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Kern is Jeanerette's Outstanding Citizen

01/20/2014 07:57AM ● Published by Gail Garcia

There is no place that Kenneth Kern would rather be than in his hometown of Jeanerette. Kern’s dedication to the community has not gone unnoticed. He will be honored as Jeanerette’s Outstanding Citizen on Feb. 7 by the Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce.
“Mr. Kern is a wonderful example of what a citizen is,” said Jeremy Stockstill, Jeanerette Chamber president. “He serves his community both politically and privately as a business owner.”
Kern was born and raised in Jeanerette and lives in the very house where his father was born. He has kept alive the small town traditions and love of the community throughout his life.
“I feel fortunate to have grown up in Jeanerette,” Kern said. He admits that his favorite thing about life in a small community is the people. “What I love the most is that I know just about everyone and everyone knows me,” he said.
Being chosen as Jeanerette’s outstanding citizen was a surprise to Kern who is modest about his accomplishments in the community.
“It was surprise. It was the last thing I expected,” he said. 
Kern has been a successful business owner managing the family business, Jeanerette Electric since 1961. The business began in 1924 and is still going strong today. Kern also founded Kern’s Furniture Company in 1962 and obtained a Radio Shack franchise in 1987. His ability to treat everyone with kindness has kept his business in the forefront of the business community, said Stockstill.
Being a dedicated member of the community and participating in as many community projects as he could, Kern soon turned his efforts to politics. Kern was elected to the Jeanerette City Council where he has served several terms as alderman.
“I’m the oldest in age and have been on the longest,” Kern said of his position. “I would like to see the city grow.”
Kern has several goals for continuing to make his community better and thinks that any person can be successful if they try hard enough.
“There’s no secret, it’s just trying. You should try to take part in everything,” he said.
Kern has taken part in many community activities including being a member of the Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus and St. John the Evangelist Church.
Kern will be honored for his accomplishments at the Jeanerette Chamber’s 58th annual Outstanding Citizens Banquet to be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Ward Eight Recreation Center in Jeanerette.
“The banquet gives the community the opportunity to celebrate its citizens and is a privilege we do not take lightly,” Stockstill said.
 Tickets to attend the banquet are $25 each or $200 for a table of eight. Tickets are available to be purchased online by visiting the Chamber’s website at www.jeanerettechamber.org. For more information contact the Chamber at 337-335-0721, e-mail jeanerettechamber@gmail.com or find the Chamber on Facebook.

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