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By Mitch Conover, Editor

Vol. VIII                                                      Ensemble      Encore                             Summer/Fall   -    2006


                            December 2, 2006 Gathering


  Election of Officers and Honoring our Iraq Veterans

At our recent Board Meeting it was decided that Famille Trahan will hold election of officers, including a replacement for Ray Trahan, our current President. Ray has been selected to assist the Louisiana Delegation in preparation of Congres Mondial 2009 in New Brunswick, Canada, and that plus his work with the Acadian Memorial leaves little time to devote to Famille Trahan.

We request those individuals who would like to serve in any position, to send their name and the position they are applying for to Ray, Loubert, or Mitch at the e-mail addresses listed at end of Newsletter.

In addition to holding our elections, Famille Trahan has invited the Boudreaux and Comeaux Families to join our gathering, and will take the opportunity of the Gathering to honor the men and women of Boudreaux,  Comeaux, and  Trahan Families who have served in Iraq (either Iraq War). These individuals, their wives (or husbands) and children will be our guests for a fried turkey and dressing dinner. It is our desire to get more involved with our cousins, and this was a good way to get more of them involved.


We will require an RSVP for this occasion, that we insure sufficient food is available for all attending. The cost for all attendees, except our Iraq Veterans and their families, will remain $5 per person for those over age of 12; those under age 12 eat free.

We will again ask those members who can do so, to bring a desert.

Planning for Congres Mondial 2009
As president of Louisiane-Acadie, I had the pleasure of traveling to  Canada in July and August to attend the SNA annual meeting in  Memramcook as an associate member representing the Cajuns from  Louisiana.  SNA stands for Society National Acadie.  It is the 
Canadian organization responsible for choosing the sight of the next Congress Mondial Acadian.  We had a very successful meeting and we  stressed the importance of communicating both in French and English  so that all the Acadians can understand and take a part in what is  going on.

From there we went to the Acadian Peninsula where the 2009 Congress will be held.  We met with all the mayors of the Peninsula and Mr.  Carol Broussard, the mayor of  Delcambre La. twined his town with the  town of Caraquet, Ca.  During the school year, some students from 
each schools will be chosen to communicate by e-mail and at the end of the school year we will do some student exchanges.

I also delivered a letter of intent from mayor Mark Pizza of  Abbeville to twin at some future date with the town of Tracadie-Sheila Ca.  I brought back a letter of intent from the mayor of  Shipagan Ca. to twin at some future date with a town in the Acadian Community of south Louisiana.

While in the area, we met with the president and directors of the  2009 CMA and they are eager to work with us to help make out visit  there in 2009 as pleasant as it can be.                                                        

We were extremely well  received in the Acadian Peninsula and everyone there is looking  forward to receiving us at the 2009 Congress Mondial Acadian.  Again, we stressed the importance of communicating in both French and  English and they agreed to do so.

We were 15 from this area on the trip and everyone was extremely impressed with the area and cannot wait to go back and see more.  I  would strongly encourage all of you who are thinking of making the  trip in 2009, to start planning now.  Most of the people there were 
not deported.  They fled from the British and ended up in the Acadian Peninsula.  They all speak French and English and look and act just  like us.  They have a lot of the same last names as we have here in  Louisiana.  I would encourage all of you who are capable of making  the trip in 2009, to do so.  It will be an experience you will never  forget.

Brenda will be working on a Louisiana day there during the 2009 CMA   and as soon as the date and place is chosen, I will inform all of you.





I would also like mention that we have suffered the passing of several of our family members,  as noted below:

As many of you are aware, the family has lost one of our greatest supporters,  Anna Claire Camel Trahan, beloved wife of Loubert, and a sister to all of us. The passing of Anna Claire on September 3rd followed a series of illnesses she endured the past few months. 

The family has also lost David LaBorde, son of Melba Trahan Laborde. David and his brother Bennet Phillip III were in a tragic auto accident; Bennett Phillip is still hospitalized in serious condition.

The passing of Earline Trahan Hebert, beloved wife of Percy Hebert.

The passing of Willie Trahan of Maurice, who died on September 9th at age 94 years.

Lastly, the passing of Ophelias Trahan of Crowley.

