Member of the Year

2019

Marcel Lashover

TODAY KBA IS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE 2019 MEMBER OF THE YEAR THIS AWARD HAS BEEN DELAYED DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC BUT WE ARE NOW EAGERLY MOVING FORWARD…….

ALL HONOREES POSSESS MANY OF THE SAME QUALITIES INCLUDING

  1. DEPENDABILITY

  2. WILLINGNESS TO SHARE KNOWLEDGE

  3. LEADERSHIP SKILLS

  4. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS


 

WHEN FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS & FRIENDS WERE ASKED TO DESCRIBE THIS YEARS WINNER SOME OF COMMENTS WERE:

 

-ORGANIZED

-QUIRKY

 

-FOLLOWS THRU

 

-GIFT OF GAB

 

-TEAM PLAYER

 

-SELF MADE

PRACTICES WHAT HE PREACHES AND IS PASSIONATE WITH A TRUE LOVE & UNCOMPROMISED DEDICATION TO SERVING THOSE IN NEED THESE COMMENTS TELL US A LOT ABOUT THIS INDIVIDUAL

ALTHOUGH EACH MEMBER OF THE YEAR SHARE SOME TRAITS THEY EACH HAVE THEIR OWN STORY AND IN RESEARCHING THIS YEARS WINNER I LEARNED SOME THINGS THAT TOUCHED ME AND PROVIDES US WITH AN INSIGHT INTO THE MAKE UP OF THIS PERSON

THIS YEARS HONOREE WAS BORN AND RASIED IN THE GENTILLY AREA ATTENDING JOHN F KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL UNTIL HE HAD TO DROP OUT TO HELP SUPPORT HIS MOTHER AND SISTER …YOU SEE.HIS LIFE WAS GREATLY IMPACTED WHEN HIS FATHER DIED WHEN HE WAS ONLY 3…..HIS MOTHER RAISED HIM AND HIS SISTER ON $300 A MONTH…..HE HAD TO LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL TO HELP PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY HE AND NEVER RECEIVED A HGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA…..HOWEVER AS WE KNOW HIS QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE NEVER ENDED AND HE IS A TRULY A SELF MADE SUCCESS STORY

SOME OF HIS EARLY JOBS WERE DELIVERING THE PAPER, DRIVING MARDI GRAS TRACTORS AT ONLY 16, DOING CONCRETE WORK AND WHATEVER HE COULD TO HELP HIS MOTHER WHOM HE CARED FOR UNTIL SHE DIED AT THE AGE OF 88.

MAKING SURE OTHERS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED IS A THREAD THAT RUNS DEEP IN THIS PERSON…IN ADDITION TO BEING A MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT OF KBA, HE IS PRESIDENT OF THE DAWN BUSTERS KIWANIS AND ACTIVE IN EJBA. AS DAWN BUSTER PRES HE ADVOCATES FOR THE REWARD FOR READING CLUB, THE THANKSGIVING TURKEY FRY AND HE FEEDS THE HOMELESS THRU THE LANTERN FOR LIGHT MINISTRY. HE IS A PAST KBA PRES, ACTIVE BOARD MEMBER AND VOLUNTEERS FOR SEVERAL COMMITTEES. HE AIDS LOCAL NON PROFITS BY WORKING THE BEER BOOTH AT JAZZ FEST, KENNERS FREEDOM FEST, KENNERS ITALIAN HERITAGE FEST AND ANY OTHER EVENT THAT NEEDS HIM.

HIS FINANCIAL PLANNING BUSINESS KEEPS HIM BUSY AND HE HAS EARNED MANY AWARDS AND DESIGNATIONS IN HIS FIELD.

HE IS A MEMBER OF THE GATES OF PRAYER SYNAGOGUE WHERE HE WORSHIPS HIS HIGH HOLY DAYS. HE HAS ONE SISTER LEE WHO LIVES NEARBY AND IS CLOSE TO HIS COUSIN PERRY IN BOSSIER CITY.

THIS INDIVIDUAL REALLY WEARS HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE READY TO SHARE IT WITH YOU IF YOU NEED HIM….HE IS TRULY ALWAYS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY…

PLEASE JOIN ME IN HONORING THE 2019 MEMBER OF THE YEAR….OUR FRIEND….MARCEL LASHOVER

2018

Teresa Liuzza

2017

Carolyn Barrett

2016

Raiza Pitre

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