Tau Kappa Omega celebrates U.N. Day

Tau Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority celebrated United Nations Day on Oct. 14 at Ichiban Sushi and Asian Cuisine Restaurant in Baton Rouge.

Members received information regarding the U.N.-AKA partnership, programs offered, as well as flyers and mementos with United Nations Association-USA logos. Attendees also awarded prizes for attendance. 

Mike McClanahan, Louisiana NAACP president-elect, was guest speaker. This year’s theme was "Global Goals, Local Leaders." Tia Mills was event chair, and Sandra Williams was co-chair. Carmen Harrison is the chapter basileus.

Orchid Society elects new officers

The Baton Rouge Orchid Society elected officers Oct. 18: Bob Lank, president; Wesley Mathews, vice president; Patty Granier, secretary; and James Morrison, treasurer. Kathy Conerly was elected board member-at-large through 2020.

Frank Zachariah presented a program on blue cattleya orchids, highlighting hybrids created by the late Ervin Granier, a longtime society member who was internationally known for his blue orchids. Zachariah is an American Orchid Society associate judge.

The society will focus on winterizing orchid plants and greenhouses, as well as a plant clinic, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane. Orchid growers may bring their ailing plants to get assistance on remedying their problems. Members will share tips on repotting and general orchid culture.

The society meets on the third Wednesday of each month. For information, go online to batonrougeorchidsociety.com.

Genealogist speaks to Livingston Historical

Bernice Alexander Bennett, a Livingston Parish native residing in Washington, D.C., and a noted genealogist, spoke to the Edward Livingston Historical Society on Oct. 20 at the Livingston Parish Library.

Bennett advised researchers to write down their thoughts, form a research plan,  avoid discounting anything, and document research.

World War II re-enactors Charlotte and Robert Reynolds will present a veteran's story at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Livingston library. The annual December luncheon will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Duke's Restaurant in Watson. The public is invited.

Delta Kappa Gamma holds district meeting

Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of key women teachers held its Southeast District meeting on Oct. 28 at the David C. Treen Technology Center in Mandeville. Rho Chapter hosted the meeting.

Alpha Lambda President Jo Ann Hebert received the Rose in Bloom Award, which is presented yearly to one member in each of the six Epsilon State districts for their service to students, school, community and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.

Peggy King, past Epsilon State president, presented the Legislative Committee report. Betsy Stafford presented the Research Committee report, and Hebert presented the Achievement Committee report. Southeast District Director Joyce Landry presided over the meeting.

Melody Menard, Rho Chapter member and board member of a domestic violence shelter, spoke about how Louisiana was recently ranked fourth highest in the nation in the rate of women killed by men in domestic violence. 

Commemorative quilt gets closer to completion

The Giving Quilt, Wasted Women’s Bee and other quilting bees in the greater Baton Rouge area have completed the top of a commemorative quilt that will reflect traditions in Baton Rouge.

The public participated by creating quilt squares at various events. They choose a quilt square kit prepared by Judy Holley and background material or designed their own. Kits included different Baton Rouge icons, such as the old and new state Capitol buildings, churches, riverboats, cypress trees, alligators, egrets, LSU Tigers, Southern Jaguars and food. Adults and youths participated.

Events were held Sept. 13 at Mid City Ballroom, Sept. 16-17 at the Perkins Rowe Arts and Craft Festival, Oct. 10 at Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar and Oct. 28 at the Louisiana Book Festival. The quilt top was completed at this event.

This is all part of the Baton Rouge Traditions folklife research project conducted by Maida Owens with the State of Louisiana’s Folklife program. The quilt will become part of a traveling exhibit that will be available to libraries and other small exhibit spaces.

Life of a Single Mom elects executive committee

The Life of a Single Mom elected its 2018 board of directors Executive Committee on Nov. 1 at its quarterly board meeting.

Board officers are Michelle Petersen, president; Lisa Oliver, vice president; Jolene Hardy, treasurer; and Jennifer Hardin, secretary. Other board members are Kellie Duhon, Michelle Lanoix, Ramona Tauzin, Karen Thomas, Kelli Jones and Suzanne Rouvalis.

Eunice McCarney, outgoing board president, and Debbie Spano, outgoing treasurer, were recognized for their service.

The Life of a Single Mom is a global nonprofit, headquartered in Baton Rouge providing programming that establishes single mom support groups and focuses on education in critical areas, such as parenting, finances, and health and wellness.

'Hallowheel' event raises $15,169 for BRWTA

The Baton Rouge Wheelchair Tennis Association announced at its Nov. 6 board dinner that it raised $15,169 to help support the 2018 Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

The BRWTA raised the funds through its Edward Jones Investments/Tex Morris "Hallowheel" charity tennis and pickleball tournaments Oct. 27-29 at BREC's Highland Road Park. The tournaments attracted more than 180 players from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Florida.

The weekend also featured the Hallowheel Adaptive Tennis Clinic, where 15 children and adults with disabilities were introduced to wheelchair tennis. They enjoyed a morning full of tennis instruction, games and prizes.

Since 2015, the Hallowheel tournament has raised $45,000 for the Cajun Classic. Hallowheel features a main draw of traditional men's and women's tennis doubles, a pickleball tournament and a separate "Up-Down" draw where wheelchair tennis players are partnered with able-bodied players for doubles competition.

The 2018 tournament will be held March 19-25 at the Paula G. Manship YMCA. More info at brwta.org.

Marquis completes Air Force basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Gibson Marquis graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Marquis is the son of Joseph and Kim Reed, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2017 graduate of Scotlandville Magnet High School.

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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