Alpha Lambda attends Epsilon State meeting

The Epsilon State Southeast District Meeting was held Oct. 31 at the LSU Rural Life Museum. Gamma Eta was the host chapter. Members provided museum tours and a luncheon.

Peggy King, Alpha Lambda parliamentarian, gave a report as state executive secretary. Jo Ann Hebert, Alpha Lambda president, gave a report for the state Personal Growth Committee. Betsy Stafford, Alpha Lambda historian, gave the Research Committee report. Joyce Landry, Alpha Lambda reporter, gave the state World Fellowship Committee report. Museum Director David Floyd was guest speaker.

Witherspoons honored at Pennsylvania event

Ashanti and Susan Witherspoon, directors of the Society of Servant Leaders, were honored Nov. 14 at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The event was a joint project between the United Nations, HoodRiseNation and I Change Nations.

Ashanti Witherspoon received the Golden Rule Award and an honorary doctorate degree in humanities from the United Graduate College and Seminary International. Clyde Rivers of the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative presented the award. Susan Witherspoon received the Women Add Value Award from I Changes Nations for her work to help women, especially single moms.

Poverty Point topic for Audubon DAR meeting

Yvonne Lewis Day spoke about the large Indian mounds at Poverty Point to the John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Nov. 16 at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

She distributed gift bags that included homemade cookies, candy corn, pumpkins and an American Indian prayer.

Members brought duffel bags filled with toiletries, socks, clothes, books and candy for the veterans at the Raven Center. Plans for Wreaths Across America and the Raven Center Christmas party were discussed. Hostesses Stella Tanoos, Denise Lindsly, Gerry Ryder and Claire Yeargain provided refreshments.

DAR membership is open to women 18 and older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. Contact mdtyler@cox.net.

HIPPY advisers meet at EBR Main Library

The Louisiana State Advisory Group for HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) met Nov. 19 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.

Chairwoman Elise Kaufman welcomed Brandi Shoemaker, new HIPPY coordinator from Jackson Parish. Twelve other SAG members, two coordinators from EBR and Pointe Coupee parishes and the HIPPY state contact attended.

HIPPY is a non-profit that supports early learning at no cost for at-risk families. It depends on outside support.

St. James students top $8,000 in fundraiser

St. James Episcopal Day School students raised $8,130 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a schoolwide project Nov. 2-19.

“Pennies for Patients” allowed students to bring in donations both small and large. The school’s initial goal was to raise $2,000 in three weeks, but the goal was surpassed in just one week by more than $1,000.

Each student received a small donation box at the start of the project that was taken home for the week and returned to school each Friday for collections. Classes competed to see who could raise the most money. Jessica Saffell’s fourth graders took home that title and will receive a pizza party as a prize.

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