Art League welcomes seven new members

The Baton Rouge Art League welcomed seven new members Oct. 15 at the LSU Rural Life Museum for the first program of its 2014-15 season.

New members are Sharmaine Claitor, Alice Fresina, Jean Hebert, Edna King, Carol Ridenour, Patricia Ryan and Laura Simpson.

Officers were introduced: Susan Smith, president; Saron Keaton, vice president; Sara Lemon, recording secretary; Marilyn Her, corresponding secretary; and Rita Wallace, treasurer. Mixed media artist Matt Morris, a member of Baton Rouge Gallery and a teacher at Baton Rouge Community College, spoke.

BR Orchid Society elects officers for 2015

The Baton Rouge Orchid Society elected 2015 officers on Oct. 15: Bob Lank, president; Valerie Creehan, vice president; Marie Williams, secretary; John Nelson, treasurer; Lata Johnson, show chairman; and John Graham, Jim Gershey and Randy Johnson, board members.

The program was a webinar on dendrobium orchids with Manuel Aybar of Dallas, an American Orchid Society judge.

The society is changing its meeting place to the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane. Next meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. Mack Rivenbark of Mac’s Orchids in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will talk about Vandas and Vandaceous orchids and will share culture tips. He will have plants to sell.

The Orchid Society welcomes anyone who is interested in learning about growing orchids in the Baton Rouge area. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. For information, visit or call (225) 308-1404.

CAUW women’s group part of mentor program

The Capital Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council participated in the Big Buddy Program’s Day of the Mentor on Oct. 24.

Nine WLC members were matched to girls ranging from elementary school to high school. They gave tours of their workplaces and showed what a typical workday entails.

The council was formed in 2011 to provide opportunities for philanthropy and service, and to help area women reach greater financial stability. Women who donate $1,000 or more annually are eligible to become WLC members. There are 45,000 women from over 125 United Way communities giving $117 million dollars.

For information, visit or call (225) 383-2643.

DeBose Foundation installs new officers

The DeBose Foundation installed 2014-16 officers on Oct. 27: Eileen Kennedy, president; Theresa Porter, vice president-strategic planning; Rhea Hollins-Gilmore, vice president-membership; Chela Mitchell, secretary; Geraldine Edwards, treasurer; and Marcia Variste, financial secretary.

Alleen Carey was appointed parliamentarian. Melba Moyé is immediate past president. Myrtle David is executive director. Cheryl Hall-DeRouen installed the incoming officers.

Kennedy recognized outgoing officers Shirley Whitfield, Angela Barnes, Shirley Wayne and Hall. Members discussed plans for the DeBose 2015 Fine Arts Festival Series in February.

WBR Museum director to chair national group

West Baton Rouge Museum Director Julie Rose has been elected to chair the American Association for State and Local History. She will serve as chairman for the association through September 2016.

AASLH is the premier professional association for history museums and history organizations for the country, serving 6,000 members.

Delapasse honored by Keep La. Beautiful

Mary Delapasse, executive director of Keep West Baton Rouge Parish Beautiful, has been selected Outstanding Affiliate Director by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state’s non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling.

The honor is based on a director’s ability to demonstrate innovative and exceptional leadership in building a strong, sustainable and diverse program in his or her community.

Delapasse’s work with KWBRB has led to many awards for the organization, including the William Nash Award for “Best Young Affiliate” and Keep Louisiana Beautiful “Best Affiliate of the Year” in previous years.

Delapasse was instrumental in bringing paper recycling to all 11 schools and parish offices, battery recycling at hardware stores, eyeglass recycling through a partnership with local Lions Club, ink cartridge recycling in schools, and recycling at parish ballparks and play grounds.

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