Acadia Chapter LSDAR meets at Alleman home in Rayne

Acaida Chapter LSDAR and their guests met at the lovely home of Mrs. Jan Alleman in Rayne for the meeting.

After the Ritualistic Opening, conducted by Chaplain Elaine Simon and Regent LaCombe, reports were given. Jo-Ann Arnaud gave the treasurer’s report; Joanna Pruitt, secretary read the February meeting’s minutes.

Clarice Vuillemont read the National Defense article entitled, “Wounded Warriors Return to Iraq.” The article told of severely wounded veterans who returned to Iraq as part of an evolving program to help wounded warriors heal from traumatic combat injuries. The group, consisting of several amputees and severe burn victims, visited deployed paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division as part of Operation Proper Exit, a program designed to return the injured soldiers to the scene of their battlefield injuries to help them find psychological closure, Vuillement said.

The President General’s message, pointing out the progress made by NSDAR and plans for the 119th Continental Congress, was read by Simon.

Regent LaCombe reported on the Louisiana Society election of officers for the 2010-2013 terms, and the Azalea Tea at Continental Congress in July.

Alma Reed, who arranged the program, introduced Ms. Cheryl McCarty, cultural director of the City of Rayne, as the guest speaker. Members were told that McCarty is the first cultural director of the City of Rayne, and she has served as president of the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals, has spoken at international special event conferences, and is published in a book entitles Special Evens for Children. McCarty was named the Professional of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals and is a recipient of the Louisiana Rural Tourism Success Award and the Rayne Civic Leader award.

McCarty presented a most interesting program about Rayne’s history which she and her coauthor, Tony Olinger, recorded in their two visual histories of the city entitles Images of America: Rayne and Images of America: Rayne’s People and Places. Of particular interest was McCarty’s description of the Rayne frog industry and current tourist interests within the city.

Hostess Jan Alleman, Camille Reed, Elaine Simon, Clarice Vuillemont and Patricia Ware served punch and finger foods to guests Cheryl Richard McCarty, Hilda Bollich, Gloria Lyons, Geraldine K. Gueno and Julie Guidry. Also enjoying the refreshments were members, Joanna Pritt, Jo-Ann Arnaud, Margaret Brunson, Alma Reed, Charlene LaCombe, Isabella de la Houssaye, Barbara de la Houssaye and Peggy Scanlan.

The next chapter meeting, the Spring Fling, is scheduled for Thursday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at the Crowley home of Elaine Simon. Officiers for 2010-2013 will be installed. The chapter’s twenty-five year memebers- Laura Edwards, Clara Hundley, Joanna Pruitt and Rhonda Whitfield will be honored. Also, Isabella de la Houssaye, the nominee for Outstanding Woman in American History will be recognized.

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