• REPUBLICAN WOMEN OFFICERS: The Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish recently held its 2016 installation luncheon at Andrea’s Restaurant in Metairie. Present to install new officers was parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vranken. Awards were also presented, and there was a special honor for incoming President Jean Rice. Fred Trowbridge, a representative of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, presented Rice with an American flag and read a proclamation to Rice, stating that the flag had been flown over the United States Capitol on Jan. 11 commemorating her election as club president.
  • METAIRIE ROTARY CLUB: Lawyer Michele Morel discussed her career recently with members of the Metairie Rotary Club, which she recently joined. Morel, a partner in the Allen & Gooch firm, has been an assistant district attorney and a 29th District judge. She is the founding member of the animal law committee for the Louisiana State Bar Association and does pro bono work for the military.
  • LSU HEALTH NEW ORLEANS: The Student Interest Group for Music and the Arts at LSU Health New Orleans raised $5,000 for a summer day camp for children with special needs through a battle of the bands at the Howlin’ Wolf. The concert featured performances by student bands and a dance group from the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, School of Dentistry and School of Allied Health Professions. The winner of the battle of the bands was Epstein Band Virus. Other performers, named with medical puns, were Rad Cow Disease, Bowling for Supination, Diabetes (pronounced die-a-beats), Flu Fighters, Barret’s Esophagus and Developmental Groove. LSU Health New Orleans Camp Tiger is a project of first-year medical school classes that caters to children who would not get to go to summer camp otherwise.
  • ROMANCE WRITERS: The film “Love Between the Covers,” documenting a global community of women who read, write and publish romance, was screened during the January meeting of the Southern Louisiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America. They meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, usually at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.