Kiwanis clubs hold 100th birthday event

The Red Stick Kiwanis Club joined about 150 other Kiwanis members from Divisions 8A and 8B to celebrate Kiwanis’ 100th birthday Jan. 16 at Drusilla Place Catering.

Distinguished guests were Susan McCay, wife of the district governor; Gov.-elect Gary Graham; Division 8A Lt. Gov. Bob Blanchard; Division 8B Lt. Gov. Jeff Wittenbrink and Eliminate Project Chairperson Dennis Oliver.

Also attending was Mayor Kip Holden, a Kiwanis member, who made a declaration for area Kiwanis clubs for the occasion.

‘Radio days’ discussed at Genealogical Society

The Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society discussed “radio days” Jan. 17.

On exhibit were more than a dozen vintage radios and TVs owned by Baton Rouge enthusiast David Bertinot, who specializes in authentic electronic restoration and sales. The exhibit included table and floor models of radios in cabinets, which Bertinot had restored to operating condition.

Two pre-1950 TV models, one with a screen about the size of a credit card, were displayed. The other was a portable TV in a carrying case, with a screen about the size of an index card. The presentation included anecdotes about the radios and recorded excerpts from radio programs featuring Abbot and Costello, Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and Boris Karloff. Among the excerpts were news bulletins announce the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the suicide of Adolf Hitler.

Genealogical DNA expert Robert Noles will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public. Contact

Baton Rouge DAR elects state delegates

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution elected state conference delegates Jan. 19 at the City Café: Lea Evans, Rezzie Meyer, Linda Palazzo, Laurel Olsson and Sue Seab. The event will be held March 19-21 in Shreveport.

Members received a report on the ninth annual Wreaths Across America Program held Dec. 13 at Port Hudson National Cemetery. Vietnam War veterans were recognized.

Members attended the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commemoration events Jan. 7-8 in New Orleans. They participated in an tea with the Daughters of the British Empire and the wreath-laying ceremony in Jackson Square.

The chapter was established in November 1925 and the charter was approved in 1926. Ina Navarre brought a birthday cake for the occasion.

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

Lambda Alpha donating books to local schools

Lambda Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has partnered with the Reading is Fundamental program to provide more than 3,000 books to children in grades K-5 at seven local schools.

The schools that will receive books are Progress, J. K. Haynes, Howell Park, Capitol, Bucannon, Cohn and Port Allen elementary schools. RIF major sponsors include Dollar General, Macy’s, America’s Charities, Nestles and McDonalds.

Lambda Alpha’s Book Distribution Committee is chaired by Dr. Claude Tellis. Committee members include John McGee, Harrell Brandon, Huston Williams, Calvin Beal, Willie McCorkle and Terrence Marshall.

Dunlap graduates from Army basic training

Army Pvt. Miles Dunlap has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Dunlap is the son of Cynthia and Michael Dunlap, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2014 graduate of McKinley High School.

Vidrine graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Eric T. Vidrine graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Vidrine is the son of Jennifer L. Gaffney and Van E. Vidrine, of Baton Rouge, and is grandson of Judy Simmons, of Zachary, and Evelyn Gaffney, of Pensacola, Florida. He graduated in 2010 from Woodlawn High School and he earned an associate degree in 2013 from Baton Rouge Community College.

Marshall completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Bryston T. Marshall graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Marshall is a 2012 graduate of East Baton Rouge Laboratory Academy.

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