A newsletter published by "Confederation of
Associations of Families Acadian"
A tribute to Eddie Richard
Founding member of Des Richard De Partout, Inc. and CAFA Inc.
By Tom Wicker
On Friday, February 4, 2005, funeral services were held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Scott, La. for Eddie Joseph Richard, who died after a short battle with cancer at the age of 82.
Eddie Richard was born in Scott, La. on September 14, 1922, the son of Joseph Feregus Richard and Sarah Sonnier. On June 13, 1946, he married Marie Pauline Boudreaux, his wife of 58 years. Together they have one son, Ralph Zachary Richard.
Eddie began his community service career as a field executive for the Boy Scouts of America. He worked for the Boys Scouts for 10 years professionally and served as a volunteer cub master, scoutmaster and explorer advisor. The first Juvenile Officer for the Sheriff’s department of Lafayette Parish under the administration of Sheriff Dick Harson, worked as a director of the U.S. Law Enforcement Assistance Program for the State of Louisiana, Civil Defense Director of Lafayette Parish in 1965 and served as the first CEO for the Lafayette Parish Consolidated government. Later he was elected Mayor of his home town of Scott, Louisiana.
Active in the administration of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Scott, Eddie served as trustee for 15 years and was the recipient of the Diocese of Lafayette Service Award. As a member of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, he served as president and District Governor of Rotary International. He also served as Rotary Club team leader for several group exchange programs leading Louisiana business professionals on expeditions to Belgium, France and India.
Eddie’s greatest love was his fight to preserve the French language and culture in Louisiana, a passion that was passed on to and added on by his son Zachary. Eddie along with Charles Richard were founding members of the organization "Des Richard de Partout". Eddie became vice-president and chairperson for international reunions for the Richard’s and in 1993 the second international Richard reunion was held in Lafayette under his leadership. His biggest challenge was the 1999 Congres Mondial Acadien where Eddie served as chairperson for Acadian family reunions for southwest Louisiana.
Prior to CMA 99, after 20 or more families had been organized, Eddie saw a need for an association bringing all family organizations together under one umbrella for the purpose of working together to preserve the Acadian culture and language. He became a founding board member and officer of CAFA (Confederation of Associations of Families Acadian Inc.). He served that organization as vice-president and was president at the time of his death. He also served as chairperson of the education committee and under his leadership the program to help French Immersion Schools was started and is still in effect.
Eddie also served as a board member and advisor of the Acadian Memorial Foundation in St. Martinsville, Louisiana. He was the model for the Richard depicted in Robert Dafford’s "The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana" mural located at the Memorial. Throughout his community services over the years, Eddie’s best legacy was his dedication to our Acadian roots, the importance of who we are, and that our culture be kept and honored, one family at a time. As the great French fiddle player, Dewey Balfa once said, "a culture is preserved one generation at a time". Eddie did an outstanding job to preserve the rich heritage of the Acadian people starting with the Richard family.
By James Bourque
Working with Eddie Richard was always a pleasure because he had a great sense of leadership. He knew where he wanted to go and how to get there. Along the way he carefully chose people he knew would carry out the job assignment. When someone failed to do the job assigned he was quick to replace that individual. He was a pleasure to work with. He has left a big hole in the CAFA organization that will take a long time to fill. As a former Air Force pilot, I am reminded of the lost man formation used at fly-over for military funerals. The CAFA flight is flying the lost man formation with the lead plane missing. We know that Eddie would want us to keep flying and that is what CAFA is doing. May God bless Eddie and his family.
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING TO ELECT OFFICERS
A special board of directors meeting was held on Saturday March 5, 2005 at the Woodman Hall in Maurice for the purpose of certifying new board members and electing new officers. The following board members were certified: Lea Ann LeJeune-Babineaux; Manita Benoit-Benoit; Ronnie Blanchard-Blanchard; Don Boudreaux-Boudreaux; James Bourque-Bourque; Karl Breaux-Breaux; Corwin R. Broussard-Broussard; Johnny Comeaux-Comeaux; Betty Cormier-Ducharme-Cormier; Ralph Daigle-Daigle; Dudley E. Duhon-Duhon; Jeanette Leger-Guidry; Woodley Hebert-Hebert; Carroll LeBlanc-LeBlanc; Albert "Butch" Leger-Leger"Richileau"; Harry Richard-Richard; Margaret"Peggy" Roy-Roy; Allen Simon-Simon; Mary Sonnier Touchet-Sonnier; Shirley Thibodeaux LeBlanc-Thibodeaux; Ernest Ray Trahan-Trahan; Loubert G. Trahan-Vincent. Based on the changes to the constitution that was approved at the December 04 meeting, all family organizations are eligible to be represented by a member of their family on the CAFA board. Those families not listed above should submit a name so that they can be included in the current list of board members.
The following officers were elected from the current members of the board:
In other action the Board of Directors voted to sponsor an event to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Deportation of the Acadians. This will be held on Saturday 27 August 2005 at the Rayne Civic Center located in Rayne, Louisiana. Details are listed below:
COMMEMORATION OF THE DEPORTATION
This is an event that was discussed and approved by the board of directors before Eddie Richard died. He was working on this event at the time his illness put him in the hospital. It is very important therefore that we proceed with the event which has been scheduled for 27 August 2005 at the Rayne Civic Center. The event is officially referred to as "Acadian Heritage Family Day" and will be held to commemorate the deportation of the Acadians in 1755. It will also precede "Acadian Heritage Week" which is scheduled for the third week of September each year. It is specifically planned so that families can participate in honoring and recognizing the sacrifices and hardships that our ancestors endured as a result of the deportation. It is very important that every family organization be a part of this commemorative event.
