Mount Carmel women hold cancer seminar

The American Baptist Women Sisterhood Ministry of Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Scotlandville hosted its 10th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar Oct. 2. Theme for the event was “Oh Taste and See that the Lord is Good!”

The program brought together survivors, supporters, advocates and interested persons, including representatives from 10 churches, four organizations and 12 men. Breast cancer survivor Sarah Holliday-James was the speaker. Program participants included the Rev. Valarie Oliver, Janifer Peters and Carolyn Breaux. Dianne Pullen led congregational singing accompanied by Everett Parker. Ramona Boatner, of the YWCA Encore Plus Program, gave information on the services offered through its breast cancer program.

Peters chaired the event, assisted by Katie Vernon, Arnetha Torry, Bernadette Terrell, Rita Jack-Lewis, Lauri Patterson, Pullen, Breaux and members of Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity at Southern University.

Audubon DAR works on cemetery directory

The John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution observed the DAR’s 125th anniversary with a service project Oct. 11.

Members, along with family and friends, met at Magnolia Cemetery to complete the digital photo library of the headstones. Volunteers took photos of the last section of the cemetery to go into a directory.

Members plan to complete this project by cataloging records currently on index cards. Early records of the cemetery were lost in a fire in the early 1920s. The chapter will reconstruct the records from these cards.

DAR membership is open to women 18 and older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information, contact

Local church names Kirk elder emeritus

Don Kirk was named elder emeritus during the Oct. 11 worship service at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church. He and his family were guests of honor at a luncheon in the Activities Building. The church’s elders sponsored the honor, which included a certificate and presentation by Dave Snyder, assisted by Peggy Hammond.

Since 1953, when he helped organize the church, Kirk has served in many capacities, from being Frosty the Snowman in a citywide Christmas program for 12 years, to training bus drivers, serving as youth leader, Sunday School superintendent, leading mission trips to Cordoba, Mexico, and serving as elder four times.

Kirk, 90, and his wife, Sammie, remain active in the church. Their children, Donna Kirk Bass, Paul Kirk and Mark Kirk, grew up in the church and attended the celebration. The Presbyterian Women Fellowship Committee arranged the luncheon. Ellen Snyder is moderator, and Virginia Holloway is co-moderator.

Music Club program features organ, piano

The Music Club of Baton Rouge featured “Daring Duets for Dynamic Duos: A Recital of Romantic Rarities for Organ and Piano,” presented by Richard Webb, organ, and Marianne Parker, piano, Oct. 13 at the First United Methodist Church.

The program included “Rhapsody for Organ and Piano” and “Air Varié,” both by Demarest; “Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Opus 18,” by Franck; and “Symphonic Piece for Organ and Piano,” by Clokey.

Rose Mary Williams was program chair. On the hospitality committee were Meg Genusa and Ellen Snyder, co-chairs, and Gail Evans, Mary Francis, Tommy Humphreys, Margie Kemp, Marcy Lyon, Jessie Mulkey, Patricia Robertson, Bert Robinson, Linda Robinson and Beverly Thomas.

Making candy topic for Torchbearer Beta

Jean Leyda led a program on making chocolate candy using molds and different fillings when Torchbearer Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 6 at President Verlyne LeBlanc’s home.

Mary Scallan joined as a new member. Also attending were Phine Bravata, Juanita Coutee, Suzanne Ishler, Linda Musso, Dixie Gregory, Sandy Bailey, Page Meyer, Polly Williams and Gail Keller.

Torchbearer Beta held a garage sale Oct. 10 to raise money for service projects.

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