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LASM elects new directors, officers

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum board and membership elected eight trustees at the LASM annual meeting on Feb. 21. Trustees began their first three-year term on March 1.

New administrators are Noah BoudreauxCEO of Venyu Business Solutions, a data center services company; Elizabeth Tadie Canfielda public relations professional; Sarah Hanelinehead of workforce development for BASF; Joshua HollinsVice Chairman of Stifel Financial Corporation; Julio Perezdirector of operations at the ExxonMobil polyolefins plant in Baton Rouge; Seth Schillingcustomer service manager for Entergy Louisiana; Melissa Thompson, consultant and coach at Success Labs; and Shawn UsherCEO and Founder of Sparkhound.

New officers are Ty Bromelchair; Alex LayfieldImmediate Past President; Liz Canfieldpresident-elect; Melissa DotsonSecretary; Alex Tucker, treasurer ; and Eric Dexter and Paula Davismembers in general.

Directors completing their second three-year term were recognized: Brad Allen, Prescott Bailey, Terrence Ginn, Jody Montelaro, Micah Stewart and Patrick Valluzzo.

Women’s Council installs officers and board of directors

The Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge installed 2,022 officers and board members on February 10 at the EBR Main Library.

The officers are Tanya FreemanPresident; Shana AugustusSecretary; Debbie González, treasurer ; and Faye Ferdinand, adjunct treasurer. Board members are Anita White, Lois Folse, Marilyn Mayeux, Aileen Hendricks, Pat LeDuff and Elaine Nkwocha.

For more information, visit the council’s Facebook page.

Songs, Valentine’s Day top date Lagniappe

Musician Linda Manes gave a two-part program on the story of Valentine’s Day and the songs of the season at the GFWC Lagniappe Woman’s Club on February 21 at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Manes played the piano and led a vocal.

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The hostesses were Libby Fisackerly and Molly Rau. vice president Turn up the love chairs the nominating committee, which will meet and present its list of candidates for next year’s officers at the April meeting.

The club has voted to make its annual donations to the charities it supports. An April luncheon is planned to raise funds for club and district scholarships. General fundraising is conducted for three months. Gift wrap and other items are available for purchase. Sylvia Schwarzenbach updated members on Baton Rouge Soldier Outreach, which the club supports. Catherine Ryan won the wear your pin award.

The Women’s Club hears from Donna Saurage

Donna Saurage of the Community Coffee family spoke to the Woman’s Club at their monthly coffee on March 3.

She spoke about the history of the company, beginning with the input of her late husband’s grandfather. The company grew out of a grocery store the family operated near factories in northern Baton Rouge, then in their home. After buying roasted beans from New Orleans for a number of years, they eventually established a roasting plant in Port Allen where it still operates many years later.

Saurage illustrated a few pages of a book that her late husband and a son wrote about the history of the company and introduced several types of specialty coffees.

Beta torchbearer elects new leaders

Torchbearer Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi elected new leaders on March 1 at At Verlyne LeBlanc residence: John LeydaPresident; Suzanne Ichler, vice-president; LeBlanc, recording secretary; and Virginia Huffmantreasurer.

A Chapter Woman of the Year has been secretly elected and will be announced at the Founder’s Day celebration on April 28 at Drusilla’s Restaurant. Members and their spouses attended the One Book One Community Launch Party at Goodwood Main Library on March 5 as part of their monthly social outing.

The chapter donated money to the injury prevention program at Karen Ahmad Children’s Hospital. The fund is dedicated solely to injury prevention efforts at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. The fund provides car seats for babies and young children who do not have a car seat to return home from hospital.

Huffman presented a program on The Ghost Army, which was a US Army tactical deception unit during World War II, officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. The 1,100-man unit was given a unique mission within the Allied army: to impersonate other Allied army units in order to deceive the enemy when they landed in Normandy with the First Army on the evening of D-Day, June 6, 1944. They wore a ghost insignia patch on their uniforms. During their tenure, they staged a “traveling road show” using inflatable tanks, cannons, jeeps, trucks and planes which the men inflated with air compressors and then imperfectly camouflaged for reconnaissance enemy air can see them. They created dummy airfields, troop bivouacs (with fake laundry hanging from clotheslines), motor parks, artillery batteries, and tank formations within hours.