Audubon DAR hears Moore on World War I

Retired Army Col. Thomas Moore spoke about World War I to the John James Audubon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution meeting Oct. 20 at the Bluebonnet Branch Library.

Moore said Native American “code talkers,” famously deployed in World War II, began in the previous war after a captain heard two Choctaw soldiers talking in their native tongue. He asked if they knew of other Choctaw soldiers. They did, and were used to deliver messages on field telephones.

Moore spoke about Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial, which was established in 1937 on six acres near Waregem, Belgium with 368 graves. It is the smallest of the eight permanent American cemeteries in Europe, and the only one in Belgium.

Other topics involved the use of animals such as horses, canaries, camels and carrier pigeons, and military roles for women in World War I.

New members Karen K. Smith, Charlene C. Kennedy and Susanne C. Heroman were introduced. Hostesses were Betty Jo Snellgrove, Carole Gloger, Emily Wilbert and Boots McArdle.

Library official Stein speaks to Altrusa Club

M ary Stein, East Baton Rouge Parish Library assistant director, spoke about the new main library and special library services and resources to the Altrusa Club on Oct. 20 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Services include the Kurzweil Firefly app that converts text to speech, collaborative study rooms for tutoring, 3D printing and computer classes.

Cathy Craddock reported on the Oct. 18 service committee meeting with the principal at the Merrydale Elementary School. The club will continue its “Book of My Own” project at the school.

The club voted to continue to co-sponsor the East Baton Rouge Parish School’s “Adopt-A-Teacher” project, along with the Exchange Club.

Giving reports were Cherryl Alford, Carol Davis, Lynn Nettles and Mary Eleanor Cole. Nettles said the Inter-Civic Council and The Advocate will sponsor the Nov. 11 Golden Deeds Award Banquet.

For information on Altrusa, call Jackie Robbins, (225) 753-9307, or Marti Didier, (225) 939-0460.

Sun Records topic for Chronologically Gifted

LSU retiree Barbara Barnes Sims spoke about told how she came to write the book, “The Next Elvis,” to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented luncheon Oct. 22 at Broadmoor Presbyterian’s Church’s Naylor Hall.

In the 1950s, Sims, then in her 20s, worked at Sun Records and met recording artists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Charlie Rich.

Sims also spoke of the careers that followed, including English teacher at LSU and riverboat cruise entertainer. Emily Jane McCune chaired the luncheon, which had a Halloween décor and was catered by Von Middleton. Ellen Snyder assisted.

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