Phi Delta Kappa has Common Core event

Phi Delta Kappa’s Southern University Chapter presented a workshop on the Common Core State Standards Initiative coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers on March 8.

Tonya Bethly spoke on how the new Common Core standards differ from current standards for students. She said Common Core standards are internationally benchmarked and backed by evidence showing that students’ mastery of them leads to preparedness for higher education and the workforce.

Attendees also visited the LIGO Lab on the second floor of Southern’s Stewart Hall for a presentation by Ken Ford, lab director.

Waddill UDC hears about CSS Hunley

Historian Nola Labat spoke about the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley when the Joanna Waddill Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met on March 11 at the State Archives. The Hunley demonstrated both the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare.

Frankie Platt read a poem-song by Sir Walter Kittredge titled “Tenting Tonight” that was written just after Kittredge had received his draft notice, and it became an instant hit.

Hostess chairwomen were Labat and Margaret Tyler. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, each member received two leprechauns. The meeting ended with the singing of “Dixie.”

Alpha Mu attends state convention

Six Feliciana educators in Alpha Mu Chapter attended the 79th State Convention of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International on March 15-17 in Ruston: President Beth Dawson, Vice President Kathy Welch, Shirley Cupit, Shirley Leggett, Jean Clark and Lori Speer.

Legislative Committee chairwoman Judy Rongey presented the Friend of Education Award to state Sen. Blade Morrish, of Jennings.

Alpha Mu 25-year members recognized were Cupit and Linda Courtney.

Dawson accepted the Silver Key Chapter and Newsletter Award earned by the chapter from June Inhern, Southwest District director. The Epsilon State Choir, which included Speer, performed.

State officers for 2013-15 were installed: President Martha Turner, First Vice President Judy Rongey and Recording Secretary Sandra Pruitt.

La. Bonsai Society gets pruning advice

Howard Merrill discussed pruning and pinching growing tips on bonsai to develop branches and for leaf size reduction at the Louisiana Bonsai Society monthly meeting on March 19. Merrill has been doing bonsai for more than 30 years, visiting bonsai collections and shows all over the world.

Merrill was in charge of the LBS bonsai booth at the LSU Spring Garden Show and Plant Sale on March 9-10 at LSU’s Parker Coliseum. He displayed bonsai from his collection, explained how to enjoy the hobby and gave out information about the Spring Bonsai Show and the Louisiana Bonsai Society. The bonsai show was April 20-21.

Members displayed their bonsai for show and tell. Each month, members bring some of their bonsai for the club to see and study what can be done to improve them. A mini-workshop was held with plants grown by Merrill. Some newer members created a bonsai in the workshop to expand their collection.

The Louisiana Bonsai Society is a not-for-profit organization open to all who are interested in the hobby of bonsai. Guests are welcome.

For information, call Lowell Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or email

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