Acadian Heritage Family Day is basically in three parts with the morning program designed to honor and recognize the hardships that our ancestors endured during the deportation and beyond. The afternoon program will celebrate the fact that Acadians endured and survived with a young musicians contest and Cajun music to follow. We will conclude Acadian Heritage Family Day with families giving thanks for all the blessings received over the years with a Mass celebrated by Monsignor Joseph Bourque.
Acadian Heritage Family Day
27 August 2005-Rayne Civic Center
8:00 am until Registration ($5.00 admission 12 and older)
8:00 am-4:00 pm Booths open.
9:00 am -9:50 am Entertainment
10:00 am -11:00 am Opening Ceremonies
11:30 am- 12:30 am Lunch
12:00 noon-1:30 pm Young Musicians Contest -Fiddle & Accordion
1:30 pm -3:30 pm Entertainment-Terry Huval and Jambalaya
4:00 pm -5:00 pm Closing Mass-Monsignor Joseph Bourque
FAMILY BOOTHS: Family organizations will be able to have family booths as we had for the Louisiana Purchase Celebration in 2003. It will be located in the back ballroom with each booth provided with a table and 2 chairs in a 10’ by 10’ area. We are including a form to apply for booth space with this newsletter. Booths can be reserved by filling out the form or contacting Woody Hebert at 337-896-5305 or by going to www.cafa.org and downloading a form and sending it to Woody at the address listed on the form. Cost for a booth is $50.00 and families keep profits from sales. We encourage all family organizations to participate and register for a booth. It will add a lot to the event by providing those attending to be exposed to all of the family organizations. Genealogical organizations are also invited to participate at the $50.00 cost for a booth.
WHAT FAMILY ORGANIZATIONS CAN DO TO HELP PUBLICIZE THE EVENT AND MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL:
1. Reserve a booth.
2. Send out a Newsletter to all family members before August to insure that all members are
aware of "Acadian Heritage Family Day".
3. For those family organizations that will not be sending out a newsletter, we are asking
that CAFA be provided a mailing list so that family members can receive notification by CAFA.
4. For those family organizations that have e-mail list in their address book, please pass on
information via e-mail to your family members.
5. Information about "Acadian Heritage Family Day" is on the CAFA website www.cafa.org
For this event to be successful we need all family members to be aware and informed.
PLEASE HELP US
COMMERCIAL BOOTHS: Commercial booths are available for those businesses that wish to exhibit their goods. Cost for a commercial booth is $100.00 for a 10’ by 10’ booth. Those interested can contact Woody Hebert or go on line and download a form. (www.cafa.org)
SPECIAL MEETING !!
FINAL PLANS FOR "ACADIAN HERITAGE FAMILY DAY": We have scheduled a special meeting for Saturday June 25, 2005 at Scott City Hall located in Scott on Lions Club Road for 10:00 am. We are asking all CAFA Family Organizations to have several representatives in attendance. This meeting will be the final planning meeting before the August 27, 2005 event in Rayne. Reports will be given by all committees such as entertainment, food, program, and booths. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE PRESENT.
JULY 28, 2005: The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) invites family members of CAFA to join them for a special bilingual Mass commemorating the Deportation of the Acadians on Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 pm at St. John’s Cathedral in Lafayette. A reception will follow at the CODOFIL office at 217 West Main St. Please contact Elaine Clement at 337-262-5810, 800-259-5810 or email@example.com for further information or to help with the event.
JULY 28-31,2005: Grand Pre National Park in Nova Scotia will be having a special commemoration program in observance of the 250th anniversary of the Deportation on July 28-31. The 28th will be the main day with the 29 and 30th having conferences and on the 31st there will be some Louisiana food and music. We understand several groups of Cajuns are planning to attend.
AUGUST 15, 2005: The Acadian Memorial will observe National Day of the Acadians with music, culture, lectures from 10 am to 6 pm on the Bayou Teche. Acadian family banners procession to St. Martin De Tours for a French Mass featuring the Acadian Memorial Choir will complete the Day.
CAFA WEBSITE: www.cafa.org E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
E-MAIL ADDRESSES: It is very important that every family organization provides CAFA with e-mail addresses for members that are in leadership positions. Send to Loubert Trahan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAFA MAILING ADDRESS: CAFA , 9515 La. Hwy. 92W, Maurice, Louisiana 70555-3239
NEXT CAFA MAILING: A mailing will be made in early August prior to "Acadian Heritage Family Day" which will be held 27 August 2005.
PASS IT ON
We encourage family organization leaders to pass on this newsletter to their membership via their own newsletter or via their e-mail address book. Remember the newsletter is on the CAFA website so that all members can view and download if they wish.
Final Plans for Acadian Heritage Family Day Saturday June 25, 2005 at 10:00 am at Scott City Hall ACADIAN HERITAGE FAMILY DAY to commemorate the Deportation of the Acadians - Saturday, 27 August 2005, Rayne Civic Center-Rayne, Louisiana We hope to see every family represented!!