BRMHS Key Club receives recognition

The Baton Rouge Magnet High School Key Club celebrated its official recognition at a Feb. 9 banquet.

Red Stick Kiwanis Club members joined more than 50 student charter members at the event. Phil DiVincenti was emcee. Bob Breaux spoke about his experiences as Key Club administrator. Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Jeff Wittenbrink and Key Club District Gov. Tabitha Kearns, of Thibodaux, also spoke.

President Matt Robinson awarded the charter to Principal Nanette McCann and Key Club faculty advisors Kim Denson and John Underwood. Key Club Lt. Gov. Kelvin Wells Jr. pinned the officers and members and spoke about Key Club service. Kiwanis District Gov.-Elect Gary Graham welcomed the students to the Kiwanis family.

BR Art League hears Walker, elects officers

Baton Rouge Art League members elected new officers and heard Liz Walker, of Elizabethan Gallery in Baton Rouge, speak about art framing at its February meeting at Carolyn Steinmuller’s home.

Sharon Keaton was elected president; Rita Wallace, vice president; Marilyn Ehr, corresponding secretary; Sara Lemon, recording secretary; and Janice Levy, treasurer. They will take office in October at the first program of the league’s 2015-16 season.

President Susan Smith said two paintings donated to the league by Taylor Clark’s Gallery have been added to its permanent collection of Louisiana art housed and displayed at the Louisiana State Archives.

Taylor Clark and his son, George Clark, donated an oil on canvas, “St. Vincent’s Church,” by Angela Gregory (1903-1990) and a watercolor, “Church in Ville Basse,” painted by Gregory’s mother, Selina Bres Gregory (1870-1953), in 1928. Taylor Clark said the artworks will help fill a time gap in the league’s collection.

The Baton Rouge Art League was founded in 1934 to make art more accessible to the community by buying a piece of Louisiana artwork each year for the permanent collection. It also has a collection of Works Progress Administration paintings by New Orleans artists.

Adele Smith and Steinmuller led the refreshments committee, assisted by were Marsha Barkemeyer, Cynthia Campbell, Sharmaine Claitor, Merrill Faye Eglin, Jane Flowers, Sharon Keaton, Catherine McKenzie, Cheramie Sonnier and Kathy Stone.

‘Reflections’ program focuses on tomatoes

Johnny Naylor, owner of Naylor’s Garden Center, spoke about tomatoes on March 2 to the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program.

He handed out a spring 2015 vegetable plant list naming varieties of tomatoes and other vegetables Naylor’s will stock this spring. He explained the difference between heirloom and hybrids and characteristics of tomatoes.

Angie Wall with the EBR Master Gardeners will give a program on miniature gardens at the next “Reflections” meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. The BHS website is

Dardenne addresses Daughters of 1812

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne spoke on the recent bicentennial commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans to the Gen. Robert McCausland Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of 1812 on March 7 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.

Dardenne said a new educational program will be available for K-12-graders on the history of the War of 1812 and the role Louisiana played in securing the future of the United States. The chapter gave Dardenne the Spirit of 1812 Award, which goes to an individual with a distinguished record of study, promotion and dedication to the preservation of the history of people, places and events of the War of 1812.

President Margaret Tyler welcomed prospective members Judy Burch, Denise Lindsly, Lynda Normand, Lea Evans and Brittney Kean.

Morgan Molthrop, author of “Andrew Jackson’s Playbook: 15 Strategies for Success,” will speak to the group May 2 at the library.

Membership is available to women 18 or older who prove they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, from 1784-1815, rendered civil, military, or naval service to the country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark expedition. Junior membership is available to girls and boys 21 and younger. Contact Zora Olsson,

Horticulture professor speaks to Rose Society

Allen Owings, horticulture professor with the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station, spoke on “Roses: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” to the Baton Rouge Rose Society on March 11 at the Independence Park Garden Center.

Owings gave an update on new American garden rose selections program and new rose research plantings at the station in Hammond and at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge.

Members made plans for their booth at the Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show March 14-15 at LSU’s Parker Coliseum. The group discussed the American Rose Society Legislative Day at the state Capitol planned for late April. The next BRRS meeting is Wednesday, April 8. For information, contact President Carolle Olinde,

Preceptor Alpha Epsilon elects slate of officers

Preceptor Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi elected officers on March 4 at DeAngelo’s Restaurant: President Sandy Linder, Vice President Ruth Mannen, Treasurer Anne Smith, Recording Secretary and City Council Representative Maxine Muller, Corresponding Secretary Marilyn Mayeux and Extension Officer Leslie Steele.

Members collected items for the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society. Mayeux spoke about the need for contributions to support its spay-neuter program. Bonnie Wolf was a guest.

Four winners named for DEMCO essay contest

Brooks Courtney of Holden High School, Molly Magee of St. Joseph’s Academy and home-schooled high school students Anna Jolibois and Thomas Wolff are winners of the 2015 DEMCO Rural Electric Youth Tour Essay Contest. Each won an all-expense paid trip in June to Washington, D.C.

The annual essay contest includes entries from students throughout DEMCO’s seven-parish service area. This year’s topic was “Concern for Community.”

Winners were announced at a March 3 at John Folse’s White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge. Other finalists were Colin Craig, Alexis David, Grant Falcon, Kole Guerin, Madison Hadden, Sarah Pursifull, Lizzie Wicker and Kylie Yglesias.

Marine Staff Sgt. Luke Boyd, a former LSU football player, was the banquet speaker.

Morgan named Eagle Scout in March 9 event

Max Morgan, a senior at Runnels High School, received his Eagle Scout rank, the highest attainable in Boy Scouting, in a Court of Honor on March 9 at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Morgan, son of Norma Marsh and Craig Morgan, is a member of Troop 203, and his Scout leader is Ron Miller. His Eagle project involved directing Scouts in the building and installing wooden garden boxes at Runnels 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 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.