The Richelieu




   Volume 5    Issue 1                                                              Spring 2004


Le Gardien

(The Guardian)
Newsletter of
The Richelieu Leger Family Association

President's Comer
by Butch Leger

First of all, I would like to extend to each of you my best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. This past year has been a very fruitful and productive one for our association. Though we are one of the youngest family organizations, if not the youngest, we have moved to the forefront through the tireless efforts of our membership. We have a lot to be thankful for, but these accomplishments can only be meaningful if we can sustain our association as a vibrant, active organization. And that can only happen through membership. That is why it is so important for all of us to renew our memberships and to strive to recruit as many family members as possible. Sustaining membership levels is always a concern for any organization and ours is no exception because we need numerical strength in order to be able to accomplish our goals. So, please send those membership renewals back immediately. We are quickly approaching the final countdown to the Congrès Mondial and the Leger-Trahan family reunion in Nova Scotia. Several committees have been working diligently in preparation for this event. We expect to have a large delegation of members present and encourage all of you who have not yet decided whether to attend to do so. In closing, I would like to especially thank all the officers, board members, committee chairpersons and members for all of your efforts this past year. We had a busy schedule with a reunion, Louisiana Purchase celebration, the Acadian Memorial cross and crests dedication, in addition to preparing for the Congrès Mondial and reunion. Thanks to your efforts, all of these events were great successes, as I'm sure everything in Nova Scotia will be as well. On to Nova Scotia!


from Fr. Austin Leger

I thank you for inviting and accepting me as a member of the association. I especially enjoyed my visit at the reunion April 26th, 2003, in Comeaux Park. I am still here at St. Martin de Tours Church in St. Martinville. I am feeling fine but rather busy. As we go forward to Lent and Easter, may I extend to everyone best wishes for a happy and holy season of Lent and a Blessed Easter. May God bless you. -Fr. Leger

Special Intention
Please pray for Amelia Grace Hebert, who will be undergoing open heart surgery in April. Amelia is the six-month old daughter of Blair & Michelle Hebert of New Iberia, LA. Amelia is also the little sister of Avery Clair, 3 yrs old. She is the granddaughter of Ray & Joyce Lege of Abbeville, La. and Cecil & Gayle Hebert of Maurice, La.

Welcome Back, Ranson!

We want to welcome back our Historian, Ranson Lege. He has resumed his regular history installments. Please find enclosed with this newsletter the next series from Ranson. We are once again thankful his health has improved and look forward to the coming series installments.

by Evelyn Lege

This Association has a very active Genealogy Committee, working together, constantly adding names and families to our Leger database. At present, this database can be accessed at our regular meetings or reunions. If you haven't already submitted your family information, or if you know anyone who is seeking Leger information, please contact our genealogy committee. This data can be sent in any form (E mail, typed or handwritten), Contact Evelyn Lege via Email: or Lou Leger by regular mail to Lou Leger, 1012 Big Pine Dr., Covington, La. 70433, telephone: 985-892-6029. Merci!

Congrès Mondial Acadien - 2004

by: Evelyn Lege
On July 31, 2004 opening ceremonies will be held in the Acadian region of Clare in Nova Scotia. This event will commemorate the beginnings of Acadie. From July 31st to August 15th, family reunions will be held throughout the Acadian region of Nova Scotia. In all, it is expected that more than 1,200 activities will be hosted during the CMA 2004.

Twenty-six Legers have already signed up to attend the Trahan/Leger reunion, which will be held in Wolfville, Nova Scotia August 6, 7 and 8th, 2004. Opening ceremonies for this reunion will be held August 6th at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville. On Saturday morning, August 7th, tours are planned to various Acadian sites. One of the sites to be visited is the La Famille Cemetery, where a granite memorial, engraved with the family crests of the Trahans, Richelieu Legers and LaRosette Legers, will be laid commemorating the gathering of these three families on that date. Saturday after noon will be devoted to genealogy and a dinner is planned for Saturday evening. Closing ceremonies will take place on Sunday morning.

The Congrès will conclude Sunday, August 15th with the official closing ceremonies and a Mass at Grand Pre. In the evening, Acadians will host a musical concert in Halifax of international caliber to celebrate 400 years of the founding of Acadie as well as the start of French colonization of North America.

This is a very historic event for the Richelieu Legers as this will be the first time the Richelieu Legers will be recognized internationally. You are urged to make lodging reservations as soon as possible. You can contact the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville, Email: phone 902-681-5000, or the Slumber Inn, phone 902-681-5000. Be sure to state you are with the Trahan/Leger reunion for special room rates. If you haven't already done so, please let me know if you are planning to attend: Email:

Membership Update as reported
by Joyce Lege:

As of February 2004, the association has 110 paid members. New Members since last newsletter are: Brian Vincent Lane, Evelyn Ruth Goodson, Donna Vandever Yelverton, and Annie Mae H. Carre. WELCOME!!

New members are always welcome. Application forms can be found by clicking:  Membership. Applications can also be attained by contacting Joyce Lege at 1125 Coulee Kinney Drive, Abbeville, LA 70510 or

Current Members

It is time for membership renewal! If your address label for this newsletter has "2003" after your name then you haven't renewed your membership for 2004. Enclosed in this mailing is a renewal form. Please fill it out and return it with payment to the address indicated on the form. THANK YOU!

Board Meeting & General Assembly Gathering Held
by Lou Leger

The board meeting was held on November 22, 2003. During this meeting it was voted that various donations be made in the Family Association's name. A donation of $250 to the Trahan/Leger Reunion fund, and finally a $100 donation was made to CAFA. A motion was also carried to have a brick purchased, which will be laid in a path near the Grave Marker in Falmouth, Nova Scotia. This brick will bear the Family Association name.

The official general meeting could not be convened due to lack of a quorum. A brief information session was held. Following the meeting, a delightful social with lots of goodies and lively conversation was enjoyed by all. The event was held at the home of Curtis and Joycie Lege Broussard in Maurice, LA.

T-Shirts & Other Merchandise Still Available

Merchandise with the Richelieu-Leger crest still available: cookbooks ($5), magnets ($1), calendars ($3), 8xl0 crest suitable for framing ($3). All t-shirt sizes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. XXL and XXXL are $14. All other sizes are $12. Shipping costs for t-shirts are as follows: 1 shirt - $5,2 shirts - $7, 3-5 shirts, 3-5 shirts- $10, 6 or more - call for price. If you are interested, contact Ray or Joyce Lege by email at: or by post at 1125 Coulee Kinney Road, Abbeville, Louisiana 70510 or by phone at 337-893-0736.

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