Alpha Lambda honored at state convention

Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of key women teachers attended the Epsilon State Convention March 13-15 in Lafayette.

The chapter received a gold Key Chapter Award for its projects and activities. President Jo Ann Hebert was recognized as the National Agriculture Teacher of the Year. She was awarded a Wanda Gunn Live and Learn Special Stipend and Vivian Bourgeois Special Stipend.

Second Vice President Catherine Olinde was recognized as the Louisiana Agriculture Teacher of the Year and received a Newsletter Award. Parliamentarian Peggy King was appointed state executive secretary.

First Vice President Brandi Chism was recognized as the West Feliciana High School Teacher of the Year. Other members attending were Betsy Stafford, Myrna Tuminello, Susan Collura, Sandra Purpera and Joyce Landry.

Camellia Society gets identification update

The Baton Rouge Camellia Society held a business meeting March 15 at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center.

Dr. Trent James, chairperson of the camellia identification team, gave an update. The team helps Baton Rouge area property owners identify and label camellias. A recent visit to Dr. Paulsen and Margie Armstrong resulted in the identification of many historic varieties.

Online resources topic for photography group

East Baton Rouge Parish Library digital librarian Adam St. Pierre addressed the Louisiana Photographic Society March 19 about free online resources available to photographers.

Resources include, a video tutorial series; Gale Course, a series of six-week classes; Safari Tech Books, featuring e-books; and Zinio, a warehouse of online magazines.

In monthly competition, first-place winners for the photojournalism theme in Level A were Elizabeth Mangham for color and David Howell for monotone. In Level B, first place went to Kitty Kuhnert for color and Chris Campbell for monotone. Field trips included the Southern Forest Heritage Museum March 21 and the Battle of Port Hudson reenactment March 28.

LPS meets on the third Thursday of the month. All photo enthusiasts are invited. Visit

West Florida Republic topic for historical club

Sam Hyde spoke about his book, “The Enigmatic South,” to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on March 19 at the Livingston Parish Library’s Livingston branch.

Hyde, a history professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, spoke about the development of the Republic of West Florida, which included settlements by the French, British and Spanish and had large Hungarian and Italian settlements.

Unusual fortifications topic for Round Table

Michael Shaffer spoke to the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table on March 19 about unusual but effective Confederate fortifications built by Gen. Francis Shoup in Cobb County, Georgia.

The line of arrowhead-shaped forts were built along the Chattahoochee River to protect an important railway bridge. The design made it possible for a relatively small force to hold a much larger force at bay.

Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman viewed the fortifications and decided not to engage the Confederates.

Military Officers hear higher ed commissioner

Higher Education Commissioner Joseph C. Rallo spoke to the Greater Baton Rouge Area Military Officers Association of America on March 31 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Rallo had 27 years of active and reserve military service, retiring from the Air Force as a colonel. Rallo discussed the budgetary problems that all educational entities, including colleges and universities, will face for the next several years.

Tony Pryer and John Silas urged those attending to volunteer in public schools to help teach children to read before they reach the third grade.

Baton Rouge DAR goes to state convention

Baton Rouge Chapter members Lea Evans, Rezzie Meyer, Jan Grace, Linda Palazzo, Zora Olsson, Laurel Olsson and Linda Donnelly attended the Daughters of the American Revolution’s 106th State Conference March 19-21 in Shreveport. Alyssa Donnelly, representing the Children of the American Revolution, served as conference page.

Rebecca Triche, Louisiana Wildlife Federation director, spoke on the conservation of ground water in Louisiana when the chapter met March 16 at the State Archives Building. DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information, email

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