Kiwanis presidents group reviews projects

The Districts 8A and 8B Presidents Council of Kiwanis met May 21 at the Baton Rouge General Board Room to discuss their projects this year.

Kiwanis Gov. Gary Graham and Executive Director Charlie Ford talked about the June 4 Kiwanis Leadership Retreat. Graham spoke on the need to plan for the next 100 years, and what new and younger members want in a service organization.

Children’s books topic for Presbyterian Women

Patricia “Pabby” Arnold, director of children’s services for the parish library system, spoke on mothers at the annual salad luncheon for area Presbyterian Women May 21 at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church.

Arnold read two of her favorite children’s books about mothers: “Koala Lou,” by Mem Fox, and “Indigo and Moonlight Gold,” by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.

Celebrating the birthday of national Presbyterian Women, which began in 1922, the luncheon held an offering for Heartland 180 in the Kansas City area, which helps boys and girls who have been in the criminal justice system get a new start.

Guests displayed pictures of their mothers and some talked their about distinguishing characteristics. Guests were Ann Kendrick and Chris Medici, of The British Club. Barbara Long, Pat Robertson, Virginia Holloway, Alice Hondzinsky, Susan Chenevert and Ellen Snyder assisted.

Magnolia Cemetery topic for BRGHS event

Chip Landry, Historic Magnolia Cemetery board president, spoke May 21 to the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

He gave facts and anecdotes about the 10-acre cemetery, which was established in August 1852 when the city of Baton Rouge bought the tract from a plantation owned by John C. Buhler. Until the 1950s, the cemetery was the main burial site for many of the most prominent residents of Baton Rouge.

The cemetery was the site of the Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge. Landry displayed a map showing the arrangement of burial plots and other features. The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Yvonne Lewis Day will speak on crime in antebellum Baton Rouge at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Bluebonnet Library. Contact

Teen holds event to help the homeless

Ja’Lexis Posey, 15, crowned Miss Black East Baton Rouge Parish 2016 Talented Teen at the Miss USA Scholarship Pageant, held a May 22 event to help the homeless in Baton Rouge.

The Madison Prep Academy ninth grader’s pageant platform was helping the homeless, and she collected donations to buy hygiene products to hand out at the event. She teamed up with Chris Singleton of It Takes A Village BR. The event was held under the North Boulevard overpass.

Posey said she hopes to hold the event every year. She is the daughter of Lisa Nixon-Posey and Joseph Posey, of Baton Rouge.

Buckley, Ishler named Pre-Teen La. finalists

Alana Ja’Na Buckley, daughter of Earlett Taylor Buckley, of Baton Rouge, and Ada Ishler, of Denham Springs, daughter of Stephen Ishler and Lana and Wayne Register, have been selected as finalists in the Pre-Teen Louisiana Scholarship and Recognition Program to be held July 1-3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Pre-Teen Louisiana is an invitation-only event for girls ages 7-12 based on academic records, awards and honors and participation in outside activities.

Finalists will be evaluated on academic achievement, volunteer service, school honors and activities, development of personal skills, general knowledge, communicative ability and on-stage acknowledgement of accomplishments.

Pre-Teen Louisiana will award more than $5,000 in educational bonds and awards.

Johnson, Frazier earn Eagle Scout distinction

Lewis Johnson and Brian Frazier, of Troop 478, have earned Boy Scouts’ highest rank, Eagle.

Lewis, of Baton Rouge, is the son of Summer Dann and Scott Johnson. His Eagle project was managing volunteers for the Caledonian Society’s Highland Games.

Brian, of Denham Springs, is the son of Jeri and Eric Frazier. His project was refurbishing fire hydrants in the Sherwood Forest Subdivision. They are the 97th and 98th Eagle Scouts under the direction of Scoutmaster Steve Beatty.

Lewis is a senior at Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and Brian is a senior at Denham Springs High School.

Eric Reid golf event benefits Sickle Cell

Former LSU football player and San Francisco 49er Eric Reid hosted the 2016 Eric Reid Golf Invitational, raising more than $60,000 for the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation.

Brock was the major sponsor. Other sponsors were ISC, AmeriHealth Caritas, Global Supply, Winroc-SPI, Mobile Mini, Inc., Crescent Crown and Baton Rouge Coca Cola. The VIP pre-party and auction was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge. Garrett Wolvard was emcee, and former NFL star and ESPN correspondent Ryan Clark spoke about his sickle cell trait challenges. The tournament was held at Pelican Point Golf Course in Burnside.

Liberty student receives Kobie Cotton grant

The Kobie Cotton Foundation has awarded a scholarship to Angel Todd from Amite County High School in Liberty, Mississippi. She is the daughter of Hessie and Stevie Todd, of Liberty. She will attend the University of Southern Mississippi.

The foundation was founded in 2010 after Kobie “NuNu” Cotton, 30, of Jackson, was killed in Centreville, Mississippi, in May 2009. It provides support and counseling to families who have lost loved ones to violence and provides training for speakers against violence. The foundation gives scholarships and school supplies.

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