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Sixth National Convention of the Acadians at Saint-Basile - 1908

 

 

The sixth Convention took place on August 19 and 20, 1908. Acadians from the Maritime Provinces, Îles de la Madeleine, Labrador, New England, Louisiana, and other places were present at Saint-Basile of Madawaska. Cyprien Martin was president, the Senator Pascal Poirier was secretary and Prudent Mercure, assistant secretary. Each parish was allowed three or four delegates. A special train from Moncton bringing 300 delegates came in late, but nevertheless the convention was a success. About 5000 people gathered and strolled around the grounds between the church and the Hôtel-Dieu. The reporter from Le Moniteur Acadian wrote that the Acadian flag was flying and towered above everthing. (August 27, 1908). They even had fireworks the first evening, with patriotic speeches in between. On the second day, a Requiem mass was celebrated in memory of the ancestors.

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1881
First Acadian national congress in Memramcook. Delegates choose August 15 as the Acadian national holiday. At this congress, the Société nationale de l'Acadie was created.


1884
+ Second Acadian national congress at Miscouche, Prince-Edward-Island. Acadians adopt their flag which constitutes the Franch flag to which a gold-coloured star to commemorate the Virgin Mary was added to the blue section. Also adopted was the Ave Maris Stella as the national anthem. August 16, 1884.
+ The Acadian flag is raised for the very first time. The Acadian flag was chosen in Miscouche, PEI in 1884 at the second national Acadian Convention. To honour the French heritage of Acadians, the Acadian flag is based on the blue, white and red flag of France. The yellow star, symbol of the Virgin Mary, was added to the upper left corner of the blue band to represent the Catholic faith. This star of the sea, Stella Maris, provides Mary's light and protection to guide mariners through storms and around shoals, toward the future. It was designed by Father Marcel-François-Richard and sewn by Marie Babineau, from Saint-Louis-de-Kent (NB). You can find the original flag at the Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton.

Special Announcement

June 11, 1999

Dear Cousins:

I was devastated to receive confirmation that I will have to be re-operated for what my doctors describe as an "incision hernia", probably caused by my earlier heart by-pass operations, in late August or early September.

This would of course be considered a "pre-existing condition" which the Insurance would not cover in the event an emergency situation arose while I was in Louisiana, thus I am having to cancel my proposed attendance to and participation in, the Congres Mondial [email protected]#$%^&*

FYI

Yvon

 

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CMA Unveils Official Programs of Opening and Closing Ceremonies


Lafayette, Louisiana - During their first press conferences of the year, which took place in Lafayette, March 11th and Houma, March 12th, Congrès Mondial Acadien - Louisiane 1999 organizers unveiled the official programs of their opening and closing ceremonies.

Opening ceremony

The ceremony launching the largest gathering of the Acadian people since 1755 will be nothing short of excellent. The celebration day will include air shows and performances offered by regional, national and international groups.

The concert, which will be held August 1
st, at 7 p.m., at the Houma-Terrebone Civic Center, will feature the"King of Cajun music" Jo-El Sonnier. He has played with greats of the music industry, such as Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Two Acadian bands from Canada, Bois Joli, who pleased last year's audience at Festival International, and les Méchants Maquereaux, a group of well-known musicians, will also be part of the celebration. A tribute will also be given to Cajun artist Vin Bruce for dedication to his musical career. Other participants of the fête include L.J. Forêt, Couche-Couche, Deuce of Hearts, Sons of Membertou and the Canadian Armed Forces Acrobatic Parachute Team.

Closing concert

Perhaps no other image is more associated with South Louisiana and its Acadian people than the bayou.
The bayou mysterious... the bayou as source of life... the bayou as mode of transportation... the bayou never ending... the bayou that nourishes... the bayou that destroys... the bayou that builds. That is why "Cri du Bayou" has been chosen as the title and theme of the closing concert.
The show will feature Louisiana's most celebrated Cajun and Zydeco performers, such as
Beausoleil ; Balfa Toujours ; Bruce Daigrepont ; Feu Follets ; Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie ; Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys as well as Waylon Thibodeaux, winner of the CMA theme song. Canadian groups, Blou and Suroît, will also be performing. The event will take place Sunday August 15th, at 7 p.m., at the Cajundome in Lafayette. It will be hosted by Cajun singer/songwriter/composer Zachary Richard, who will bring to "Cri du Bayou" his talent, energy, and singular capacity of evoking emotion through music.

Other events under way for the CMA

Many other activities are being organized for the two week celebration of the Congrès mondial acadien, from July 31
st to August 15th 1999, in order to please all tastes.

As well as family reunions and city twinnings, the Congrès will also be offering conferences to discuss genealogy, genetics, and academic topics. Moreover, a Women's Summit, in which participants will share their lives, dreams and thinking with their allies is being prepared. The common theme of these conferences is, of course, Acadia !

For more information, please contact Valerie Roy, director of communications, or Melanie LaPointe, assistant-director of communications at (318)234-6166 / (888) 526-1999.

Opening Ceremony

CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN - LOUISIANE 1999
August 1st,1999 - 7 p.m. - Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center

A celebration day including air shows, rhythm as well as performances offered by regional, national and international groups, nothing less for the opening ceremony of the largest gathering of the Acadian people since 1755!

Artistic Director
Perry Martin

Staring

Jo-El Sonnier (Louisiana) - His music is quite something by itself and the elite of the music world in Nashville (Dylan, Costello, Diamond, Cash, etc) admires his work. This King of Cajun Music has been in the industry for more than 20 years. Born of French Acadian parents, in Rayne Louisiana, Sonnier picked up the accordion for the first time at the age of three and recorded his first album eight years later. Often imitated, but never equaled, many of his songs made it to the Top 10 Hits in the U.S. and his accordion can be heard on the albums of Alan Jackson, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and Elvis Costello. He has also played with Bob Dylan and Los Lobos and wrote songs for George Strait and Jerry Lee Lewis. Nominated more than once for a Grammy, we can bet that his performance at the CMA opening ceremony will be as good as expected.

 

Opening Ceremony
With Performances From

Bois Joli (New-Brunswick) - Although this group only formed three years ago, Bois Joli won the hearts of thousands of Acadians and Cajuns with their charm and energy. They will offer a mix of
Acadian, Cajun and even Spanish music. Having stolen the show wherever they went, one knows that it is only the beginning with Bois Joli!


Vin Bruce
(Louisiana) - Vin Bruce was born in Southeast Louisiana during the 1930s. He got his first guitar at the age of 10. After having played in several groups, he decided to start solo in 1950. He signed a contract with Columbia Record Co. In Nashville, he recorded songs that are considered Cajun classics today : Dans la Louisiane, Fille de la Ville, Clair de la lune, etc. He was one of the first Cajun artist to work in collaboration with artists in Nashville, and he was even invited to play at Hank William's wedding! From the 1960s to the 1980s, Bruce pursued his musical career with his group: The Acadians. Today, you can find him at the Nashville Music Hall of Fame and Louisiana Cajun Music Hall of Fame. We will a tribute to his career at the opening ceremony.

Méchants Maquereaux (New-Brunswick) - With Roland Gauvin, originally with the group 1755 and also the winner of the official CMA theme song (with Waylon Thibodaux) and Johnny Comeau, formally with Beausoleil Broussard, the six member group possesses a varied repertoire. With their own sound and image, Méchants Maquereaux offers everything from traditional Acadian music to Cajun and even some Scottish twists. After being all around the world with their show, they'll be presenting it at the opening ceremony.

Waylon Thibodeaux (Louisiana) - Winner of the CMA theme song (with Roland Gauvin) for Si longtemps séparé, Waylon Thibodeaux was born in Houma and started playing fiddle at the age of eight, professionally recording five years after. At the age of 16, he was named Louisiana State Fiddle Champion. He is in great demand in New Orleans where he often plays. More than 40,000 copies of his last three albums were sold and his most recent one contains songs interpreted in the language of his ancestors. He has played all over the U.S., in Canada and in France with groups such as Beausoleil, Jimmy C. Newman and Tony Orlando.

 

Also with the participation of

L.J. Forêt (Louisiana)
Couche-Couche
(Louisiana)
Deuce of Hearts
(Louisiana)
Sons of Membertou
(Nova Scotia)
Canadian Armed Forces Acrobatic Parachute Team

Cri du Bayou
Closing concert of
CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN - LOUISIANE 1999
August 15th, 1999 - 7 p.m. - Cajundome, Lafayette

Perhaps no other image is more associated with south Louisiana and its Acadian people than the bayou. The bayou mysterious... the bayou as source of life... the bayou as mode of transportation ... the bayou never ending... the bayou that nourishes... the bayou that destroys... the bayou that builds...

Cri du Bayou has been chosen as the title of the closing concert of CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN - LOUISIANE 1999. It evokes a variety of emotions for the Louisiana descendants of the Acadians exiled by the British from Canada in 1755 - joy and exhilaration for having overcome tremendous challenges, for having survived and thrived in subtropical Louisiana, an exclamation of pride, of a unique identity and undying spirit, rooted in fertile soil and nourished by the bayou!

