The Woman’s Club celebrated its 100th anniversary on Dec. 2.
President Karen Cordell opened the celebration. Virginia Bogan spoke about the club’s history and shared anecdotes. Gwen Redding, of the Music Club, spoke about the intertwined history of the two clubs, which have worked together often. Kay Hawthorne, of the Music Club, played background music. Hawthorne and Redding led the group in Christmas carols.
Hostesses and board members who planned the celebration are Alice Pledge Nelson, Jane Dimattia, Molly Woodland, Rosemary Pikes, Sugar McAdams and Margaret Rome.
Krewe Mystique announces ’22 royalty
Krewe Mystique de la Capitale announced its 2022 royalty during its crowning coronation.
Kevin Vaughn is King XLV and his daughter, Emma Vaughn, will serve as Queen XLV.
Ten debutantes were presented: Peggy Marie Cotton, Camille Lisette Domangue, Addison Rachel Dunbar, Ava Louise Dunn, Grace Marie Granger, Carolyn Ann Herman, Emma Kate Lauret, Claire Elizabeth Lazaroe, Burgin Elizabeth Rome and Camille Renee Smith.
Pages are Charlotte Coco Balette, Elizabeth Ann Faller, Grace Catherine Faller, Anna Claire Faller and Charles Henry Faller. Queen Emma Vaughn’s mother, Lysi Vaughn, accepted the crown on behalf of her daughter, who was unable to attend.
Five receive leadership awards in Livingston
Five Livingston Parish women received 2021 Women’s Leadership Awards from the Livingston Parish Chamber on Dec. 10.
The awards were presented at the event presented by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and awards sponsors. To date, more than 20 women have been recognized.
2021 winners are Sybil Cotton, of Our Lady of the Lake Livingston; Vanissa Murphy, of Quality Engineering & Surveying; Dr. Chantelle Varnado, of Launch; Sybil Stewart, of Whitetail Properties Real Estate; and Lori Johnson, of Hancock Whitney Bank.
The awards recognize excellence in each woman’s area of expertise and her having paved the way for other women’s success.
“Every year, we see more women inspired to do more in their respective fields and community,” said Aprils Wehrs, chamber president. “I am a firm believer that women can and should accept their tremendous influence and those who engage in initiatives bigger than themselves come out better for it.”
State Fair Foundation holds Christmas party
The Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation Board of Directors hosted the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair and Trade Show Board of Directors at its Christmas party Dec. 6 at Sullivan’s Steakhouse.
The successful 2021 fair will enable the foundation to fund worthy cause grants, outstanding high school volunteer awards and endowed scholarships in 2022 and beyond. For more information, go to grstatefairfoundation.org.
Members of the foundation board are Chairman Greg Edwards, Vice Chairman Stan Prutz, Secretary Liz Mac, Treasurer Charles Plauché and directors Reneé Chatelain, Trey Godfrey, Adam Knapp, Harvey Landry, Jay Martin, Melissa Miley, Stacy Simon, Jimmy Williams and Warren Wilson.
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair board members are Chairman Cliff Barton, Vice Chairman Shannon Christian, Secretary Elisabeth Guillot, Treasurer Kelly Brown Berry and R L Leger, Kynell Matherne, Gerald Hall, Tommy Politz and Roy Carnagie.
Magnolia Mound honors major supporters
The Friends of Magnolia Mound held its Le Salon Duplantier event celebrating the Armand Allard Duplantier Circle and Duplantier Society members Dec. 12 at the Hart House on the grounds of Magnolia Mound.
Honored were John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer, Barbara and the late H. Parrott Bacot Jr., Dr. Richard and Kim Byrd, Marilyn Davis, Susan Eaton, Kay Gibbons Favrot, Mary Lynn and Chuck McMains, John and Virginia Noland, Cary Saurage, Dr. Wayne and Cheryl Stromeyer, Suzanne Turner and Scott Purdin, Mike and Kim Wampold, Susan and John Wilder, Jeanne Yerger, Betty Brumfield Young and the late Eugene Young, and Karen and Mike Zobrist.
A magnolia tree has been planted to commemorate John Turner’s and Jerry Fischer’s years of dedication and support for Magnolia Mound. It will bear a plaque with their names and is near magnolias planted in 1986 honoring the late Sue Turner and the late Winnie Byrd.
Interfaith Federation has board meeting
Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge held its annual board meeting in person and virtually Dec. 7 at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Board President Darrell Moses gave an overall status of the organization. Current board members were acknowledged, and leaders shared the organization’s strategy going forward. Also, literature was shared regarding its annual January Thaw, “Melting Away Interfaith Misunderstanding and Cultivating Peace,” which provided information about the 2022 Jewish Film Festival, World Religion Day on Jan. 16; and Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Jan. 17.
Other highlights of the event included dialogue and fellowship with delegates of Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. Eleanor Perret is the interim administrator.
SU program receives $500,000 grant
The Center of Excellence for Nutrition, Health, Wellness and Quality of Life at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center has been awarded $500,000 from the 1890 Universities Foundation. This funding is made possible through a grant from Walmart’s Center for Racial Equity.
In a news release, Walmart said the funds will build staff capacity to prepare students for careers in agriculture, health care and technology via the foundation’s four Centers of Excellence across its 19 institutions.
In May, the SU AgCenter was named as one of four 1890 Centers of Excellence grant recipients to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The Ag Center received $1.68 million to establish the center, which addresses diet-related health disparities in African Americans by increasing the capacities of 1890 institutions through nutrition research, teaching and extension. The institute awarded the AgCenter an additional $1,680,000 earlier this month to enable the center to continue its work for a second year.
The 1890 Universities Foundation was established in December 2016 and supports the core mission of education, outreach and academics across the 19 historically black college and universities.
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