Acadia DAR recognizes McManus

The February 12th meeting of Acadia Chapter LSDAR was held in the home of Joanna Leigh Pruitt, who presented her patriotic program, “Red, White and Blue.”

Prior to the program, Regent Charlene LaCombe and Chaplain Elaine Simon opened the meeting with the Ritual. The following members participated in the opening: Joan Hernandez led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag, Flo Jones led the American Creed, Pat Pinac led the Preamble of the United States Constitution and Valerie Hensgens led the DAR Pledge.

Honorary State Regent Barbara de la Houssaye read the President General’s Message. National Defense Chairman, Elaine Simon presented the National Defense Report. Secretary Joanna Pruitt read the Minutes of the January meeting and then, in the absence of Treasurer Jo-Anne Arnaud, she also gave Arnaud’s treasurer’s report. Elaine Simon, Chaplain, reported that she sent a sympathy card to the family of a deceased chapter member and one Get Well card since the last meeting.

The guest at the meeting was Jean McManus of Eunice who was presented a certificate and pin by the Community Service Chairman Elaine Simon. McManus organized, with the help of the business community of Eunice, the “Dolly Partin Imagination Library.” She was also instrumental in it becoming “state-wide” in Louisiana. Her remarks following the presentation were acknowledging a grateful heart the honor of being a recipient of this outstanding Award given by the Daughters of the American Revolution. McManus has recently been named Eunice’s “Citizen of the Year” by the Eunice Rotary Club. Dr. Joan Hernandez nominated her for the Acadia Chapter LSDAR Community Service Award.

An announcement was made by Barbara de la Houssaye about the up-coming George Washington Ball held annually by Galvez Chapter in Lafayette. This is the 50th Anniversary of the Ball to be held on March 14th at 7 p.m. Acadia Chapter will have six or seven young men and women participating this year.

The Regent then asked Joanna Pruitt to continue by giving her patriotic program --- “Red, White and Blue”. The items listed included “I Am an American” by Lt. Col. Theresa Carter; “Our Nation’s Heritage, a crossword puzzle for all, “My Name is Old Glory” read by Valeria Hensgens; the “Pledge of Allegiance” as given by Red Skelton on a TV program read by Charlene Lacombe; a game asking personal questions about 10 former Presidents—“Can You Name,” and closing the program with “Name that Tune”—25 patriotic compositions.

Chaplain Elaine Simon closed the meeting with a Benediction.

Delicious refreshments were served by hostesses Margaret Brunson and Valeria Hensgens to Barbara de la Houssaye, Joan Hernandez, Flo Jones, Charlene Lacombe, Pat Pinac, Joanna Pruitt, Elaine Simon and guest Jean McManus.

The chapter’s March meeting is scheduled at LSUE’s LeDoux Library where the speaker will be Dr. Gerald Patout, Library Director. The meeting will be a joint meeting with Opelousas Chapter LSDAR.

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