Stirling DAR gets review of West Feliciana book

Guest speaker Patricia Hardouin reviewed “Flags Along the Way: A Pictorial Journey Through the History of West Feliciana Parish” by Gail Chisum to the Alexander Stirling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Jan. 14 at the West Feliciana Parish Library.

Hardouin shared experiences that she had at places described and pictured in the book, including playing the saxophone in the band at the Julius Freyhan School. She showed the cape she wore in the band and the dress she wore when she finished seventh grade, which was the last grade before entering high school.

Regent Lauren Pourciau gave a conservation report. Susan Dardard, American Indian chairwoman, had the group read an Indian prayer in unison. Beth Dawson, DAR Service to Veterans chairwoman, reported on items needed at the Louisiana War Veterans Home. Mary Ann Stevens told about the flag she is retiring that has flown at her home since Sept. 11, 2001.

Members brought Campbell Soup, Community Coffee and Betty Crocker labels for educational fundraisers and cola tabs for their DAR Schools projects. Mary Ellen Duhon reported on birthday cards for the children living at the DAR school in Tamassee, South Carolina.

Arlene Hughes, Glenna Fallin, Ann Weller, Stevens and Pourciau prepared and served lunch.

Former Louisiana National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Michael McNaughton, of Denham Springs, will speak to the chapter’s National Defense Luncheon Feb. 21 at Sammy’s Restaurant in Zachary. He was severely injured by a land mine in 2003 in Afghanistan. He received a medical discharge from the military and began a career focused on helping wounded veterans.

Holliday-James meets Trayvon Martin’s mom

Sarah Holliday-James, director for Urban Game Changers of Louisiana, met with Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin and founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, on Jan. 30 at BREC’s Independence Park Theatre.

Fulton was in town for “A Mother’s Cry” hosted by Stop the Killing. Fulton’s 17-year-old son was fatally shot in 2012 by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, sparking widespread protests.

The women discussed gun violence in urban communities, the need to educate citizens of their legal rights and the breakdown of laws.

Urban Game Changers is planning a daylong program about knowing one’s rights and criminal law. A planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Scotlandville Branch Library. The public is invited. For information, email

Civil War Round Table hears Forrest lecture

History professor Brian Wills spoke about Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest to the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table on Jan. 15 at Drusilla Seafood restaurant.

Wills is director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

He has written extensively on Forrest, including books titled “A Battle from the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest,” “The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest” and “The River was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow.”

Iota Master chapter learns about potatoes

Nancy McGraw gave a program about potatoes when Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Jan. 22.

Grace Burley was hostess. Xi Delta Sigma Chapter members were guests.

Cheryl Foster, Social Committee chairwoman, organized the food for the evening, which included baked potatoes.

Iota Master is collecting ball gowns, dresses and shoes for the Cinderella Project, and a monetary donation is also being given to the Cinderella Project Leadership Academy, a college prep workshop for high school girls that exposes them to educational opportunities available after high school.

Virgie Germany, chapter sweetheart, will be honored at luncheon Feb. 7 at DeAngelo’s Casual Italian restaurant.

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