Waddill UDC chapter celebrates 115 years

Joanna Waddill Chapter 294 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy celebrated 115 years on April 5 at the Baton Rouge Country Club.

Raymond Berthelot spoke about historical parks in the state and about what led Louisiana into the Civil War. Frankie Platte read a poem. New members Helen Thibodeaux, Jennifer Baum and Sara Grady were recognized.

BR Parliamentarians celebrate 30th birthday

The Baton Rouge Unit of Parliamentarians celebrated its 30th anniversary April 10 at the Governor’s Mansion. The celebration paid tribute to BRUP charter members, honored its history and celebrated its community partnerships.

Attorney Alison Wallis was the guest speaker. Also on the program were Nate Thompson, president of the Louisiana Association of Parliamentarians; the Rev. Willie Green and Dr. Betty Guerin. Alice Pav Brock drove from Mississippi to attend in memory of her sister, Elizabeth Pav.

BRUP received a proclamation from Gov. Bobby Jindal, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, the Baton Rouge Metro Council and the Baker City Council recognizing April as Parliamentary Law Month.

Excalibur Club honors volunteer McGuffrey

The Excalibur Club honored Mae McGuffrey for her volunteer work with the Youth Oasis Youth Shelter on April 11 at the Marriott Hotel.

Rafael DeCastro, Youth Oasis Children’s Shelter executive director, spoke about McGuffrey’s contributions and introduced Sandy Morgan, the shelter’s outreach coordinator. Youth Oasis provides an emergency shelter and support services to runaway, abandoned and homeless youths in the area.

LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees hear Honoré

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on April 14 about leadership and the environment.

Well-known in Louisiana for his leadership following Hurricane Katrina and his work as an environmental activist, Honoré encouraged members to participate in the “green” movement by practicing leadership qualities he learned in the Army — know routine details thoroughly, be prepared to face the impossible and act despite criticism.

At the business meeting, Terril Faul, Ken Paxton, Lorry Trotter, Ed Bosworth, Barbara Franke, Mary McGehee, Jerry Juneau and Mark Claesgens gave their reports. Providing refreshments were Kan Cochran, Denver Loupe, Trotterand Kathy Bosworth. Retirees meet on the second Monday of the month during the academic year. LSU retirees and their spouses may join. Contact lsu.faculty.staff.ret.club@gmail.com.

Four students honored for honesty, integrity

Central Masonic Lodge 442 bestowed Honesty and Integrity Awards on four students on April 21: Corley Miriam Chutz, Allison Renee Wilson, Carl George Doescher and Carmen Paul Esch.

Guy Jenkins, Louisiana grand junior warden, spoke, and honorees received a key charm and a monetary gift. Worshipful Master Luther Perkins prepared the meal.

LSU student named Olmsted Scholar

LSU’s Erin Percevault, of Verona, N.J., was selected by the Landscape Architecture Foundation as undergraduate winner of the 2014 Olmsted Scholars Program, a national award and recognition program for landscape architecture students.

Percevault is an LSU Honors College student pursuing a bachelor’s degree from the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and expects to graduate in 2015.

She will receive the $15,000 prize and plans to use the award to investigate how thorium extraction in Lemhi Pass, a National Historic Landmark along the wildlife corridor between Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho, can be tailored to local ecologies to minimize exposure of both wilderness areas and local communities to toxic externalities.

SLU Alumni elects officers at crawfish boil

The Southeastern University Alumni Association’s Red Stick Chapter elected officers at its annual crawfish boil April 27 at the Southeastern School of Nursing on Essen Lane: Melanie Rabenhorst, president; Mary Gervais, vice president; Mary Kenelly and Annabelle Armstrong, secretaries; and B.J. Lorio, treasurer.

Outgoing President Michael Gilbert Hackler was presented with a framed certificate by Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman,of Hammond. She also gave Hackler and his wife, Sarah, a gift for their baby Virginia Claire.

Food chairman was Clif Murphy. Staci Anderson, School of Nursing coordinator, was a guest.

