Acadia and Opelousas Chapters LSDAR meet at LSU-Eunice
The Louisiana Room of the Arnold LeDoux Library on the beautiful LSUE campus was the setting for a joint meeting of
Acadia and Opelousas Chapters of the Louisiana Society of Daughters of the American Revolution on March 12, 2009.
Regent Charlene Lacombe called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. She and Chaplain Elaine Simon then read the Ritualistic Opening with member participation. The Pledge to the American Flag led by Camille Reed, The American’s Creed by Elaine Simon, the Preamble to the Constitution by Jo-Anne Arnaud and the Pledge to the DAR Flag by Joanna Pruitt followed the Opening.
Mrs. Elaine Simon, Acadia Chapter Community Service Chairman, presented the Chapter’s Award to the recipient Mr. Edward Gary. Mr. Gary is a WW11 veteran and has worked, and is still working, with veterans and veteran organizations since his discharge from the military. He also uses his musical skills to entertain the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home residents with Cajun music. He was presented a Certificate and a lapel pin in recognition of his service. Mr. Gary graciously donated patriotic book marks from the Disabled American Veterans and the DAV Auxiliary to all present.
State Community Service Chairman Mrs. Alma Reed asked Mr. Gary to return to the podium where she presented him a certificate from the LSDAR as the State Winner of the Community Service Award for his work with our veterans. Three impartial judges selected Gary to represent Louisiana Society DAR for his volunteer service to his community and to American veterans. His name has been sent on to the regional competition.
Mrs. Lacombe then asked Mrs. Kathleen Stagg, Opelousas Regent, to introduce Dr. Gerald Patout, Director of the LSUE Library, as guest speaker. Mr. Patout began by telling us of his various experiences as a Librarian and especially in the Genealogy Departments. of each of the aforesaid libraries. Since he has been at LSUE he has made materials available, electronically, for students and increased reading and research materials.
Dr. Patout’s special interest in Genealogy is in the foods and culture of this area. He has an extensive personal library of books relating to these subjects. He brought a few to show us.
The Library has a rare collection of books given to it by the Sabatier Family. Some of this material has been put on the LSUE Web Site. He is developing a collection of Cajun Cook Books in the Library and is also securing family genealogy books from the area that will be available for the students and interested persons use. A table displayed some of the books from the Library stacks that we could look at after his talk.
Charlene LaCombe presented Dr. Patout with two editions of the Guidry Family Genealogy for the library’s collection. Elaine Simon presented a CD of the Hoffpauir Family History to be included in the LeDoux Library Genealogy section. Alma Reed and Charlene LaCombe also donated a copy of the Pictorial Directory of Acadia Parish Veterans which they authored.
Regent Lacombe thanked Dr. Patout for a very interesting program. She mentioned that our members will make more use of the Library since we are more familiar with what it has to offer in the Genealogy field.
The president General’s Message, “Celebrating a Monumental Milestone” was read by Regent Kathleen Stagg of Opelousas Chapter. Elaine Simon reported that I I schools have been contacted asking for recommendations for the National Defense Award given to an 8’ grade student.
Mrs. Simon, Chaplain was asked to give the Benediction after which delicious refreshments were served.
Members of both chapters and their guests included Alma Reed, Charlene Lacombe, Dr. Joan Hernandez, Camille Reed, Estelle Perrault, Elaine Simon, Barbara Johnson, Kathleen Stagg, Irma Goular, Joanna Pruitt, Mary LaHaye, Jo-Anne Arnaud, Pat Pinac, Edward Gary, Jo Cart, Hilda Bollich, Tommy Cart and John Cart.