Tau Kappa Omega hosts read-in event

Tau Kappa Omega hosted an African-American “read-in” Feb. 20 at the Iberville Parish Library in celebration of Black History Month.

Tia T. Mills served as program chair. Members of the ASCEND program attended. All readings were written by African Americans. Readers were Lakedra Crockett, Allegra Lockett and Mills. Also attending were President Carmen G. Harrison, Vice President Quanda Charles and ASCEND Chair Stacie Jordan. Mills donated two Barnes and Noble gift cards as door prizes.

Odell Williams Museum celebrates black history

The Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum held a black history celebration Feb. 27.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, museum founder and curator, led a ceremonial march of remembrance that focused on unity. A recording was played of the late Earl T. Taylor singing the National Anthem and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Radio personality Kerwyn Feeling was master of ceremonies. Marjorie Green gave the welcome and purpose. Councilwoman Tara Wicker praised the museum for its positive impact on the community.

Instrumentalist and vocalist Melinda Holmes, accompanied by saxophonist Kelvin Naquin, provided music. Troy Pierre II read his essay, which won the COX Communications Black History Essay Contest.

Gwendolyn Miller, Earldine Joseph and Catherine Anderson Jackson told personal stories. Randell Henry provided supplies for children to create visual art.

Legion post learns about water usage

Bill Branch, water quality specialist with the LSU Ag Center, spoke to the American Legion Boyd-Ewing Post 58 March 7 at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center.

Branch spoke about water in Louisiana and the United States. He said 36 percent of Louisiana cropland is irrigated and produces 44 percent of the state’s crops.

California is No. 1 in United States water and irrigation use, and 70 percent of the world’s fresh water withdrawal is used for irrigation. Although some believe there is a water shortage, Branch said there is an abundance of water.

Baton Rouge members attend DAR conference

Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution members attended the 107th State Conference March 10-12 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge.

Attending were Zora Olsson, Laurel Olsson, Linda Donnelly, Lea Evans, Rezzie Mayer, Carrie Martin, Rachel Grace, Sarah Brooks, Linda Palazzo, Jan Grace, Marian Harden, Ann Bergeron, Ina Navarre and Lynette Navarre.

Brooks and Lynette Navarre served as conference pages, and Alyssa Donnelly and Lillian Whitteker, representing the Children of the American Revolution, also served as pages. Members attended a reception honoring national President General Lynn Young as well as a National Defense Luncheon and a State Awards Luncheon. The chapter received many state officer and state committee awards.

State officers were elected for 2016-19. Zora Olsson was elected state regent.

A memorial service was held March 11 at St. James Episcopal Church to honor members who died in 2015.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who helped achieve American independence. Email hgrace5366@aol.com.

Iota Epsilon honors 2016 Sweetheart

Iota Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi honored 2016 chapter Sweetheart Paula Traxler with a luncheon on March 6 at Mansur’s On The Boulevard. She was selected because of her fun-loving spirit, great sense of humor and generous heart.

Music Club Chorus performs musical revue

The Baton Rouge Music Club Chorus presented “The Sounds of Rodgers and Hammerstein” March 8 for the Music Club of Baton Rouge.

This musical revue concept by Terry Byars, performed at the Woman’s Club, was dedicated to the memory of Wesley McCoy, longtime member of the chorus and of the Music Club.

Involved in the program were Marjorie Blocker, chorus director; Heath Watson, assistant director; Louis Wendt, pianist; Kim Sands, cellist; and Johnnie Beth Smithen, flautist. Program chair was Jeanne Clement.

Hospitality co-chairs were Linda Henning and Diane Lynch, with members Miriam Bensman, Joan Bringaze, Helen Campbell, Andrée Chol, Beryl Fourroux, Dot Harmon, Virginia Hopper, Ruth Patrick, Betty Robertson and Patsy Wolfe.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.