 

Master of Ceremonies

Zachary Richard (Louisiana) - Acadian singer/songwriter/composer who most personifies Louisiana in the minds of Canadians and Europeans, Zachary Richard's most recent album, Cap Enragé, won a Felix (French Canadian equivalent of a Grammy), and has surpassed platinum selling status. Richard has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe, starring in every major festival and club over his long and popular career. In addition to his music, he has been recognized for his contributions to the French language for his poetry, and his political efforts as President of Action Cadienne. He was awarded the prestigious Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Minister of the Francophonie and l'Ordre Français d'Amérique by th government of Québec. Richard brings to Cri du Bayou his Cajun/Acadian birthright, his Louisiana-roots music, and his international acclaim and unique personal style, making him the perfect host for this exciting concert.

 

Performers

Balfa Toujours with Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (Louisiana) - Christine Balfa leads this rock-solid, acoustic Cajun band. Christine is the daughter of the late Dewey Balfa, who carried the sound of a standing ovation from the Newport Folk Festival in 1964 back home to Lafayette, and kept Cajun music from fading into history. Carrying on in his tradition, Balfa Toujours presents ancestral music with grace and feeling, and adds their own critically acclaimed songs to the mix. Joining Balfa Toujours will be legendary accordion great, "Bois Sec" Ardoin. Cousin to Amédé Ardoin; partner to fiddle master Canray Fontenot; and fellow musician touring and playing with Christine Balfa's daddy, Dewey and his brothers, Mr. Ardoin's rich career spans nearly fifty years.

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet (Louisiana) - For 20 years Beausoleil, led by fiddler extraordinaire Michael Doucet, has explored and reinterpreted the traditional Cajun music repertoire. Discovering the music of Dennis McGee, Doucet's greatest influence, and presenting it again for the delight of audiences both within Louisiana and beyond our state's borders, Beausoleil was recently awarded a Grammy for the album l'Amour ou la folie. CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN is proud to showcase the talents of these accomplished musicians.

Blou (Nova Scotia) - This band from the homeland, old Acadie or Nova Scotia as it is now called, has played most of the important stages in their home region. They play a moving, rhythmic blend of Acadian, Zydeco and Cajun music that they have come to call "Acadico" music. Blou recently walked away with the coveted "album of the year" award at the East Coast Music Awards in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Bruce Daigrepont (Louisiana) - According to the Houston Post, Bruce Daigrepont "plays the oldtime squeeze box and fronts a butt-kicking band". Bruce has taken New Orleans and Canadian music lovers by storm with his heartfelt lyrics and irresistible musical style. The band's repertoire crosses over from melodic Cajun waltzes and two-steps to bluesy, riff-based zydeco, with touches of rock and swamp pop, from reel to cha cha, keeping his audiences enthralled.

Feux Follets (Louisiana) - Playing under the name of Les Acadiens, this group of French Immersion students from Lafayette Parish, all under the age of fourteen, guarantee that the Cajun music tradition will be preserved and enjoyed by the next generation. The band wowed critics and audiences in Montréal and Sherbrook last summer, playing a FrancoFolies festival performance during a tribute to Zachary Richard. Feux Follets is led by accordion player Chris Stafford and fiddler Chris Segura, whose rendition of "The One Step of Dennis McGee" brought down the house at last year's Cajun French Music Awards show. Featuring the astonishing vocals of Brittany Polaski, this group can stand proudly alongside the star performers of Cri du Bayou.

Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie (Louisiana) - Keeping the French language tradition while breaking new ground is the self appointed task of this young up and coming zydeco master from St. Landry Parish. Geno Delafose has been honored by the Smithsonian Institute and was featured on the recent PBS special series, 'The River of Song'. Geno and his band handle the traditional repertoire, hot Zydeco licks and original numbers with equal grace and energy.

Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys (Louisiana) - The premier young Cajun dance band whose reputation has exploded throughout the U.S. and Europe, Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys take stirring renditions of traditional tunes and innovative original material and harnesses them into Cajun music's past, present, and future. Steve's fiery musical style is transforming the accordion into popular music's sexiest instrument, and David Greely's' masterful fiddling and soulful sax expand The Mamou Playboys' base into zydeco and swamp pop. Expect the unexpected!

Suroît (Canada) - This tradition-based, country-influenced band harmonizes Acadian, Cajun, Québecois and Scots-Irish influences. Synthesizing folk, country and bluegrass, their energetic set features step-dancing and sizzling, melodic rhythms. Long a favorite in Louisiana, and stars in their homeland, Suroît is a compelling component of the Cri du Bayou concert.

Waylon Thibodeaux (Louisiana) - The winner of CMA's theme song contest (with Roland Gauvin) for Si longtemps séparé, was born in Houma and began playing the fiddle at age eight; he recorded his first song five years later. At sixteen, he received the title Louisiana State Fiddle Champion.

 

Congrès Mondial Acadien; Louisiane 1999...What is it?

In August 1994, 300,000 members of the Acadian dispora gathered in New Brunswick, Canada, for the 'Congrès Mondial Acadien', the first worldwide reunion of the Acadian people since the forced deportation in 1755.

From August 1 to 15, 1999 Acadians from throughout the world are invited to come together for a second reunion: Congrès Mondial Acadien Louisiane 1999.

What makes CMA - Louisiane 1999 different from other Louisiana festivals, is that all the activities will take place in several towns and cities throughout Acadiana, the 22-parish area with the heaviest concentration of Acadian descendants.

For more information, or to register as a volunteer worker during the Congrès, call (318)234-6166, or write to CMA - Louisiane 1999, P.O. Box 3804, Lafayette, LA 70502-3804.

 

 
The following articles is a reprint (with thanks) from the May 27, 1998 issue of Times of Acadiana


In 1999, Acadiana will take part in FrancoFête and Congrès Mondial Acadien, two distinct celebrations with one common goal - sharing Louisiana's cultural heritage with a worldwide audience.

The founding of Louisiana could not have occurred on a more appropriate day. On Mardi Gras 1699, the French explorer Iberville founded a temporary outpost at the mouth of the Mississippi River and christened it Point Mardi Gras.

Although the land had been claimed for King Louis XIV by LaSalle 17 years earlier, Point Mardi Gras represented the beginning of the colonization of the enormous French territory that included all lands drained by the Mississippi River. It also represented the biginning of a distinctive French way of life that persisted through the Spanish and American colonial periods. Decades later, Acadian exiles arrived in Louisiana after being forced from their homes when the British took control of Nova Scotia from France in 1755. To this day, Louisiana
bears the indelible marks of its French history and heritage.

In 1999, the state of Louisiana will celebrate the 300th anniversary of its founding. Using the establishment of Point Mardi Gras as the start of Louisiana's French colonial period, the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism - headed by Lt. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco - is preparing a tricentennial celebration for 1999. Dubbed FrancoFête '99, the year-long, statewide commemoration of Louisiana's French heritage boasts nearly 600 fairs, festivals, exhibits and events.

One of the biggest component of FrancoFête will be the two-week
Congrès Mondial Acadien scheduled for August 1999. The second reunion of its kind, Congrès gathers Acadian descendants from all overthe world in commemoration of Le Grand Dérangement. Congrès festivities will include family reunions and twon twinning celebrations in addition to a line-up of cultural activities all its own. Chosen as one of FrancoFête's major events, Congrès 1999 will attempt to rekindle the scope and impact of the inaugural Congrès which was held in various
communities throughout the province of New Brunswick in 1994.

Led by Blanco, state tourism officials are using Louisiana's tricentennial celebration to showcase the state's tourism industry. In 1999, officials hope to draw as many as 28 million visitors - three million more than usual - with an economic impact of $8 billion dollars. But if the emotionally charged reunion of 1994 Congrès are any indication, the Acadian celebration will be less tourism promotion and more cultural reaffirmation.

"It's an awesome feeling to see that your ancestral trails branch out in so many directions," says Blanco, who traveled to Shédiac, New Brunswick, in 1994 to attend the Babineau family reunion. Hosting a second Congrès in south Louisiana seemed only natural to those who attended the first one. "I think it naturally occurred to a lot of people simultaneously. We were constatly bumping into people we knew, and everyone was saying we've got to do this at home," Blanco says.

"While it always enhances a pleople to explore cultural influences, FrancoFête will be a wonderful cultural and tourism event," Blanco says. Organizers hope that touting a year-long schedule with a distinct French twist will reap big benefits - and not just for 1999. In the competitive world of tourism - where anything that makes you different makes you a more attractive destination - Louisiana's French heritage is seen as a blessing from the past, and one the state needs to emphasize. While FrancoFête may be a tricentennial celebration, it is also a media blitz designed to capture international attention and international tourist dollars for years to come.

