Cortana Kiwanis thanks parade sponsors

The Cortana Kiwanis Club held a Christmas parade sponsor appreciation breakfast on Jan. 26 at Piccadilly Cafeteria.

Sponsors of the 67th Annual Christmas Parade, which was held downtown Dec. 8, were invited. Heather Folks-Givens, president and Christmas Parade Committee chairwoman, introduced the sponsors in attendance, and Cortana Kiwanis members outlined projects made possible by proceeds from the parade.

Pam Morgan explained how district Kiwanis clubs purchase one or more automatic external defibrillator for schools to be used to help when teachers or students have heart attacks. Cortana Kiwanis has purchased several for Baton Rouge schools. The program has saved several lives. She also told of Cortana Kiwanis partnership with Broadmoor Elementary third- and fourth-grade students with the Bring Up Grades program.

Minelle DelVecchio talked about Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets delivered to 50 needy families.

Wanda Magee talked about Cortana’s Trauma Doll project. The Kiwanis International project, Eliminate, is aimed at providing vaccines to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus in developing countries. Jeff Wittenbrink explained Cortana’s program to raise money for Eliminate with an annual shoe drive. Danny Fields told how Cortana Kiwanis donated over $11,000 to the OLOL Children’s Hospital.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd. Guests are welcome. Contact Lowell Tilley, Lowelltilley@gmail.com or (225) 272-6744, for information.

Thompsons named St. Jude Family of Month

Chad and Michelle Thompson received the January Family of the Month Award from the Knights of Columbus Council 9692 presented by the Rev. Trey Nelson and Grand Knight Rick Graham at a Jan. 28 reception in the St. Jude Catholic Church Parish Hall.

Chad Thompson is a member of the St. Jude Men’s Club and volunteers at the St. Jude School coaching basketball, middle school soccer and recreational soccer and baseball teams. He also volunteers as a church usher.

The Thompsons are active members of the Family Life Ministry and are fair volunteers. Michelle Thompson was Cub Scouts committee chair for several years and assisted in scheduling and planning activities. She is a school volunteer and has served as an RCIA sponsor. Michelle Thompson was on the St. Jude 50th Anniversary Committee and is a member of the Hospitality Ministry, assisting at many St. Jude receptions. She is in the Giving Tree and Art and Environment ministries.

Their children — Christian, Jonathan and Neala — assisted their parents in various ministries.

Bill Wilhelm chairs the award committee.

Goodson, Jones named to BR General Foundation board

The Baton Rouge General Foundation named Mark Goodson and Patrice Jones as new members of its Board of Governors. Both were elected to serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1.

Since May 2017, Goodson has worked at CSRS, leading a multidisciplinary practice that provides governmental and commercial clients with advisory services and solutions to help them adapt and thrive in economic, natural and sociodemographic changes.

A community activist, Jones has volunteered for many organizations, including Cancer Services, Boys Hope, St. Jude Catholic Church and School, St. Joseph’s Academy, East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Alliance, Woodgate Homeowners Association and Woodgate Women’s Club. She is a member of Baton Rouge General Foundation’s Visionary Partner Society.

Other board members are: Gwen Hamilton, chair, New Schools for Baton Rouge; Scott Kirkpatrick, vice chair, Roedel Parsons Baton Rouge; Michael Albritton, secretary, ASA Properties; Rick Bond, treasurer, Bond Construction; Phyllis McLaurin, immediate past chair, retired, JP Morgan Chase; Sandra Holub, Albemarle Foundation; Rick Lipscomb, WHLC Architecture; Dr. Ernest J. Mencer, retired director, Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center; Keith O’Neill, culinary and nutrition solutions at HHS Inc.; Bart Phillips, Baton Rouge Cargo Services; Deborah Reeves, auxiliary president; Gerald E. “Chip” Songy, Stirling Properties; and Dr. William Russell, Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center.

Prison Fellowship honors Family Forum's Mills

Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum and Louisiana Family Forum Action, has received the 2017 Charles Colson Advocate of Hope Award.

Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform, gives the award to recognize people who have faithfully and courageously worked to restore those affected by crime and incarceration.

Prison Fellowship called Mills a consistent voice of biblical values who espouses the belief that God is interested in all areas of human experience, including our systems of justice. Mills is a husband, father, ordained minister and a signatory of the Justice Declaration.

“Gene exhibits a passion for biblical principles of justice that is rare and valuable,” said Craig DeRoche, Prison Fellowship senior vice president of advocacy and public policy.

Wesley named ASPA Founders' Fellow

Baton Rouge native Nicole Wesley, a master of public administration student in the LSU Public Administration Institute, was selected as a 2018 American Society for Public Administration Founders' Fellow.

The Founders’ Fellow program recognizes outstanding students and new professionals, within three years of graduation, in the fields of public service and public administration. Following a competitive review process, Founders’ Fellows present their scholarship during the ASPA Annual Conference, receive professional development and networking opportunities and are paired with an experienced scholar or practitioner in a yearlong mentorship.

Wesley is expected to complete her MPA in 2019. She holds an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Baylor University.

'Weird Louisiana' topic for Iota Master

Co-hostess Lynda Smith spoke about “Weird Louisiana” by Roger Manley to Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Jan. 11 at Pat Buturla's home. The book went into detail about the meteorite at Audubon Park Golf Course.

Grace Burley was hostess when the chapter entertained Lambda Master on Jan. 25. Guests were Arlene Audiffred, Lois Folse, Lydia Oberle and Marsha Watts. Audiffred won the prize for having the most answers in a trivia quiz about movies.

Cheryl Foster, service chairwoman, coordinated the January project, making 100 bag lunches for the homeless. They were delivered to Volunteers of America.


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