Post 77 elects new officers, plans Memorial Day program
By Lisa Soileaux
In addition to future plans and scheduled events, new officers for the coming year were elected during Tuesday’s meeting of Arceneaux Post 77 of the American Legion.
Under direction of committee chairman Willis Credeur, the following officers were nominated: Junior Post Commander Henry L. “Pete” Melancon, Post Commander Al Leger, 1st Vice Commander Ray Olinger, 2nd Vice Commander David Simon, 3rd Vice Commander, Hiliary Olinger, 4th Vice Commander Ronald Domingue, Finance Officer Alex Menard, Post Chaplain Raymond Thevis, Judge Advocate Shane Mouton, Historian Elton Bourque, Sgt.-at-Arms Frank Menard, Members-at-Large Joe Guidry, Harris Schexnyder, Joseph LeJeune, Mike Bourque; Post Adjutant Lee Edward John, III, Color Bearers Harold Arceneaux and Melvin Sonnier.
Under direction of Commander Pete Melancon, the nominated officers were elected to office by acclamation. The open offices of service officer, advisors to the commander, and publicity officer will be filled by the incoming commander following the installation banquet in July.
Raymond Thevis presented the memorial report as he thanked the Legionnaires who attended the special Legion service provided for the late Lawrence Spaetgens, who passed on April 20, 2010. A thank you card received from the Spaetgens family was also read.
Ray Olinger gave the membership report including 273 paid members of 87%. Olinger also presented the Boys State report, noting the committee selected three Rayne High seniors. Once the young men are contacted, they will be announced during the June meeting.
Service Officer Al Leger gave an update on the new Veterans Hospital presently being re-built in New Orleans with 2013 still the projected date for its opening.
Americanism Chairman Rodney J. Trahan thanked Raymond Thevis for joining him as two Legionnaires who helped the Lions Club during the April 17th Health Day held at the Legion Home.
Trahan also reminded everyone of the State Convention slated June 10-13 in Alexandria. Delegates were also appointed.
Reminding the membership of the end of the school year awards programs for local and area schools, Trahan also noted that Legionnaires will be needed to present the numerous awards presented for elementary, junior high and high school students.
The annual Memorial Day program will be hosted by Legionnaires of Post 77 and Auxiliaries of Unit 77 on Sunday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Legion Home. Gold Star Mothers, family members and the general public is invited and encouraged to attend the program held in memory of fallen soldiers. Chairman Harris Sonnier will again chair the placement of U.S. Flags on the graves of veterans at local and area cemeteries.
Charles Spaetgens thanked everyone who purchased dinner or raffle tickets and the Legion’s $100 donation for the recent Spring Fling held every year at the War Veterans Home in Jennings. Proceeds of the annual event benefits the many projects and programs for the veterans who reside at the facility.
With further business to come before the Legion, the meeting was adjourned and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the Legion cooks.