State’s birds topic for Chronologically Gifted

Jane Patterson, president of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, showed slides of Louisiana birds for the Chronologically Gifted and Talented of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church on March 25.

Patterson urged those interested in birds to get binoculars and the new publication, “A Birder’s Guide to Louisiana.” She displayed photographs of individual and hordes of birds, citing their locations. These ranged from the big birds, like the white ibis, great blue heron and great egret, to the tiny hummingbird and warblers. Her favorite bird is the roseate spoonbill. She showed pictures of rookeries and talked about the birds that arrive from Central and South America twice a year. She said April will bring millions of migratory birds that nest in North America.

Emily Jane McCune presided, Dale Tullier gave the invocation and caterer Von Middleton served a fried fish luncheon.

BR chapter of RSEA holds annual meeting

The Retired State Employees Association’s Baton Rouge Chapter held its annual meeting March 25 at the Holiday Inn South.

Cindy Rougeau, executive director of the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System; Dean Moberley, of the Office of Group Benefits; Frank Jobert, RSEA legislative and governmental affairs director, and Lorry Trotter, RSEA executive director, gave updates and reports.

Bruce E. Pilley was awarded Chapter Member of the Year. Elections were also held for 2015-16 officers. Darlene Richard was elected president; June Gillis, vice president; and Nancy DeWitt, secretary.

Friendship Force of BR goes to conference

Friendship Force of Baton Rouge members attended the Southwest Regional Conference March 27-28 in Houston.

Charles and Frances Bennett, Morena Cazedessus, Thorton Cofield, Keith Corkern, Karen Pharis, Karen Vingiello, JoAnn Wall and Barbara Wittkopf all attended. Other clubs represented were from Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, San Antonio and Australia.

Charles Bennett was awarded the Wayne Smith Medal for his outstanding service to the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge. The medal is named for the founder of Friendship Force International. Friendship Force International Board Member Cinda Clark read Charles Bennett’s introduction and Corkern, president of the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge, presented the medal.

Various topics concerning Friendship Force were discussed at the conference, and members also enjoyed a dinner cruise and talk by retired NASA Cmdr. Jim Wetherford.

BR genealogy group hears about Zachary

Jean Byers and Betty Tucker, of the Zachary Historical Association, presented a talk titled “Zachary on the Plains” to the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society on March 21 at the Bluebonnet Regional Library.

The focus was on the history of Zachary, with old photos and stories about historic buildings and old families on the Plains, including an illustrated introduction to the historic village.

Jack Lampert, educational director of Theatre Baton Rouge, will present “The Little Theatre That Could” at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Bluebonnet Regional Library. His talk will be an overview of the history, highlights and curiosities of the theater. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call Mary McKeough, (225) 924-8921.

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 Events should be submitted in a timely fashion.