Community: Lakvold receives Spaht Scholar Award | Entertainment/Life


Pamela Cambre Lakvold received the Spaht Scholar Award on Nov. 21 from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control.

Lakvold has a bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University and a master of library and information science from LSU. She has worked for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system for 28 years and eight years at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School.

The Spaht Scholar is an annual award established by The Will and Leona Huff Fund and presented by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Children’s Services, that recognizes an exceptional educator who makes a difference in the lives of their students by encouraging the love of learning.

For information about the award, call Children’s Services at (225) 231-3760. The library website is

Altrusa meets with District Four board

The Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge welcomed the District Four board members the weekend of Nov. 2.

The district board held its midyear board meeting at the Holiday Inn South in Baton Rouge, site of next year’s district conference. Conference chairs Jackie Robbins and Marti Didier met with the board Saturday morning to update members on conference plans. A dinner with the board and Baton Rouge club members was held at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Out-of-town Baton Rouge club member Marsha Padgett, of Pearl, Mississippi, and new member Gillian Allen, of Thibodaux, joined the group for dinner. Guests included Sue Gibson, Anniston, Alabama, District Four archives liaison; Cindy Roberts, Laurel, Mississippi, guest of Marsha Padgett; Tate Flowers, Jack, Alabama, husband of Jennifer Flowers; and Gerald Didier, husband of Marti Didier.

Carolyn Robinson distributed the Baton Rouge Club 2019-20 yearbooks. Amy Drago reported that she represented Altrusa at the Louisiana Book Festival.

For information on Altrusa 2020 Conference, contact Jackie Robbins at (225) 753-9307 or email [email protected]

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Lagniappe holds Games ‘n’ Goodies event

The GFWC Lagniappe Woman’s Club held its second annual Games ‘n’ Goodies fundraiser Nov. 8 at the Lake Sherwood Acres clubhouse. Charlotte Frattini chaired the event, which helps the club support 10 local and national charities.

Guests played cards and other games and had breakfast and lunch. Montez Love, Sylvia Schwarzenbach and Sally Duet supervised the kitchen. Libby Fisackerly oversaw drinks. Pat Quartararo led a bake sale.

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Audubon DAR hears about presidents, Native Americans

Yvonne Lewis Day told of the many connections of Native Americans with presidents and first ladies when the John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Nov. 18.

Such connections go back to John Quincy Adams and the Treaty of Ghent to end the War of 1812. She said visits to Native American reservations have been made by only four presidents — Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Woodrow Wilson’s wife, Mary, renamed 82 captured German vessels using tribe names. Day showed the “first ladies” quilt she made by hand.

Vice Regent Sallie McKann displayed the chapter weaving project that will be entered in the National American Heritage Contest. Over a dozen chapter members worked on the weaving featuring colors used in the fight for women’s right to vote.

Project Patriot Chairman Julie Noland thanked everyone who helped pack 447 Christmas stockings that will be shipped overseas to active duty military. Plans were finalized for the Wreaths Across America Statehouse ceremony on Dec. 9 and the Christmas party on Dec. 16 at the Raven’s Outreach Center. The chapter heard plans for a field trip to the World War II Museum in January and a field trip to the Iberville Parish Museum.

Meeting hostesses were Denise Lindsly, Emily Wilbert, Stella Tanoos and Claire Yeargain.

DAR membership is open to women 18 and older who can prove lineal, bloodline decent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. To find out more about the DAR or the Audubon Chapter, contact [email protected]

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate Living section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to [email protected] Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.


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