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Baton Rouge Radio Club talks about global communication

Member of the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Michael Davidson spoke about another dimension of amateur radio at the April 26 meeting. The topic was about the joy and growth of experience by participating in amateur radio contests.

Davidson went on to explain that the ARRL sponsors several awards such as the WAC (Worked all Continents award), WAS (Worked all States award) and the most prestigious DXCC (worked in at least 100 countries).

Over the past 45 years, Davison has acquired several accolades such as the prestigious DXCC Challenge award for contacting enthusiasts in over 320 countries including Burma, Russia, North Korea and the Vatican. To see www.brarc.org for more information.

Torchbearer Beta celebrated Founders Day

Torchbearer Beta, a chapter of International Beta Sigma, met on May 3 at the recent International Founders Day held at Drucilla’s Restaurant hosted by Suzanne Ichler. President John Leyda was announced as the chapter’s Woman of the Year and received the sorority flower, a yellow rose, and the Diotima Trophy. Leyda has 48 years of perfect attendance in Beta Sigma Phi.

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Virginia Huffman celebrated 60 years with Beta Sigma Phi with a ritual in his honor. Huffman has 28 years of perfect attendance. Verlyne LeBlanc celebrated seven years of perfect attendance and Ishler two years. The chapter made a cash donation to the OLOL Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Program. The 10 city council chapters presented $1,340 and two car seats to Karen Ahmed who talked about the prevention program. The international theme for the 2022-2023 Sorority New Year in August will be “Friends at Your Fingertips.”

CAP offers orientation flights for Helix Academy students

Eight squadrons from the Louisiana Wing of Civil Air Patrol launched orientation flights for 27 junior ROTC students from Helix Aviation Academy on April 30. To provide the flights, eight planes from the Louisiana Wing flew to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport from all corners of the state. CAP pilots took turns flying pairs of students in Cessna 172 and 182 aircraft.

Each orientation flight carried two students, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana Regional Airport to Gonzales or False River Airport outside of New Roads. This allowed all students to take turns holding the control stick, feeling the rudder pedals, and actually controlling the plane. Each flight lasted about an hour.

Military aviation and the commercial aviation industry are experiencing a shortage of pilots. CAP is the United States Air Force Auxiliary and as such works to expose young people to aviation and the possibility of a career in aviation. Taking students on orientation flights is a proactive event that gives students personal experience and hopefully encourages aviation as a career choice.

Once the flight was over, the participants enjoyed a catered meal. Funding for this exercise was provided by the US Air Force’s JROTC program.

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