Chorale Acadienne performed its “World Changers” fall concert in the new St. Pius X Church. The program included Bach’s "Magnificat in D Major," Bob Chilcott’s "Five Days that Changed the World" and Randall Thompson's "The Testament of Freedom," a setting of four passages from the writings of Thomas Jefferson. “Everyone here tonight has the opportunity to do good works, to make the world, or at least part of it, better,” said founding mother May Waggoner. Doing good work that night were Chorale co-directors John Frank Reeve and Rusty Roden, President Mary Neiheisel and Chorale: The Next Generation’s Josh Carver and Jabryson Jones.

Happy Anniversary

Farmers Rice Milling Co. turned 100 in Lake Charles recently and celebrated at its newly-expanded facility. Over 450 people attended including employees, partners, customers and local dignitaries. Company President Nanette Noland welcomed guests, presented the company history and recognized retirees and employees with over 20 years of service or more. “This 100 years has been possible because of all of your hard work, sacrifices and dedication to not only your own families, but to ours as well," Noland said. The renovation has been several years in the making and was highlighted by a ribbon cutting followed by a luncheon.

Grand Old Party

Delegates from the Acadiana Republican Women recently attended the National Federation of Republican Women's Convention in Philadelphia. The Lafayette Club received one of the Diamond Awards, given for club functions, community relations and other activities. Although the purpose was business, attendees also had time to walk the historic district of Philadelphia, either by tours or on their own. “It is just fun spending time with ladies from across the United States,” said ARW Vice President Patricia Soulier.

Tour de Vin

Charley G’s hosted the Lafayette Parish Medical Society Alliance for a wine-pairing dinner, and what better way to raise funds for a deserving student — unless it’s a $25 Champagne raffle for a Paul’s necklace. “It raises money for our medical scholarship,” said co-President Kati Antill. “That’s all we raise money for.” The purpose of the scholarship is to entice an Acadiana medical student to practice here, but what was really enticing was the menu: potato and apple soup paired with Custom Viognier, sesame-seared Tuna Tataka, wood-grilled beef filet and chocolate opera cake, all courtesy of chef Holly Goetting. “We went with really good wines,” she said. “It’s exciting to do dinners like this.” Wining and dining were Drs. James and Linda Lipstate, Megan Kennedy and Dr. Richard Owings. LPMSA awarded two $4,000 scholarships last summer, and the proceeds from their recent Tour de Vin will be awarded in 2018.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at