BR Parliamentarians recognized by council

The Baton Rouge Unit of Parliamentarians members paid special tribute to the contributions of Thomas Jefferson and Henry M. Robert at its April meeting.

The unit received a Parliamentary Law Month Proclamation from Gov. John Bel Edwards. Before the April 27 East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council meeting, William Daniel, of Mayor Kip Holden’s office, presented a Parliamentary Law Month Proclamation to the members, who were asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Gulf Coast Bonsai holds study meeting

Lowell Tilley, Chip Thompson, Peter Nyflot, Tom Harbourt, Ray Schell and Shirley Schell led a study group meeting for the Gulf Coast Bonsai Foundation May 1 at the Burden Botanical Gardens.

They worked on their bonsai and bonsai on display at Windrush Gardens at LSU’s Rural Life Museum, which is the beginning of permanent bonsai display garden being developed by the foundation. GCBF was organized to preserve bonsai specimens to pass on to the next generation. They receive bonsai donations from area clubs to develop into display gardens, organize educational classes and support the region’s bonsai clubs.

The next continuing bonsai classes will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center. For more information, contact Tilley at (225) 272-6744 or

N.O. Botanical Gardens topic for ‘Reflections’

Paul Soniat, director of New Orleans Botanical Garden, spoke to the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program May 2.

He showed photos of the garden’s history and current activities, including some of the work done by the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s. For more information, visit

“Reflections” is a monthly program about horticulture and gardening. Mark Meese, of Garden District Nursery, will speak about begonias at noon Monday, June 6, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. For information about BHS,

St. Louis Altar Society holds coffee-luncheon

The St. Louis King of France Altar Society had a spring theme for its silver coffee-luncheon May 9 at the Parish Activity Center.

The Rev. Juel Kueldana and guest Donna Arceneaux, of Fort Worth, Texas, attended, as did “elves” Calvin Bajon and Ovide LaHaye, along with 60 women. New member Cindy Knight was introduced.

SLU Red Stick Chapter elects slate of officers

The Red Stick Chapter of Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni elected officers May 15 at its annual crawfish boil: A. Hays Town III, Baton Rouge, president; Terrie Blackwell LeBlanc, Baton Rouge, vice president; Sean Davis, Walker, secretary; and B.J. Lorio, Walker, treasurer.

Josie Mercante, association president, gave updates on alumni activities. The host committee included Lorio, Ken and Mary Kenelly, Melanie Thrower Rabenhorst, Clifford Murphy and Julie Perise, association associate director.

Altrusa of BR installs officers for 2016-17

The Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge installed 2016-17 officers May 16 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant: Jan Holmes, president; Carolyn Robinson, vice president; Amy Drago, secretary; Carol Davis, treasurer; Gerry Malone and Janie Starks, directors; and Jackie Robbins, immediate past president.

Judy Stracener, membership chairman, led the installation.

Altrusa Foundation Board of Directors installed were Robbins, president; Marti Didier, vice president; Jo Ann Morgan, secretary; Cherryl Alford, treasurer; Lynn Nettles and Carmel Streater, directors; Diane Bezdek, immediate past president and Holmes, ex-officio.

Bezdek, the service chairwoman, said Robinson volunteers at Dufrocq School every Wednesday. Altrusa presented awards to students at Dufrocq for their essays on Black History Month, sponsored by the Mary Eleanor McLure Cole Memorial Fund, furnished by the James E. Cole family.

Carmen Randolph won first place, and Grace Robvias took second place. Each winner received a certificate, medal and gift card.

Nettles gave a report on the Inter-Civic Council meeting, where Prem Burns was the guest speaker. Donna Embree reported the club presented over 85 bus tokens for $150 to the Iris Domestic Violence Center so residents can travel to job interviews, job training and doctor appointments.

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

Chronologically Gifted hear writer Armstrong

Annabelle Armstrong gave inspirational and humorous highlights of her journalistic career May 18 to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church.

A reporter with the State Times and Morning Advocate, Annabelle McGuire interviewed stage actress Katharine Cornell in the marble dressing rooms under the stage of the Paramount Theater, Ollie Steele Burden at Windrush Plantation and pianist Arthur Rubinstein at the Capitol House downtown. After marrying photographer Ken Armstrong, she wrote 34 years part- and full time for The Advocate and wrote a book, “Historic Neighborhoods of Baton Rouge.”

Fascinated with names, she interviewed Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest and Snow White, an LSU student.

Chairwoman was Emily Jane McCune, assisted by Barbara Long. Guests were Kenny and Jill Armstrong, Tonia Griffin, June Smythe and Jesse Jones. Von Raybon was caterer.

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, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s publications.