Altrusa Club of BR holds 75th birthday

The Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge celebrated its 75th birthday April 18 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

In honor of guest speaker Phil Frost, director of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, members wore animal masks and were presented with peanuts and information packets prepared by Alice Carroll and President Jackie Robbins. The Altrusa birthday cake was decorated with animals and zoo scenery.

Frost spoke about the zoo’s educational programs and conservation efforts around the world. For information about the zoo, call (225) 775-3877.

Robbins introduced members and guest Gerald Didier, spouse of member Marti Didier. Marti Didier introduced Whitney Warren, who is marrying Didier’s grandson.

Carolyn Robinson gave a report from the Inter-Civic Club. Diane Bezdek, who coordinates the service projects at the Dufrocq Montessori Magnet Elementary School, said the next volunteer event will be inventorying library books on May 2. Gerry Malone asked volunteers to help label school uniforms at St. Vincent de Paul’s store on Plank Road on April 30.

Amy Drago collected food items for the Hope Ministries Food Pantry. Donna Embree collected items for the Iris Domestic Violence Center.

For information on Altrusa, contact Lynn Nettles, (225) 753-9307, or Didier, (225) 939-0460.

State officers topic for Stirling DAR meeting

Zora Olsson spoke about the role of the state officers project to the Alexander Stirling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution April 20 at Tanya Lawton’s home in St. Francisville.

Olsson is state registrar and state regent-elect.

The chapter awarded a DAR medal to two students for their work in the Junior ROTC program: Leeanna Humphrey, Zachary High School, and Clarenisha Layton, West Feliciana High School.

Members attended the DAR State Conference March 10-12 in Baton Rouge. National President General Lynn Young was a guest. Olsson was elected state regent for 2016-19, and Chapter Regent Lauren Pourciau was elected second vice regent.

Calla May Bunting, an eighth-grader at West Feliciana Middle School, was state winner of the LSDAR American history essay contest. Other essay contest winners for the chapter were: Grade 5, Charles Fox-Smith, Bains Elementary; Grade 6, James Brett Dillon, West Feliciana Middle; and Grade 7, Mathilde Fox-Smith, West Feliciana Middle.

Karl Ebert, a Vietnam veteran of the Marine Corps and retired war correspondent, spoke about wartime propaganda March 16 at the Marston House in Clinton.

The chapter will hold a flag-retiring ceremony May 21 at Cynthia Beauvais’ home in Ethel. Those with flags to retire may email lpourciau@gmail.com for information.

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