They say, “Knowledge is power.” If that is the case, then members of 10/31 Consortium have a new found power to positively and forever change the Baton Rouge community. This newsletter and our new website (coming soon) exist to keep you informed of the many fun and creative ways to volunteer your time, resources, and talents to the betterment of Baton Rouge. Just for a moment, imagine the possibilities with me…


Imagine a Baton Rouge in which all children have the positive adult influences necessary to make good life decisions.


Imagine a Baton Rouge in which the arts and city-wide beautification are a primary focus because the crime rate is so low and education is so high.


Imagine a Baton Rouge in which the citizens have a global state of mind and actively recycle to preserve our world.


Imagine a Baton Rouge in which all of the neighborhoods exist as individual communities buzzing with active and engaged residents.


That Baton Rouge can happen.


However, wanting to make a difference and knowing how to go about doing so are two very different things. People often want to help but may not know how or where to start. For whatever reason they are not able to take the time to investigate or maybe they just like the idea of helping but not the action behind it. For those of you who will put action behind your desires to improve our community, we are happily investigating for you. Each month, one of our dedicated Copy Cat contributors highlights a new way that you can get involved. This could be your opportunity to turn wants into action.


Speaking of action, our next event, the Shiver Me Timbers Scavenger Hunt, is scheduled for Saturday, September 17. (No, there is no LSU game that day.) In order to participate, please email your team name and 4 team member names to Registration is at Gerry Lane Chevrolet at 5 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to wear pirate attire for the costume contest. The after party starts at 8 p.m. at The Cove and the scavenger hunt winners will be announced at 9 p.m. As always, attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. (The GBR Food Bank shelves are currently at a critically low stage. Read the information here and please donate generously if you can.) The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.


This event also marks the kickoff of our highly anticipated costume drive. We are proudly accepting new and gently used costumes for the children of the Baton Rouge Big Buddy Program, a local mentoring program for at-risk youth of all ages. It is our goal to collect 100 costumes in varying youth sizes. We are excited to give these children the joy of playing dress up and the opportunity to explore imaginary worlds in their own spectacular way. Furthermore, the children who receive these costumes will march in the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade for free. Each pirate who donates a costume and helps us to put smiles on the faces of these deserving children will receive free admission to the scavenger hunt.


They also say, “Together we can make a difference” and they are right. All we have to do is start.


by Kelley Criscoe Stein