VIPS Voyage Program topic for Altrusa event

Tiffany Temple, Voyage coordinator for Volunteers In Public Schools, spoke to the Altrusa Club July 20 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

The Voyage program assists East Baton Rouge Parish public school students in eighth grade through high school with career choices and exploring careers. Temple also gave details of other VIPS programs.

For information on VIPS, call (225) 922-5400.

President Jackie Robbins introduced former member Vickie Claflin and guest Dr. Natalie Cole, of Royal Oak, Michigan. Jan Holmes reported on the restaurant raffle, and Lynn Nettles reported on the Inter-Civic Club, to which Altrusa belongs.

For information on Altrusa, call Nettles, (225) 753-9307, or Marti Didier, (225) 939-0460.

Torchbearer Beta visits ex-member in McComb

Torchbearer Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi visited former member Phyllis Turner and members of her new chapter, Delta Master, Aug. 1 in McComb, Mississippi. They had lunch at the Dinner Bell, then drove to Turner’s home for a visit at her son Jon’s 80-acre farm.

Torchbearer Beta will celebrate Beginning Day on Aug. 22 at Jean Leyda’s home. Prospective members are invited. Plans for 2015-16 year will be presented by committee chairwomen: Social, Dixie Gregory; Sunshine, Secret Sister and Program, Virginia Huffman; Service, Page Meyer; Membership, Publicity, Ways and Means, Yearbook and Scrapbook, Leyda.

Windham on board of Alzheimer’s Services

Jason P. Windham, president of the Shobe Financial Group, has been named to the Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area Board of Directors.

Windham has been involved with a number of charitable and professional organizations, including Baton Rouge Financial Planning Association where he has served as president; National FPA, where he served on task forces, and Baton Rouge Junior Achievement, where he served as a board and golf tournament planning committee member.

CASA gets grants from diocese

Capital Area CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, has received a $4,000 grant from the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge — Bishop Stanley Joseph Ott “Works of Mercy” Trust Fund.

CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children living in foster care to help them reach safe, permanent homes. The grant has helped CASA in its efforts to continuously recruit, screen and train new CASA volunteers, enabling the program to continue serving every child in East Baton Rouge Parish who needs a trained volunteer advocate.

Those interested in becoming a CASA volunteer can first attend a 45-minute informational session at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave., Baton Rouge. Upcoming sessions are at 10 a.m. Aug. 15, 5 p.m. Aug. 18, 3 p.m. Aug. 27 and noon on Aug. 31. For more information, call (225) 379-8598, visit or email

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