Lafayette Genealogical Society

Meeting Minutes

 16 July 2015

The monthly meeting of the Lafayette Genealogical Society was held on July 16, 2015 in the Meeting Room of the South Regional Library, 1601 Johnston Street at 6:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by President Herb Scheuermann. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by a moment of silence to remember our ancestors, our men and women who have served and are presently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as the military personnel who lost their lives in Chatanooga this week. Guests were welcomed and asked to stand and introduce themselves. They included: Cory Campbell who is researching the James McNatt family in North Carolina. Sam and Rebecca from the library staff were recognized. Brenda Thibodeaux made a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes, seconded by Martha Landreneau. The motion passed. Judy Trahan motioned to accept the June minutes as posted on our website. This was seconded by Brenda Thibodeaux and approved.

Warren LeBlanc was called upon to give the Treasurer's Report for June, 2015:

April Beginning Balance                                                                                    $3,591.65

Dues Collected                                                                                                          275.00
Books Sold/Donations
Supplements Sold                                                                                                      
Acadian Project
Publication Expense
Speaker Meals
Banquet Expenses
Office Expense                                                                                                        
Other Expenses/Rent                                                                                              
Library Book Project

Ending Balance                                                                                                    $3,866.65

New Members for 2015                                                                                                    37
Members with dues unpaid                                                                                              3

A motion was made by Brenda Thibodeaux and seconded by Calice Breaux to accept the Treasurer's Report. The motion was approved.

Shirley LeBlanc encouraged everyone to use the Facebook page to share knowledge. Last week everyone with Hebert ancestors was invited to post their lineage. A new family will be chosen each week. The facebook page has grown to 188 members. A short workshop may be needed to help members learn how to use it.

Everett Thompson reported that work is ongoing for the website. The Members Only portion is still under construction. After dues are paid each year, members will be sent a login and password. This entitles members to access all publications the society has published including our annual and cemetery publications. This is contingent on dues being paid since the society will be giving up income from the sale of these publications. If you have not already done so, please provide information on your family tree for the annual publication.

On Saturday, July 11, the Genealogy 101 group toured the renovated downtown library. It was very well attended. Herb thanked Sam for the tour. The Society is looking for volunteers for Tuesdays at 10 am at the downtown library to be available to assist genealogy beginners. Inform the executive committee or just show up. Sam Lollard was asked to set up a sign or bulletin board notice to let people know of our presence and availability to help.

President Scheuermann asked everyone to think about being an officer next year. Contact him if you would be interested in serving. The annual banquet is scheduled for the 1st or 2nd Saturday of December and most probably will be held in the same location.

This concluded the business part of our meeting.

President Scheuerman introduced our guest speaker Trent Angers, nationally known for his nomination for a Nobel Prize. He received his B.A. from LSU in journalism and is the former editor of Acadiana Profile. His interests are centered on history, genealogy and the power of godly thinking. He began by reminding us about The Power of Positive Thinking written by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. This book was rejected by publishers 30 times and Dr. Peale threw it away. The manuscript was rescued by his wife and it became a best seller. Mr. Angers went to New York and was able to meet with Dr. Peale. They talked about newspapers, Dr. Peale's first love. Mr. Angers gave us information on his family tree which included a French Huguenot and an Acadian refugee. He then talked about some of the books that he has published on Grand Coteau and the Jesuits.

The main topic of his talk was his book, The Forgotten Hero of My Lai, The Hugh Thompson Story. It is the story of Hugh Thompson and his role in stopping the massacre of civilians in My Lai, Viet Nam on March 16, 1968. Mr. Angers became a friend of Mr. Thompson and obtained the rights to his story. He told us about the circumstances surrounding this incident and its aftermath. The orders that day were to kill everything. In the middle of this, Hugh Thompson landed his helicopter and he and his crew saved a few lives. His actions ended the massacre. However, this did not end the matter. The Army investigated and found that 30 men had participated. Only 25 remained in the service and of these 15 were indicted. Lt. William Calley was the only person convicted. Another factor involved in this was the covert actions of the President, one of his aids and two Senators who tried to discredit Thompson and his crew and sabotage the investigation.

Mr. Angers then spoke briefly on some of his other books. President Scheuermann presented him with a small gift.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Pellerin, Secretary