Friendship Force holds board meeting

Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its monthly board meeting on March 11 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library.

Thornton Cofield gave an update on the trip to New Zealand. Bob Duncan discussed the Friendship Force International Conference to be held in New Orleans in November. The board voted to accept the invitation from Sacramento, Calif., for a visit in August. Other domestic exchanges were also discussed.

BSP chapter hears program on flowers

Verlyne LeBlanc spoke on the meaning of flower colors and the language of flowers when Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on March 19 at Page Meyer’s home.

Recent service projects include food for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, monetary donations to Fill a Prescription, and recently manning the phones at Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Festival 2013 fundraiser.

Civic Associations hears Meyer, Lopez

Barry Meyer, executive director of The Arc of Baton Rouge, and BREC program coordinator John Lopez spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on March 14. The federation represents area homeowners associations.

Meyer said The Arc, which has existed for more than 60 years, seeks to improve life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, services and support. The Arc has a project with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to establish gardens where individuals with disabilities can plant, work and harvest the gardens located on Food Pantry sites. They partner with a number of organizations to raise awareness about the abilities and gifts that children and adults with developmental disabilities have.

Lopez spoke about the local park commission’s 184 parks, 7,000 acres of green space, 12 community centers, seven golf courses, five tennis facilities, 14 fishing ponds, a football and baseball stadium and other recreation areas. BREC is developing programs for walking paths and trying to encourage people to make use of the public facilities.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday.

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