Roy Credeur, Sr. named Lion of the Year

By PAUL KEDINGER ~ Managing Editor

In an announcement unprecedented in the 71-year history of the Rayne Lions Club, this year’s Lion of the Year Award was presented

to a prior recipient.

Roy Credeur, Sr., acknowledged, “I’m speechless,” as he accepted the award from Troy Kibodeaux and Jack Koury, members of the selection committee.

Credeur, who received the award nine years ago, commented that in his 11 years as a Lions Club member he has missed only two meetings, one during his own surgery and the second during his wife’s surgery.

During the presentation, Koury remarked that Credeur, a past president and past treasurer, “has served above and beyond the call of duty.”

Byron Foote was installed as the club’s incoming president by Past District Governor J.W. Harrison.

Other members installed as officers and directors included Frank Touchet, first vice president and immediate past president; Ben Lormand, second vice president; Ed Moody, III, third vice president; Ben Credeur, secretary; Roy Credeur, Sr., treasurer; Daniel Simoneaux, tail twister; Ryan Stone, lion tamer; Troy Kibodeaux, one-year director; Raymond Thevis, two-year director; Norbert Benoit, Sr., three-year director; and Hilary Olinger, membership director.

As each officer and director was called to stand before Harrison, his wife, Kathy, pinned an angel on each man’s shirt.

Kathy Harrison also gave a report on the Lions Crippled Children’s Camp near Leesville.

She noted the camp has undergone major renovations and that three campers sponsored by the Rayne club were among 493 summer campers.

She complimented the club for contributing $40,854.30 over the years in support of the camp.

J.W. Harrison gave a report on the Lions Club Eye Foundation. He noted the Louisiana Lions Club members have supported the opening of 30 eye clinics and three eye surgical units in the state.

Club members have also screened 20,000 youngsters in its Cub Sight program for potential eye problems. “The program has detected three youngsters with eye tumors, he noted. Lions also donated 124,000 recycled eyeglasses to less fortunate recipients.

Outgoing President Frank Touchet presented certificates of appreciation to the chairmen of committees, outgoing officers and directors and emcee Cheryl McCarty for her service to the club.

He also announced 100 percent attendance awards to Mike Guidry, John Quebodeaux, Larry Menard, Julies Simoneaux, Norbert Benoit, Sr., Byron Foote, Al Olivier, Ben Credeur, Reinhardt Kondert, Daniel Simoneaux, John Jude Beslin, Troy Kibodeaux, Luke Beslin, Roy Credeur, Frank Touchet, Rodney Soileaux, Alfred LeBlanc, Horace Thibodeaux, Raymond Thevis, Hilary Olinger and Carol Menard.

Touchet also presented service plaques to Ben Credeur, former secretary; Al Olivier, former treasurer; and Roy Credeur, Sr., former tail twister.

In his parting remarks as president, Touchet said the Lions Club “was like a family,” adding, “We stand at the forefront to help those who are less fortunate.” He remarked his year as president “was wonderful.”

Touchet then passed the presidential gavel to Byron Foote, who said he was “looking forward to a great year.”

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