Group has program about black history

Capital City Republican Women held a black history program Feb. 21 at BREC’s Independence Park. Theme of the program was “Embracing Black History: Making Diversity a Priority.”

Sarah Holliday, Louisiana Federation of Republican Women Region 6 vice president, said the Republican Party will fall short if measures are not made to embrace diversity. Holliday is the first black person elected to her position since its inception in 1953. Ronnie Slone, CEO of the Slone Group, spoke about conservatism, freedom, faith, family and fairness.

CCRW presented Holliday the 2013 Black History Pioneer Award. This award is given to a distinguished local Republican woman of color.

Photography contest winners recognized

Tommy Graner awarded first-place ribbons to photo contest winners Renée Pierce for black and white, Jackie Wilson for Level B and Linda Medine for Level A at the Louisiana Photographic Society’s Feb. 21 meeting.

LPS President Gene Bachman spoke on using Lightroom to convert color images to black and white. Debra Babin previewed the March 23 workshop on camera basics. Theresa Law reported on winners and upcoming photo contests in the Gulf region. Ken Wilson listed field trips for March, April and May. Linda Medine named future guest speakers, and Mark Claesgens identified publicity efforts.

LPS is open to all photo enthusiasts. See for details.

Prince Hall Masons note anniversaries

Prince Hall Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star grand lodges celebrated the Masons’ 150th anniversary and the order’s 75th anniversary Jan. 18-20 in New Orleans.

Events included a visit to the Amistad Museum on the Tulane University campus, the Annual Region Meeting at Prince Hall Masonic Temple on Basin Street, the Anniversary Ball at the Hilton Riverside Hotel Grand Ball Room and a joint church service at the Saint James A.M.E. Church.

Prince Hall Masonry was started at this church in 1893. The first OES was organized in 1938 in Bethlehem Hall on Dauphin Street.

Program participants were Lloyd Clark, O.J. Dunn Lodge No. 85; Kenneth Brown Sr., Pride of Algiers No. 102; Alfred Mason, Progress No. 16; Lillian Wilson, Star of Hope 17; Clarence Jordan, St. Luke No. 4; Cornell Manuel, Phoenix No. 226; Joseph Dorsey Jr., Phoenix No. 226; the Rev. Otto Duncan, Pride of Algiers No. 102; District Deputy Grand Matrons Natalia Mason and Glenda Rankin and District Deputy Grand Master David Lewis.

Ralph Slaughter is the grand master, and Elvera Shannon is the grand worthy matron.

Trips to Africa topic for Lake Sherwood

Kay Raborn and Karen Pickren spoke about their trips to Africa when the Lake Sherwood Garden Club met on Feb. 21 at Barbara Poole’s home. Raborn took a safari in Tanzania, and Pickren toured South Africa.

Ann Collinge, Lee Grotness and Pat Rhea were co-hostesses.

Local animal group joins Petrie program

Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge has been selected by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to participate in the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, the local organization announced on Feb. 27.

The project is a new $1 million initiative that will fund treatments and services for shelter dogs and puppies at municipal animal sheltering organizations, preparing them for transport from overcrowded shelters to give them the best chance of finding permanent, loving homes. The project is made possible thanks to a donation from philanthropist Carroll Petrie.

Through the program, the ASPCA aims to save 16,600 dogs through a subsidy for each animal transferred to rescue groups, transferred to other shelters, adoptions through Foster Adoption Ambassador programs or adoptions through permanent off-site partner locations.

The subsidy can be used for anything from crates and gasoline purchases for transport vehicles to veterinary services for the dogs that will prepare them to leave the shelter. The subsidy will only apply to lives saved above and beyond each participating group’s previous year’s numbers.

For more information about Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, visit

Hargraves selected Family of the Month

Jason and Lisa Hargrave received the January Family of the Month Award by the Knights of Columbus Council 9692 on Feb. 24. Grand Knight David Goldsmith presented the award at a reception in the St. Jude Catholic Church cafeteria.

The Hargraves were in Renew groups as participants and facilitators. Jason has served on the Parish Advisory Council and is a member of the St. Jude Men’s Club. They participate in the Respect for Life ministry, are helpers in the parish and are in Faith Sharing Groups and the Family Life Ministry. Lisa participates in the Prayer Line ministry, is in the Play and Pray ministry, the Greetings by Mail ministry and the Gardere Initiative Partnership ministry. She serves on the St. Jude Building Committee and the School Advisory Council. They participated in the Marriage Preparation ministry and were Eucharistic ministers.

Their children are Maria, Henry and Oliver.

Military Officers hears OSHA expert

Corey S. Gaines, consultation manager with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, spoke to the Military Officers Association of America on Feb. 26 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Gaines spoke about his staff of industrial hygienists, OSHA consultants and occupational safety specialists who provide on-site workplace safety services to identify potential hazards and develop measures to improve the occupational safety and health management systems. He said improved working conditions help reduce cost of industrial operations and allow organizations to reduce compensation premiums for their workers.

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