"FrancoFête is the umbrella over all the activities taking place in '99," says FrancoFête administrator Curtis Joubert. "We mesh every fair, festival and attraction into one giant, year-long celebration." The idea is
to get the visitors to Louisiana - whether in 1999 or subsequent years - and then help them seek out various areas of interest, Joubert says. Rather than focusing solely on a slate of special events like Congrès or
Baton Rouge's Bonne Fête birthday celebration, FrancoFête's emphasis is on festivals, attractions and activities throughout the state that would normally be held anyway.

"Louisiana has a new found attitude about tourism, and Acadiana is leading the way," Joubert says. "Everyone wants to show off their particular area of the state; that's a great change from 20 years ago." And FrancoFête is just the beginning. "It isn't going to end in '99," Joubert says. The tricentennial is just the perfect time to get the
machinery in place, both for larger efforts, like the approaching anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, and the more everyday efforts, like offering bilingual signage and services.

Major Festivals and events aren't the only things to qualify as part of the FrancoFête agenda. The emphasis is on the little things that Louisiana can do to highlight its distinctive culture, like erecting bilingual signage at state lines and encouraging welcome center employees to learn a few basic French phrases. A major goal for FrancoFête is for Louisiana to become more French-friendly - and by doing so to become more attractive to tourists, wherever they may originate.

Joubert, who now spends his days traveling the state preaching the gospel of FrancoFête, emphasizes that organizing the tricentennial in this manner will enable smaller towns and events to market themselves to the world. "I tell them that if no one comes, we've failed, but if no one comes, they've probably failed, too.

The French emphasis of the tricentennial does not exclude any part of the state, Joubert insists. While it might seem to favor south Louisiana, other areas ofthe state are discovering their own French connections. "Cajuns have attracted the most attention," Joubert says, "but they are only one small group of French settlers, only part of the French base. Every part of Louisiana was touched by French influence - whether direct or indirect.

 

Tentative (Ongoing) Schedule for CMA Louisiane 1999

Following is a list of both the events that are already scheduled and those which CMA Louisiane 1999 will be organizing . Those events already scheduled, are subject to change. Those followed by an asterisk (*) are still in the planning stages. CMA following an event, signifies it is a Congrès Mondial Acadien - Louisiane 1999 organized event. COM following and event, means the event will be organized by a town, city or community organization with the assistance of the CMA - Louisiane 1999 and within the framework of criteria established by the Executive Committee of the CMA - Louisiane 1999. All family reunions are being organized by the particular family organizations, with the assistance of and within the framework of criteria established by the CMA Louisiane 1999. If you have any questions, contact Jean-Robert Frigault, Directeur de programmation et de communication, C.P. 3804 Lafayette, Louisiana 70502-3804; Telephone: (318)234-6166; Fax: (318)233-9353; email: [email protected]

 

NOTE: See below for list of Family Reunion Organizers/Coordinators.


Saturday, July 31, 1999:

ACHEE/HACHE-GALLANT Family Reunion - Thibodaux

AUCOIN/TEMPLET Family Reunion -

BOURG/BOURQUE Family Reunion - Bourg

BOURGEOIS Family Reunion - Vacherie

BROUSSARD Family Reunion - Lafayette

HENRY/LIRETE Family Reunion -Chauvin

THERIOT/CROCHET Family Reunion - Houma

 
WOMEN'S SUMMIT - Morgan City

Elaine Clément, 626 1/2 Oaklawn Ave., Lafayette, LA 70506 Tel. (318)234-8739

 
RENDEZ-VOUS DES CAJUNS - Eunice (COM)

Liberty Theater, 200 W. Park Ave., Eunice, LA 70535 Tel. (318)457-6577

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

 
Sunday, August 1, 1999:


OPENING CEREMONIES AND CONCERT - Houma (CMA and COM)

Vivian Pellegrin, P.O. Box 2792, Houma, LA 70361 Tel. (504)868-2732

 
ACHEE/HACHE-GALLANT Family Reunion - Thibodaux

BROUSSARD Family Reunion - Lafayette

 
ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

 
DOWNTOWN IN HOUMA - Houma

Vivian Pellegrin, P.O. Box 2792, Houma, LA 70361 Tel. (504)868-2732

 
FRENCH MASS - Houma

Vivian Pellegrin, P.O. Box 2792, Houma, LA 70361, Tel. (504)868-2732


HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

 

Monday, August 2, 1999:


TWINNING CELEBRATION - St. Joseph Church, Chauvin/Ste.-Anne-du-Ruisseau, Nova Scotia

Vivian Pellegrin, 4607 Bayouside Dr., Chauvin, LA Tel. (504)594-5449

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)


Tuesday, August 3, 1999

FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL - LaRose (CMA and COM)

Henri Boulet, P.O. Box 1105, LaRose, LA 70373 Tel. (504)693-7355


TWINNING CELEBRATION - LaRose/Commeauville (CMA and COM)

Henri Boulet, P.O. Box 1105, LaRose, LA 70373 Tel. (504)693-7355


COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL * (CMA)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)


Wednesday, August 4, 1999:

CHILDREN'S DAY - Pierre Part

Sally Blanchard, 103 Gary Street, Pierre Part, LA 70339 Telephone (504)252-9655

 
FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL - LaRose (CMA and COM)

Henri Boulet, P.O. Box 1105, LaRose, LA 70373 Tel. (504)693-7355

 
GENEALOGICAL SYMPOSEUM PRE-REGISTRATION - Thibodaux, LaFourche, Heritage Society and Nicholls State University

Tom Butler, Ellender Library, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70301 Tel. (504)448-4626

 
TWINNING CELEBRATION - Leeville/Grosses Coques (CMA and COM)

Henri Boulet, P.O. Box 1105, LaRose, LA 70373 Tel. (504)693-7355

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)


Thursday, August 5, 1999:


JEANSONNE/JOHNSON Family Reunion - Marksville

Tommy Jeansonne, 32415 Caroline Dr., Paulina, LA 70763 Tel. 1-800-673-0598 ext.102

 


FÊTE DANS LA VILLE DE THIBODAUX - Thibodaux

Mick Knoblock, Ville de Thibodaux, 100 W. 5th St., Thibodaux, LA 70301 Tel. (504)446-7229.

 


GENEALOGICAL SYMPOSIUM - Thibodaux, LaFourche Society and Nicholls State University

Tom Butler, Ellender Library, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70301 Tel. (504)448-4626

 
TWINNING CELEBRATION - Erath & Bertrand

Presley LeBlanc, P.O. Box 439, Erath, LA 70533, Tel. (318)937-8160

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL *(CMA and COM)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

 
Friday, August 6, 1999:

BAUDOIN Family Reunion - Lafayette

BREAUX Family Reunion - Breaux Bridge

DOIRON Family Reunion - Breaux Bridge

DUHON Family Reunion -New Iberia

HEBERT Family Reunion -Abbeville

JEANSONNE/JOHNSON Family Reunion - Marksville

MAILLET Family Reunion - Marksville

PRÉJEAN/LEBRETON Family Reunion - Eunice

RICHARD Family Reunion - Lafayette

THIBODEAUX Family Reunion - Charenton

 
BASTILLE DAY - Kaplan

Jackie Faulk, Chamber of Commerce, 701 N. Cushing Ave., Kaplan, LA Tel. (318)643-2400

 
CREOLE & CAJUN SHOW - Port Allen

Anne Timmons, West Baton Rouge Tourist Commission, Port Allen, LA Tel. (504)344-2700.

 
"GRANDE SOIRÉE SUR LA CÔTE ACADIENNE" - Oak Valley Plantation - Vacherie

Julie Ordoyne, 7128 Tip Top Road, Saint James, LA 70086 Tel. (505)265-7036

 
JOHN FOLSE FOOD PRESENTATION - Vacherie

Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 LA Hwy. 18, Vacherie, LA Tel. (800)442-5539

 
"MARDIS-GRAS" PARADE - Montégut

Gayle Riché, 919 Hwy. 55, Montégut, LA 70377 Tel. (504)594-4960

 
SPECTACLE DE MUSIQUE DE LA VILLE DE RAYNE - Rayne

Lyn Guidry, Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 3833, Rayne, LA 70578

 
TWINNING CELEBRATION - Montégut/Saulnierville - Montégut

Gayle Riché, 919 Hwy. 55, Montegut, LA 70377 Tel. (504)594-4960

 


TWINNING CELEBRATION - Port Allen/Clare

Anne Timmons, West Baton Rouge Tourist Commission, Port Allen, LA Tel. (504)344-2700

 


TWINNING CELEBRATION - Saint James/Grand-Digue, New Brunswick -Vacherie

Julie Ordoyne, 7128 Tip Top Road, Saint James, LA 70086 Tel. (505)265-7036

 

ZYDECO DE VILLE - St. Martinville

Rita Lewis, Golden Key's Club, 1009 Donna Dr., St. Martinville, LA 70582 Tel. (318)367-2603

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT *(CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

 

Saturday, August 7, 1999:

