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Groves

June 12, 2014

Latiolais named PN-G Rotary Distinguished Citizen of Year

GROVES — Bruce Latiolais considers himself a service oriented person.

Latiolais has served in every capacity within the Groves Senior Citizens Association and is the current vice-president. His work within the community hasn’t gone unnoticed — on Thursday he will be honored as the Port Neches-Groves Rotary Distinguished Citizen of the Year. A special event and dinner will be held at 6 p.m. June 12 at the First Methodist Church in Port Neches. Tickets are $13.50 and can be purchased from any Rotary member.

“We were looking at people who are outstanding in our community and Dr. (Joe) Arisco suggested Bruce Latiolais,” Karen Do, president of the PN-G Rotary Club, said. “After his retirement as Groves postmaster he continued to contribute to the community by working with the Groves Senior Citizens Center.”

Latiolais, who first joined the senior center association’s board of directors in 1991, is humble when speaking about himself but opens up when speaking about the center.

“There is a great feeling of joy and gratification from serving the seniors, when you see them happy, interacting with others,” Latiolais said.

The Groves Senior Citizens Center, located at 5649 West Washington in Groves, is a place where seniors can go for food, fellowship and fun. The center offers chair exercises, bingo and dominos and nutritious meals. Holidays are celebrated at the center as well.

The seniors are a close knit group who appreciate all that is done for them and, he added. They take great pride in the building by volunteering for tasks from serving meals to cleaning up afterwards.

“The main goal is to create a cheerful atmosphere,” he said. “And you can feel that cheer, that love, and hear all of the laughter on any given day you enter that place.”

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