Acacia Shriners start new club in St. Helena

The Acacia Shriners of Baton Rouge started the St. Helena Shrine Club on Feb. 6 at St. Helena Masonic Lodge 96 in Greensburg.

The club’s officers are President Joe Landcaster, First Vice President Eddie Reynolds, Second Vice President Kevin Thompson and Secretary Chuck Coburn.

Meetings will be at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, beginning in April at the Greensburg lodge. Charter membership will be open until April 5. Any Master Mason in east Louisiana can call Coburn, (985) 974-2961 to join or assist the St. Helena Shrine Club.

Friendship Force holds monthly board meeting

The Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its monthly board meeting Feb. 9 at the Jones Creek Library.

Trudy Ivy gave an update on the trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. Thornton Cofield gave an itinerary for the visit from Auckland, New Zealand, April 22-28. Lynn Robbins discussed the upcoming trip to Canada.

President Keith Corkern reminded the members of the Southwestern Regional Conference March 27-29 in Houston. He said a general membership meeting and dinner will be Tuesday, March 17, at Hunan’s Restaurant on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard. For information, go online to or call Frances Bennett, (225) 926-4710.

Nielson, Callander lead program for Ikebana

Judy Nielson and Kay Callander showed how to cover milk cartons with Japanese washi paper and decorative cord to create a container for a floral arrangement when Ikebana International Chapter 42 met Feb. 10 at Grace Baptist Church.

The containers will be displayed in the chapter annual exhibit April 24-25 at the Bluebonnet Library.

Luncheon hostesses were Ruth Pace, Billie Hyde and Joyce Siegel. The chapter welcomed former member Shirley Brocato as a guest.

Women’s Council hears about local outreach

Jamie Tindle, executive director of Families Helping Families spoke about the organization’s programs and services to the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge on Feb. 12 at First United Methodist Church.

Tindle announced the “Active for Autism” 5K run-walk will be held Saturday, April 18, at the state police headquarters.

Silver Magnolia Committee Chair Maureen Corcoran said Silver Magnolia nominations are being accepted.

Eye Bank director speaks to Altrusa

Ginger Miller, executive director of the Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank, spoke to Altrusa International of Baton Rouge on Feb. 15 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Miller said the eye bank provides corneas for transplant. It has offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport, serving about 200 to 250 people per year in the Baton Rouge area. There are 72 patients on the waiting list. The organization is holding a fundraiser, “A Day at the Races,” March 12 in New Orleans. To become an eye bank donor or attend the fundraiser, call (225) 766-8996.

Members elected Jan Holmes and Marti Didier as delegates to the District Four Conference to be held April 16-19 in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Amy Drago said the club will make fig cookies to benefit the St. Joseph Hospice Center for their St. Joseph’s Altar on March 19. Lynn Nettles said members planned to read to students at Merrydale Elementary School for Dr. Seuss Day on March 2 and present bookmarks to the younger students. For information on Altrusa, contact Nettles, (225) 752-9246, or Didier, (225) 939-0460.

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