BAUDOIN Family Reunion - Lafayette

BERGERON/CAILLOUET/GAUTREAUX Family Reunion - Addis

BLANCHARD Family Reunion -Pierre Part

BREAUX Family reunion - Breaux Bridge

CHIASSON/BERNARD Family Reunion - Lockport

CORMIER Family Reunion - Rayne

DOIRON Family Reunion - Breaux Bridge

DOUCET Family Reunion - Church Point

DUHON Family Reunion - New Iberia

GAUDET/SAMSON Family Reunion - Plaquemine

GIROUARD/GIROIR Family Reunion - Morgan City

GRAVOIS Family Reunion - Vacherie

GUIDRY/PETITPAS Family Reunion - Houma

HEBERT Family Reunion - Abbeville

LANOUX/MIRE/BABIN/DUPLESSIS Family Reunion - Gonzales

MAILLET Family Reunion - Marksville

MARTIN Family Reunion - St. Martinville

MOUTON Family Reunion -Lafayette

PITRE Family Reunion - CutOff

POIRRIER/DAVID Family Reunion - Vacherie

PRÉJEAN/LEBRETON Family Reunion - Eunice

RICHARD Family Reunion - Lafayette

ROBICHAUX Family Reunion - Montégut

RODRIGUE Family Reunion - Chackbay

ROGER(S)/CAISSIE Family Reunion - Gheens

ROY Family Reunion - Lafayette

SAVOIE/SAVOY Family Reunion - Grand Coteau

THIBODEAUX Family Reunion - Charenton

TRAHAN/LÉGER Family Reunion - Crowley  


BASTILLE DAY -  Kaplan

Jackie Faulk, Chamber of Commerce, 701 N. Cushing Ave., Kaplan, LA Tel. (318)643-2400

 


CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION, Bâton Rouge Chapter - Port Allen

Anne Newman, 350 Georgia Ave., Port Allen, LA 70767 Tel. (504)343-8417

 
CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT - Port Allen

Anne Newman, 350 Georgia Ave., Port Allen, LA 70767 Tel. (504)343-8417

 
LOUISIANA CRAFTSMEN & SUGAR-MAKING DEMONSTRATION - Port Allen

Caroline Kennedy, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen, LA 70767

 
"RENDEZ-VOUS DES CAJUNS" - Eunice (COM)

Liberty Theater, 200 W. Park Ave., Eunice, LA 70535 Tel. (318)457-6577

 
ST. MARTIN VILLE KIWANIS "FAIS-DO-DO" - St. Martinville

Susan Carpenter, St. Martinville, LA 70582 Tel. (318)394-7408

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

 
Sunday August 8, 1999:

ARCENEAUX Family Reunion - Carencro

BREAUX Family Reunion - Breaux Bridge

CORMIER Family Reunion - Rayne

DOIRON Family Reunion - Lafayette

DOUCET Family Reunion - Church Point

GRAVOIS Family Reunion - Vacherie

HEBERT Family Reunion -Abbeville

MARTIN Family Reunion - St. Martinville

PRÉJEAN/LEBRETON Family Reunion - Eunice

ROY Family Reunion - (Location unknown)

THIBODEAUX Family Reunion - Charenton

TRAHAN/LEGER Family Reunion - Crowley

 
ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

 
BLACKSMITH DEMONSTRATION

Joseph Samrow, P.O. Box 578, Gramercy, LA 70052 Tel. (504)869-4183

 
CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION - Bâton-Rouge Chapter - Port Allen

Anne Newman, 350 Georgia Ave., Port Allen, LA 70767 Tel. (504)343-8417

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM) - Bruley

Anne Newman, 350 Georgia Ave., Port Allen, LA 70767 Tel. (504)343-8417

 
DEDICATION OF ACADIAN MONUMENT

Julie Ordoyne, 7128 Tip Top Rd., Saint James, LA 70086 Tel. (505)265-7036

 
DEDICATION OF ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY STATUE

Julie Ordoyne, 7128 Tip Top Rd., Saint James, LA 70086 Tel. (505)265-7036

 

FLAG-RAISING CEREMONY

Julie Ordoyne, 7128 Tip Top Rd., Saint James, LA 70086 Tel. (505)265-7036

 
FRENCH MASS - Bruley

Anne Newman, 350 Georgia Ave., Port Allen, LA 70767 Tel. (504)343-8417

 
FRENCH MASS - Saint-James Catholic Church - Saint James

Julie Ordoyne, 7128 Tip Top Rd., Saint James, LA 70086 Tel. (505)265-7036

 
HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

 
MOSS DEMONSTRATIONS

Joseph Samrow, P.O. Box 578, Gramercy, LA 70052 Tel. (504)869-4183

 
PERIQUE TOBACCO DEMONSTRATIONS

Joseph Samrow, P.O. Box 578, Gramercy, LA 70052 Tel. (504)869-4183

 
REENACTMENT OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST ACADIANS

Julie Ordoyne, 7128 Tip Top Road, Saint James, LA 70086 Tel. (505)265-7036

 
ST. JAMES HISTORICAL SOCIETY HERITAGE DAY - Gramercy

Joseph Samrow, P.O. Box 578, Gramercy, LA 70052 Tel. (504)869-4183

 
WOOD CARVING DEMONSTRATIONS

Joseph Samrow, P.O. Box 578, Gramercy, LA 70052 Tel. (504)869-4183

 
Monday, August 9, 1999:

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

 


"GENETICS OF THE ACADIAN PEOPLE" TO BE HELD AUGUST 9th

Discoveries in genetics are redefining medicine and our understanding of the basic causes of disease. But how does this new knowledge translate into improved health care and why are some diseases more frequent in the Acadia population?

"Because of the need to sort out so much new information there has never been a better time to educate the community about genetics," says Dr. Bronya Keats, director of the Molecular and Human Genetics Center at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, which is organizing a major public health event entitled "Genetics of the Acadian People." The all-day event will be held Monday, August 9th, at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Co-sponsors are Congres Mondial Acadien and Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center.


BACKGROUND:

One in 20 American babies is born with a genetic disorder. Among the Acadian people, risks for some diseases range from 35% to 250% higher than the national average.


AGENDA:

There will be four main speakers: (1) Dr. Charles Scriver, a renowned geneticist from McGill University in Montreal, who will talk on "History of Families, Histories of Genes;" (2) Dr. Bronya Keats, director of the Genetics Center at LSU Medical Center who has been involved in genetic research among the Acadians for 16 years, will talk on "Genetic Links and Cajun Connections;" (3) Dr. Michal Jazwinski, a biochemist who is also with LSU Medical Center, will talk about major research on the genetics of aging that in the future will compare the Acadian populations of Louisiana and Nova Scotia, and (4) Dr. Carl Brasseaux, assistant director of the Center for Louisiana Studies at USL, will talk on "Acadian to Cajun: History of a Society Built on the Extended Family." There will be other doctors at the small breakout sessions who will talk about and answer questions on these topics such as genes and cancer, genes and psychiatric illness, genetic disorders in children, genetic disorders in adults, genetic research in Acadiana, genetic testing and genetic counseling, gene-based therapies, psychological and social impact of genetic disorders.

 
REGISTRATION:

There is no charge to attend but advance registration is necessary. All activities will be fully accessible to people with disabilities, including interpreters for braille, sign language and tactile. For on-line registration there is a webpage in both French and English located at htttp://www.acadian-cajun.com/genetics.htm

Copies of the informational flyer/registration form are available from Judy LaBorde at [email protected] and (504)568-6117. Thanks and all best wishes, Judy LaBorde Coordinator of the Molecular & Human Genetics Center at Louisiana State University Medical Center 1901 Perdido St., Suite 5A1 New Orleans, La. 70112 (504)568-6117 Phone (504)568-8500 FAX

 
Tuesday, August 10, 1999:

TWINNING CELEBRATIONS - Scott/Memramcook (CMA and COM)

Hazel Mayer, 445 Lions Club Rd., Scott, LA 70583 Tel. (318)233-1130

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

 
Wednesday, August 11, 1999:

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES - Lafayette, University of Southwestern Louisiana (CMA)

Dr. Mathé Allain, USL Box 43331, Lafayette, LA 70504 Tel. (318)482-6811

 
TWINNING CELEBRATION - St. Martinville/Bouctouche (CMA and COM)

Eric Martin, 120 S. New Market Street, St. Martinville, LA 70582 Tel. (318)394-2232

 
TWINNING CELEBRATION - Church Point/Pointe-de-l'Eglise (CMA and COM)

Carole Guidry, P.O. Box 218, Church Point, LA 70525 Tel. (318)684-3030

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST *(CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

 
Thursday, August 12, 1999:

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES - Lafayette, University of Southwestern Louisiana - (CMA)

Dr. Mathé Allain, USL Box 53331, Lafayette, LA 70504 Tel. (318)482-6811

 
TWINNING CELEBRATION - Carencro/Dieppe (COM)

Tommy Angelle, P.O. Drawer 10, Carencro, LA 70520 Tel. (318)896-8481

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

 
Friday, August 13, 1999:

