley Shows, co-clinical supervisor of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, spoke about dealing with loss during the holidays on Nov. 19 to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church. She said it is important to take care of yourself and allow others to help you.

“It’s OK to feel what you are feeling,” Shows said. “Let yourself cry and let yourself cry in public, if that is what you need. Do not bottle up those emotions. Let them out. The release will provide you with some comfort.” She recommended making new traditions to honor the memory of loved ones.

BRCIC resources include a 24-hour crisis counseling service, (225) 924-3900 or brcic.org. Survivors of Suicide is a free support that meets weekly. Call (225) 924-1431.

The Rev. Ron Sutto, executive director of the Presbytery of South Louisiana, said the invocation. Sarah Backstrom, BRCIC co-clinical supervisor, was a guest. Emily Jane McCune was chairwoman.

Humphreys addresses Photographic Society

Professional photographer David Humphreys spoke about how he has made a living following his passion for more than 30 years to the Louisiana Photographic Society on Nov. 20.

Humphreys said he prefers the studio to location shooting because of the level of creativity he can control. He does product, food and portrait work. He said seeing his images in someone’s home and hearing thanks mean more to him than the income. He likes to depict cherished, but everyday subjects in creative ways.

In the club’s monthly competition, first-place winners were Linda Medine in Level A, Cris Garcia in Level B and Medine for monotone. In regional competition, Ken Wilson earned first place in Pictorial and second place in Photojournalism. Kathy Reeves won second place in Nature. LPS meets on the third Thursday of the month. Visit laphotosociety.com.

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