Audubon DAR hears two winning essays

The John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met April 15 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

Set up for viewing were displays of the certificates awarded to the chapter at the recent Louisiana State Conference. The chapter was presented with the highest award in the state for Chapter Achievement.

Two chapter members won first place for essays in the Women’s Issues categories. Lynda Normand read her first-place winner in Family Issues essay, “Through a PAIN of Glass,” about the struggles dealing with autism. Regent Margaret Tyler read her first-place winner in Health Issues essay, “What NOT to Say,” about dealing with the diagnosis of cancer.

The Conservation Committee told of arrangements to plant four cherry trees near the George Washington bust by the Arsenal. Earth Day activities were highlighted with information from Keep Louisiana Beautiful, and members were given bookmarks seeded with alyssum seeds.

Meeting hostesses were Minnie Mize and her daughter, Sallie McKann; Rosa Songy and her daughter, Carol Savoie; and Betty Jo Snellgrove.

Miss LSU-USA raises $50,000 for charities

LSU Delta Zeta Chapter and a number of sponsors raised more than $50,000 toward its philanthropies partly through the 15th annual Miss LSU-USA Pageant, which was March 24 in the LSU Union Theater.

Philanthropies include the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the Painted Turtle Camp and the Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation.

Hilary Tuttle, a mass communication senior, was crowned the pageant winner before a sold-out crowd of 750.

La. Museum Friends hears new director

Mark Tullos, new director of the Louisiana State Museum system, spoke to the Louisiana State Museum Friends board meeting on April 9 at the Capitol Park Museum. Tullos spoke about his vision for state museums and of the importance of support groups.

Museum Division Director Bill Stark discussed upcoming events, including the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area talks. Chairwoman Lana Venable gave an update on the museum fundraiser scheduled for June 8. She encouraged members to contact potential sponsors, obtain silent auction items and sell tickets.

Excalibur honors Freeman as volunteer

The Excalibur Club honored Yolanda Freeman for her volunteer work with Jump Start Your Heart on April 12 at the Baton Rouge Marriott.

Dr. Steven Kelley, interventional cardiologist and founder of Jump Start Your Heart, introduced Freeman and described her dedication to the program, which uses noninvasive diagnostic tests to screen young athletes to decrease deaths by cardiovascular abnormalities.

Danielle Kelley, Jump Start Your Heart executive director, also spoke about the program.

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