Doyle graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman William R. Doyle III graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Doyle is the son of Laurie and Bill Doyle, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2010 graduate of Parkview Baptist High School.

Central Rotary Club attends Young Heroes

The Rotary Club of Central attended the Louisiana Young Heroes 2014 Awards Ceremony on April 16 at the Renaissance Hotel. Members attending were Roger and Kathy Denson, Lucky and Juanita Ross, Melanie Ross Alexander, Cade Ross and Olivia Alexander.

The Young Heroes Program was created by the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Company and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge to award students who do exceptionally well in the classroom, make a huge difference in their community or have shown great courage in overcoming adversity in their own lives. To become a Rotary member, contact President Daniel Newman, (225) 261-8262

Legislator addresses Cortana Kiwanis Club

State Rep. Franklin Foil spoke about legislative issues to the Cortana Kiwanis Club on April 24. Topics included the budget, transportation and changes to some laws.

The club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd. Upcoming speakers include, May 8, former insurance commissioner Jim Brown; May 15, Rashmi Venugopal, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank CFO; May 22, Benton Thames, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honor guard member; May 29, congressional candidate Paul Dietzel. Guests are welcome. For information, contact Lowell Tilley, lowelltilley@gmail.com or (225) 272-6744.

Scout from Troop 61 achieves Eagle rank

Boy Scout Aaron Vance Day of Troop 61 received the rank of Eagle at a Court of Honor on April 2 at Jackson United Methodist Church.

To become an Eagle, a Scout must stay active in the troop, earn 21 merit badges, hold a leadership position, and plan, develop, raise the necessary funds and give leadership to a service project helpful to a community organization.

Day is the son of Lisa Day and Ray Day. He is a sophomore at Zachary High School. His Eagle project was to fingerprint children and provide information sheets to the parents. He earned 35 merit badges.

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.

Native plants topic for Lagniappe Woman’s Club

Sairah Javed, a Louisiana Natural Heritage Program botanist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, spoke to the GFWC Lagniappe Woman’s Club on April 21 about sustaining Louisiana’s habitats to preserve native plants, some of which are in danger of becoming extinct.

Club members attended the General Federation of Women’s Clubs annual state meeting April 4-5 in Opelousas. The club won the Advocating for Children Award.

Bankhead addresses Chronologically Gifted

Bill Bankhead spoke about famous people he met during his career when the Chronologically Gifted and Talented of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church met April 23.

As the first director of the LSU Assembly Center from 1971-1981, Bankhead met Elvis Presley, Liza Minnelli, John Denver, Lawrence Welk, Red Skelton and other performers. In his work with the Olympics and Special Olympics, he met Great Britain’s Duke of Windsor, Queen Noor of Jordan, President George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Eunice and Sarge Shriver. Bankhead, who earned a doctorate in education from LSU, was director of Special Olympics World Games from 1987-1995. He is the retired president of the National Senior Games Association.

Assisting Chairwoman Emily Jane McCune were Ashlynn Sorrells and Kate Michel of St. George Catholic School.

Tara Garden Club elects Giacone, Henning

The Tara Garden Club elected officers April 23 at Maison Lacour Restaurant: Chairwoman Brenda Giacone and Treasurer Linda Henning.

Ida Arnold and Henning won birdhouses made by Joe Giacone. The William Cobb family won the Yard of the Month Award and received a gift certificate from Louisiana Nursery.

Jeanerette Lodge names Genest Mason of Year

David Genest received the 2013 Mason of the Year Award from Jeanerette Masonic Lodge 255 on April 24. Presenting the award were Worshipful Master Harold Weber, Mark Charpentier and Right Worshipful Grand Senior Warden Will Gray.

The lodge presented the 2013 Outstanding Citizens Awards to Janice Bourgeois and Butch Bourgeois. Genest, Weber and Gray presented the awards.

