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Distinguished Gentlemen get serious for Valentine’s Day

LAPLACE — What they lacked in experience was made up in their commitment.

Numerous teenage members of the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club had the pleasure of serving their loved ones last week to a sit down dinner in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Hosted at Petra Restaurant & Lounge in LaPlace, restaurant owner T.J. Qutob and experienced staffers worked with club members on sharpening their listening and speaking skills to take food orders, while offering tips on arm-hand steadiness to bring food and drinks to the tables.

Jordan Harrell and Caleb Bernard get ready to serve special guests at last week’s Valentine’s Day celebration.

State Rep. Ken Brass, D-Vacherie; State Rep. Greg Miller, R-Norco and Jude G. Gravois of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stopped by the gathering to offer encouraging words.

Sheriff Mike Tregre, Qutob and mentors Steven Faucheux, Keith Duronslet and Daniel Reed said the young men did a great job executing the Valentine’s celebration.   

“I feel it is part of our job to be there for our young people,” Tregre said, adding he hopes the program helps members become leaders and positive role models.

Character skills are introduced and reinforced through lessons, experiences and interactions to deepen and broaden members’ knowledge.

The program launched in 2017.