Tau Kappa Omega installs new officers

Tau Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority installed 2016-17 officers on Jan. 9: President Carmen Ginn Harrison, Vice President Quanda Charles, Recording Secretary Olivia Bessix, Assistant Secretary Shalonda Skidmore, Corresponding Secretary Pearlie Johnson, Treasurer Charmaine Williams, Financial Secretary Francesca Mellieon-Williams, Reporter Tia T. Mills, Chapter Hostess Jessica Mellieon, Sergeant-at-Arms Angela Calloway, Parliamentarian Dana Washington, Historian Stacie Jordan and Chaplain Allegra Lockett.

Past presidents Eunice Trent, Octavia Lewis and Alma Walker installed the officers.

Harrison appointed the following chairwomen: Ira Dean Grace, standards; Cormanda Grace, protocol; Katrice Lipscomb, membership; Caronda Oubre, connections; LaDonna Green, health and Charles, program.

The chapter serves Ascension, Assumption, Iberville and St. James parishes.

Nurses Association elects new officers

The Baton Rouge District Nurses Association elected officers at its annual business meeting Jan. 12 at DeAngleo’s Restaurant: President Clara Earl, President-elect Valerie Schluter, Corresponding Secretary Mary Dudley, board members Bronwyn Doyle and Wenona Bell, and nominating committee members Edna Hull, Trudy Williams and Latricia Greggs.

Paula Julian was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Shelly Upshaw. Continuing as officers are Serena Sanford, vice president; Sandra Robinson, recording secretary; Cindy Schneider, treasurer; and Karen Moody, board member.

LSU professor speaks to La. Bonsai Society

Jeff Kuehny, LSU professor and director of the Botanic Gardens at the Burden Research Center, explained how growth hormones affect the growth of trees, a major interest for bonsai development, Jan. 19 to the Louisiana Bonsai Society.

Lowell Tilley demonstrated root pruning and re-potting bonsai. Jim Scarton led discussions about bonsai that members brought to the meeting. Jean Merrill gave a financial report on the annual midwinter bonsai workshop Jan. 9 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center. Bonsai expert David DeGroot, of Seattle, Washington, led the workshop. Donald and Dawn Koetting provided lunch.

The Louisiana Bonsai Society is a not-for-profit organization open to all who are interested in the hobby of bonsai. It meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. For more information contact Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or lowelltilley@gmail.com.

Chronologically Gifted hear news anchor Britt

WAFB-TV news anchor Donna Britt spoke about her career to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented group Jan. 20 at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church.

Britt said she began working for the station as an LSU student and was chastised by her boss, Paul Gates, one day for being so slow on a job. When she said she was getting married the next day, he pushed her out of the door quickly and said, “You shouldn’t even be here.” She said Gates, who resigned with a public announcement of oncoming Alzheimer’s disease, is a pleasure to visit even though he does not remember her.

Britt said Carol Burnett, whom she once interviewed, influenced her life. “There were many others and stations represented, and I only had 30 seconds and was the last one,” Britt said. “When I entered and she asked my name, I said, ‘I don’t have time to tell you because I only have 30 seconds.’” Burnett grabbed her by the wrist, looked her in the face, and said, “I wouldn’t have asked if I weren’t interested in you.” After that, Britt said she tried to put the interviewees at ease and put them first.

Ellen Snyder and Annabelle Armstrong co-chaired the luncheon, catered by Von Raybon.

Entergy gift to support symposium, workshop

Entergy’s River Bend Station has provided a $5,000 grant to A Celebration of Literature and Art for its Writers and Readers Symposium and Writers Workshop, which will be on Feb. 20-21 in St. Francisville.

Elizabeth Fako, who oversees the Entergy grants, presented the check to the CLA board Jan. 21 at Hemingbough. The money will bring author Margaret McMullan to the symposium and workshop and helps fund facilities and supplies for the event.

Other presenters include authors Philip Gould, Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy and Michael Rubin, along with muralist Robert Dafford, whose art is the subject of Gould’s latest book. Tickets for these events may be purchased at Brownpapertickets.com, at OLLI at LSU, or from CLA board members.

Our America Writers holds museum tribute

“Fall in Love with Louisiana All Over Again: A Literary Tribute to the Exhibits at the Capitol Park Museum” was held Jan. 21 at the museum.

The event included poetry and essays on exhibits ranging from recognizing political giants to celebrating the soulfulness of jazz legends. Representatives from the lieutenant governor’s office attended.

These writers and editorial staff members previously published two issues of a race and ethnic studies journal titled “America, the Beautiful In Spite of It All.”

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