September 2004                       Nouvelle Bourg/Bourque                            Vol.  7   No. 1

La Famille Bourg/Bourque Acadienne Inc.

A newsletter for all: Bourg-Bourque-Burke-Bour-Bourc-Bourk-Bourke-(s)

www.cafa.org - 1340 Detente Rd.,  Youngsville, LA 70592 - 337-856-4240

Bonjour to all Famille Bourg/Bourque Acadienne members and friends.  This edition of Nouvelle Bourg/Bourque deals with a report on CMA 2004 and with our annual membership meeting to be held in Houma during October 2004.

ANNUAL MEETING:  La Famille Bourg/Bourque Acadienne Association’s annual meeting is scheduled for Saturday October 16, 2004 starting at 11:00 am at Golden Corral which is located at 1725 Martin Luther King Blvd in Houma.  We will have our business meeting from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon followed by a Dutch lunch.   We encourage all members to attend especially those from the Houma area.  The business part of the meeting will consist of election of 3 board members and also election of officers which will serve for the next two years.  Present officers are: James Bourque-President; Calvin Bourg-Vice President; Madeleine Bourque-Secretary, and Jeffery Bourque- Treasurer. We will have reports from members who attended CMA 2004 during August.  We will also discuss the direction that we want the organization to take during the next two to four years while preparing for CMA 2009 which will be in the Caraquet, New Brunswick area.   Hope to see many members at the meeting. 

CMA 2004 AND BOURG-BOURQUE REUNION: All reports from those attending the reunion held on August 7, 2004 at Tusket, Nova Scotia indicate that it was a tremendous success.  The reunion was well planned  with many activities and performers with emphasis on the story of the Acadians.  I am including  portions of an e-mail from Barbara Bourque Pothier, President of Bourg-Bourque Nova Scotia:  “Hi James,

-WOW what an event.  All went as planned with close to 1000 attending.  It was hectic, as you can imagine, but well worth the effort.  It started off with a big turn out at the Wine & Cheese held on Friday night.  Everyone was so excited.  We enjoyed music by Delbert Bourque and his musicians, talked and danced the evening away.  Morning came early for a few of us, finalizing the preparations at the school, doors opened and they came.  Opening ceremonies brought everyone in the gym and it started with speeches and on to the story of the Acadians through young dancers and our local Chorale du sud-ouest giving an outstanding performance.  We also had the classrooms filled with genealogy information, workshops on Rappie Pie, Lobster Traps, Quilting, Craft Sale, and etc.  We gave a Quilt away that was created by the Association members and members of the community.  Lunch  consisted of Rappie pie, Jambalaya, pig roast and strawberry shortcake served buffet style.  Ralph Surette gave a detailed talk on the Acadians and Bourques of the area and Nova Scotia.  We took a group picture outside and closed the day with a Mass celebrated by Msgr. Claude Champagne and Father Brien.  It was beautiful.  Met Jeffery Bourque and his wife Madeleine from your Louisiana organization as well as Denis Desulet and wife Angele from the Quebec organization. It was very emotional to see it all happening.  The local group that worked so hard for 4 years want to continue the Association for sure.  We have money left over which will be mainly used to continue the research.  Keep in touch-Barbara.”  Congratulations to Barbara and her whole group for not only planning well but executing the plan  in outstanding fashion.  We hope that they will pass on the secret of a great reunion to the folks in New Brunswick for the 2009 CMA.  NOTE: You can view pictures of CMA  festivities at the CMA website  www.cma2004.com .

ACADIAN HERITAGE WEEK:  The week of September 12-16 has been declared Acadian Heritage Week by the Louisiana Legislature.  The idea is to promote teaching of Acadian History in the middle schools especially in the Acadian areas of the state.  Many activities were held in the Lafayette area during the week including Festival Acadian.

CAFA ACTIVITIES:  CAFA is still providing funds for French Immersion programs in approximately 29 schools.  The funds help to provide materials of instruction to these programs on an annual basis.  During 2005 plans are being developed to have a program involving all family organizations to commemorate the 250 years since the Acadian Deportation. Other organizations are also planning programs to commemorate the occasion . The Acadian Memorial is planning a program during January and Vermilionville is planning  several programs during the year.  We will try to keep you informed of the specifics regarding the various activities. 

REMINDER:  Annual meeting is scheduled for Saturday October 16, 2004 at Golden Corral located at

1725 Martin Luther King Blvd, Houma. From Hwy 90 take 24 to 664 which is St. Charles Street to MLK.






September 2004


La Famille Bourq/Bourque
Acadienne, Inc.