New Iberia man gets Scouting’s top honor

Joseph Simon “Si” Brown III, of New Iberia, has received the Silver Buffalo, Scouting’s highest commendation for assiting youth, from the Boy Scouts of America.

Brown received the award at the BSA’s annual national meeting May 20-22 in Atlanta.

Brown was chosen for his dedication to promoting Scouting and working to ensure that young Scouts are excited and eager to remain in the program as active members.

As an Eagle Scout (1952) and a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (2012), he has promoted the Eagle Scout rank and helped mentor Scouts who aspire to achieve the rank. Brown has served the Evangeline Area Council as vice president, as executive board member and on the membership and recruitment and programs committees.

He served as the council’s honorary chair of a $40 million capital campaign. He led the effort to identify land for the council’s Atchafalaya Swamp base camp, secure the property for a long-term lease and establish funding from the state. The facility has become one of Scouting’s most popular outdoor destinations.

Brown is president of Bruce Foods.

Altrusa installs officers, hears CASA director

Altrusa International of Baton Rouge used a baseball theme for its officer installation June 15 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Marti Didier, assisted by Lynn Nettles, prepared a skit with baseball props to honor the LSU’s involvement in the College World Series. Officers are Jackie Robbins, president; Janie Starks, vice president; Amy Drago, secretary; Carol Davis, treasurer; Cathy Craddock and Donna Embree, directors.

Foundation board members also were installed: Diane Bezdek, president; Marti Didier, vice president; Jo Ann Morgan, secretary; Carmel Streater and Craddock, directors. Cherryl Alford, treasurer and Mary Eleanor Cole, director, were absent.

Tiffany Temple, with Volunteers In Public Schools, was a guest.

Liz Betz, Capital Area CASA Association executive director, spoke about CASA’s mission “to advocate for the timely placement of children in permanent, safe and stable homes.” For information on CASA, contact Betz, (225) 931-7726.

For information on Altrusa, contact Nettles, (225) 753-9307, or Didier, (225) 939-0460.

EBR Democrats honor 3 at annual banquet

The East Baton Rouge Parish Democratic Executive Committee held its annual banquet May 30 at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Capitol City Event Center. “Voting for Change” was the program’s theme.

State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome was emcee. Mayor Kip Holden welcomed those attending. The Executive Committee Chairwoman Dawn Chanet Collins gave the program message.

Attorney Johnnie Jones Sr. received the J.K. Haynes Sr. Advocacy in Action Award from State Rep. Alfred Williams. Sibal Suarez Holt received the Victor Bussie Award of Excellence from AFL-CIO President Louis Reine. Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu received the Lifetime Achievement Award. T. Bradley Keith accepted on her behalf.

Christopher J. Tyson, candidate for secretary of state, spoke on the importance of this election cycle. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond encouraged attendees to vote Democratic. State Rep. John Bel Edwards, candidate for governor, spoke about his commitment to democratic values, including quality public education and health care for all, and good-paying jobs. W.T. Winfield was recognized for his years of work and support.

Crowley Rotary Club hears author McDaniel

Baton Rouge author Cheri McDaniel spoke about her book, “He Lays the Stones For Our Steps: Living Life Abundantly in the Face of Adversity,” to the Crowley Rotary Club June 16 at the Town Club.

McDaniel, 87, is a long-time Rotarian. She spoke about her journey from poverty to success and how she has given back to the communities and the world through many projects, often through Rotary.

“There’s the vehicle that God had sent me to because from there I could find out what the different needs were,” McDaniel said.

The book is available online at for $20, plus shipping and handling. Of that money, $13.50 is donated to the Rotary Foundation for its ongoing humanitarian work.

McDaniel said she plans to write a book about aging.

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