Efficient packing topic for Friendship Force

Jerry Pearson with Pearson’s Travel demonstrated how to pack everything needed in one small suitcase when the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its second quarterly meeting June 23 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.

President Sheila Melancon welcomed members and guests. Bob Duncan showed a short video, “When the Lights All Shine,” about how organizations like Friendship Force can make a difference.

Bob and Gayle Duncan decorated the tables with greenery along with figures representing the countries that the Baton Rouge group has visited. Chef Jeremy Coco prepared dinner. For information on Friendship Force, email ffbrla@gmail.com.

Senior Companions recognize volunteers

Fifty-four volunteers were recognized July 1 at the 28th annual luncheon of the Senior Companions program of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Joyce Tippy, executive director, presented the awards, and Melvin Hale presided. The event took place at St. Martha Activity Center on Bishop Ott Drive and was followed by a luncheon at the Golden Corral restaurant.

Honored for service were Phinese Rudison, 20 years; Audrey Young, 15 years; Clara Clay, 14 years; Joyce Franklin, 10 years; Louise Ratcliff, eight years; Sharon Atkinson, seven years; Hattie Carney, Daisy Edwards, Sandra Hatch, Louise Hill and Janet Isadore, six years; and Inez Christy and Elsie Powell, five years.

Steven Green presented an angel pin to 13 new volunteers. Hattie Carney and Neil Nett led the singing of patriotic songs.

Military wall unveiled at Whealdon Estates

A new military wall was unveiled July 4 at Whealdon Estates Retirement Center.

Enrichment Coordinator Tami Self coordinated the project, assisted by Al Crochet and Barbara Stout. Crochet drew a flag representing each branch of our military and their representatives in military uniforms. Each night for several weeks, Crochet and Stout drew and painted the mural.

Dwayne Self put together and painted the shelves.

Hummingbirds topic for Torchbearer Beta

Gina Periou with Wild Birds Unlimited spoke to Torchbearer Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi July 5 at President Verlyne LeBlanc’s home.

Periou said there are 300 stores nationwide with two in Louisiana located in Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Her focus was on hummingbirds, whose tongue, not their beak, dips into nectar 12 times in one second. She said hummingbirds’ nest are the size of a quarter and very delicate. The eggs are the size of a Tic-Tac and three eggs could cause the nest to fall apart.

Dutchtown graduate enters Naval Academy

Mason Fereday, a graduate of Dutchtown High School, was inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2020 on June 30, beginning six challenging weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer.

About 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy’s “plebe” or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer.

During this time, plebes have no access to television, movies, the internet or music, and restricted access to cell phones. They are only permitted to make three calls during the six weeks of Plebe Summer.

The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help plebes prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenge ahead.

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 people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.

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