MOWW hosts flag ceremony at Parkview

The Military Order of the World Wars Lt. Gen. Troy H. Middleton Chapter hosted its annual Massing of the Colors ceremony Nov. 10 at Parkview Baptist High School.

Twenty color guard units paraded in and lined the gym with the U.S. flag and their unit colors as the Parkview band played a march. Cadet Lt. Col. Alisha Parker, of Tara High School, issued the commands.

Participating were color guards from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge, LSU Pershing Rifles Company D-17, Civil Air Patrol Ascension Composite Squadron, Knights of Columbus Bishop Ott Assembly, Parkview Eagle Scouts, Parkview Boy Scouts, Parkview Girl Scouts and ROTC units from Tara, Central, St. Amant, Zachary, Belaire, Broadmoor, Glen Oaks, Lee, Northeast, McKinley, Scotlandville and Woodlawn high schools.

WAFB’s Donna Britt challenged the youths to honor those who serve the nation and learn the nation’s founding ideals. Parkview’s choir performed the military service songs as veterans stood to applause from the audience. The Baton Rouge Pipes and Drums played traditional bagpipe favorites and a medley of patriotic songs.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Patrick L. Widner, Middleton Chapter commander, presented the award for top color guard to St. Amant High School and first runner-up to Broadmoor High School.

Civic Associations hear Baton Rouge officials

Eric Romero, Baton Rouge’s director of information services, and Warren Kron, the city’s geographical information system manager, spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations Nov. 12.

Notary Public Judy Young gave advice on how to acquire a lien on property.

Membership Committee members Robert Say, Joe Baiamonte, Dennis Dixon and Connie Breaux received certificates of appreciation for exceeding the previous year’s membership numbers.

Altrusa holds restaurant raffle at Nov. meeting

The Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge held its restaurant raffle drawing Nov. 16 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant. Baton Rouge Constable Reginald Brown conducted the drawing, assisted by Jan Holmes and Marti Didier.

Five winners were drawn. Holmes reported that $3,095 was raised. Guests were Gerard Ruth, Laura Gilliland, Cindy Hunt and Gayle Boyd-Brown.

Ruth spoke on behalf of the “Wreaths Across America.” He said wreath-laying ceremonies will take place on three dates in December at over 900 veterans cemeteries. To volunteer to place wreaths on local cemeteries, call Ruth at (225) 926-0250.

Gilliland announced that Red Stick Kiwanis is selling poinsettias to fund service projects. The 36-inch plants cost $35 and 24-inch plants cost $24. Contact Gilliland, (225) 768-1800.

Brown talked about the Holiday Helpers Thanksgiving dinner for the underprivileged. To donate, call Brown at (225) 389-3004.

For information on Altrusa, contact Didier at (225) 939-0460, or Lynn Nettles at (225) 752-9246.

Veterans group official speaks to DAR meeting

Richard O’Brien, state legislative officer for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, spoke to the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Nov. 16 at the State Archives Building.

MOPH is composed of combat-wounded veterans and seeks to increase outreach to wounded veterans. O’Brien highlighted MOPH services and stressed the need to bring more recognition and support to women veterans.

Vietnam veterans Bob Schilling and Roosevelt Gipson accompanied O’Brien and were presented packets containing veteran and anniversary buttons from the Vietnam War Commemorative Partnership Program. Rezzie Meyer, Penny Nichols and Judy Burch provided refreshments.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information, email

Valluzzo addresses Chronologically Gifted

Charlie Valluzzo spoke about his family and his local philanthropies to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented on Nov. 16 at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church’s Naylor Hall.

He introduced Barbara Auten, executive director of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, of which he was a founder.

The owner of 57 McDonald’s restaurants, Valluzzo spoke about his early days of advertising in Baton Rouge in the 1950s. “We targeted kids age 2 to 8, and I would take hamburgers and cheeseburgers to Buckskin Bill on WAFB-TV and he would promote McDonald’s,” Valluzzo said.

Friendship Force visits three Canadian cities

Sixteen members of the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge recently returned from a three-week trip to Canada.

They visited Niagara, Ottawa and Sherbrooke. Members of clubs from those locales had visited Baton Rouge in the past.

Activities in Niagara included a welcome party on Lake Ontario, a visit to the Shaw Theater to see “Sweet Charity,” a cruise to Niagara Falls, a Small Talk Winery tour and dinner parties in members’ homes. In Ottawa, members received guided tours of the Canadian Parliament and Museum of History, and a farewell party. The highlights of Sherbrooke included a visit to Mount Orford to view the fall foliage with a picnic, dinner at a maple syrup factory and restaurant with all food prepared with maple syrup, and a visit to Sherbrooke Town Hall with a guided downtown walk.

At the farewell party in each city, the ambassadors entertained the host families and friends with a mini Louisiana Mardi Gras parade. Lynn Robbins was exchange director.

Runnels children raise $8,653 for St. Jude

Math students at Runnels Elementary raised $8,653 in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon Oct. 13-Nov. 5. The charity helps children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Runnels has raised nearly $155,000 for St. Jude since 1991.

Students participated by solving age-appropriate math problems in an online Math-A-Thon Funbook. Family and friends were asked for donations to support students’ participation.

Runnels’ top contributing participants were sixth-grader Eddie Tunis, who raised $1,010; fifth-grader Evan Shaneyfelt and his sister, fourth-grader Megan Shaneyfelt, who tied for second place by raising $500 each; and second grader Nicholas Morgan, who raised $380.

Mitchell completes Army basic training

U.S. Army National Guard Pfc. Raven J. Mitchell has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She is the daughter of Teena R. Mitchell, niece of Tony D. Mitchell and daughter-in-law of Louise Lockman, all of Baton Rouge, and is a 2015 graduate of McKinley High School.

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. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.