BABINEAUX/GRANGER Family Reunion - Rayne

BENOIT Family Reunion - Lafayette

BOUDREAU(X) Family Reunion - New Iberia

COMEAUX Family Reunion - Lafayette

LANDRY Family Reunion - Grand Coteau

LEBLANC Family Reunion - Erath/Lafayette

VINCENT Family Reunion - Kaplan

 
CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION

Gerald Trahan, 207 Notre Dame Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506 Tel. (318)232-7819

 
"DOWNTOWN ALIVE" - Lafayette

Jean-Robert Frigault, C.P. 3804, Lafayette, LA 70502 Tel. (318)234-6166

 
TWINNING CELEBRATION - Lafayette/Moncton (CMA and COM)

Philippe Gustin, 735 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA Tel. (318)291-5474

 
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

ACADIAN THEATER FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

ACADIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL * (CMA and COM)

 
Saturday, August 14, 1999:

BABINEAUX/GRANGER Family Reunion - Rayne

BAUDOUIN Family Reunion - Rayne

BERTRAND Family Reunion - Crowley

BOUDREAU(X) Family Reunion - New Iberia

COMEAUX Family Reunion - New Iberia

DAIGLE Family Reunion - Morgan City

GUILBEAU(X) Family Reunion - Carencro

LANDRY Family Reunion - Grand Coteau

LEBLANC Family Reunion - Erath/Lafayette

LEJEUNE/YOUNG Family Reunion - Crowley

MELANÇON/MELANSON Family Reunion - Opelousas

SIMON Family Reunion - Eunice/Lafayette

VINCENT Family Reunion - Kaplan

 
CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION - Le Cajun Award Ceremonies

Gerald Trahan, 207 Notre Dame Dr., Lafayette, LA 70506 Tel. (318)232-7819

 
"FAIS DO-DO" - St. Martinville

Jolène Adam, P.O. Box 379, Dept. AM, St. Martinville, LA 70582 Tel. (318)394-2258

 
FRENCH MASS - St. Martin de Tours Church, St. Martinville

Jolène Adam, P.O. Box 379, Dept. AM, St. Martinville, LA 70582 Tel. (318)394-2258

 

"RENDEZ-VOUS DES CAJUNS" - Eunice (COM)

Liberty Theater, 200 W. Park Ave., Eunice, LA 70535 Tel. (318)457-6577

 

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST * (COM)

ACADIAN ART EXHIBIT * (CMA)

HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST * (CMA)

 
Sunday, August 15, 1999 (Fête de l'Assomption & Fête Nationale des Acadiens):

BERTRAND Family Reunion - Crowley

BOUDREAU(X) Family Reunion - New Iberia

COMEAUX Family Reunion - New Iberia

DAIGLE Family Reunion - Morgan City

DUGAS/GUILLOT Family Reunion - Carencro

LANDRY Family Reunion - Grand Coteau

LEBLANC Family Reunion - Erath/Lafayette

SIMON Family Reunion - Eunice/Lafayette

VINCENT Family Reunion - Kaplan

 
CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION - "Le Cajun" Award Ceremonies

Gerald Trahan, 207 Notre Dame Dr., Lafayette, LA 70506 Tel. (318)232-7819

 
CLOSING CEREMONY AND CONCERT - Lafayette - (CMA)

Jean-Robert Frigault, C.P. 3804, Lafayette, LA 70502-3804 Tel. (318)234-6166

 

FRENCH MASS - St. John the Evangelist Cathedral, Lafayette

Jean-Robert Frigault, C.P. 3804, Lafayette, LA 70502-3804 Tel. (318)234-6166

 

TINTAMARRES - (COM) 

Jean-Robert Frigault, C.P. 3804, Lafayette, LA 70502-3804 Tel. (318)234-6166

 

  


News Releases from CMA; Louisiane 1999

The Congrès Mondial Acadien; Louisiane 1999, set for August 1 through August 15, 1999 throughout south Louisiana announced today that many of the Acadian families scheduled to have reunions during the 1999 event, have begun the planning and organizing process. Brian Gabriel Comeaux, Executive Director, of the Congrès Mondial Acadien; Louisiane 1999 said, "we are very excited to see the enthusiasm with which the Acadian families of south Louisiana are beginning the process of organizing for August 1999. As much as anything else, this enthusiasm indicates that the 1999-CMA will be as big a success as the 1994 event that was held in southeastern New Brunswick, Canada."

The Congrès Mondial Acadien held in August 1994 in New Brunswick, was the largest regroupment of the Acadian people since the forced deportation of 1755. Over three hundred thousand people participated in sixty-nine family reunions, academic conferences, a theatre and film festival, concerts, and other cultural activities. The 1999 event being planned for Acadiana is expected to rival the 1994 event in size and scope.

 

Brian Gabriel Comeaux, Executive Director, said, "These twenty-two families are a great start to our family reunion efforts. They represent some of the biggest Acadian families, but we are still recruiting coordinating committees for at least another fifty families. Sixty-nine families had reunions in 1994, and we would like to see at least that many in 1999. Already, we have assured reunions of some families, like Breaux, that were unable to hold a reunion in 1994. If anyone would like to assist these efforts, they can call us at (318) 234-6166. We have prepared a family reunion manual to assist the families' efforts in planning and organizing, and we will have a reunion seminar in April, to further assist the families."

Comeaux also praised the efforts of Family Reunion coordinators, Sheryl Collins and Eddie Richard. "These two people, Sheryl Collins in the east and Eddie Richard in the west, have been really beating the bushes to make this project work. They are assuring not only that each family gets its committee in place, but also that a good geographical distribution of reunions throughout Acadiana is assured", said Comeaux.

Interested persons can contact Sheryl Collins at (504) 879-2000 and Eddie Richard at (318) 235-0538.

The Congrès Mondial Acadien; Louisiane 1999 is sponsored by "Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Acadian Ambulance and Armed Services, Fondation Codofil and the Lafayette Parish Consolidated Government.

 

Note: 'Directeur de programmation et de communication' Jean-Robert Frigault and Executive Director Brian Comeaux may be contacted via at (318) 234-6166.

 


LE CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN; Louisiana 1999

The following newspaper article, provided by Jack Coffee, appeared in section 2B, The Advocate, Bâton Rouge, Louisiana, Tuesday, December 24, 1996 and is re-printed, with thanks, to The Advocate.

 

LAFAYETTE - Organizational meetings for several Acadian family reunions are scheduled for January and February in connection with Congrès Mondial Acadien-Louisiana 1999, the world Acadian congress that will be held in Louisiana.

More than 300,000 people gathered at New Brunswick, Canada for the congress in 1994, which was the first reunion of Acadians since their deportation from Nova Scotia in 1755.

"The 1999 reunion will be held throughout 22 Acadiana parishes of south Louisiana from July 31-Aug. 15," organizers said.

"A feature of the congress is that family reunions are being planned through the south Louisiana area," said Brian Gabriel Comeaux, president of Congres Mondial Acadien Louisiane 1999.

"We have quite a few families organizing, but we're still looking for 30 or 40 more families," Comeaux said. "Anybody interested in helping us can just give us a all at (318) 234-6166. We have a family reunion instruction manual, and we'll be happy to send them out."

The reunions are broken into two regions, east and west of the Atchafalaya Basin, according to James Bourque, a publicity committee member for the reunions.

 


FAMILY REUNIONS PLANNED:

Achee/Hache-Gallant:

Reunion is set for Thibodaux, LA on July 31 and August 1, 1999. Coordinator is Roland "Buck" Achee, 5209 Kerry Dr., Bâton Rouge, La. 70814 Tel. (504)274-9935; e-mail: [email protected] ; Vice-President is Ben Achee who may be contacted at e-mail [email protected] ; Another e-mail contact: [email protected]

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Arceneaux:

Reunion is set for Carencro, LA on August 8, 1999. Coordinator is Robert Arceneaux, P.O. Box 53054, Lafayette, LA 70505 Tel. (318)233-4061. Eloi Comeaux (318)264-1848 is a coordinator. Another organizer is Olympe Butcher, 1119 Myrtle Place, Lafayette, LA 70501 who may be contacted at (318) 235-8397. Denis Savard, another organizer, may be contacted via e-mail at: [email protected] Another e-mail contact: [email protected]

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Aucoin/Templet:

Contact person is Sharon (Aucoin) Alford, P.O. Box 2792, Houma, LA 70361 Tel. (504)868-2732 and Myrna Thibodeaux, 25041 Joe May Rd., Denham Springs, LA 20726, Tel. (225)665-1898. E-Mail contact: [email protected] No other details available.

