St. Louis Altar Society has 1950s luncheon

The St. Louis King of France Altar Society used a ’50s theme for its Sept. 22 luncheon, with members wearing poodle skirts or rolled-up jeans. The Rev. Jack Nutter, the church’s pastor, was a guest.

President Teenie Bajon recognized relatives of members who died in the past year: Vertie Lee Devillier, member and mother of Geralyn Thibodeaux; Herman Scallan, husband of Mary Scallan; Nguyet Ta, mother of Dung Dinh; Evan Schittone, grandson of Fannie Schittone; and Pam Farrell, daughter-in-law of Roberta Farrell.

Bajon thanked Calvin Bajon, Linda Musso, Joanette Dunn, Betty Baughman, Barbara Schmitt, Martha Desselles, Nancy Tate, Susan Ricaud, Evelyn Simoneaux, Jennie Guzzardo and Lou Macaluso for helping decorate and serve. She thanked Rita Valentine for her work as membership chairwoman, and recognized new members Shirley Robillard, Gerri Terrio and Alana Granados.

Laureate Alpha Gamma elects slate of officers

Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi elected officers on Sept. 23 at Page Meyer’s home: Dixie Gregory, president; Gail Keller, vice president; Meyer, recording secretary; Jean Leyda, City Council representative; Verlyn LeBlanc, corresponding secretary; Virginia Huffman, treasurer; and Phyllis Turner, extension officer.

Terri Martin and Marie Sylvester were guests. The program was about lipstick.

Master Gardeners graduate new class

East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners honored 20 new graduates on Sept. 25 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant. Each received official certification from the LSU AgCenter.

Topics include composting, pesticides, propagation and pruning, use and value of chemical components in fertilizers and worm culture.

Master Gardeners participate in the children’s garden at Burden Museum and Conference Center, the Trails and Trees program on the same property, plant health clinics, various gardening presentations at schools and libraries, and the annual plant sale.

Graduates this year are: Dorothy Barnette, Kim Callegan, Alan Carey, Lacey Crochet, Floyd DeMers, June Fitzgerald, Lyle Hitzman, John Hough, LaRue Jolly, Haley Knuckles, Jackie Ladatto, Lisa Landry, Sharon Lavant, Kathy Melchers, Jim Morrison, Rita Patton, Gary Pryor, Mary Sceroler, Donna Lynne Welch and Tammy Wicker.

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Cortana Kiwanis Club installs new officers

The Cortana Kiwanis Club installed 2014-15 officers Sept. 30 at Ruffino’s Restaurant: Pam Morgan, past president; Cal Robbins, president; Mike Grace, president-elect; Sean McDonald, vice president; Brent Salter, treasurer; Margaret Hodges, secretary. They were installed by Kiwanis District Lt. Gov. Jeff Wittenbrink.

Heather Folks was named 2014 Kiwanian of the Year. Folks is the Cortana Kiwanis Downtown Christmas Parade Committee chairman. Chuck Morgan received the Legion of Honor for his service to the club and community for 25 years and longer. Rene Roberts received the Rock Award as a key contributor to the club’s success.

Guests included Gary Graham, district governor; Bruce Hammatt, past lieutenant governor, Division 8B; Charlie Ford, district executive director, and his wife, Sharon; Beverly Cain, retired district administrative assistant, and her husband, Ronnie.

On Oct. 2, the club received a plaque from the Edmond Kiwanis Club in Carney, Oklahoma, for assistance with tornado relief effort last year.

Daryle Gauthier, Joe Cutney, Paul Salvant and McDonald cooked and served jambalaya to tornado victims and relief workers.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. Contact Lowell Tilley,, (225) 272-6744.

Historical Society holds Folklife Fellow-bration

The Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society sponsored its first Folklife Fellow-bration Oct. 4 at the State Archives.

The topic was folklife in the eight parishes that formed the Republic of West Florida in 1810. Samuel C. Hyde, Leon Ford endowed professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University, and C. Howard Nichols, SLU professor emeritus of history, spoke on the heritage and daily life of the area’s settlers.

Nichols showed several artifacts, including a Native American woven basket.

Hyde said the ethnic and cultural legacy of early settlers make the Florida Parishes different from any other region of the state.

President Yvonne Lewis Day gave an illustrated history of the Three-Chop Trail, the federal road that ran from Georgia into the Mississippi Territory between 1805 and 1836. Day said more than 100,000 settlers, mostly from the Carolinas and Georgia, traveled the route into southern Mississippi and the Florida Parishes.

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