TRAHAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION MEETING
November 12, 2005
Woodmen of the World Hall
The Trahan Family Association regular meeting was held on
November 12, 2005 in Maurice at the Woodmen of the World Hall.
President Ray Trahan presided. All officers were present.
Secretary Rosie Trahan read a prayer. Vice-President Carlin
Trahan lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Forty-five people
registered in attendance and each received a copy of the
minutes. Robert Trahan move that the minutes be approved as
submitted; Ovey Viator seconded the motion; motion carried.
Treasurer Loubert Trahan gave the financial report. A copy is
attached to these minutes. He stated that the year began with a
balance of $6988 and, as of this date, the balance is $6645 with
all expenses being paid this meeting included. Total membership
The President announced that Canada minted a new nickel
commemorating the end of World War II. Leo Paul Leger of Moncton
has made it available for members free of charge and is being
distributed by Gloria Viator. Viator stated that the value of
these nickels is $10.
CAFA President James Bourque made these comments: CAFA is the
association composed of representatives from all Acadian family
associations. The Trahan Family Association is represented by
its President, Ray Trahan. He is a board member and serves as
vice president of CAFA. Loubert is the web master and handles
all communications, electronic or otherwise. The Acadian
Heritage Day held in August was a success. Attendance was very
good and CAFA realized about $400 profit. He extended
appreciation to Ray and Loubert for serving CAFA and for the
success of Acadian Heritage Day.
President Ray stated that he serves on the Hurricane Relief
Fund of Acadiana with the city of Lafayette to disburse funds
being donated to hurricane victims. Money is received from
different parts of the world - Canada, France, etc.; he
delivered $36,000 to the mayor of St. Martinville donated by
Nantes, France. Some donations come earmarked for specific
locations. An 18-wheeler, filled with clothing, pillows, etc.,
arrived from New Brunswick Canada right after Hurricane Rita.
Another 18-wheeler, containing about 180 mattresses plus food,
clothing and school supplies, is to arrive from New Brunswick
Canada. He asked members to notify any hurricane victims they
know about this delivery. Zachary Richard held a concert in
Paris, France to benefit displaced New Orleans musicians. New
Brunswick and Nova Scotia areas held several concerts and raised
about a quarter million dollars going directly to the schools in
Vermilion Parish. He reminded members, when they are in contact,
to thank these people for their contributions to Louisiana.
Special presentations were made to Loubert and Anna Claire
Trahan and Mitch and Earline Conover. Conover made the
presentation to Loubert and Anna citing their contributions,
dedication and generosity toward CAFA, Trahan Family Association
and community. Ray made the presentation to Mitch and Earline
for their dedication and goodwill. He further commented that the
Trahan Family Association is indebted to these individuals for
The President announced that the 2009 Congres Mondial will be
held in Catiket New Brunswick. Trahans are few in that area but
there are many Legers. Louisiana has been asked to apply to host
2014 Congres and plans are underway to put a package together.
The application is due in October, 2008.
Acadian Memorial Festival will be held on March 18, 2006 and
opens at 10:00 am. Ray is chairman again this year and stated
that plans are to have Evangeline/families come down Bayou Teche
for the opening.
Ray read a note Mitch Conover received from Linda Broussard
Norcross of Colorado. The note accompanied a "thank-you
painting" given for his assistance and which he donated to the
Association. The beautiful painting, An Angel Will Lead Them
Home, was painted by Norcross, who is legally blind. Earline
Conover moved that it be posted on the Web and opened up for
bids; then brought back to the next meeting of the Association
and finalize the bidding; Gloria Viator seconded the motion;
Each member told their name and place of residence.
Two door prizes were given.
Margaret Trahan move to adjourn the meeting; Loubert seconded
the motion; motion carried. Members enjoyed good a good meal.
Ernest RayTrahan, President
Rosie Trahan, Secretary