The Richelieu-Leger Family Association, Inc. held its first Family
Reunion on Feb. 17, 2001 at "The Hall" in Lafayette, La.
President Albert "Butch" Leger opened the l0:00 a.m. program
by welcoming everyone and giving a brief history of the Leger
family. Monica Lege Gaspard led everyone in singing the National
Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance in French led by Judge
Allen Babineaux. There were two guest speakers for the
meeting. Eddie Richard spoke on CAFA's efforts in helping French
Immersion Programs and on plans for family reunions in 2003 in
conjunction with "The Louisiana Purchase" celebration.
Judge Babineaux then addressed the group with the importance of keeping
our heritage alive, along with a few cajun jokes. At the end of
his speech, Judge Babineaux presented the association with an Acadian
flag. Butch Leger and member Shannon Neveaux followed this
presentation with the unveiling of the association's new Coat of Arms,
while Butch explained the meaning of each symbol.
After the program, about 200 Leger relatives from Louisiana, Texas and California (one even from Germany) sat down to a covered dish lunch. Throughout the afternoon everyone enjoyed mingling and dancing to the music of Donny Broussard and the Louisiana Stars. Numerous genealogy charts were posted and four computers were available with genealogical databases for searching of ancestors. The Reunion Committee presented a Mardi Gras Revelry which thoroughly delighted young and old alike. If you weren't there, you definitely missed a GOOD TIME.
The Reunion Committee would like to thank everyone who donated time, effort, t-shirts, gift baskets and mementos to make this reunion such a huge success. If your weren't here this year, maybe you'll make it in 2003.
Ancestor to be Honored