Henry receives 2022 DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce Civic Service award

Published 10:13 am Saturday, March 12, 2022

DeQuincy Police Department Chaplain Randy Henry was named the 2022 DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce Civic Service Award recipient for service to God, country and community.

DeQuincy’s 2021 Miss Merry Christmas Madison Elizabeth Fasske announced the news at the Chamber of Commerce 75th annual banquet on Thursday.

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Stephen Dwight was the guest speaker, and Mayor Riley Smith briefed the group on business and industry happenings.

On a volunteer basis, Henry checks on the elderly and shut-ins. He purchased a flag for the elementary school, where he raises and lowers it daily. And he holds church service and teaches Bible Study to DPD inmates.

In addition to recognizing a local resident for outstanding community service, the annual event paid tribute to an individual who no longer lives in DeQuincy who has achieved notable success and new this year, a neighbor award.

Lillian Karr, chamber manager, presented Patti Brindley Cradic of Starks with the first neighbor award. Karr read an article that told about Cradic’s film work and philosophy: Don’t let age hold you back.

Chamber board member Tricia Irwin Busceme presented Kathy Dowers Kurth of Moss Bluff with the Distinguished Person award. Kurth is the owner of Cathy Kurth Dance Academy.

“She wanted McNeese to have its own dance line,” Busceme said about one of Kurth’s many accomplishments. “Cathy and her mentor Sondra Stark worked vigorously to make things happen.”

They posted signs and lugged around a 40-pound record player and a bag full of albums, met with Jack Doland and persuaded him to allow a physical education credit for “their newly established Cowgirl Kickers.”

“It would be several more years before the Kickers were actually allowed to perform on the football field,” Busceme said.

DeQuincy Commerce of Chamber President Jerry Bell saluted El Tucan Restaurant as the 2022 Business of the Year. Owners are Humberto and Martha DeLeon.

Dwight told the audience about the success of the contractor fraud reporting hotline, new Special Victims Unit and caseload – 900 per division – backlog due to the pandemic when court was canceled. He offered his assurance that “in Calcasieu Parish, murder and child rapists don’t have a chance.”

These cases will be receiving priority as the office catches up with its workload.

Mayor Smith said he is encouraged by new business and industry development.

“Four companies are 95 percent sure they’ll locate in this area,” he said. “That could bring 150 to 200 jobs, and that’s very good for DeQuincy.”