Community column for Jan. 31, 2014

Hodges graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Dominick T. Hodges graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Trikena McGloster, of Baton Rouge, and Anthony Hodges, of McComb, Miss., and is a 2012 graduate of Gautier (Miss.) High School.

Tennart graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Leonard E. Tennart graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Gloria and Leonard Tennart, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2009 graduate of Broadmoor High School.

Yazbeck completes One Station Unit Training

Army Pvt. Erik R. Yazbeck graduated from the infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.

He is the son of Shari and Mounzer Yazbeck, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2010 graduate of Central High School.

Ponchatoula Jaycees send water to W. Va.

The Ponchatoula Junior Chamber of Commerce coordinated the deployment of more than 2,300 pounds of packaged water to areas in West Virginia hardest hit by the recent chemical leak into the water supply.

Cheri Barnes, Louisiana Jaycees president, led the effort to organize water donation drives between her home chapter, the Ponchatoula Jaycees, and the Hattiesburg, Miss., Jaycees. Ponchatoula Jaycees staged a water drive at Jaycee Park in Ponchatoula. Hattiesburg held a similar donation drive.

Tracy and Jill Rathbun drove to Picayune, Miss., to pick up the water that had been collected by the Hattiesburg Jaycees. Ponchatoula Jaycees President Stacey McDonald and board chairman Shelley Matherne handled the shipment coordination, and members Scott McDonald, Jason Whittington, Lukasz Potasnik and Junior Chamber International Senator Jeff Wright put the water on pallets in preparation for loading.

For information about the Ponchatoula Jaycees, visit ponchatoulajaycees.com or call McDonald, (985) 981-4687.

New Jaycees chapter starting in Ascension

A new chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce for young professional in the Ascension Parish area is being formed.

The Jaycees organization was founded in Missouri in 1920 and has been active in Louisiana for 75 years. Its mission is “to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.” Members host socials, receive leadership training to enhance their personal and professional development and serve community needs.

Interested persons ages 18-40 may contact George Riggs for more information at riverparishesjaycees@yahoo.com. The national website is usjaycees.org.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.