Post #403, Ladies Auxiliary hold Joint Installations

Post #403, Ladies Auxiliary hold Joint Installations

By Mike Rizzuto

Sun Times Editor

If you were looking for patriots and true American heroes this past Thursday evening, July 10, 2008, then the Lake Arthur American Legion Post #403 Home was the place to be from 6:00-9:00 p.m., as the annual Joint Installations of Officers of both the Men’s Unit and Ladies Auxiliary were performed.

Decorated veterans of the United States Military began arriving around 5:30 p.m., with the rest of the anticipated dignitaries arriving shortly thereafter.

The Blessing of the Meal was done by Lake Arthur’s W.J. Turner, as guests, officers, and members dined on a ribeye steak dinner with all the trimmings.

The Call to Order was handled by Lake Arthur’s outgoing Commander Golden Guidry, followed by the crowd’s reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the American Legion.

The Introduction of Auxiliary Guests was performed by Lake Arthur’s Caroldine Broussard, who introduced one of the guest speakers, Syble Deshotel of Lake Charles.

Deshotel congratulated the Lake Arthur Post for its great works over the past year and challenged everyone to duplicate or exceed their efforts this coming year.

“It is a great honor to speak to such an ambitious group,” Deshotel stated. “You will find that your combined works will be rewarding in the future to veterans, servicemen and women, and the children that you are teaching in local schools. The action of volunteering for a great cause is rare in this day and age, and all of you should be proud of your efforts.”

Caroldine Broussard delivered the Ladies Auxiliary’s Report, listing a myriad of activities the group accomplished over the past year.

“The Ladies Auxiliary worked together in many endeavors,” said Broussard. “Some of those events included our Poppy Day Drive, sponsoring Lake Arthur High School’s Girls State participants, sending get well and sympathy cards to veterans and servicemen, teaching patriotism at both the high school and elementary school, teaching elementary school about the American Flag, sponsoring a Coloring Contest for these same students, sending silly string to our fighting men and women to use for the checking of terrorist booby traps, dancing with veterans at the area nursing homes, holding raffles and Bingo games to raise money for our Unit, saving coupons for the needy, and sponsoring a $300.00 scholarship for a deserving senior.

“I thank our Ladies for having confidence in me during my tenure as president,” continued Broussard. “I hope that we can all work together to make our Unit the very best that it can be. I vow to do my best to work with everyone, help solve some of the bickering that goes on in every unit, and keep this group at the highest possible level. With your continuing support, we should have a great year in 2009.”

The Installation of Officers of the Ladies Auxiliary was handled by Emily LeBlanc of Crowley. Those sworn into office included, Caroldine Broussard, President; Eula Mitchell, First Vice President; Effie Lafosse, Second Vice President; Leona Melancon, Secretary; Peggy Youngblood, Treasurer; Bernadine Elkins, Chaplain; Ida Lopez, Sgt. at Arms; Wanda Rinehart, Member at Large; and Peggy Guidry, Member at Large. Not present was Rhena Dupuis, Member at Large.

The Installation of Legion Guest was performed by Golden Guidry.

Guest speakers were Darryl Landry of the Southwest La. War Veterans Home in Jennings and Dallas Matte of Church Point.

Guidry delivered the Remarks of the Outgoing Commander for Jimmy Granger, while the Remarks of the Incoming Commander was delivered by Donald LeDoux.

“I promise to do everything in my power to keep this Unit working at its current level and beyond,” said LeDoux. “We have an outstanding group of veterans here, and with their help, I will do whatever work possible to build on our successes.”

The Closing Ceremonies included thanking the cooks, especially Lake Arthur’s Johnny Landry, for the delicious steak dinner, as well as wishing everyone who traveled to the event a safe trip home.

Chaplain W.J. Turner then concluded the program with the Closing Prayer, bringing an end to this year’s Joint Installation of Officers.

LAKE ARTHUR SUN TIMES / Mike Rizzuto

AMERICAN LEGION POST #403 OFFICERS: Sworn in as 2008-2009 Lake Arthur American Legion Post #403 Officers this past Thursday evening, July 10th at the Post Home were, from left, Donald LeDoux, Commander; James Wallace, Second Vice President; W.J. Turner, Executive Committee Member; Golden Guidry, Finance Officer; Johnny Landry, First Vice President; and Kenneth Broussard, Judge Advocate.

LAKE ARTHUR SUN TIMES / Mike Rizzuto

LADIES SWORN: Lake Arthur American Legion Ladies Auxiliary members who were sworn into office this past Thursday, July 10, 2008 at the Post Home were, bottom row from left, Peggy Guidry, Member at Large; Wanda Rinehart, Member at Large; Ida Lopez, Sgt. at Arms; and Effie Lafosse, Second Vice President, and top row, Bernadine Elkins, Chaplain; Peggy Youngblood, Treasurer; Leona Melancon, Secretary; Eula Mitchell, First Vice President; and Caroldine Broussard, President.

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