Connections, a professional women’s networking group, held its June luncheon at the Petroleum Club. Naturopathic physician Dr. Krystal Shelmire talked about “A Naturopathic Approach to Stress Management for the Professional Woman,” and if beauty and poise are any indication, we all need to practice what she preaches. Reconnecting were Cynthia Beslin, who was stepping down as president, incoming Rebecca Taylor, up-since-dawn Carolyn French, board members Miriam Douglas, Paige Casselman, Anita Link and Lisa David, Dena Simard and Betty Tujague. Connections meets the second Friday of every month.

Sweet Smell of Success

The Ira Nelson Horticulture Center played host to orchid enthusiasts for the 2017 Orchid Show and Sale. This year’s theme was “An Orchid Circus,” and there were outstanding performers from Baton Rouge, Houma and Lafayette, including a 52-inch dendrobium thongchai gold Pinwatta that earned local grower Camelia Soprano a Highly Commended certificate. “We judge everything for ribbons and trophies, then the red dots mean you were considered by accredited judges for an American Orchid Society Award,” said Soprano. “It means above and beyond other plants.” A dark purple number from Baton Rouge also drew visitors’ attention, as did Soprano’s greenhouse Gold. “I’m going to continue to grow it and show it again,” she said.

On a Mission

Jefferson Street Pub played host to Ray Boudreaux and Mission Renew for a concert benefiting Haiti. Guests enjoyed a complimentary cocktail hour, as well as a silent auction featuring local Lafayette vendors and Boudreaux, of "The Voice" fame. Word on the street was, “He’s nice and talented. Bluesy.” Doing their share were Kathleen Gannon and Acadiana Symphony Executive Director Dana Baker. Mission Renew is a nonprofit mission organization based in Lafayette that travels to La Vallee de Jacmel, Haiti, to serve the community. All profits benefit La Vallee de Jacmel.

The Doctor is in

The James M. Cox Foundation announced a $250,000 grant to Lafayette General Foundation that will be used to expand telemedicine in St. Martin Parish public schools. As many as 8,000 students will have access to health care through telecommunications, high-definition cameras and viewing monitors, enterprise health records and cloud-based software. Telemedicine visits cover nonemergency needs, such as sinus infections, cold and flu symptoms, as well as chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma. The James M. Cox Foundation provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where Cox Communications operates.

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