Plaquemine Garden Club celebrates 60 years

The Plaquemine Garden Club celebrated its 60th anniversary Sept. 8 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The club inducted Joyce S. Hebert into the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s Circle of Roses, which honors members for service to the club and community. Her daughter, Ellie Hebert, attended the ceremony. District VI Director Kyle Martin, of Covington, presented Hebert with a framed certificate and a Circle of Roses lapel pin. She received a gift from club President Nancy Delahaye.

Verlee Guilbeau and her committee members made baskets of bedding plants for centerpieces. Julie Hebert made a fresh fruit compote for the buffet serving table, and Patsy Ray put together display boards with pictures of club projects and members throughout the years. Merle Ostergren was recognized as the only living charter member of the club, which was organized in 1955. Ostergren was presented a red rose.

Benny Trahan, of Slidell, showed slides of Louisiana iris species and gave iris bulbs to each attendee. Table arrangements were given as door prizes along with an orchid plant and planting materials donated by Betty LaBauve, who spoke about growing orchids.

Best area garden plants topic for ‘Reflections’

Wanda Chase, of Imahara’s Landscape, spoke about garden plants that do well in this area to the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program Sept. 7.

Chase presented slides to show how these plants look in the yard or landscape, told when to plant them and gave care information for many blooming and ornamental plants.

“Reflections in the Garden” is a monthly program about horticulture and gardening. Scott Courtright, of the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council, was scheduled to speak on trees for small spaces at noon Monday, Oct. 5, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. Visit for more information.

Richardson addresses LSU Retirees Club

LSU Public Administration Institute Director Jim Richardson spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club Sept. 14 about the tax study he headed for the Louisiana Legislature.

He told lawmakers that a tax structure must provide sufficient revenues, be predictable and stable, promote competitiveness, be fair and be simple. The guiding principle is that taxes should have a broad base and a low rate.

Members toured the Emerge Center, which houses labs and classrooms to treat autism, speech, language, hearing, psychological and behavioral problems, primarily for children ages 3 and up, on Sept. 28. Director of Communications and Partnerships Lauren Knotts and social worker Jessica Langlois said the center offers occupational therapy and school readiness programs.

New Iberia DAR hosts Constitution Week fete

The New Iberia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a luncheon Sept. 19 to celebrate Constitution Week. Eleven chapters from the state DAR’s Southwest District participated.

State officers attending were Regent Sue Simpson, Vice Regent Norma Lester, Corresponding Secretary Marilyn Hightower, Registrar Zora Olsson, Librarian Nancy Bickham, Historian Charlotte White and Honorary Regent Bobbie de la Houssaye.

Vicky Branton, Teche Life editor for the Daily Iberian, was guest speaker. Ann Patout introduced her. The New Iberia Chapter recognized member Norma Lester for her leadership to the chapter for many years.

Assisting with luncheon duties were Jo Ann Minvielle, Brenda Lowry, Charlotte Schneider, Lynette Gosnell and Patti Strother.

St. Louis Altar Society has ‘jungle’ luncheon

The St. Louis King of France Catholic Church Altar Society held a “jungle garden” luncheon Sept. 21 at the Parish Activity Center. All those attending dressed in animal prints.

Renee Lindsey, Eloise Persac and Margaret Blackwell from the St. Patrick Catholic Church Altar Society were guests.

President Teenie Bajon and the Rev. Phillip Eapen thanked members for their dedication. Bajon thanked Betty Rickels and her assistants, Calvin Bajon and Ovide LaHaye, for the meal. She thanked Vicky LaHaye, Kathleen Mokry, Nancy Tate and officers Martha Desselles, Linda Musso, Barbara Schmitt and Betty Baughman for helping serve, decorate or prepare the meal.

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