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JANUARY 12, 2002, MEETING OF THE IMPERIAL ST. LANDRY
GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, held at the Opelousas Public Library.
President Estelle Perrault called the meeting
to order at 10:00 A.M. She reported
that Charles Guilbeau, president of the St. Pierre Genealogical Society of
Carencro, has proposed that he would like to produce a CD, with our Society’s
help, which would present Acadian history. Mr. Guilbeau has previously produced music CD’s, and offers
his expertise in this joint effort, which would include music and a documentary
or narrative. He would allow 1/3 of
the proceeds toward cost of production, and the remaining 2/3 would be divided
equally between the St. Pierre and the St. Landry Genealogy Societies.
Miss Perrault asked members to think about appropriate material for this
production so they can make suggestions when Mr. Guilbeau addresses our Society
at a later date.
Miss Perrault reported that her brother, Mason Perrault, is
recovering from a serious illness following surgery in November.
She thanked Society members for their concern and prayers.
Rosalyn L. Soileau, spokesperson for the nominating
committee, which included Jo Ann Duncan, Wyolene Orihuela, and Eloise St. Cyr,
then submitted their list of nominees for officers for the year 2002.
The following names were read:
President: Estelle Perrault
Secretary: Sylvia Morel
Secretary: Edaise Hawkins
President Estelle Perrault called for nominations from the
floor, and there were none. Eloise
St. Cyr called for a motion to accept the slate of officers, as nominated. Jim
Higginbotham seconded the motion, and all were accepted unanimously.
It was stated that the St. Landry Genealogical
Society was organized in November, 1992, and has been in continuous operation
since 1993. Publication of the
Society Journal, N’OUBLIEZ PAS, was interrupted, due to the illness and
subsequent death of our editor, Susan Douget.
However, every effort is being made to resume publication on a regular
Miss Perrault announced that Glenda Schoeffler, who
has proposed a museum which would present the historical and genealogical
significance of cattle brands, will be the guest speaker at our meeting on March
9. Meetings, from February through
November, 2002, will be held in the third floor auditorium of the Opelousas
Society member, Pat FaKouri, a resident of Baton Rouge, is
a member of CAJUN CLICKERS, a computer support group.
She pointed out that free share ware is available.
Jim Higginbotham reported that a $25,000 check has
been presented to the City of Opelousas, by the State of Louisiana, as part of
the Atchafalaya Basin Project. The project will be initiated within nine months,
and Mr. Higginbotham stressed the importance of presenting a formal proposal to
the State Commission as quickly as possible.
All Opelousas groups should work together on the development of this
proposal, presenting a united effort, which would enhance our chance of
receiving more funding by the State. The proposed Heritage Center, to be located within “Le
Vieux Village”, would house a genealogy research library, as well as a tourist
welcome center. Mr. Higginbotham
has attended meetings concerning this project, and he urged our Society to meet
with him to present our ideas.
Juergen Amling, Imperial St. Landry Genealogical and
Historical Society member, and our web master, was then introduced.
On screen, he showed our Society web site http://www.imperialstlandry.org/
and then pointed out the links which he has set up.
He then set up a sample “free” web site, by going to http://geocities.com/
and following the step by step instructions.
He warned members about the many phony virus scares and warnings which
are being circulated, and he suggested that http://www.urbanlegends.com
is a reliable web site which lists the virus warnings.
He stated that it is imperative that you constantly UPDATE your
anti-virus program. He urged
everyone not to open any attachments with e-mail messages, UNLESS the message
comes directly from a well known sender.
Attachments ending with extension “exe”, “bat”, “pif”,
etc. should NEVER BE OPENED.
Mr. Amling will continue with helpful computer hints at the
February 9th meeting. Members were asked to make a list of computer
related questions to be answered at that time.
He was asked to include instructions to “cut and paste” when one
needs to include additional information with an e-mail message.
Members were also asked to compile a list of their favorite web sites.
Society owned CD’s for research will be available at the
Meeting adjourned at 12:00 NOON.
Sylvia David Morel