International V.P. speaks to Lions event

Lions International First Vice President Chancellor Bob Corlew, of Tennessee, was keynote speaker when District 8-N Lions held a leadership conference Aug. 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

He reported on the program of Lions Clubs International President Jutsihiro Yamada from Japan and on Lions celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2017.

The conference helped 2015-16 club officers learn more about their new positions.

Mary Manhein, recently retired director of LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory, spoke to the luncheon. Beth Dawson from the Jackson Lions Club spoke on the Bataan Death March during World War II in the Philippines.

Bowens named St. Jude Family of the Month

Kevin and Tiffany Bowen received the August Family of the Month Award by the Knights of Columbus Council 9692 from the Rev. Trey Nelson and Grand Knight Les Gendron at an Aug. 22 reception.

The Bowens have been St. Jude members since 2008. Kevin Bowen joined the Men’s Club and volunteers on church and school projects.

He has cooked for multiple events, including the Lenten Tuesday Evening Time Out soup dinners. He joined the Fair Core Committee in 2012 and served as fair food chairperson the past two years. Tiffany Bowen also works at the fair. They are members of the St. Jude Athletic Association and are in charge of concessions for all home games in the gym and all other sporting event concessions.

Kevin helped the athletic director remodel the concession stand this summer and helped organize and implement the annual Athletic Association Golf Tournament. Tiffany Bowen is a St. Jude teacher’s aide and has been a Girl Scout leader. She belongs to the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ministry. Their children — Kellin, Karsyn and Kaden — have attended St. Jude School.

Bill Wilhelm chairs the award committee.

Louisiana CAR holds summer workshop

The Louisiana Society Children of the American Revolution held its summer workshop Aug. 23 at the River Center Branch Library.

Senior Society President Desha Martin presented honorable mention certificates that were awarded by the National Society Children of the American Revolution to the Fort Atkinson Society in Lake Charles and Fort Jesup Society in Many. Honorary State President William Martin received the Outstanding Officer Award by NSCAR for his achievements as the 2014-15 state president.

President Zachary Mellinger spoke on the national president’s project to raise funds to permanently place General George Washington’s marquis tent, which served as the “First Oval Office,” at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Mellinger said Washington was visited by Founding Fathers, military leaders and important allies from 1775-83 in the tent.

Mellinger introduced his state president’s project, “Rediscover the Past on the Road to Independence,” to restore the plaque honoring patriots in the Revolutionary War battle of Baton Rouge and the concrete wall where it is displayed in Galvez Plaza in Baton Rouge.

The Children of the American Revolution is the nation’s oldest and largest patriotic youth organization and offers membership to anyone 22 or younger lineally descended from someone who served in the Continental Army or gave material aid to the cause of freedom in the American Revolution. Contact Desha Martin, blanchemartin@me.com.

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