Acadia Chapter LSDAR holds ‘work’ meeting

The January 15, 2009 Acadia Chapter LSDAR meeting was held in the Crowley home of Mrs. Barbara de la Houssaye. Regent, Charlene LaCombe and acting Chaplain, Joanna Leigh

Pruitt read the opening ritual. Camille Reed led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag; Jo Anne Arnaud let the American’s Creed; Alma Reed led the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The Regent then asked the members to join her in reading the DAR Pledge.

The President General’s message was read by Bobbie de la Houssaye after which Isabella de la Houssaye was asked to read the National Defense report entitled “President Lincoln single-handedly Impacted National Defense”.

Joanna Leigh Pruitt, secretary, read the minutes of the previous meeting and Jo Anne Arnaud, treasurer, reported on the financial status of the chapter.

Bobbie de la Houssaye announced that Acadia Chapter is one hundred percent in donations to the President General’s project.

There being no recommendations from the executive Board LaCombe asked for officer and committee reports. The following were given:

Alma Reed, community service award state chairman, stated that the chapter chairman, Elaine Simon, had submitted two nominations to the state competition. She then distributed forms for nomination of the “Worthy Woman in 
American History, which will be announced during Women’s History Month in March.

Alma Reed also reminded the group that the March meeting will be held at LSUE at 1 p.m. -not as printed in the yearbook.

Bobbie de la Houssaye, acting registrar, reported that Acadia Chapter now has a total of 65 members. She also announced that the joint-chapter’s Constitution Week will be held September 17, 2009 at Chef Roy’s in Rayne. Acadia Chapter will host four chapters in District VI -Galvez, Opelousas, New Iberia and Attakapas. Co-Chairman for the event is Isabelle de la Houssaye.

Jo Anne Arnaud, DAR Good Citizen chairman, reported that she sent letters to 10 schools in the area. Eight schools responded and four students wrote essays as required.

Carlene LaCombe, regent, announced that Acadia Chapter with 348 points is a level one chapter.

Bobbie de la Houssaye, Honorary state regent, reminded the members that the 100th Conference Anniversary of LSDAR will be held March 26-28, 2009 in Shreveport.

Joan Hernandez, conservation committee chairman, gave each member a copy of newspaper articles pertaining to her committee. A discussion followed as to whether there is a DAR forest in the area- investigation will take place. She also said that she translates when needed at the hospital -from English to Spanish which is a community service.

Elaine Simon, national defense chairman, reported that nine awards were given in 2008 to 8th grade students in the area.

Regent LaCombe mentioned there is a $1000 scholarship available to a graduating senior of a LSDAR member. She gave the criteria for applying and said she had so applications. She also stated that Acadia Chapter now has a web site. LaCombe told of having taken a Christmas gift to our chapter’s “adopted” veteran, Mr. LaGros.

Four delegates and six alternates were elected to represent Acadia Chapter at the March State Conference in Shreveport.

Certificates of two awards received were shown to the group by the regent. Then, a poem written by Judge Roy Moore was read by Joanna Pruitt after which Chaplain Elaine Simon was asked to say the benediction closing the chapter meeting.

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