Altrusa reviews service projects for past year

Altrusa International of Baton Rouge reviewed the club’s ongoing service projects for the past year at its monthly meeting May 18 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Vice President Marti Didier introduced guest Mike Walker.

Cathy Craddock, Diane Bezdek and Donna Embree were asked to research projects for the club’s year beginning June 1. Carol Davis and Cherryl Alford presented a financial analysis as a guide in establishing the new budget. Jan Holmes will research fundraising opportunities.

Didier and Holmes reported on the District Four Conference held April 16-18 in Clarksville, Tennessee. Holmes was elected president of the District Four Foundation Board. Didier was awarded the runner-up to the Past Governor’s Lifetime of Service Award.

For information on Altrusa, call Lynn Nettles, (225) 752-9246 , or Didier, (225) 939-0460.

Chronologically Gifted take restaurant tour

The Chronologically Gifted and Talented group from Broadmoor Presbyterian Church toured Von Middleton’s restaurant, Pit ’n Peel, for its monthly luncheon on May 20.

CGT founder Emily Jane McCune donated a 6-foot-long, 120-pound mounted sailfish, piano and antique chairs to the restaurant. Bill Simmons gave an introductory talk. First-time guests were Walker Forbes and Dave Snyder. James Calhoun assisted at the registration table.

LRTA District IV holds planning meeting

The Louisiana Retired Teachers Association District IV held a planning meeting May 20 at the LRTA office in Baton Rouge.

Topics included a membership drive, planning the District IV Fall meeting on Oct. 5 in Jackson and presenting a retirement gift to Executive Director Graig Luscombe.

District officers attending were Janis Hernandez, president; Velma Stewart, first vice president; Peggy Aime, second vice president; Jevella Williamson, secretary; Wayne Berry, treasurer; Olga Gaines, parliamentarian; Brenda Johnson, historian; and Beth Dawson, photographer.

Also attending were Dorothy Wilson, East Baton Rouge Educators of Yesteryear president; LeRoy Washington, West Baton Rouge RTA president; Kenneth Paxton, LSU Retirees past president; Sonja Terrell, East Feliciana RTA president; Deloris Young, Iberville RTA; Sue Potts, Baton Rouge Area RTA; Leontine Washington, Iberville RTA president; Luscombe and Renee Siccone, LRTA assistant director.

Flower photography topic for LPS meeting

Ken Wilson, co-author of the “Louisiana Wildflower Guide,” discussed the art and science of flower photography at the Louisiana Photographic Society meeting May 21.

Wilson explained the best uses of camera equipment and accessories, illustrating his points with a slideshow. He cautioned photographers not to be too quick to toss flawed pictures because many can be corrected with PhotoShop.

Oaks Kiwanis hears LSU Alumni president

Cliff Vannoy, president of the LSU Alumni Association, encouraged people who support LSU to become Tiger Advocates at the Oaks Kiwanis Club meeting May 26 at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Essen Lane.

The program asks LSU supporters to contact their legislators concerning the need to not reduce the state support to higher education and especially LSU. He reviewed upcoming activities involving the LSU Alumni Association and talked about the football trip to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 2016.

The Oaks Kiwanis Club meets at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria. Visitors are welcome.

Torchbearer Beta committees set plans

Torchbearer Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met May 28 at Vice President Jean Leyda’s home.

Committee chairwomen will work over the summer to prepare for the new year beginning in August. Committee Chairwomen are: Membership, Leyda; Service, Page Meyer; Publicity, Leyda; Social, Dixie Gregory; Ways and Means, Leyda; Yearbook, Leyda; Sunshine/Secret Sister, Virginia Huffman; Program, Huffman; and Scrapbook, Leyda. Meyer will serve as the Baton Rouge Beta Sigma Phi City Council recording secretary.

Huffman presented Gregory with the best program of the year pin for her presentation on the Atchafalaya Basin.

Marine Corps League elects slate of officers

Richard E. Ulrich has been re-elected commandant of the Marine Corps League Choctaw Detachment. Other officers are Senior Vice Commandant Joseph R. Gendon, Junior Vice Commandant Richard D. White, Adjutant Donald J. Elliott, Paymaster Frank J. Muscarello, Chaplain Donald R. Hale, Sergeant-at-Arms Wilbur D. Walker and Judge Advocate Robert E. Finley.

Brown graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jared E. Brown graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Alice and Jonathan Brown, of Zachary, and is a 2008 graduate of Radford High School, Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned an bachelor’s degree in 2014 from Southern University.

Capitol Class of 1975 sets 40-year reunion

The Capitol High Class of 1975 will hold a 40-year reunion Aug. 14-16. Contact Rosalind Rankins Reynard, or (225) 937-1519.

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