Volume 2015 Issue 2

 19 February 2015 Meeting

The February meeting of the Lafayette Genealogical Society was held on February 19, 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. After a few welcoming remarks, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by a moment of silence to remember our ancestors and our men and women who have served and are presently serving in the Armed Forces. The minutes of the January 2015 meeting were read and approved.

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

January Beginning Balance $2,958.84

Dues Collected 220.00 Books Sold/Donations Acadiana Project Banquet 242.00 Publication Expense -119.72 Speaker Meals Banquet Expense Office Expense Other Expenses/Rent Library Book Project


New Members for 2015 7 Members with dues unpaid 0

President Scheuermann then discussed the committee assignments. Everyone should have received notification by email. These committees should not take up too much of a person's time. Meeting can be conducted informally by email or telephone. The library has meeting room available that we can use. These committees are needed in order for people to share their expertise and to problem solve any issues that may come up. If you have not been contacted please see either Herb or Everet Thompson.

Warren Leblanc gave us an update on the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery Project in Scott. It is 95% completed with just 1 mausoleum left to chart. There are approximately 7,000 grave locations. The information collected has been entered into the computer spreadsheet and proofreading has begun.

Everett Thompson gave a report on the revamped website. He has been working very hard to update it, making it more people friendly and navigable. Volunteers were asked to meet at the Library on Saturday for about an hour and a half to peruse the website and offer suggestions. We were encouraged to visit the website. Brenda Fuselier added that the easiest way for her to access the website was just to google it. It is generally the first website to come up on google. There have been 29,000 visits to the website since its inception and it was originally created by Charles Patterson and Earl Gates.

President Scheuerman the spoke about the Constitution committee. The constitution need to be revised to meet current circumstances, with words being added or deleted, grammar corrected and some changes made about the way we conduct business today.

Prayers were asked for Frances Doga, a long time member who is ill.

The President then introduced our guest speaker, Kathleen Mire, or as she prefers "Mamee Mier, the Cajun lady". Her talk was, in her description, a "hodgepodge" of Acadian Life. She is a Public Speaker and informal representative of the Cajun way of life, speaking at schools and public events. She is a descendant of the David Sonnier family and can trace her roots back to France. She announced that on Saturday, March 21 there will be a Sonnier "landing" reenactment at the Memorial in St. Martinville. She introduced several members of her family who would be participating in the boat landing. It will depict the arrival of her family at the Attakapas Post. She then began a varied talk on the meaning of the costumes seen at Mardi Gras; such as the cone representing royalty, the mortar representing the formally educated and the miter representing the clergy. In the middle ages the peasants would trade places for a day with the elite, the more educated and the clergy. We were shown the flag of the Acadians in Canada and noticed how it is similar to our own Acadian Flag, primarily in the red, white, blue and yellow colors. She showed handmade toys that young children would play with and talked about Nicola – the Santa figure who would put apples, oranges, gum and candy in shoes left out at Christmas. She spoke of her personal ancestry with the Mi'kmaq Indians who made friends with and helped the settlers in Acadie and how they banded together during the many wars between the then super powers, England and France. Above all, she admonished all of us to teach our children so they can teach those who come after, our story, no matter which nationality we are. She showed us the various books she has collected on the Cajun story and we all sang "Alouette" a song that may have originated with the "Voyageurs", men who rowed the boats for the fur traders of Canada. They were strong men who sang these songs in order to establish a rhythm with which they rowed faster and longer. Finally she spoke to us about upcoming events such as the Grand Réviele to be held in Lake Charles, Houma, Lafayette and New Orleans from October 3rd through the 15th. We then had a Mardi Gras parade complete with a tintamarre as people paraded with their noisemakers. Door prizes were given out.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Pellerin, Secretary