Thomas honored with Claver Silver Award

The Most Rev. Shelton J. Fabre, bishop of the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese, congratulated Theresa Harrell Thomas as a Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary Silver Award Medalist on Sept. 7 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.

This award is presented to members who have made significant and outstanding contributions to KPC, the church and the community.

Thomas is a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas St. Aubry Court No. 119, of Maringouin, and has served as as assistant junior daughter counselor, junior daughter counselor and recording secretary.

She has chaired committees for the Martin Luther King annual program, KPC bingo, annual graduates program and Christmas party. She has been a lecturer, Mass choir member and vocation Bible school teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Maringouin.

Rural Life Museum topic for ‘Reflections’

David Floyd, LSU Rural Life Museum director, spoke Sept. 8 at the Burden Horticulture Society “Reflections in the Garden” program.

Floyd explained how the museum was planned and developed and where many of the buildings came from.

Terry Rehn will speak on shade gardening with orchids and ferns at the next Reflections program at noon Monday, Oct. 6, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. For information, visit

Hurst KC Auxiliary holds bake-taste competition

The Maynard E. Hurst Jr. Knights of Columbus Auxiliary held its bake-taste contest Sept. 11 at the St. Louis King of France Catholic Church Parish Activity Center.

Cake contest winners were Verlyn LeBlanc, first place; Teenie Bajon, second place; and Cheryl Thomas, third place. Margaret Mannino won the pie contest.

Judges Vicky LaHaye, Lolita Lefel and Linda Musso each received a bouquet for their service.

Daughters of 1812 hear museum director

Mark Tullus, Louisiana State Museum System director, spoke to the Gen. Robert McCausland Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 on Sept. 13 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.

Tullos told of plans to commemorate the Battle of New Orleans. The Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge will open an exhibit in October that will include artifacts from Gen. Andrew Jackson.

B.R. DAR celebrates Constitution Week

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Constitution Week on Sept. 15 at the State Archives.

Louise Strong displayed framed copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution.

Beth Dawson, of the Alexander Stirling DAR Chapter, spoke about the Bataan Death March. Prospective member Karie Masterson was introduced. Carrie Fager Martin and Janet Toms provided refreshments.

Audubon DAR views Washingon portrayal

Corley and Mary Lois Senyard portrayed George and Martha Washington at the John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on Sept. 15.

The presentation referenced events leading up to the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

New members Linda Green, Kathy Brumfield and Jean R. Hebert, and proposed members Kathy Smith and Brenda Perkins were introduced. Rosa Songy spoke about researching her Revolutionary War ancestor. Carole Gloger talked about Constitution Week proclamations from them mayors of Baton Rouge, Port Allen and Plaquemine.

Hostesses were Frankie Platte, Lynda Normand, Margaret Tyler and Sue Blanchard.

Altrusa learns about adult literacy group

Gary Robe rtson, executive director of Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge, spoke to the Altrusa Club on Sept. 15 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Robertson said about 14 percent of American adults read at or below a fifth-grade level. The 16th annual Scrabble Challenge will be held Nov. 11 at L’Auberge Casino to benefit the organization. For information, call (225) 383-1090.

Blue Cross Foundation receives BREC award

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation received the 2014 LEAF Award from the BREC Foundation on Sept. 15.

The award honors an individual, business or organization that has had a tremendous impact on BREC. The LEAF (Leadership, Excellence, Activism, and Fellowship) Award recipient receives $1,000 to benefit a BREC program or project.

The BCBS Foundation made a $1 million grant for a trail along Wards Creek and a mobile recreation unit.

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