Chili cook-off raises $5,000 for hospital

The International Chili Society Louisiana and Regional Chili Cook-off Committee donated $5,000 to Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Center Foundation for the Children’s Hospital on Aug. 3.

The money came from proceeds of the chili cook-off in March at LSU. The Audubon Kiwanis Club and the Baton Rouge Head Injury Association sponsored the 2007 Louisiana State Chili Cook-off to promote tourism and raise money for community projects. The cook-off became an annual event organized by individuals and community service organizations. It supports OLOL Children’s Hospital.

For information, visit or email Committee officers are Eric Miller, chairman; Danny Miller, treasurer; Rae Phillips, volunteer coordinator; and Rick Blackstone, sponsor coordinator.

Louisiana DAR holds workshop in Pineville

The Louisiana Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a workshop Aug. 7-8 in Pineville.

State officers and chairmen detailed new contest themes, committee requirements and recent changes from the national society. John James Audubon Chapter members attending were Regent Margaret Tyler, who is state American Heritage Committee chairwoman; Vice Regent Georgia LaCour; Sue Blanchard, state Good Citizen Committee chairwoman; Parliamentarian Carole Gloger; Sue Badeaux; and associate member Charlotte White, state historian.

State Regent Sue Simpson presented the chapter with awards received at Continental Congress, including third place in the American Heritage Poetry contest to Tyler, Outstanding Service as a State Chair to Gerry Ryder, Historic Preservation Award, Conservation Award, American Indians Award, Good Citizen Award and Commemorative Events Award.

The LSDAR Cameo Club held its annual meeting during the workshop. The club is made up of mothers, daughters and grandmothers simultaneously enrolled in a DAR society. Chapter members attending were Tyler, Blanchard, Badeaux and White, who is Cameo Club president.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information, email

Friendship Force holds party for war vets

Frances Bennett reported the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge’s “Christmas in July” party at the War Veterans Home in Jackson was a success, when the club held its monthly board meeting Aug. 10 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Branch Library.

Lynn Robbins reported on the upcoming trip to Canada, and President Keith Corkern talked about the Multi-Cultural Festival at Greenwell Springs Library that Friendship Force assisted with on July 25. Lin Ashton and Bennett will chair the Women’s Week activity on Oct. 4 at the EBR Main Library.

BR fire chief speaks to Inter-Civic Council

Baton Rouge Fire Chief Ed Smith spoke about programs sponsored by the Fire Department to the Inter-Civic Council of Baton Rouge Aug. 11 at Hunan’s Restaurant.

Smith talked about books that are given to school children on how to exit the home during a fire, about the smoke detector program for senior citizens and said the 20th fire station in Baton Rouge will open soon.

Golden Deeds Banquet Chairman Lowell Tilley gave an update on the Nov. 10 event.

Preceptor Beta Epsilon hears about trucker life

New member Bonnie Wolfe spoke about her years on the road with her husband, Lane, as a husband-and-wife truck driving team when Preceptor Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Aug. 12 at her home.

She told about long hours on the road, waiting for the truck to be loaded and having to take a number at a truck stop and wait their turn for a shower. The truck had a bed, refrigerator, microwave and a portable toilet. She said that they had to do most things in motion because there was no time to stop.

Wolfe said the occupation allowed her to spend more time with her husband and said they were able to overcome the challenges through their deep Christian faith and commitment to God and to each other.

Items were collected to donate to the Battered Women’s Shelter and the Baton Rouge Area Animal Shelter.

Civic Associations hear about land use plan

Three East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission representatives spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations Aug. 13. The federation represents area homeowners associations.

Planning Director Frank Duke gave a general overview of FUTUREBR, the 20-year comprehensive land use and development plan adopted in 2011. Project Planning Coordinator Gilles Morin addressed commercial aspects of proposed parking regulations and how they differ from current ordinances. Assistant Planning Director Ryan Holcombe spoke about landscape revisions and how they affect commercial applications.

The federation meets the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10. Single-family homeowner associations are invited to join. Contact President Nancy Curry, (225) 925-1674, to join or attend a meeting.

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 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.