Davises receive St. Jude Family of Month honor

The family of Chris and Allison Davis received the June Family of the Month Award by the Knights of Columbus Council 9692 on June 28 in the Parish Hall. The Rev. Trey Nelson and Grand Knight Eddie Guidry presented the award. Bill Wilhelm chairs the award committee.

Chris joined the Fair Core Committee in 2010. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Jude Men’s Club. He has served as president of the Men’s Club for the past two years, organizing many work days for the church and school. Under his presidency, the Men’s Club has added several popular social functions, such as bus trips, skeet-shooting matches and a fishing rodeo.

Besides helping with the parish fair, Allison serves as a Eucharistic minister and has worked with children in the Sunday School program. She is a St. Jude School volunteer and has served on the Home and School Committee for past four years. She also serves on the School Advisory Board and has been an assistant room mother. She was a St. Jude Girl Scout troop leader for three years.

Their children, Caroline and Mitchell, attend St. Jude School.

Cortana Kiwanis Club donates to Food Bank

The Cortana Kiwanis Club donated $500 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank at the club’s July 4 meeting. Food Bank President Mike Manning accepted the donation, which will be used in the Children’s Food Backpack Program.

Kiwanis Division 8B Lt. Gov. Jeff Wittenbrink attended the meeting. He is working with area clubs to organize a fundraiser for the Kiwanis International and UNICEF Eliminate Project. Kiwanis International is raising $110 million for UNICEF to immunize over 100 million mothers around the world against maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Kiwanis clubs also have organized an area-wide fundraiser, “Soles for Souls,” to collect old and unused shoes to be reconditioned and used worldwide by those in need.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd. On July 23, Joy Womack, dairy and beef farmer in Pride, will speak on modern farm life. On July 30, Warren Drake, new superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, will speak. Contact Lowell Tilley, lowelltilley@gmail.com, (225) 272-6744.

Denham Springs ’95 sets 20-year reunion

The Denham Springs High School Class of 1995 will hold its 20-year reunion Saturday at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs. A buffet dinner is included. For information, visit dshs1995.eventzilla.net or call Tony, (818) 314-6999.

Area woman competing for Mrs. International

Mrs. Louisiana International Keri Marier, 36, of Walker will compete for the title of Mrs. International 2015 during the final competition Friday and Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.

Marier is an active mother and stepmother, and works as the director of assisted living for Colonial Care Retirement Center. She volunteers with Volunteers of America, Elderly Protection and the Council on Aging. She’s a member of the Board of Directors for the Baton Rouge Area Alzheimer’s Association. During her reign as Mrs. Louisiana International, Marier supports the Alzheimer’s Association, raising awareness of the disease in local communities and throughout the state. Mrs. International showcases married women 21 to 56 years old and features interview, evening gown and fitness wear competition. Visit mrsinternational.com.

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