The Rotary Club of Zachary is seeking nominations for the 2015 Zachary Citizen of the Year.

Nominees should be a citizen of Zachary whose life is consistent with the philosophy of Rotary: Service Above Self; someone who volunteers for and is active in community and civic organizations; someone who has contributed consistently to the community; a person who has touched the lives of other residents in meaningful ways; someone who has represented Zachary or its interests at a state or national level; a person who has made contributions to the community above and beyond his or her job or position; and someone who displays leadership and compassion, is of strong moral character and has a desire to make Zachary a better place.

If you know of someone who possesses these qualities, email a brief outline of their accomplishments to Scott Buzhardt at; Mack Lea at; Pres Kennedy at; or Sam Johnson at

Previous Zachary Citizens of the Year include Roma Prejean (2014), Billy Kline (2013), Laura Steen (2012) and the late Jerry Boudreaux (1988), among many others.

Vote for chamber board member

The deadline to vote for one of the candidates nominated for the open position on the 2016 Zachary Chamber of Commerce Board is Sept. 1.

The nominee with the majority of votes will fill the position on the board by serving a three-year term.

Lunch and Learn planned

Carla Sibille, an attorney with Lukinovich Law Office and a 2013 graduate of the Zachary Chamber’s Leadership North program, will speak about the Leadership North Alumni Association and the work it’s doing throughout the region.

Sibille will share information about LNAA projects and future goals, the 2015 Student Entrepreneur Program and winners, the 2016 StEP seminar, and ré sumé writing workshops at Baton Rouge Community College’s Jackson campus for machinist students.

Sibille will speak at the Zachary Chamber’s monthly Lunch and Learn event slated for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, in Zachary.

Cost to attend is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers.

To register, visit

Bartram Trail Conference takes off

When William Bartram — America’s first native-born naturalist and artist who portrayed nature through personal experience, as well as scientific observation — crossed into Louisiana in the summer of 1775, his travels took him all the way from Pearl River to Lake Pontchartrain to Baton Rouge, up the Mississippi River to Pointe Coupee and then on to Port Hudson, where he took a side trip by horse to White Plains, 6 miles east-northeast of Port Hickey near Zachary.

These travels will be celebrated during the Bartram Trail Conference commemorating the 240th anniversary of Bartram’s visit to Louisiana. Dedication ceremonies unique to each site he visited will be held in the sequence Bartram traveled through the Greater Baton Rouge area, Sept. 8-13.

In Zachary, festivities begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 and will be hosted by the Zachary Historical Association.

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., an open house will be held in the Zachary archives building, Old Town Hall, 4410 Florida St.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., visitors are urged to stop by Buhler-Plains Cemetery, established in 1826 as the site of the first Plains Presbyterian Church, near the corner of La. 964 and La. 64 in Zachary. Also, tours of the circa-1813 Annison Plantation, 21475 Old Scenic Highway, will feature music from the era.

From 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit the Heritage Room at Plains Presbyterian Church, 22929 Old Scenic Highway.

At 5:30 p.m., the dedication of the Plains Bartram Trail Marker will be held with local historian Betty Tucker officiating.

Refreshments will be provided by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation.

For information, call Tucker at (225) 654-4062.

Send news and events for Around Zachary to Stacy Gill at by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.