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Babin:

See Lanoux/Mire/Babin/Duplessis

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Baudoin:

Reunion is set for August 6 & 7, 1999 at Brown Park (off Pnt de Mouton Road) in Lafayette, LA. President is Eilizabeth B. Reid who may be contacted by telephone at (318)234-4833. E-Mail address contact is [email protected] and their web site is at http://www.Baudoin.com Another e-mail contact: [email protected]

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Babineaux/Granger:

Reunion set for Rayne, LA on August 13-14, 1999. Coordinators are: Nolan Babineaux, 9815 Trendale Drive, Greenwell Springs, LA 70739 Tel. (504)261-7909; Retired State Judge Allen Babineaux, 124 Judge Drive, Lafayette, LA 70507 may be contacted at (318) 234-4868 and Minus Granger of Scott, LA at (318) 235-8085. Call for meeting site (usually in Scott, LA) and time. FACE="Comic Sans MS">http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/5800/gra.htm. Organizers can be contacted via e-mail at: [email protected] Another e-mail contact: [email protected]

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Baudouin:

Set for Lafayette on August 6, 1998. Contact is Elizabeth "Norma" Reid, 211 East Gloria Switch Road, Apt. 17, Lafayette, LA 70507 Tel. (318)234-4833.

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Benoit:

Set for Lafayette on August 13, 1999. Contact is Ruby Melancon, 410 Cane, Lafayette, LA 70506 Tel. (318)232-4558. Ruby can be contacted via e-mail at: [email protected]

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Bergeron/Caillouet/Gautreaux:

Set for Addis, LA on August 7, 1999. Carrol Bourgeois, P.O. Box 237, Addis, LA 70710 Tel. (504)687-4844 is Chairperson. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Bernard:

Earline Bernard is coordinator and may be contacted 1t 101 XBypass, Raceland, LA 70394 or via telephone at (504)446-8927.

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Bertrand:

Scheduled for Crowley, LA on August 14 and 15, 1999. Ella (Bertrand) Sonnier is the coordinator and may be contacted at 539 S. Ave O., Crowley, LA 70526 Tel. (318)783-4115. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Blanchard:

Set to be held in Pierre Part, LA on Saturday, August 7, 1999. Sally Blanchard, is vice-president. For organizational meeting dates or other information, call Sally Blanchard at (504) 252-9655, or E-Mail her at: [email protected] or call Michael/"Mike" or Linda B. Boudreaux at (504) 252-6621 or E-Mail them at: [email protected] You can also contact Sally or Minor Blanchard, 103 Gary Street, Pierre Part, LA 70339 or telephone them at (504) 252-9655. Meetings usually held at Pierre Part Primary School Cafeteria. Web Site is located at: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/5505/. Another e-mail address for organizers is: [email protected]

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Boudreau(x):

Set for August 13, 14 and 15, 1999 at New Iberia. Charles R. Boudreaux is the coordinator, 10027 Chipplegate, Humble, Texas 77338-1746 Tel. (281)466-1901. E-Mail contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

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Bourg/Bourque:

Set for Bourg, La., on July 31, 1999. Organizers are Sheryl Collins, 9276 Park Ave., Houma, LA 70363 Tel. (504)879-2000 or (504)563-7190 and George Bourg, 6098 Grand Caillou Road, Dulac, LA. Organizational meetings are usually held at the Ocean Marine Services on U.S. 90 in Morgan City. Address e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]

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Bourgeois:

Set for Vacherie, LA on July 31, 1999. Coordinator Norman Marmillion may be contacted at 227 Hwy. 18, Vacherie, LA 70090 Tel. (504)265-7690.

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Breaux/Braud:

Set for August 6-7-8, 1999 in Breaux Bridge, LA. Organizor is Marie (Breaux) Zeringue, 204 Norman Dr., Lafayette, LA 70501 Tel. (318)233-8996. Another coordinator is Lynn Breaux, P.O. Box 51964, Lafayette, LA 70505 Tel. (318)233-5352. Another organizer is Huey Breaux, 502 Bell Downs Circle, Lafayette, LA 70506 who may be contacted at (318) 981-4545. Address e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]

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Broussard:

Set for Lafayette on July 31 - August 1,1999. Brent Broussard, 120 Canebroke Lane, Lafayette, LA 70508 is chairman and may be contacted at (318)989-8676. Another organizor is Karen St. Germain, P.O. Box 1171, Broussard, LA 70518 Tel. (318)989-8676. Call for time and site of next organizational meeting. Address e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]

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Caillouet:

See Bergeron/Caillouet/Gautreaux

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Caissie:

See Roger(s)/Caissie

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Chiasson/Bernard:

Set for Lockport, LA on August 7, 1999. Coordinator is Kevin Allemand, P.O. Box 117, Raceland, LA 70394 Tel. (504)532-6381.

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Comeaux:

Set for Lafayette, LA on August 14-15, 1999. Chairman is Johnny Comeaux, P.O. Box 67, Scott, LA 70583 Tel. (318)235-3985. Another organizor is Brenda C. Trahan, 230 Gumbo Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508 Tel. (318)856-1620.

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Cormier:

Set for Rayne, LA on August 7-8, 1999. Coordinator is Ronald Cormier, 222 Wilree Dr., New Iberia, LA 70560 Tel. (318)367-5725. Web site located at: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/5800/corm.htm. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Daily World, Opelousas, LA - April 6, 1998

When the Cormiers meet in St. Landry Parish on April 18 to plan their reunion in conjunction with the CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN - LOUISIANE 1999, they will be taking a step back into a sad moment of their history.

After gathering at the Opelousas Public Library, 249 E. Grolee St., to plan for the future, they will go to Washington in search of a mass grave of their kin in an old cemetery there.

This morning, Ronald Cormier of New Iberia, contact for the La Famille Cormier Inc., said he was still not certain of the location but had been told the grave site was in an unkempt condition. "I believe they possibly died of yellow fever." he said.

The Cormiers have a long tradition in St. Landry Parish, he said. Michel Cormier, one of the region's first settlers, pioncered agriculture and eventually owned large tracts of land in the Grand Coteau area,
he said.

Like many of the original Acadians, Cormiers were widely dispersed along both sides of the Atlantic in the years following the Great Upheaval beginning in September of 1755. For instance, there is still a French-speaking settlement near Edinburgh, Scotland, where Cormiers have been instrumental in keeping alive a lively Celtic genre of music for more than 200 years.

Ronald Cormier notes that music has been particularly important to his family over the centuries here in Louisiane, too, the clan producing several noted performers. A Celtic music band based in the Canadian
province of British Columbia and led by a Cormier recently won national honors for that musical category, as reported by the Public Broadcasting System recently.


Crochet:

See "Thériot" for details.

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Daigle:

Set for August 14 & 15, 1999 in Morgan City, LA. Chairman is Flo (Daigle) Perkins, 519 Dentation Road, Bâton Rouge, LA 70808 Tel. (504)766-2118. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]

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David:

Coordinator is Julie (David) Ordoyn, 7128 Tip Top Street, St. James, LA 70086 Tel. (504)265-7036. No other details available.

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Doiron:

Set for August 6, 7 and 8, 1999 at Breaux Bridge. Coordinator is J.C. Williams-Doiron, 2038 Blake Ave., Dallas, Texas 75228 Tel. (214)324-3226.

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Doucet:

Set for August 7 and 8, 1999 at Church Point, LA. Coordinator is Richard Doucet, 3925 Pitreville Hwy., Church Point, LA 70525 Tel. (318)684-6400. Address e-mail inquiries to: [email protected] ir [email protected]

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Dugas/Guillot:

Reunion set for Carencro, LA on August 15, 1999. Ken Dugas, 123 Meadow Lane, Lafayette, LA 70506 is coordinator and may be contacted at (318)989-0228. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Duhon:

Set for New Iberia, LA on August 6-7, 1999. Coordinator is Dudley Duhon, 824 Duhon Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506 Tel. (318)984-1907. Visit the family web site at: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/5800/duhon.htm.

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Duplessis:

See Lanoux/Mire/Babin/Duplessis.


Dupuis:

Contact is Pricilla Dupuis, 115 Antoinette Street, Lafayette, LA 70506 Tel. (318)981-5308. No other details available. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]

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Forêt/Forest:

Contact is Ronnie P. Forest Sr., 6866 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA 70344 Tel. (504)594-7687. No other details available.

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Gaudet/Samson:

Set for Plaquemine LA on August 7, 1999. Contact is Thomas Préjean, 57805 LaBauve Ave., Plaquemine, LA 70764 Tel. (318)687-9236. E-mail contact: [email protected]

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Gautreaux:

See Bergeron/Caillouet/Gautreaux

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Giroir/Girouard:

Set for Morgan City LA on August 7, 1999. Contact is Mary Jane Siracusa, 2425 Oxford Pl., Apt. 112, Terrytown, LA 70056 Tel. (504)433-4045.

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Gravois:

Set for Vacherie, LA on August 7-8, 1999. Coordinator is Roland Gravois, 3621 Plymouth Pl., New Orleans, LA 70131 Tel. (504)393-1264. Send e-mail inquiries to [email protected]

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Guidry/Pettipas:

Set for on August 7, 1999. Daniel C. Guidry, 104 Marie Drive, Houma, LA 70364-2334 is President and may be contacted at (504) 851-6544. Warren L. Guidry is 2nd Vice-President, 1305 South Avenue, Port Neches, Texas 7751-4544 and may be contacted at (409)729-6426 or via E-Mail at: [email protected].

