Mu Zeta involved in Feed the Homeless

Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta participated in Feed the Homeless Jan. 16 as a part of the sorority's Global Day of Service.

A hot breakfast was served and throws and toiletry items were distributed at the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless. The event coincided with this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the date of the sorority's founding. The event served more than 80 people.

Herb Society learns about Pennington research

Dr. Elizabeth Floyd, of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, spoke on the Pennington research on how herbs affect health to the Baton Rouge Unit of the Herb Society of America on Jan. 26 at the Burden Conference Center.

Floyd said Pennington is in a consortium with four other major research institutions examining the effects of herbs on health. Following up on "old wives' tales" of plant medicine, these research centers are finding the compounds naturally occurring in herbs (including trees and other plants), testing them on animals and determining the effects. Some of those tales were exactly correct. In other cases, the herbs they recommended were useful for other ailments or not useful at all.

Pennington is researching the effects of herbs on diabetes and obesity. Other institutions are studying other effects of herbs, and they are sharing their work.

Members asked about the specific benefits of horehound, stinging nettle and burdock root, and some spoke about lowering glucose levels by drinking nettle tea and burdock tea.

Cortana Kiwanis holds sponsor appreciation breakfast

The Cortana Kiwanis Club held its Christmas Parade Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast on Jan. 26 at Piccadilly Cafeteria.

Heather Folks-Givens, Christmas Parade Committee chairwoman, conducted the event thanking sponsors of the 66th annual Christmas Parade and explaining how the funds raised are being used for the community.  

Pam Morgan explained club involvement in the project to buy automatic external defibrillators in schools for use when people have heart attacks. Cortana Kiwanis has purchased several for Baton Rouge schools, and the program is credited with saving several lives over the past 10 years. She also told of Cortana Kiwanis' partnership with Broadmoor Elementary third- and fourth-grade students to encourage students to bring up grades.

Debbie Salvant talked about Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets delivered to needy families and the Trauma Doll project. Wanda Magee explained Cortana’s part in the Kiwanis International project aimed at providing vaccines to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus in Third World countries. Jeff Wittenbrink said Cortana raises money for Eliminate with an annual shoe drive. Danny Fields told how Cortana Kiwanis has donated more than $10,000 to the OLOL Children’s Hospital.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd. Guests are welcome to attend. Membership is open to people interested in community affairs and service. Contact Lowell Tilley, or (225) 272-6744.

Iota Master holds 'Girls Night Out' event

Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi entertained Preceptor Beta Epsilon chapter with a "Girls Night Out" event Jan. 26 at Grace Burley's home.

Members Pat Tennyson and Essie Mongeau received the BSP Torchbearer Degree at a dinner at La Madeleine. Members made final plans to attend the Sweetheart Ball on Feb. 18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The service project for the month was to help feed the homeless and the needy. Members prepared 100 bag lunches that were distributed by the Volunteers of America.

Dunn named Vet School Distinguished Alumnus

John Dunn has been named 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dunn was recognized at the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Alumni and Friends Reception on Jan. 21 as part of the LVMA Winter Meeting in Baton Rouge.

Dunn received his bachelor's in 1991, his doctor of veterinary medicine in 1997 and his doctorate in 2003, all from LSU. Dunn worked for three years as an associate veterinarian at an animal clinic in Zachary, and he later worked as a research assistant in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences.

Dunn serves as Tennessee's deputy state epidemiologist, state public health veterinarian and director in communicable and environmental disease services. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and an assistant clinical professor of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

BRMHS student named to Senate Youth Program

Sarah Michelle Procopio, of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, is one of two Louisiana students selected as delegates to the 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program that will be held March 4-11 in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy announced Jan. 27 that Procopio and Elisabeth Margaret McLaughlin, of Covington, will be among the 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s Washington Week.

The program was created in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since its inception. Its purpose is to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making for America and people worldwide.

The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue course work in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are provided by The Hearst Foundations. No government funds are used.

Procopio is senior class secretary at BRMHS, governor of Louisiana's Youth Legislature program, president of her campus Youth and Government organization and chair of the Legislation Committee for the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council. She is the student of the year at her school and plans to pursue a degree in political communication and attend law school with the aspiration of working in the political arena.

McLaughlin is senior class president at Mandeville High School, an AP scholar with distinction and has served as her class president for three years, the Youth and Government president for two years, as a state officer for the Youth Legislature Conference, and is the founder of the Helping Hands community service organization.

Altrusa to celebrate 75 years

Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge is looking for all former members of Altrusa to participate in the club's 75th birthday celebration on April 11. Call (225) 615-7590, leave a message and say "Altrusa" and your call will be returned immediately; or contact Lynn Nettles, (225) 752-9246; or Marti Didier, (225) 939-0460.

McDonogh High to hold 55-year reunion

The 1962 graduating class of John McDonogh Senior High School will hold a 55-year reunion May 26-28. The main event is at Jefferson Orleans South, 2546 Edenborn, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Cost is $70 per person. There will be an Italian Night Under the Stars dinner on Friday, May 26, for $15 per person and a barbecue at noon Sunday, May 28, at Fontainebleau State Park, also $15 per person. A group rate is available at the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel near the main event.

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