Sigma Gamma Rho holds training workshop

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority held its annual Area V Leadership and Training Workshop on Nov. 1 in Baton Rouge. Topics included implementing sorority programs and health initiatives, promoting HIV-AIDS and Breast Cancer Awareness and supporting partnerships with the March of Dimes and St. Jude Foundations.

Aisha Thomas, residential services director for the Iris Domestic Violence Center was guest speaker.

Members donated $1,000 to the center to support services to survivors of domestic violence and their children.

Southwest Region Director Henry Etta O’Neal and the Undergraduate Chapter Coordinator LaShonda Johnson presided over the meeting. Mu Sigma Chapter hosted the workshop at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Activity Center. Mu Sigma member Jacqueline Hunt is Area V coordinator. Brenda Smith is Mu Sigma president. To learn more about Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, visit

Holiday decorating topic for ‘Reflections’

Erin DeBossier, owner of Red Door Interiors in Baton Rouge, led a program on holiday decorating techniques Nov. 3 for the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program.

Gina Periou will lead a program titled “Birds Unlimited” on Monday, Dec. 1 at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. The BHS website is

Toys for Tots topic for Preceptor Beta Epsilon

A nna Marie Burns gave the history of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves “Toys for Tots” program when Preceptor Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 5 at Burns’ home.

The program started in 1947 when Maj. Bill Hendricks let a group in collecting and distributing 5,000 toys to needy children in Los Angeles. The Marine Corps expanded it into a national campaign in 1948.

Ethel Taylor received her Beta Sigma Phi pledge ritual. President Sandy Linder reminded members of the BSP International Convention in 2016. Marilyn Mayeux said toys collected for Toys for Tots will be delivered to a local Marine Reserve unit. Becky Decker and Donna Hoglan were guests.

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