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Organizational meetings are usually held at:

- the North Branch Library on La. 24 in Gray, just north of Houma

- the Bluebonnet Regional Library in Bâton Rouge

- the Lafayette Jaycee Hall, 5000 West Congress St., in Lafayette

- the Calcasieu Library (Central Branch) 3900 Ernest St., in Lake Charles

Contact Daniel or Warren for specific times of meetings.

E-Mail inquiries can be sent to: [email protected]


Guilbeau(x):

Set for Carencro, LA on August 14, 1997. Coordinator is Carrol Guilbeau, 200 W. Musique Rd., Carencro, LA 70520 Tel. (318)896-6868. Web site is located at: http://geocities.com/Heartland/9220/guil/guil1.htm

Send e-mail inquiries to: Milton Guilbeau, 501 Robert Lee Circle, Lafayette, LA. 70506-3136 E-Mail: [email protected]

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Guillot:

See Dugas/Guillot

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Hébert:

The 'Heberts of the World' Family Reunion is set for August 6-7-8, 1999 at the Acadian Centre, located on the grounds of Mount Carmel-Vermillion Catholic School, in Abbeville, Louisiana. Russell Gaspard, 1113 Coulée Kinney, Abbeville, LA 70510 is coordinator and may be contacted at (318)893-2381. Meetings are usually held at Mount Carmel School in Abbeville. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Henry/Lirette:

Set for Chauvin, LA. on July 31, 1999. Vivian Lirette-Pellegrin, 4607 Bayouside Drive, Chauvin, LA 70344 is coordinator and may be contacted at (504) 594-5449. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Jeansonne/Johnson:

Set for Marksville on August 5, 6 & 7, 1999. Contact is Tommy Jeansonne, 32415 Caroline Drive, Paulina, LA 70763 Tel. (800)673-0598 Ext. 102.

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Landry:

Set for Grand Coteau, LA on August 13 -15, 1999. Chairperson is Frances Landry, P.O. Box 92202, Lafayette, LA 70509-2202 Tel. (318)937-5424. Another coordinator is Michael Landry, 205 Kevin Dr., Lafayette, LA 70507 Tel. (318)264-1742. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]

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Lanoux/Mire/Babin/Duplessis:

Set for Gonzales, LA on August 7, 1999. Pie Lanoux is Chairperson and may be contacted at 39045 Cornerview St., Gonzales, LA 70737-6216 Tel. (504)647-2750.


LeBlanc:

Reunion is set for Erath/Lafayette, LA on August 13-14, 1999. Presley LeBlanc, 12321 North Rd., Erath, LA 70533 may be contacted at (318)937-8160. Another coordinator is Rolie LeBlanc, 101 E. Edwards, Erath, LA 70574 who may be contacted at (318) 927-5025. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]

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The following article appeared in the April 1997 (Volume 1, Issue 4) of the "Muddy Waters Gazette" published by "The Bayou Browsers PC User Group, and is re-printed with thanks).

LeBlanc Family Reunion Organization has been formed, (Incorporated as Famille de LeBlanc, Inc.) officers have been elected and plans are now underway for members to go forward with the plans for August 1999. An estimated crowd of 6,000 LeBlancs from the world over will gather in Erath, Louisiana to meet friends and relatives and trace their roots back to Nova Scotia, Canada. The Bayou Browsers will be active in this program, promoting the use of computers to enhance every phase of the planning and preparation of the event. Post cards, brochures, home page, cookbook, letterheads, envelopes, iron-ons and many, many more projects will be introduced for the first time to a reunion event such as this one. Famille LeBlanc Inc. is asking any and all to step forward and volunteer for the many jobs that will need to be done before our relatives come down to visit us. A simple thing like selling tickets, giving directions, or just speaking the French language, will be a big asset to the special world event that will take place for the first time in Acadiana. Fortunately, Erath has been approved for the LeBlanc family and Abbeville has been approved for the Hebert family. Russell Gaspard, Joe Hebert, Ed Hebert, Pat Hebert are just 4 of the Bayou Browsers helping us with this program. With the LeBlanc reunion, we also have 4 members of the Bayou Browsers, that are leading the event. They are Relie LeBlanc, Presley LeBlanc, Simon LeBlanc and Allen LeBlanc. Relie has been appointed liaison between Famille LeBlanc and the town of Erath. Presley LeBlanc has been elected President and Simon Secretary. Allen will be advisor for computer application for the total event. Contact the following for more information:

Presley LeBlanc: 937-8160 (Erath)

Simon LeBlanc: 365-2691(New Iberia)

Relie LeBlanc: 937-5508 (Erath)

Lynn Broussard: 893-2688 (Abbeville)



Lejeune/Young:

Set for Crowley, LA on August 14, 1999. Coordinator is Annette Huval, 107 Chip St., Scott, LA 70583 Tel. (318)269-1921. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected].

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Maillet:

Set for August 6 & 7, 1999 in Marksville. Chairman is Connie Maillet, 107 W. Bertrand, Rayne, LA 70578 who can be reached at (318)334-7473. . Send e-mail inquiries to Connie at: [email protected].

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Martin:

Set for St. Martinville, LA on August 7-8, 1999. Coordinator is Reid Martin, 314 St. Martin Street, St. Martinville, LA Tel. (318)394-3217. Another coordinator is Eric Martin, 120 S. New Market St., St. Martinville, LA 70582 Tel. (318)394-2230.

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Melançon/Melanson:

Set for Yambilee Building in Opelousas, LA on August 14, 1999. Contact is Caroline M. Ogle.Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected].

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Michel:

Contact is Joan Michel, 8720 LA Hwy. 13, Kaplan, LA 70548 Tel. (318)643-8842. No other details available.

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Mire:

See Lanoux/Mire/Babin/Duplessis


Mouton:

Set for Lafayette on August 7, 1999. One of the Coordinators is Scranton "Beau" Mouton, P.O. Box 2145, Lafayette, LA 70502 Tel.(318)235-9024. Another coordinator is Pat Mouton, 940 W. Vive Ave., Eunice, LA Tel. (318)457-4448. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected].

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Naquin/Vautour:

Set for Montégut, LA on July 31, 1998. Contact is Marsha (Naquin) Lunk, 120 Elm Drive, Raceland, LA 70394 Tel. (504)537-7905. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Petitpas:

See Guidry/Petitpas.

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Pitre:

Set for CutOff, LA on August 7, 1999. Loretta Jambon-Johnson, 11 Elliot Drive, Lockport, LA 70574 or P.O. Box 88, Mathews, LA 70375 is coordinator and may be contacted at (504) 532-2907. E-Mail Contact: [email protected]

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Poir(r)ier/David:

Set for Vacherie on August 7, 1999. Contact is Phyllis Poirrier Bodin, P.O. Box 87, Vacherie, LA 70090 Tel. (504)265-2484. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Préjean/LeBreton:

Set for Eunice, LA on August 6-7, 1999. Coordinator is Raymond Préjean, P.O. Box 40, Lawtell, LA 70550 Tel. (318)543-2395. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Richard:

The reunion is set for Aug. 6-7, 1999, in Lafayette at the Heymann Performing Arts Center and Convention Center. The Richard family association is Des Richard de Partout, Inc. and it is coordinated by Eddie Richard, P.O. Box 456, Scott, LA 70583 who may be contacted at (318) 235-0538. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected].

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Robichaux:

Set for Montégut, LA on August 7, 1999. Coordinator is Mildred Robichaux-Pellegrin, P.O. Box 53, Montégut, LA 70363 Tel. (504)594-3135 or (504)879-2000. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]

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Rodrigue:

Set for Chackbay, LA. Contact is Gaston Rodrigue, 1245 Hwy. 20, Thibodaux, LA 70301 Tel. (504)633-7630.

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Roger(s)/Caissie:

Set for Gheens, LA on August 7, 1999. Contact is Carol Rogers Sr., P.O. Box 635, Raceland, LA 70394 Tel. (504)537-7480. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected] or [email protected]

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Roy

Scheduled for August 7-8, 1999 in Lafayette. Contact is Rod Roy, 1519 Coteau Rodaire Hwy., Arnaudville, LA 70512 Tel. (504)633-7630. Another coordinator is Peggy Roy, 2212 N. University, Lafayette, LA 70507 Tel. (318)235-6511. Another contact is Ed Roy, P.O. Box 53889, Lafayette, LA 70505, Tel. (318)261-0927 E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Savoie/Savoy:

Set for Grand Coteau, LA on August 7, 1999. The reunion is being coordinated by Deanna Savoy Ratliff, 302 Geneviève Dr., Lafayette, LA 70503 Tel. (318)984-2803. Another coordinator is Lisa Stafford, 104 Candlelight, Lafayette, LA 70506 and she may be contacted at (318) 981-0951.

