Legion Post welcomes guests, veterans
By Lisa Soileaux
Arceneaux Post 77, American Legion, welcomed a number of guests during their November meeting as noted by Commander Pete Melancon.
Two of the three 2008 Boys State attendees, along with their parents, were in attendance for the meeting. Welcomed were Andrew Wynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wynn, and Nicholas Thevenet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Thevenet. Unable to attend was Trevor Meche, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Meche. The three delegates attended the week-long program held July 2-9 at Northwestern State University. Joining Post 77 as sponsors for the annual event were Bank of Commerce, Rayne Lions Club, and the Woodmen of the World. The report was given by Boys State Chairman Ray Olinger, who thanked his committee, including Rodney J. Trahan, Mearl Arceneaux, Al Leger and Willis Credeur.
In observance of Veterans Day, Americanism Chairman Rodney J. Trahan also welcomed a number of special guests to the meeting, veterans of World War II. Twenty-one WWII veterans were seated in a designated area of the Legion Home, with special tribute paid to each. Acknowledged were Ambrose Olinger, Ambrose Olinger, Edwin “T-Dee” Ousse, Lawrence “Chak” Smith, Andrus Fontenot, Leo Spaetgens, W.F. “Dub” Laurents, Lula Roach Shelton, John Shelton, Lawrence Guidry, Pridgeon Fontenot, Kootsie Simoneaux, L.J. Moody, Floyd Gautreaux, Wilson Thibodeaux, Dolzie Touchet, Lennis Boudreaux, Joseph W. Stutes, Harris Schexnyder, Bud Ritter, Ed Boudreaux and Rodney J. Trahan.
The eldest WWII veteran in attendance was John Shelton at 91 years young, with Rodney J. Trahan the youngest at 80 years.
The WWII veterans were also reminded to consider attending the one-day trip to Washington, D.C., a free trip offered to all WWII veterans.
All veterans were reminded to attend the DAR Veterans Program slated for Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Rice Theater in Crowley beginning at 2 p.m.
Other guests in attendance for the meeting were Area C Commander Pat Miller and Bud Ritter of Post 371 in Iota, and Charles Fudel of Post 129 in Eunice.
Post #1 sent a special invitation to their annual Bouree Tournament slated for Nov. 22nd.
Membership Chairman Ray Olinger announced the dues of 233 members have been paid to date and urged all members to make their payments early for a complete roster.
Service Officer Al Leger noted that a 5.8% increase will take effect for VA monthly checks, keeping in check with the upcoming Social Security increase.
Three new members were welcomed into Post 77 by unanimous vote, including Murphy J. Mire, Christopher Daniel Eisenhower and Leslie Blair Eisenhower. Also noted were the three married couples who are members of Post 77, John and Lula Shelton, Samuel and Vanessa Babineaux, and Christopher and Leslie Eisenhower.
Chairman Mike Bourque announced that tickets for the New Year’s Eve Party to be held at Post 77 were now on sale at the Legion Home. The celebration will be held from 7 p.m. until midnight, with entertainment to be provided by Pickle Besse.
Americanism Chairman Rodney J. Trahan gave a report on the local Rayne High Oratorical Contest held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Arceneaux Post. He thanked the Legionnaires and Auxiliary members who helped with the program, and noted the parish competition would be held Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m.
Trahan also urged veterans to attend at least one of the many Veterans Day program slated to be held at the local schools and churches.
With no further business to come before the membership, a delicious meal was enjoyed by the Legionnaires and their guests, compliments of the Legion chefs.