Humanitarian of the Year
CROWLEY – The Board of Directors of the Crowley Chamber of Commerce proudly announced the selection of Ms. Ann Mire as the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year.
A native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Ann graduated from E.D. White High School, received a B.A. in history from Nicholls State University, and then earned her Master of Library Science degree from LSU. In 1976, Ann moved to Crowley to accept the position of Assistant Librarian of Acadia Parish Library.
Although Ann has no children of her own, she has virtually adopted all the children and young people of Crowley and has played a vital role in many of their lives. She coached T-ball for about a dozen years (1983-95) and soccer for 7 years with the Crowley Recreation Department. During this time she organized an annual T-ball tournament as part of the Notre Dame Fair. She was instrumental in starting and coaching soccer programs at both St. Michael Elementary and Notre Dame High School (1996-2001). During this time she sponsored and helped bring several soccer camps to Crowley and served as president of the Acadiana Soccer Association. Ann also worked with Notre Dame tennis team as business manager for several years. She has also been a volunteer with the state 3-A baseball tournament for the past several years when Crowley hosted the tournament.
In addition to her contributions to local youth sporting programs, Ann has participated in numerous career days at various local schools, and she has judged Social Study Fairs at area schools. She has been a frequent speaker for the local Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, and Three Ten Clubs, presenting programs on the library system, travel, and Crowley history. She is also a new member of the Crowley Rotary Club.
In regards to local history and archival material, Ann has worked with the local Genealogy Society, Point de l’Eglise Acadia Genealogy & Historical Society, and is currently serving her second term as president. She spearheaded the effort to convert the oral history cassettes onto CDs as well as kept the Freeland archives up to date. She is presently working to compile a listing of all the past officials of Acadia Parish and local communities. In addition, she is also working on converting early special editions of the Crowley paper onto a digital format. Her interest in and efforts to organize and document Crowley’s history are helping to insure that our local history will be well preserved for future generations.
An active member of the Northside Assembly of God church, Ann has been active in numerous church-related activities including nursing home ministry. She served St. Michael Catholic Church as a lay Eucharistic minister to shut-ins. She served as President and Treasurer of the Ladies Church Group at Trinity Episcopal Church. Ann has worked with the St. Theresa Catholic Church Bazaar and Fair, and is a financial supporter of foreign missionaries.
In her job as assistant librarian, she continues to be a great asset to the community. She is always willing and able to get the correct information into a patron’s hand as quickly as necessary. She has helped introduce countless children to the joys of reading. Just last year, she was involved in starting a successful series of night-time programs on literature and film.
Ann Mire’s belief in giving back has made her one of Crowley’s valuable assets. She has been and continues to be generous with both her time and her resources. In many ways, both large and small and often unbeknown to others, she has helped to make Crowley a nicer place for the rest of us to live. She has done things with love in her heart because she believes that everyone who is part of a community has a responsibility to be an active part of that community. She exemplifies the words of Mother Theresa: “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in giving.” Over the years, Ann has quietly and generously and lovingly shared with Crowley her time and her talent and her treasure.
All are invited to join the Chamber at the Annual Banquet on Thursday, May 28, where Ann will be honored as the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year. The Chamber will also recognize its Board of Directors, the Business Person of the Year, and Outstanding Young Citizens. Fezzo’s will cater the event, which will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at 6 p.m. During the cocktail hour, the crowd will be entertained by a jazz trio, and guests will have the opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction. The banquet will begin with dinner service at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the Chamber office, at 788-0177. Individual tickets are $30, and a table for ten may be reserved for $250.