Sunrise Rotary donates signed books to school

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Baton Rouge donated books signed by dignitaries to University Preparatory Elementary School at the club’s Jan. 7 meeting at Bocage Racquet Club.

The club’s guest speakers at its weekly meetings sign a book that will be donated to an elementary school library. The books were signed in 2015 by such dignitaries as East Baton Rouge School Superintendent Warren Drake, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves.

Herman speaks about his career to Kiwanis

Attorney Russ M. Herman, of New Orleans, spoke to the Red Stick Kiwanis Club Jan. 8 at Lake Sherwood Village.

Herman was lead trial counsel in the Scott v. American Tobacco lawsuit in which the jury returned a $591 million verdict for the plaintiff. He was involved in a case involving defective Chinese drywall which resulted in a $1.1 billion resolution. Herman discussed the drywall case.

Altrusa Club initiates two new members

New members Laura Gilliland and Tiffany Temple were initiated as Altrusa Club members Jan. 11 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Gilliland is a Realtor and immediate past president of the Red Stick Kiwanis Club. Temple is a member of Life of a Single Mom Ministries. Marti Didier, assisted by Diane Bezdek and President Jackie Robbins, conducted the installation.

Guests were Suzanne Allred, District Four representative from Boaz, Alabama, and Gerald Didier, husband of Marti Didier.

Gerry Malone proposed a service project sorting books at St. Vincent de Paul to sell on eBay or Amazon. Didier and Jan Holmes were nominated as District Four Conference delegates. Elected to the Nominating Committee were Jo Anne Morgan, Malone and Robbins.

For information on Altrusa, contact Lynn Nettles, (225) 753-9307, or Didier, (225) 939-0460.

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