Amateur Radio Club has Christmas party

The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club had its Christmas party Dec. 9.

Gerald Ducote highlighted the club's history from 1937 until the present. Ten members formed the club in early 1937. The club held a statewide American Radio Relay League Convention later that year. By the mid-'60s, the club had about 400 members. Today, the club has more than 100 members and is pursuing approaches to amateur radio communication that were not available 30 years ago.

President Jon Reise highlighted the year's activities and presented service awards to John Krupsky for his work on the club's website, Jennifer Bordelon for her work on RFnews, and Buddy Brown for his work over the years in providing education and training for club members. Reise presided over the installation of the 2018 board.

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Baton Rouge DAR hosts Wreaths Across America

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted the 12th annual Wreaths Across America Program Dec. 16 at Port Hudson National Cemetery.

The program is held nationally at the same time as the Wreaths Program at Arlington National Cemetery. Dr. Anthony Stephens honored veterans with a flyover before the program. Members of the Naval Sea Cadets posted the colors. State Regent Zora Olsson welcomed attendees.

Victoria Passman sang the National Anthem and "God Bless America." Alejandra Juan, communications director with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, was the guest speaker. The Naval Sea Cadets presented the Battlefield Cross Tribute to veterans who served beginning with World War I veterans through the present. The Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes and Drums played "Amazing Grace" and a salute to each branch of service. Anna Sanders, of Louisiana Women Veterans, and members of the Blue Star Mothers assisted with the program.

Remembrance Wreaths were placed by veterans of all military branches. Three additional wreaths were placed in honor of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Civil Air Patrol Cadets and Naval Sea Cadets helped family members place wreaths on the graves of their loved ones. Chapter members helped place wreaths on graves on Friday in preparation for the program.

The chapter held its annual Silver Tea Dec. 3 at Ina Navarre's home to honor past regents and new members. Donations were made to support the Magnolia Care Center Veteran’s Home.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For more information, email

Southern alumni donate to CASA

The Southern University Alumni Federation Home Chapter donated 35 Christmas baskets and about 65 toys to the Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association.

The baskets contained turkeys, yams, macaroni, green beans, red beans, rice and cornbread.

Members donated the food and gave money to help purchase the food. District 10 Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker, a Home Chapter member, donated half of the turkeys and Preston Castille, SU Alumni National Federation president, donated the rest. This is the fifth year that the chapter has organized this project.

CASA recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Area students graduate from USM

The University of Southern Mississippi held fall commencement exercises Dec. 8 at Reed Green Coliseum on its Hattiesburg campus.

Area graduates are: Lexis Te'Shae Hall, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, and Robert Bearden Whitley, Master of Science, Baton Rouge; Shelbee Marie Rodgers, Master of Science, Greenwell Springs; Tori M. Rouse, Bachelor of Science, and Candace Marie Franklin, Master of Science, Jackson; Nichelle G. Harris, Doctor of Philosophy, Lafayette; and Joshua David, Bachelor of Science, Port Allen.

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