Chili Cook-off raises $13,500 for OLOL unit

The International Chili Society Louisiana and the Regional Chili Cook-off Committee donated $13,500 to the Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Center Foundation for the Children’s Hospital on Aug. 27 from proceeds from the March chili cook-off at LSU.

Jason Blevins chairs the committee, whose members are from organizations like Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Redstick Guys and Gals, and 4TheKids. The annual chili cook-off invites contestants from around the country. Its website is

50 senior companions recognized by OLOL

Fifty Our Lady of the Lake senior companions were recognized Aug. 27 at the St. Martha Activity Center. Wanda Spurlock, assistant professor of the Southeastern Louisiana University School of Nursing, spoke on the quality of care for elderly.

Sharon Atkinson was recognized for serving as a companion for five years, and Phinese Rudison was recognized for serving 18 years.

Joyce Tippy, Senior Companions director at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, presented the awards. Eight new companions got angel pins: Johnette Douglas, Cynthia Eby, Rosa Franklin, Brenda Freeman, Audrey Jones, Carrie Sterling, Doretha Sterling and Brenda Walker.

Steven Green welcomed guests, including Barbara Arceneaux, Franciscan missionary sister of Our Lady of the Lake.

Baton Rouge club rides in Corvette Caravan

Baton Rouge Corvette Club members participated in the Corvette Caravan to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky in August.

Local members left Aug. 24 and met up with the Gulf States Caravan at the rest stop on I-12 in Mississippi. The Gulf States Caravan, which originated in Texas, had about 350 cars, including three people from Australia. Several thousand Corvettes arrived for the 20th anniversary of the Corvette museum. The caravan is held every five years.

Caravan participants drove their cars on the Talladega Superspeedway track on Aug. 26 in Alabama.

Women in the Arts welcomes new members at luncheon

Associated Women in the Arts held its annual luncheon to honor new members Sept. 9 at the Baton Rouge Country Club.

President Jovann Armstrong, Vice President Nanci Charpentier and Secretary Nancy Ward greeted attendees. Members discussed the October exhibit at the State Archives.

The AWA has a limited membership of exhibiting and non-exhibiting women whose works encompass the full range of art mediums. For information, visit or

Friendship Force takes August trip to Norway

Seventeen Friendship Force of Baton Rouge members visited Norway in August.

They spent several days in Oslo before staying in homes in the seacoast town of Bergen. In Oslo, they visited the Nobel Peace Prize Center. Friendship Force International was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several years ago. Other Oslo highlights included the Viking Museum and the Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Their trip to Bergen involved riding trains through the mountains, a boat trip through fjords and a bus ride on narrow mountain roads. They visited the Emigrants Center in Sletta, where they learned about the Norwegians who came to America. The group visited waterfalls and ate Norwegian food. The last of the group returned home Aug. 24.

For information on Friendship Force, call Frances Bennett, (225) 926-4710.

Thomases, Rickels honored by Hurst KC

Steve and Cheryll Thomas were named Family of the Month and Joe Rickels was named Knight of the month for August by the Father Maynard Hurst Knights of Columbus Council 9016 on Sept. 11.

Rickels is a past grand knight and was the council’s bulletin editor for many years. He also worked many council and events.

The Thomases have developed a fundraiser for the council’s charity programs. Both are extraordinary ministers of communion and lectors for St. Louis King of France Catholic Church. Steve is a member of the Ushers Society and serves as council advocate. Cheryll is a past officer for the council’s ladies auxiliary and is active with auxiliary state and local programs.

The council presented a $25,000 donation for the parish building fund to the Rev. Jack Nutter, the church’s pastor.

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