LOS ISLEńOS HERITAGE & CULTURAL SOCIETY
AUGUST 2014 NEWSLETTER
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
August 12th, 2014
Kelsey Billiot, daughter of Kevin and Kelly Billiot, will present her award winning social studies project about the 1926 Trappers War during the general membership meeting of the Society, scheduled for Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Los Islenos Center. The Trappers War stands as a pivotal event in the history of St. Bernard Parish. The project stands approximately six feet in height and represents six months of research and preparation.
Kelsey is 14 years old and an incoming student in the Chalmette High School Academy. Her social studies project won the regional and State of Louisiana first place awards. Kelsey then represented St. Bernard Parish in the national social studies competition in Washington, D.C. where her project also won recognition. She was one of only 30 student scholars from the United States to attend an honors luncheon during the Washington, D.C. competition. A dessert reception will follow the presentation. Please plan to attend, learn about and discuss this landmark historical event and, perhaps most importantly, show your support for this accomplished young scholar!
Nominations for the offices of vice president, treasurer, two board members, historian and one sergeant-at-arms will be opened during the August 12th meeting. Nominations will close during the September general membership meeting. If there are multiple nominations, then an election will be held during the October 2014 general membership meeting. Those elected will serve a two year term 2014 – 2016.
FEAST OF SAINT BERNARD – August 17th, 2014
THE Feast of Saint Bernard Mass will be celebrated Sunday, August 17th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2805 Bayou Road, St. Bernard, LA. Our civil parish is named in honor of Governor Bernardo de Galvez and his patron saint, Saint Bernard de Clairvaux. Los Islenos Society revived this great Spanish-Catholic custom in 1980 when St. Bernard celebrated its bicentennial anniversary. A reception will follow Mass in Los Islenos Center, 1357 A Bayou Road, St. Bernard Village. For additional information, please call Catherine Ybarzabal Serpas at (504) 494 – 1363.
FIESTA 2015 is scheduled for the weekend of March 7th – 8th, 2015 on the grounds of Los Islenos Museum Complex. Rhonda Rodriguez Hannan has agreed to serve as co-chairman of Fiesta 2015 with Kathy Serpas Ziegler. Los Islenos Society realized a profit in excess of $36,000 from the two-day Fiesta 2014. The Fiesta 2015 Committee will meet in the near future. A notice will be sent to the membership.
As always, accept my heartfelt thank you to the members of the Society who all support our mission. Please support our up-coming events through your attendance and active participation! God Bless each and every one of you!
LLOYD “WIMPY” SERIGNE, President