Highland Cemetery topic for Altrusa event

Kenny Kleinpeter spoke about Highland Cemetery to Altrusa International of Baton Rouge on April 21 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant. Kleinpeter, a volunteer with the cemetery, said it is the oldest surviving cemetery in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Kleinpeter said the earliest documented burials took place in 1813. The cemetery was abandoned after the Civil War, with only two attempts to clean the cemetery in the 1930s and 1970s. Now, a nonprofit group cares for it, with the goal to restore it to increase its chance of selection to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. For more information, call Kleinpeter, (225) 767-3002.

Altrusa celebrated the 73rd birthday of the local club, founded in 1941, and the international organization’s 97th birthday. Altrusa was founded in 1917 in Nashville, Tenn. Birthday cake was served.

The Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge Foundation Board of Directors elected officers before the club meeting: President Diane Bezdek, Vice President Marti Didier, Secretary Carmel Streater, Treasurer Cherryl Alford and directors Mary Eleanor Cole, Jo Ann Morgan, Dawn Meng and Cathy Craddock. The group will serve for one year beginning June 1.

For information on Altrusa, contact Jackie Robbins, (225) 753-9307, or Didier, (225) 939-0460.

Laureate Alpha Gamma has friendship program

Maxine Muller led a program on friendship to Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International on April 15 at Dixie Gregory’s home. She handed out a questionnaire for members to provide information about themselves.

Also attending were President Page Meyer, Anna Marie Burns, Virginia Huffman, Gail Keller, Verlyne LeBlanc, Jean Leyda, Sandy Linder, Ruth Mannen, Marilyn Mayeau, Anne Smith, Leslie Steele and Phyllis Turner.

The chapter attended the annual Founder’s Day Dinner on April 24 at Ashley Manor, hosted by the organization’s Baton Rouge City Council. Chapter guests were Abigail Elliot and Simone Thompson.

It was announced that the 2014-20 City Council officers are President Joan Conor, Lambda Master; President-Elect Karen Kimble, Laureate Psi; Vice President Patsy Thomas, Laureate Alpha Alpha; Recording Secretary Jean Leyda, Laureate Alpha Gamma; and Treasurer Casie Curtis, Xi Delta.

Kharey semifinalist for Presidential Scholars

Amelie Kharey, a graduating senior at Runnels High School, has been named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,000 candidates after a review of students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.

Final selection of the scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will be announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in May.

Bordelon-Walker wins La. History Day Contest

Lyle Bordelon-Walker, an eighth-grader at The Runnels School, was awarded first place in Research Papers, Junior Division, at the State History Day Contest April 12 at the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

His prizes included a medal and $500 to help cover the cost of traveling to the University of Maryland this June to compete in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.

His research paper was “The Fall of the Wall.” Also representing Runnels at the state level were sophomore Lee Parker and freshmen Matt Gallant and John Wiese.

Bordelon-Walker is the son of Michael Bordelon and Jason Walker.

Child Advocacy honors Southeastern professor

Southeastern Louisiana University education professor Cynthia Elliott, of Baton Rouge, has been recognized by Child Advocacy Services of Louisiana as the organization’s Community Partner of the Year.

The honor was presented by CAS at the Geaux Blue for Kids Awards Ceremony held April 15 in Baton Rouge.

Elliott, who serves as interim head of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education, was recognized for her efforts to ensure that all Southeastern teacher education candidates receive national, evidence-based training in the Stewards of Children curriculum.

The program prepares individuals to detect and prevent child sexual abuse.

CAS, a nonprofit organization, serves families in 10 area parishes, providing services through the Court Appointed Special Advocates and Children’s Advocacy Center.

Jeanerette Masons honor four teenagers

Jeanerette Masonic Lodge 255 bestowed Honesty and Integrity Awards to four high school students on April 24.

Worshipful Master Harold Weber presented the awards to Oscar Vargas and Erin Lanae Broussard,of Jeanerette High School; Taylor Elizabeth Migues,of New Iberia Senior High School; and Collin John Charpentier,of Loreauville High School.

Nzekwe graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Sylvester C. Nzekwe graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Nzekwe is the son of Barbara Nzekwe, of Seattle, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from Southern University.

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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.