Two named Baker’s top citizens

Shelley Joseph
Shelley Joseph

For the second time in its history, the Inter-Club Council of Baker has selected two people as Citizen of the Year.

Velta Cross and Shelley Joseph will be honored Citizen of the Year for 2012 at a 6 p.m. April 17 banquet at the BREC Waterfront facility in Greenwood Park. Tickets to the banquet, $15 per person, are available at the office of Mary Sue Stages, 3121 Van Buren St., Baker.

Reservations must be made by Monday.

Cross, 79, is a retired school music teacher who continues to offer music courses to children and adults.

She has served as president of the Baker-Zachary Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, president of Civic Pride of Baker, Baker Chamber of Commerce member and Eucharistic minister at St. Isidore Catholic Church.

Joseph, 69, and his family have been Baker residents since 1980.

He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Baker and is its president-elect for the coming year.

He also is active in the Knights of Columbus Council 4085, the Baker Team Leader Club and Metro Leaders Club. A deacon at St. Isidore, Joseph works in a prison ministry and organizes a Christmas card drive for prison inmates.

Billieanne Riddle, one of several people who nominated Cross, said, “She had made ‘service’ her middle name.

Linda Dossey, who nominated Joseph, said that to say he has been active in the community “is an understatement.” His perspective in being active in an organization is not passive, as he is the kind of person to roll up his sleeves and get to work, she said.