The Ladies of Tucumcari, a subsidiary of the Krewe of Tucumcari, held a Royalty Meet & Greet for the Krewe’s 75th Diamond Jubilee at the home of Jim & Colette Mitchell in Round Oak Subdivision on Jan. 7.
The Krewe will host its 75th annual Tableau Ball at Raising Cane’s River Center Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 11 for Diamonds and Champagne. Tucumcari is Baton Rouge’s oldest Mardi Gras krewe, founded in 1947. The King and Queen, brothers Lane and Riley Richard, are great-grandchildren of krewe founding member Mr. LA Champagne.
The GFWC Lagniappe Woman’s Club names Lana Merliss as its most distinguished member
Lana Merliss was voted the best member of the GFWC Lagniappe Woman’s Club at its meeting on January 17. The following were Montez’s love and Pat Quartararo.
Merliss is eligible to compete for the regional award, which will be announced on March 15.
Christy Smith Baton Rouge Soldier Outreach was the morning speaker. Smith and his organization collect and package items to ship to workers around the world. The group donated money to help cover shipping costs.
Another guest was Donna Boulmaywho was invited by Debbie Harris.
Regional President Gynne Klimavicz announced that the regional meeting will be held on March 15, and Charlotte Frattini as the chairman. The conference will feature a photo and art and craft competition. Also, awards for various winners in community service programs, progressive communities and special projects will be announced.
Quartararo competed to benefit from the club’s scholarships that will be awarded in the spring. Raffle winners were Klimavicz and Merliss. Quartararo also won the pin-up competition.
A salad lunch followed the meeting.
BR Delta Sigma Theta honors community members, long-time members
During its recent Founders Day celebration, the Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. honored community members and members who have served 40 and 50 years in the organization.
The national organization celebrated 110 years of philanthropy, fellowship, education and social activities on Jan. 13.
Community partners are recognized for their contributions Herman Brister Jr., director of the Southern University Laboratory School; State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle; Ashley SheltonCEO of Power Coalition; Dr. ASK Renee Horton; and Matthew Valliere, CEO of CareSouth Medical and Dental, and Entergy. Community partners were presented with the Y (Yvonne) Jean Whitley Flame Award at the Crimson Soiree at the Holiday Inn South in Baton Rouge.
Members who have served the organization for 40 and 50 years were recognized at the Founders Day Luncheon at Southern University’s Cotillion Ballroom on Jan. 15. Members with 40 years of service include Rose Hudson, Karen Prestage Washington, Andrea Love and Karen Yarbrough. Members with 50 years of service are: Brenda Guess, Karen Ambeau, Mildred Penson, Claudia Jackson Fisher, Leona Marie Bowler and Blanche Page Smith.
Magicians also noticed Judy Bethly, chairman of the Social Action Committee as “Soror of the Year.” Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradleya member of the National Directors of Delta, was the guest speaker.