Trianon hears report about Nov. fundraiser

Trianon, auxiliary to Arc of Baton Rouge, met Feb. 25 at the Arc office.

Tammy Duos said profits from the November 2015 annual holiday event will go to Arc’s projects for area mentally and physically challenged people. Yvonne Crew said the 2016 event will be Nov. 11 at L’Auberge Hotel and Casino.

President Ann Suire selected Adele Noonan, Mara Malone and Sharon Richard to the nominating committee for 2016-17 officers. New members welcomed to the group were Joey Boudreaux and Amy Drago. Hostesses were Duos, Suire and Marcia Zuber.

Zitos receive St. Jude Family of Month Awards

Jimmy and Cindy Zito and his son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Danielle Zito, received February Family of the Month Awards by the Knights of Columbus Council 9692 on Feb. 28 at a reception in the St. Jude Parish Hall.

The Zitos have served the parish fair for many years through their businesses, Drusilla Seafood Restaurant and Drusilla Place Catering. Jimmy and Cindy served on the Fair Core Committee from 2011-15 as raffle chairpersons. Jimmy and Brad have worked with the church office planning and executing annual Ministry Appreciation Dinners and church receptions. Jimmy and Cindy are members of the St. Jude St. Vincent de Paul Society and have assisted in the SVDP kitchen. They have also helped with mission trips and Gardere area events. They are members of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ministry and are Mass greeters. Cindy is a Eucharistic minister. Their other son is Matthew.

Brad and Danielle volunteer at the fair. Brad has coached St. Jude football teams and coaches baseball. He is a member of the St. Jude Men’s Club. Danielle has been a room mother and has served on the St. Jude Home and School Association School Spirit Apparel Committee. Their son, Parker, attends St. Jude School.

Hyde named director of Urban Game Changers

Braylon Hyde has been appointed state director for Urban Game Changers of Louisiana by his predecessor, Sarah Holliday-James, effective March 1.

Hyde, 21, attends LSU majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in leadership and society. He has been president of NAACP Youth Council of Lawton, Oklahoma; president of the NAACP State Youth/College Chapter of Oklahoma; president of the Lawton Youth Advisory Board; member of the 2011-12 Georgia State Superintendent Youth Advisory Council; and a member of a Baton Rouge grassroots organization, Next Generation Pioneers.

Urban Game Changers seeks to empower community leaders and citizens through non-partisan engagement.

Iota Master attends BSP Sweetheart Ball

Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi attended the Baton Rouge Beta Sigma Phi Sweetheart Ball Feb. 28 at the Gonzales Civic Center.

Chapter sweetheart Claudette Hill was presented at the ball along with those of 11 other chapters. WBRZ-TV reporter Chris Nakamoto was master of ceremonies. The Something Blue Band performed. Hill was also honored at a luncheon Feb. 20 at the French Market Bistro.

Iota Master met Feb. 25 at Janet Doucet’s home. Virginia Wagner was co-hostess. Jean Leyda was a guest. Essie Mongeau and Norma Morales gave the program and all members made a plaque with the Mizpah: “The Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent from each other.”

The February service project was Joseph’s Thrift Store, which helps people in rehabilitation from alcohol and drugs. The chapter also gave money to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Red Stick Ex-POWs discuss patriotic events

The Red Stick Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War met March 1 at Hollywood Casino. Commander Beth Dawson led the group in a discussion of various patriotic events.

The club will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Hollywood Casino’s Lauren Bacall Room. Women will read their stories about being war brides, helping on the homefront or how they spent their time during World War II or the Korean War.

Hammond man on Friendship Force board

Bob Duncan, of Hammond, has been elected chairman of the board of Friendship Force International.

Friendship Force promotes friendship and goodwill through home-stay exchanges in more than 60 countries. Duncan’s term began in January.

Duncan joined the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge in 2004 and has served in several offices. Retired from the Louisiana Department of Corrections, he worked as a planning officer and administrator with Juvenile Probation and Parole.

Friendship Force International’s 15-person board includes members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Guadeloupe, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Singapore and Switzerland.

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