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Community column for Jan. 2

MOAA installs officers for 2018

The Greater Baton Rouge Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America met Dec. 12 at Oak Lodge Event Hall for its annual Christmas party with 46 members and guests attending. Members brought donations for Toys For Tots, the Marines special project at Christmas. The Christmas entertainment was by Edward Lynch with Ableton live DJ.

Officers and directors for 2018 were installed by Cmdr. Robert Douville, retired U.S. Coast Guard and president of the Louisiana Council of Chapters. Col. Fred Palmer is president; Capt. Edwin Hightower, first vice president; Lt. Col. Joseph Meyer, second vice president; Maj. Rodney Breland, treasurer; Lt. Col. Reggie Brown, secretary, and Lt. Col. Benjamin Tandy, chaplain. Directors are Diana Jambon, Jonnie Dorris, Col. Ulysses Hargrove, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brooks Adams and Cmdr. Edward Gaskell.

Sorority alumnae chapter holds health fair

Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority held its 18th Annual Senior Citizens Health Fair and Luncheon on Dec. 2 at the Life Development Center on the Southern University campus. Nearly 250 participants attended and had access to information on senior health care and wellness.

This year’s health fair provided wellness information and health and medical screenings on topics such as cardiology, diet, exercise, pharmaceuticals, nursing facilities, safety and other issues of concern by senior citizens. Representatives from the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, the YMCA and other health care vendors also furnished information. The fair allowed seniors the opportunity to network and learn more about the available resources and services offered in East Baton Rouge Parish.

After the health fair, a traditional Thanksgiving meal was served. Entertainment was provided by the Sensational Seniors Dance Group from the Leo S. Butler Community Center, puppeteer Michael Harrell and No-Strings Attached.

Luncheon speaker Paulette Johnson, a local nurse practitioner, spoke about diabetes and health care for seniors.

This event was sponsored the Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae Chapter’s Physical and Mental Health Committee, one of the sorority’s five main programs. Chapter member Robin Bettis chaired the event and was assisted by co-chairs Edha Hemmings-Reed and Oma Moore and other committee members. Jerrie Booker is president of the alumnae chapter.

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 eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to 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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