Poverty Point is topic for OLLI at LSU meeting

Nancy Hawkins, archaeologist manager and outreach coordinator for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology, spoke May 6 about Poverty Point to the Lagniappe Chapter of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU.

Poverty Point is an archaeological site in northeast Louisiana that dates from 1700 B.C. to 1100 B.C. This ancient Native American site is best known for its large, earthen mounds and ridges, the most visible remnants of a settlement that was a major residential, ceremonial and trading center.

In June 2014, Poverty Point became a World Heritage Site, a designation reserved for the world’s most exceptional natural and cultural properties.

Cajun migration topic for Woman’s Club event

Gayle Breaux Smith spoke about Acadians’ forced migration from France to Nova Scotia and, finally, Louisiana to the Woman’s Club on May 7.

Cypress carver Allen B. Crochet displayed carvings of Acadian homes and scenes of people living along waterways.

PEO Chapter W honors scholarship winner

PEO Chapter W honored Sarah Anne Storer on May 14 for winning the 2015 national PEO STAR Scholarship.

Her great-grandmother, Janice Carpenter; grandmother, Pat Aucoin; and mother, Lori Storer, are active chapter members. She will attend Georgia Tech in the fall to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. She also participates in the Louisiana Youth Orchestra, playing the flute, piccolo, guitar and piano.

Women’s Council sets Women’s Week theme

Jaimie Smith, Women’s Week co-chair, announced the theme “Women Leading the Way!” for its annual Women’s Week when the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge met May 14 at First United Methodist Church. Women’s Week will be Sept. 25-Oct. 4.

On the Women’s Week Steering Committee are Co-chairwomen Smith and Siobhan Leger, Activity Ambassador Co-chairwomen Janie McMichael and Rebecca Stahr, Patrons Co-chairwomen Dee Mather-Muenzler and Janel Chapman, Kick-Off Luncheon Co-chairwomen Monique Piper and Joyce James, Booklet Co-editors Lois Folse and Mary Jacob, Keynote Speaker Chairwoman and New Activity Liaison Lluvia Peveto, Activities Registrar Gale Cope, Luncheon Activity Fair Chairwoman Sydney LeJeune, Budget Chairwoman Mary Beth Groze, Public Relations Chairwoman Eileen Kennedy, Social Media Chairwomen Margaret Civella and Wendi French, Ticket Chairwoman Kristina Shapiro and Booklet Distribution Chairwoman Lois Elisar.

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Stirling DAR holds picnic, memorial event

The Alexander Stirling Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual picnic and memorial service May 16 at Cynthia Beauvais’ home in Ethel.

Chaplain Brenda Ellzey led the service for Robinette Atkinson and Mamie Baumann, of Baton Rouge; Nan Kilbourne, of Clinton; Shirley Pourciau, of St. Francisville; and Elise Smith, of New Roads.

Winners of $300 scholarships were announced: Francheska Janae Underwood, East Feliciana High School; Ngozi Valerie Nwabueze, West Feliciana High School; and Katherine Elizabeth Cailleta, Catholic High of Pointe Coupee.

Connections for Life topic for B.R. DAR

Karen Stagg, executive director of Connections for Life, and CFL participant Courtney Bradley spoke about the program to the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution May 18 at the State Archives Building.

Bradley told how the program helped her become a productive member of society. Members gave them gift bags for program participants.

State Registrar Zora Olsson installed 2015-17 chapter officers: Regent Carrie Martin, First Vice Regent Susan Smith, Second Vice Regent Linda Palazzo, Third Vice Regent Louise Strong, Chaplain June McGraw, Treasurer Ina Navarre, Recording and Corresponding Secretary Sue Seab, Registrars Rachel Grace and Marian Harden, Historian Janis Lowe, Librarian Rezzie Meyer, Curator Lynette Navarre and Parliamentarian Lea Evans.

The chapter held a service for Thelma Josephine Rome Abadie, Frances Faye Robinson Bookter, Margaret A. Lee Goodwin, Pauline Jobe, Edith Kilgore Kirkpatrick, Barbara Alves Cheney Roberts and Winifred Loudon Severance, who died in 2014. The chapter donated a book to the Annie Laurie Moody Genealogy and Research Library in their memory.

Prospective members Stacie Aguillard, Susie Davis, Sheila Govan and Carrie Harvan were introduced. Refreshments were provided by Palazzo and Fredie Seab.

Members participated in Memorial Day activities on May 23 at Port Hudson National Cemetery, placing flags on graves in preparation for the May 25 Memorial Day ceremony.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. Email hgrace5366@aol.com.

Audubon DAR Chapter honors arts activist

The John James Audubon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution honored Baton Rouge arts activist Liz Walker May 18 at the Bluebonnet Branch Library.

Louisiana State American Heritage Chairman Margaret Tyler presented the National Women in the Arts Award to Walker. This award is presented to a woman who has made significant achievements in her community in her artistic field.

For 27 years, Walker has organized and hosted art hops, gallery openings and many other community events. Through White Light Nights and Art Hops, Walker involves local businesses that might not have an art focus. She has been a member of DAR since 1979 and has served the John James Audubon Chapter as regent from 2001-05.

Outgoing Regent Gerry Ryder received a past regent’s pin from the chapter. Ryder thanked the hostess committee Betty Kraft, Amy Allen, Carole Gloger and Shirley Newsham. Chaplain Lynda Normand conducted a memorial service.

State First Vice Regent Norma Lester installed 2015-17 officers: Regent Margaret Tyler, Vice Regent Georgia LaCour, Chaplain Emily Wilbert, Recording Secretary Yvonne Lewis Day, Corresponding Secretary Essie Mongeau, Treasurer Claire Yeargain, Registrar Betty Jo Snellgrove, Historian Stella Tanoos and Librarian Roberta Barbieri.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline decent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. Email mdtyler@cox.net.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.