Gamma Eta Omega awards scholarships

Gamma Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held its annual scholarship program April 23 for female graduating seniors in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Awards of $1,000 went to Chasity Williams, Baton Rouge Magnet High School; Randi Flot and Natalie Johnson, Scotlandville Magnet High School; Keeanah Jones, Central High School; and Michaela Mitchell and Elise Sterling, St. Joseph’s Academy.

Aspen’Que Ridgley received the $1,000 Jo Ethel Honoré Scholarship for a female senior at Scotlandville Magnet High School. Former State Rep. Dalton Honor é and Desire é Honor é Thomas, husband and daughter of the late Jo Ethel Honor é, presented the award.

Chelsea Young, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, won the $1,000 Audrey Daste LeBlanc Memorial Scholarship for a student planning to attend Southern University. LeBlanc was one of the first African-American attorneys to practice law in East Baton Rouge Parish. Ten applicants were awarded book awards from the Lee Ethel Gray Patty Foundation, presented by Thomas, Patty’s granddaughter.

Margaret S. Ambrose, retired professor and senior administrator at Southern University, was speaker. Gwendolyn Thomas is chapter president and Deborah Paul and Myrtly Joyner served as scholarship chairwoman and co-chairwoman, respectively.

Flag-folding ceremony held at DAR meeting

Louisiana Women Veterans presented a flag-folding ceremony for the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution May 16 at the State Archives Building.

Olena Arrington, Brenda Victor, Ramona Hudson and Anna Sanders posted the colors and played “Taps” to open the meeting. They demonstrated the proper way to fold a flag and explained the meaning of all 13 folds.

A memorial service was held for deceased members Joyce Dobbins, JoAnn Sims and Elizabeth “Penny” Nichols. New members Ann Severance and Anne McKnight were welcomed. Zora Olsson and Fredie Seab provided refreshments. Members attended Memorial Day activities May 28 at Port Hudson National Cemetery.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information, e-mail

Stirling DAR attends medal presentation

The Alexander Stirling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the presentation of the NSDAR Founder’s Medal for Patriotism to retired Air Force Col. Murphy Neal Jones May 17 in Covington.

The chapter nominated Jones, who received recommendation letters by State Sens. Robert Adley and Sherri Buffington and Covington Mayor Mike Cooper. Jones was shot down by enemy fire over Vietnam and was a prisoner of war for nearly 6½ years until his release in 1973. He retired from the Air Force in 1981.

Jones is from Baton Rouge and lives in Covington with his wife, Glenda. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School and Tulane University, where he played football. After retiring, Jones worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C., then served as the development director for Tulane Athletics.

The Ellen Hardin Walworth Medal for Patriotism recognizes citizens who have given unselfishly to their community, state or nation.

Plaquemine 1991 class awards six scholarships

The Plaquemine High School Class of 1991 has awarded $1,300 in scholarships to members of the school’s 2016 graduating class. Gail Lee Coleman, Allisha Price Thomas and Charmaine Williams represented the class of 1991 at the school’s May 17 Senior Breakfast.

Receiving academic scholarhips were Imani Butler, first place, $500; Mia Jefferson, second place, $300; and Nikita Pugh, third place, $200. Genesis Bouvay, Traylon O’Bear and Garrilin Skidmore received $100 book scholarships.

La. Bonsai Society discusses techniques

Louisiana Bonsai Society members brought bonsai to study and discuss bonsai techniques to improve them on May 18. They also reviewed the bonsai created by Zach Smith and Robert Reed at the spring bonsai show. Lowell Tilley led discussion about trimming bonsai branches to reduce leaf size.

LBS meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. The next meeting is June 21. Contact Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or

Audubon DAR plans summer flag giveaways

The John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met May 19 at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. Hostesses were Betty Kraft Mixon, Amy Allen and Linda Green.

Members planned American flag giveaways at several locations during the summer. More than 1,500 flags were prepared by placing membership stickers on the stick of each flag.

Norma Gerace displayed her Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a program of the Department of Defense. The award was presented at the April meeting of volunteers.

Betty Toepher told about her recent visit to the old State Capitol. Staff members escorted her through the building. Toepher resided there when her father was the building caretaker.

Members held a silent auction to raise funds for the Francois Duplessis tombstone restoration in the St. John Cemetery in Plaquemine.

DAR membership is open to women 18 and older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. Contact

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 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.