Red Stick Ex-POWs meet ROTC cadets

Lt. Col. Mary Marston McKeon, commander of LSU Air Force ROTC, brought four cadets to interact with members of the Red Stick Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War on Feb. 5 at Hollywood Casino.

Senior cadets Felix Carrillo and Albert “Ace” Steen and junior cadets Matthew Carpenter and Nicholas Ronci told about themselves and their goals, and the Ex-POWs told about their experiences serving during World War II and Korea, including stories about being POWs. Widows and daughters of World War II POWs told some of the stories that they knew.

The group welcomed guests Shirley Hartsfield and her daughter, Ginger. Shirley’s husband was a POW during World War II.

Chapter Commander Beth Dawson said she has found an ex-POW, William Cox, who lives at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson. He was captured by the Germans in World War II.

The club’s next meeting is at 11 a.m. March 5 at Hollywood Casino.

Stellys named KC Family of the Month

Christopher and Lindsey Stelly were awarded the December Family of the Month Award by the Knights of Columbus Council 9692. Grand Knight David Goldsmith and the Rev. Trey Nelson presented the award at a Jan. 27 reception in the St. Jude Catholic Church Parish Hall.

The Stellys joined St. Jude in July 2008. Chris belongs to the Men’s Club, has assisted in projects for the parish and volunteers at the school and annual fair. They have been active in the Family Life ministry, including as actors in the Christmas program. Lindsey has participated in the nursery ministry and is a member of the Mothers in Prayer Group. She co-chairs the Vacation Bible School, is on the auction committee for the annual fair and works as a fair volunteer. She belongs to the Play and Pray ministry, participates in a Faith Sharing Community and has participated in the Renew program. She volunteers as a Eucharistic minister and is a school volunteer.

The Stellys’ children are Alexander, a second-grader at St. Jude School, and twins Isabella and Sophia, who are in pre-K.

Bill Wilhelm chairs the award committee.

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