I would add, that we have also had a couple of new arrivals, Natalie Evangeline Trahan, daughter of Timmy Trahan and wife Angela Nepveaux; and  Alex Trahan, son of Robby Trahan and wife Jennifer Dreggers.  Congratulations to the proud parents, and prouder grandparents,  Charles and Mona Trahan.

by:  Ray Trahan, President


Bits and pieces
Loubert Trahan 
Due to the lateness of getting the Newsletter to you, we have combined our information, and this issue will serve as both the Summer and the Fall Editions. To insure that each of you are kept updated relative to the upcoming Gathering on December 2, 2006 at the Woodmen of World Hall in Maurice, Louisiana, 1/4 miles west of the signal light at the intersection of La. 92 W (Indian Bayou Rd) and US 167.   I will mail each of you a reminder of this event not later than November 27, 2006.
Contacts for Election and for RSVPs:

Ray Trahan: beaufile@bellsouth.net  or phone 337-856-1620

Loubert Trahan: lgtrahan@cox.net or phone 337-893-0824\

Mitch Conover: whiskey6@cox.net or phone 337-989-0319

Lastly, we would like to solicit help in obtaining new/ updated addresses for the following members:

Marlene and Steve Sharon of Port Allen, La.    Old address: 4066 Emiliy Drive, Port          Allen, La 70767

John W & Doris T Reel of Call, Texas               Old address: Rt 1 box 12E, Call, Tx 75933

Harold Trahan of Houston, Tx.                          Old address: 15211 Pebble Bend Drive,   Houston, TX 77068-1837

Bits & Pieces:  ( reprint):

Yours truly was privileged to attend and hear Dr. John M. Faragher, Yale University, about his newly published book "A GREAT AND NOBLE SCHEME."  This book is recommended reading to all who have Acadian Roots, plus it would make a wonderful text book for any school.  For the first time one of the prime reasons for our forefathers deportation, by ethnic cleansing, many years before Bosnia or West Bank, is partially blamed on the inhabitants of New England Colonies, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, who wanted more fertile land of their own.  Here follows Dr. Faragher's own words from the jacket of his book:

ON SEPTEMBER, 1755, THE Pennsylvania Gazette printed a dispatch from the maritime province of Nova Scotia: "We are now upon a great and noble Scheme of sending the neutral French out of this Province, who have always been secret Enemies, and have encouraged our Savages to cut our Throats. If we effect their Expulsion, it will be one of the greatest Things that ever the English did in America; for by all Accounts, that Part of the Country they possess, is as good Land as any in the World: In case therefore we could get some good English Farmers in their Room, this Province would abound with all Kinds of Provisions."

     At the time these words were published, New England troops acting under the authority of the colonial governors of Nova Scotia and Massachusetts were systematically rounding up more than seven thousand Acadians, the French  ­speaking, Catholic inhabitants who lived in com­munities along the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Men, women, and children alike were crowded into transport vessels and deported in small groups to other British colonies across the continent of North America. Many families were separated, wives from husbands, daughters from mothers, some never to meet again. Another ten thousand or more fled into the forests and spent years living as homeless refugees. Thousands of them were captured and deported to France, while others took up arms in guerrilla resistance. Meanwhile, their property was plundered, their communities were torched, their lands were seized. The cam­paign to "extirpate" the Acadian people lasted until the end of the Seven Years War in 1763 and cost thousands of lives. In its aftermath, hundreds of surviving Acadians returned to the places they had come to call home over the previous 150 years, but not to their old homes on the Bay of Fundy, which in the meantime had been settled by Yankee families from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Other Acadians migrated to French Louisiana and became the ancestors of today's Cajuns.

Piecing together the scattered remnants of Acadian civilization in documents and sources buried deep in archives, historian John Mack Faragher provides the first comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and historically accurate account of the expulsion from both British and Acadian points of view. It is a story filled with fascinating historical characters-native Mikmaq who enjoyed a friendly relationship of cultural exchange and accommoda­tion with the Acadian settlers, French and British governors and military officers isolated in lonely out­posts, Yankee merchants and ministers motivated by enterprise and ideology, and ordinary Acadian men and women who insisted on their right to live their own lives, in their own independent ways, on the margins of contesting empires. It is a story of ethnic cleansing in early America, a story with a special poignancy in our own time."

"A Great and Noble Scheme" is available at Barnes & Noble - $28.95 + tax.