Stoute named Baker Citizen of the Year _lowres

Photo provided by Carl Stages -- Congratulating Baker's 2015 Citizen of the Year Jessie Stoute, third from left, are former Baker Citizens of the Year Carl Stages, from left, 2003 honoree; Emily Stein, 1972 honoree; Stoute's wife, Marie; Doris Alexander, 2005 honoree; and John Butler, 1979 honoree.

The InterClub Council of Baker, which includes representatives from each civic or patriotic organization in Baker, met in March and selected Jessie Stoute as Baker’s 2015 Citizen of the Year.

Members of the BREC Foundation, Knights of Columbus Council 4085, Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, Main Street Pilot Club and Rotary Club of Baker also attended the meeting.

Stoute was chosen for his many years of service to the community.

He is a 21-year member of the Knights of Columbus’ Mother of Perpetual Help chapter and currently serves as Grand Knight; he has been awarded for his 25 years as a Boy Scout troop leader; and has attended St. Isidore Catholic Church with his wife, Marie, for over 41 years.

The service project he is most proud of is paying tribute to area veterans by placing flags on their graves at Port Hudson National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

According to Carl Stages, of the Baker InterClub, Stoute’s nomination letter reads “he exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding dedicated leader and possesses personal integrity.”

“Everyone who knows Jessie Stoute knows him to be a caring person who is always smiling and willing to help in any way that he can,” Stages said.

A banquet in Stoute’s honor was held Tuesday at BREC’s Greenwood Community Park.