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Gloryland luncheon honors top students

Gloryland Educational Resource Center celebrated its 10th anniversary with an awards luncheon June 6 at Boudreaux’s.

Warren Drake, new superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, was the speaker, and Michelle McCalope was emcee. Program participants included former scholarship recipients Chauncy Collins, Tiffani Keller Williams, Timeka Seals, Kimberli Thompson and Areah Thompson; Michael Adams and the Rev. Rayford Iglehart. Also attending was School Board member Vereta Lee. A resolution was read from State Rep. Regina Barrow.

Amerigroup received the Major Contributing Partner Award, represented by Kathy Victorian, and Demetria Perkins received the Community Service Award for volunteering at Baton Rouge General Hospital.

Odell Wilmer, scholarship chairman, assisted by Kervin Feeling, recognized graduates, scholastic achievers and $500 scholarship recipients. Each graduate and scholastic achiever received a framed certificate and gift card.

Graduates recognized were: elementary school, Kishawn Hughes; middle school, Jordan Coleman, Kemijah Craig, John Early, Michael Joshua, Logan Lewis, J’Sean Whalum and Dareon Verret; high school, Malik Chavis, Trenton Glover, Ronald LeDuff and Melvin Tobin Jr.; college, Octavia Lafayette, LaTosha Hills and Robert Perkins.

Recognized for maintaining a 3.0 GPA and above were Aleecia Bankis, Angel Caine, Heaven Caine, Johnny Caine Jr., Tony Gray, Tyson Gray, Karrington Hall, Jala Howard, MiAnjel Jack, Michael Joshua, Briah LeDuff, Logan Lewis, Renee Lucas, Casey Stikes, Dareon Verret, J’Sean Whalum and Glover. Scholarship recipients were Milik Chavis, Glover and Ronald LeDuff.

Gloryland Educational Resource Center board members are Al Ridley, president; Nina Jack, vice president; Erika Green, secretary; Toni Singleton, treasurer, Rodney Coates, Carolyn Dillon, Douglas Landry, Percy Singleton, Tiffani Williams and Joycelyn Green, executive director.

Zeta Phi Beta holds leadership conference

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s Southern Region held its 86th Leadership Conference and Youth Retreat June 11-13. The Baton Rouge Chapter, Mu Zeta, hosted the conference.

Over 600 members and youth affiliates met at the Hilton Hotel Baton Rouge Center. The Southern Region is made up of graduate and undergraduate members from the states of Louisiana and Texas.

Attendees included Zeta’s 24th international president, Mary Breaux Wright, of Houston; Southern Region Director Kay Jones Rosebure, of Houston; Barbara West Carpenter, 21st international president, of Baton Rouge; Louisiana Director Christine Stringer; West Texas Director Rhetta Washington McCoy; and East Texas Director Gwendolyn Oquendo.

Mu Zeta President Melba Wilson was conference marshal, and Sulithian Williams was co-marshal. The conference emphasis was to enhance leadership skills for members and youth, recognize chapter activities that follow Zeta’s national program initiatives over the past two years and to elect officers.

Chapters gave monetary donations and personal care items to Sterling Place Nursing Home and Magnolia Care Veterans Home as part of Zeta’s national initiative, Zetas Helping Other People Excel. Receiving the Women of Excellence Award for their services to their communities were Catherine Davis, retired educator and Ascension Parish’s first female school board member; Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice; and Gaylynne Mack, Big Buddy Program executive director.

Ethel Comeaux from Magnolia Care Veterans Home and Pamora Frank from Sterling Place Nursing Home received Z-HOPE Awards from Shauna Dixon, regional Z-HOPE coordinator; Kay Jones Rosebure, regional director; and Wilson.

Saving church records topic for BRGHS event

Ann Boltin, senior archivist for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, spoke about restoring sacramentalrecords and other documents damaged by Hurricane Katrina to the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society on June 20.

Boltin said only 13 of the 137 church parishes of the Archdiocese of New Orleans evacuated records before Katrina struck in 2005. Most parishes sustained significant damage from winds and flooding. She discussed efforts to collect water-soaked documents and bring the items to Baton Rouge for repair and restoration.

Restoration took place over nine months at the Catholic Life Center in Baton Rouge.

Representatives from six lineage organizations will discuss membership requirements and application procedures when the society meets at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. The free program is open to the public. 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 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.