Al Olivier named Lion of the Year

By: Paul Kedinger

“I’m proud to serve with him,” said Byron Foote, as he described the attributes of the Lion of the Year recipient during the Rayne Lions Club’s 73th annual installation banquet Thursday night, June. 16.

Withholding his name until the last moment, Foote talked about Al Olivier’s attendance at every meeting he can, his contributions to the club’s work projects, his successful service on the board and his attention to every detail as a committee chairman.

As he stepped forward to accept the club’s highest honor, Olivier’s wife, Burgundy, suddenly appeared to surprise and congratulate him.

John Quebodeaux, outgoing president, spoke of the club’s many accomplishments over the past year, noting, “Everything we did, we did as an organization.”

As he thanked club members for “a wonderful year,” Quebodeaux commented, “It’s time to give over to young Lions.”

Incoming president Ed Moody, III, thanked Quebodeaux for his service and presented him with a gift card to Bass Pro Shop.

Moody identified four goals he would pursue during his year as president. This first goal was to increase the club’s contributions to the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation and Louisiana Crippled Children’s Camp.

Other goals were new fund-raising events, including a trivia challenge event, increased presence at the state level and “Let’s have fun” by inviting friends to become members.

Kathy Harrison, district governor-elect of District 8-O, installed the club’s new officers and directors.

As she installed each officer, she presented them with an angel pin, explaining, “You are the guardian angels for your community.”

New officers include, Ed Moody, III, president; Ryan Stone, first vice president; Al Olivier, second vice president; Troy Kibodeaux, third vice president; Daniel Simoneaux, secretary; Roy Credeur, treasurer; Luke Beslin, lion tamer; John Jude Beslin, tail twister; Tim Preovst, Mike Gui9dry and Wes Pitts, directors; and Byron Foote, membership chairman.

Attendance pins were also awarded, as follows: Jacob Dogua, Wes Pitts, Tim Prevost, newest members; Ed Moody III and Ryan Stone, one year; Ben Credeur, Mike Guidry, and John Quebodeaux, three years; Byron Foote, Frank Touchet and Al Olivier, four years; Daniel Simoneaux, seven years; Toy Kibodeaux, eight years; Luke Beslin, 10 years; Roy Credeur, 12 years; Rodney Soileaux, 16 years; Alfred LeBlanc, 22 years; Horace Thibodeaux, 30 years; Raymond Thevis, 35 years; and Carol Menard, 42 years.

As he last official act, Quebodeaux offered condolences to Tommy Cart, on the recent death of his mother, Jo Cart. Noting she was an honorary Lion, he said he wanted Cart to know “how much we appreciated your mom.”

Mayor Jim Petitjean served as master of ceremonies and commended the club members for giving back to their community.

Turning to his wife, Lyn, he also announced they were celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Father Clint Trahan offered the invocation and benediction.

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