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Simon:

Set for Eunice/Lafayette on August 14-15, 1999. Contact is Curley Simon Jr., 110 Percy Foreman Road, Lafayette, LA 70506 Tel. (318)984-2281.

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Sonnier:

Contact is Mitch Conover, 300 Strasbourg Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506 Tel. (318)989-0319. Send e-mail inquiries to: [email protected]. No other details available.

 

Thériot/Crochet:

Set for Houma, LA on July 31, 1999. Nadine Thériot-Boudreaux, 7447 Hwy 996, Bella Rose, LA 70341 is president of this reunion. Her Belle Rose phone number is (504) 473-6053 or call (504)856-1620. Organizational meetings are usually held in the Pierre Part Elementary School cafeteria. Web site is located at: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/5800/theriot.htm

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Thibodeau(x):

Set for Charenton, LA on August 6-7, 1999. Coordinator is J.P. Thibodeaux, 501 W. Admiral Doyle, New Iberia, LA 70560 Tel. (318)365-6838. Shirley LeBlanc, the Chairperson, can be contacted via e-mail at: [email protected]

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Trahan/Leger:

Set for Crowley, LA on August 7-8, 1999. Coordinator is Loubert Trahan, 9515 LA Hwy. 92W, Maurice, LA 70555 Tel. (318)643-8180. Another contact is Julius Trahan, Rt. #2, Box 210A, Kaplan, LA 70546 Tel. (318)643-8180. E-Mail contact: [email protected]

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Vautour:

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Vincent:

Set for Kaplan, LA on August 13-14-15, 1999. Coordinator is Charles Vincent, 420 W. 1st Street, Kaplan, LA 70548 Tel. (318)643-7890. 

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The following is a reproduction (with thanks) of an article which appeared in the September - October 1997 issue of Louisiana Roots.

 

Contacts Sought for CMA; Louisiane Family Reunions

Organizers of the family reunions for Congrès Mondial Acadien; Louisiane 1999 are telling members of twelve families who have not yet begun to plan for 1999, that it is not too late to do so.

The following families have not yet organized: Boudreaux, Daigle, Girouard, Melançon, Sonnier, Baudoin, Begnaud, Benoit, Credeur, Doucet, Fontenot and Mouton.

"All we need is one contact person to get a family started," said Eddie Richard, director of CMA- Louisiane family reunions west of the Atchafalaya Basin. Once a person shows interest, members of the CMA- Louisiane reunion committee, meet with the representative to provide that person with all the information necessary on organizing a reunion.

"This is not a covered-dish type of reunion where everyone knows everyone," Richard said. "The CMA- Louisiana reunions are designed to include extensive genealogy and involve family cousins from Canada, Europe, and other parts of the world", he said.

For those who are hesitant or fearful about the work involved in such an undertaking, Richard insists that these reunions are easy to organize. "We are prepared to tell families exactly how to go about planning one of these reunions," he said.

Richard and members of his committee provide families with guidelines on such things as basic organization, selection of officers, and choice of date and site.

The reunions are one- or two-day events with full programs that include many workshops on genealogy, informational booths, arts and handicrafts exhibit, and music and dancing. At the last Richard reunion, 1500 people registered and the group hopes to double that number in 1999.

Richard said that he views the family reunions as a wonderful opportunity for Acadians descendants. "For once, Acadians from all over the world can come together and meet as a function that both honors and recognizes them, instead of putting them down," he said.

Any member of the families that have not yet organized is invited to contact Eddie Richard at (318)235-0538 in Scott, LA or Cheryl Collins, director of reunions east of the Atchafalaya at (504)897-2000 in Houma, LA.

 


LE CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN...comes to Louisiana in 1999.

The following article is a News Release by Brian Gabriel COMEAUX, who is the President and Executive Director of "CMA Louisiana-1999" and is re-printed (with approval and thanks) from "The Acadian Star" April 1996 Newsletter of the S*A*D (Society of Acadian Descendants):

 

The event that charmed the Acadian people in August 1994, is coming to Louisiana in 1999! The "Congrès Mondial Acadien; Louisiana-1999", announces that the second "Congrès" will take place in South Louisiana, during the first two weeks of August, 1999.

"There will be activities throughout Acadiana, or as we are fond of saying, from Grand Isle to Gueydan", said Brian Gabriel Comeaux, President and Executive Director of the Louisiana non-profit Corporation, "Congrès Mondial Acadien-Louisiana".

The 1999 Congrès has chosen "Reunion en Louisiane" as its theme. Comeaux said, "we found that above all, it was the family reunions that took place during the 1994 Congres in New Brunswick, that had most touched the hearts of those Acadians from Louisiana who had the opportunity to participate. Therefore, we found it altogether natural to plan the next Congrès around the "Reunion" theme.

The "CMA-Louisiana; 1999" also unveiled its logo for the 1999 event. It strongly resembles the logo of the Congrès Mondial Acadien's parent organization, but decorated with the theme of the 1999 event. The words "Reunion en Louisiane" extend across the yellow star at the top of the logo. There is also a version which bears the words, "Louisiane 1999".

Mona Fitzgerald Design of Lafayette...the graphic design firm that conceived the logo, also gave the lines which underline the words "Congrès Mondial Acadien" a wavy look, which gives the logo a more festive feel.

"The 'CMA-Louisiane; 1999' is very grateful for the volunteer efforts that the Fitzgerald firm undertook for our committee. The logo that all the Acadians of the world know so well, will stay the same, but we are very happy to be able to give our event its unique identity", said Comeaux.

Like its predecessor in New Brunswick which attracted the participation of over 250,000 (including 3,000 Louisianians) and had an economic impact of $ 17,500,000. US on the region, the CMA-Louisiane 1999 will include the reunions of between 60 and 75 Acadian families. There will also be several concerts of Cajun and Acadian music, as well as many other activities.

Another project undertaken by the "CMA-Louisiane; 1999", will be to assist as many towns and cities in the Acadian Regions of Eastern Canada. "In support of the effort to make known the fact that the Acadians of the world are one people, united by blood and history, we find it important to improve the links between the Acadians of Louisiana and the Acadians of Canada. We saw the tears shed at Dieppe (New Brunswick) for the Cajun day offered during the last Congrès and we would like to recreate that experience in each Cajun town in 1999. It is our goal to have links in place by 1999, not only between towns and cities, but also between families. We hope that our "twinning" project can be the vehicle to make this goal a reality", said Comeaux.

 


Officers of "CMA-Louisiane; 1999"

BRIAN GABRIEL COMEAUX: President and Executive Director, is an attorney in Lafayette and resides in Scott, Louisiana.

RICHARD GUIDRY: Vice-President, is a foreign languages supervisor for the State of Louisiana's Department of Education.

RUTH BLANCHARD: Secretary-Treasurer, is a teacher in Pierre Part, Louisiana.

 

Board of Directors of CMA-Louisiane; 1999

MARY DELAHOUSSAYE BELLEAU: Mrs. Belleau (originally from Cecillia, Louisiana) is a careers counselor for L.S.U. and resides in Bâton Rouge, Louisiana.

WARREN PERRIN: Mr. Perrin (originally from Prairie Greig, near Erath, Louisiana) is an attorney in Lafayette and serves a President of CODOFIL.

DALE DOUCET: Mr. Doucet is a real estate developer in LaFourche Parish, and resides in LaRose, Louisiana.

CAROL AUCOIN: Mrs. Aucoin is principal of the Elementary school in Belle Rose and a pioneer in French Immersion Education in Louisiana. She resides in Pierre Part.

EARLENE BROUSSARD: Ms. Broussard (originally from the Marais Castille, near Kaplan) is Executive Director of CODOFIL. She resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.

CHARLES LARROQUE: Mr. Larroque is a French Immersion teacher and television producer, who resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.

 

Comeaux added, "we work very closely with the team of the Congrès Mondial Acadien in Dieppe, New Brunswick, especially their new President, MICHEL LEGER. We are very grateful for the aid given to us by Jean-Luc Chiasson, Daniel Arsenault, Violet Green, Wilfred Roussel and Andre Boudreau. The CMA-Louisiane will never become a reality, without the benefit of their experience and expertise, and the CMA-Louisiane is but a moral branch of their efforts to promote the interests of the Acadian people of the Diaspora. We are, for example, very happy and encouraged to see the efforts undertaken by Jean-Luc Chiasson to put in place in the Credit Union and banks of the Maritime Provinces of Canada, a type of savings account similar to the Christmas Cluc Accounts that we know well in the U.S., but with the objective of allowing Acadians in Canada, the means to begin saving now, for their long voyages to Louisiana in 1999. His efforts are a testimonial, not only for the great attachment that Jean-Luc gives to his Acadian identity, but also a sign of excitement which already exists in Canada, for the 'CMA-Louisiane; 1999'".



Additional information available from:
CMA-Lousiane; 1999
C.P. 3804,
Lafayette, LA
70502-3804
Telephone: (318) 234-6166

 

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