McCausland Chapter hosts 1812 meeting

The Gen. Robert McCausland Chapter U.S. Daughters of 1812 hosted the March 19 Louisiana State Council meeting at the First United Methodist Church Conference Center.

State President Carolyn Brown, of Lake Providence, welcomed members.

McCausland Chapter members serving as state officers are Margaret Tyler. second vice president; Rezzie Meyer, librarian; and Carole Gloger, parliamentarian. Tyler spoke about letters her parents wrote during World War II.

Membership is available to women 18 and over who can prove they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, between 1784-1815, rendered civil, military, or naval service to the country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Junior membership is available to girls and boys from birth through 21. For information, contact chapter Registrar Zora Olsson, at

Altrusa learns about ministry to homeless

Linda Fjeldsjo, of the Catholic Charities office of Joseph Homes, spoke about its programs for homeless men recently released from prison to the Altrusa Club at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant on March 21.

Fjeldsjo said its programs offer transitional housing. To be eligible, Fjeldsjo said the men must be homeless, recently released from prison, attend the 12-step program for alcohol and drug abuse and find a job.

For information on Joseph Homes, call (225) 336-4406.

President Jackie Robbins introduced Shirley Bowler, who was initiated as a member, and Gerald Didier, spouse of member Marti Didier.

On April 6 members will conduct a bow-making workshop for teachers. Gerry Malone said Altrusa has distributed boxes of books to Head Start programs and to the St. Vincent de Paul guests. Jo Ann Morgan is coordinating the books and magazine distribution for the guests at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room.

Amy Drago collected food items for the Hope Ministries Food Pantry. Donna Embree collected items for the Iris Domestic Violence Center.

The Foundation Board of Directors elected 2016-17 officers: Robbins, president; Didier, vice president; Morgan, secretary; Cherryl Alford, treasurer; Lynn Nettles and Carmel Streater, directors. Diane Bezdek is immediate past president, and Jan Holmes is ex-officio member.

For information on Altrusa, call Nettles at (225) 753-9307 or Didier at (225) 939-0460.

Higher education cuts topic for MOAA meeting

Jason Droddy, LSU interim vice president for communications, spoke about the effects of budget cuts on LSU and higher education to the Greater Baton Rouge Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America March 29 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Droddy said to protect students’ TOPS scholarships, LSU is being asked to cut its budget by $10 million in the current fiscal year, about $325 per student.

Iota Master Chapter elects slate of officers

Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi elected officers March 31 at Pat Buturla’s home: Grace Burley, president; Claudette Hill, vice president; Pat Tennyson, treasurer; Buturla, recording secretary; Virginia Wagner, corresponding secretary; Darlene Poindexter, extension officer; and Jane Haupt, City Council representative.

Norma Morales was co-hostess.

The chapter collected items for Blue Star Moms, whose members have family in the military services. Wagner spoke about the book “Too Wise to Want to Be Young Again” by Natasha Josefowitz.

Torchbearer Beta entertained Iota Master at a tea party March 19 at Juanita Coutee’s home. Members received a dish in the shape of a teapot as a keepsake.

Bankston reunion set Saturday in Livingston

The Bankston family reunion will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Livingston Country Club. Those attending are asked to bring a dish and drinks. Contact Pat, (225) 963-8996

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