Highland Park Tennis raises $22,363 for CFF

The Highland Park Tennis Association raised $22,363 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through the 2015 Jim Crane State Farm Highland Open tennis tournament April 17-19 at BREC’s Highland Park Tennis Center.

The total was the second-highest in the Highland Open’s 33-year history, surpassed only by $23,000 raised in 2011. The funds were raised from corporate and business donations, tournament entry fees, a raffle and silent auction and the “65 Roses” campaign. Since 2010, the Highland Open fundraising efforts have contributed $129,056 to CFF.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honored HPTA in February with its “Sustainer Spirit Award” recognizing HPTA’s support through the years.

Gamma Eta Omega holds scholarship event

Gamma Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held its annual scholarship program honoring local high school senior girls on April 18 at the sorority house. Shalonda Simoneaux, Broadmoor High School principal, was the speaker.

Receiving $1,000 scholarships were Nwadi Oko, McKinley High School; Terri Honoré and D’Errah Scott, Zachary High School; Dynasti Hamilton and Tylar Holiday, Baton Rouge Magnet High School; and Natalia Mathews, Scotlandville Magnet High School. Tamara Fluker of Robert E. Lee Magnet High School received the $1,000 Audrey Daste LeBlanc Memorial Scholarship given to a senior planning to enroll at Southern University’s Baton Rouge campus. Tia Fisher received the $1,000 Jo Ethel Honoré Scholarship for an outstanding female senior at Scotlandville Magnet High School.

Katina Semien is basileus of the Gamma Eta Omega Chapter. The Scholarship Committee chairwoman is Deborah Paul.

Gamma Eta Omega and its members were honored at the South Central Regional Conference April 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas. Gamma Eta Omega received the Chapter of the Year Award, medium chapter; and the Think HBCU Achievement Award. Jamielle Thomas won first place in the Outstanding Initiate Award.

Four speakers featured at LGHS conference

The Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society held its 47th Annual Conference May 2 at the State Archives.

David DeLoach of DeLoach Marine Services and A&Z Marine provided river history, anecdotes and legends. Mary Manhein, newly retired from the LSU FACES Laboratory, spoke on lost and endangered cemeteries along the Mississippi River and coastal Louisiana. Charles “Chip” McGimsey, led a session on Native American mounds along the Mississippi, including photos of little-known mounds near the mouth of the river and nearby coastal areas. Diana Greenlee, chief archeologist at Poverty Point, presented the history and a visual tour of the site.

Local actor Jerry Leggio appeared as Mark Twain and Paul McKeough appeared as a river pirate from the period preceding the steamboat era.

For information on Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society membership and its fall folklife program, go to the Society website, louisianaghs.org.

Jackson author speaks to Daughters of 1812

Morgan Molthrop, author of “Andrew Jackson’s Playbook: 15 Strategies for Success,” spoke about the War 1812 and the role Jackson played to the Gen. Robert McCausland Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of 1812 on May 2 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library. Molthrop told stories of strategies used to secure the Mississippi River and how the war sealed Jackson’s place in history.

President Margaret Tyler said the chapter yearbook won a national award at the National Daughters of 1812 Convention in Washington, D.C. Rachel Grace was congratulated for preparing the yearbook. Awards received at the State Conference for donations to the Merchant Marine Library were displayed. Nancy Bickham was congratulated for her dedication to the library.

Membership is available to women 18 and older who prove that they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who from 1784-1815, rendered civil, military, or naval service to the country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark expedition. Junior membership is available to girls and boys through age 21. Contact Zora Olsson at zbolsson@aol.com.

Torchbearer Beta installs new officers

Torchbearer Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority installed 2015-16 officers on May 7 at Piccadilly Cafeteria on Sherwood Forest Boulevard: Verlyne LeBlanc, president; Jean Leyda, vice president; Virginia Huffman, treasurer; Gail Keller, corresponding secretary; Dixie Gregory, recording secretary; and Page Meyer, extension officer and City Council representative.

Members discussed the May 3 service project, presenting bingo games to Flannery Oaks Guest House residents. Leyda, newly elected Woman of the Year, was honored at a May 16 dinner at Ichiban’s.

Magna Carta is topic for Presbyterian Women

Retired Judge Bob Downing addressed the Broadmoor Presbyterian Women May 11 at an event celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the 103rd anniversary of the national Presbyterian Women. Emily Jane McCune was chairwoman.

Pam Downing and four members of the West Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church were guests.

Downing retired after 25 years as judge and is a consultant for the Due-Price Law firm.

Hospice in His Care honors its volunteers

Hospice in His Care honored volunteers with a luncheon May 12 at Montez Love’s home.

Founded in 2004 and locally owned, Hospice in His Care serves the Baton Rouge area. Volunteers help patients and their families by doing shopping, laundry, yard work, errands, light housekeeping and meal preparation and provide emotional support and companionship. They also help in the office.

For information, call (225) 214-0010 or email volunteercoordinator@hospiceinhiscare.com.

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