DOTD secretary speaks to LSU Retirees Club

Sherri LeBas, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on Jan. 12.

LeBas noted that DODT is not only involved with highways, but with ports, public transit, aviation, freight trains and waterways. She has overseen the widening of Interstates 10 and 12, plus several widening projects of state highways.

Tony Pryer from the Volunteers in Public Schools invited participation in the Reading Buddies project.

The club thanked LSU Alumni Association President Cliff Vannoy for the association’s support and donated $500 to the association. Legislative Committee head Jerald Juneau introduced Lorry Trotter as the new executive director of Retired State Employees Association, and she previewed upcoming legislation.

Barbara Brown, Mary McGehee, Jane Beyer, Jeanette McMurry, Marianne Parker and Mary Tessier provided refreshments. The club holds monthly meetings and tours. Contact

Audubon Kiwanis part of 100-year celebration

Audubon Kiwanis Club members attended the Division 8A-8B celebration of Kiwanis’ 100th anniversary Jan. 16 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.Over 100 area Kiwanis members and guests attended.

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, a member of the Early Risers Kiwanis Club, proclaimed Friday as Kiwanis Day in Baton Rouge and presented a key to the city to the group. Past Kiwanis International President Nettles Brown, from Natchitoches, spoke briefly on the history of Kiwanis. Dennis Oliver, Kiwanis International trustee, of Gulfport, Mississippi, spoke on the progress Kiwanis clubs worldwide are making to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus by vaccinating mothers.

The event included a film of area Kiwanis projects. The Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge was founded in 1919, and there are more than 15 clubs in the area.

The Audubon Kiwanis Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Thursday of each month at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. Contact Lowell Tilley, (225) 241-2396, for more information.

CASA receives award from Alpha Phi Alpha

Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association received the Martin Luther King Social Justice Award from Xi Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at its Martin Luther King Honors Breakfast on Jan. 17 at Second Baptist Church.

Awards were given to individuals and organizations that provide mentoring, education and political awareness. Honorees were recognized for diversity and community service.

CASA recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected youth living in foster care to help them reach safe, permanent homes. A disproportionate number of African American youth are represented in foster care. CASA has an ongoing need for more African American volunteers.

For information, call (225) 379-8598, visit or email

Connections for Life topic for Audubon DAR

The John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its community service meeting Jan. 19 at the Woman’s Club.

Members brought small gift items and personal care products for the Connections For Life program, filling baskets with items to complete spa baskets for each woman in the program.

Director Karen Stagg said CFL helps women with felony records re-enter society and adjust to productive lives. CFL runs a thrift store, provides transportation and housing, helps women get jobs and re-connect with their families. Courtney Bradley introduced herself as one of CFL’s success stories. Stagg said volunteers and donations of clothing and household items are welcomed.

Matt Thomas received the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Conservation Award for his dedication to preserving the LSU lakes. Thomas gave a brief history of his work with the lakes and an update on plans for dredging and preserving the beauty of the lakefront.

The chapter elected delegates for the State Conference to be held in March in Shreveport: Regent Gerry Ryder, Margaret Tyler, Sue Blanchard, Sue Badeaux and Carole Gloger. Hostesses for the meeting were Georgia LaCour, Emily Wilbert and Tyler.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline decent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. Contact

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