LOS ISLEñOS HERITAGE & CULTURAL SOCIETY
September, 2013 NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013J
RHONDA HANNAN VICE- PRESIDENT
Joan Nunez Phillips has resigned as vice-president after many years of dedicated service to the Isleño Society. She will be missed at the Board meetings, but hopefully she will continue her presence at the general meetings. We wish her well. Rhonda Hannan has replaced Joan as Vice-President and brings much experience to the table. We welcome her to the Board and know she will continue bring fresh ideas to help us fulfill our Isleno Mission.
July was a busy month at the Complex with visitation and use by 729 visitors. The Parish Government Road Crews and the Community Service Workers under the direction of Kerry Poche and Constable Tony Guerra have kept the complex looking great. The grass has been mowed, the palms have been trimmed and grooming has been ongoing. The Sheriff’s office has completed small maintenance repair projects at the Ducros Museum. The construction of the storage room in the rear of the Center has been completed, as well as repairs repairs to the electrical systems that were damaged during Isaac. Contractor, Gene Molinary, did an excellent job.
Spanish visitors from the Tenerife, La Palma and mainland Spain, who represented the Spanish who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, visited the Museum after participating as re-enactors in the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Battle. They spent several days with us and attended the General membership meeting in July for a pot luck dinner. They were most appreciative of all we did to share our culture with them.
LA RAZA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The Society participated in the above conference held at the New Orleans Convention Center from July/20 thru July/22. The National and International exposure of the Museum Complex and the Society was very important. We were well received and recognized by many who were there.
FIESTA ’14 TO BE HELD MARCH 8 AND 9, 2014
Rhonda Hannan, Fiesta Chairman, is searching for entertainment for Fiesta ’14 and can use some help to round out the schedule. So far she has contacted Voodoo Gumbo, OVIG and 90 degrees West. She needs another Spanish band. If you have any suggestions, please contact her.
Glen Menesses has agreed to act as Master of Ceremonies for the Fiesta
THE HOUMA NATION
Pete Billiot, representative of the Southeastern District of the Houma Nation Tribal Council, has invited the Isleno members to share in the Houma Nation traditional Thanksgiving Dinner to be held at the Isleño Center on November 16, 2013. Each year the Houmas sponsor a summer camp for their young people to learn about their heritage. Pete has suggested that a joint committee of Houmas and Isleños initiate a plan for next year’s camp to combine the cultural traditions of the two groups, so the children can learn more about both cultures. This is an opportunity for teachers to share their teaching skills for a worthy cause. It should be fun.
THE NATIONAL DAY OF SPAIN
On October 12, 2013 the Society will celebrate the National Day of Spain with a nighttime dinner at 6:00 P.M. at the Isleño Center. This will replace our annual Campestre which is held to raise funds for Fiesta each year. A committee will develop final plans. PLEASE BE READY TO SUPPORT THE EFFORT.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
The Evergreen Foundation which raises funds for at risk children has booked the Center for a cocktail party to entertain participants in their Alligator Hunt that week-end. The participants (about 40 ) have paid $2,500.00 for the experience and they are interested in learning about our culture. They have contracted Charlie’s to do the food, my family will donate the Sangria and Bill and Wimpy have offered to do tours of the Complex. I have promised them a colorful event, therefore, I am requesting any member who has traditional dress come to the party. It would also be nice to have some of our craft people on hand to display their craft. It should be a very nice affair. Call me if you plan to attend so I can increase the food ordered.
These people will be coming from all over, not just the New Orleans area. This is an excellent opportunity to spread the Isleño word.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
Nominations for directors will close at this meeting and the elections will be held at the October meeting. Kathy Serpas and Cinda Melerine have been nominated to continue as Directors and Paula Mackles has been nominated to replace Hugh Pentney who can no longer serve. Bill was been nominated to continue as secretary. Paul Lagarde has been nominated to be one of the two sergeants-at-arms.
God bless you all and thank you so much. Please do what you can to help our Society this year. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
Wimpy Serigne, President
/s/ LLOYD “WIMPY” SERIGNEPresident
THANK YOU, the members of Los Islenos Society, for your generous support of the Society and Museum Complex. The challenges ahead of us are significant. I am confident that we will successfully meet those challenges as we evolve into a stronger, even more visible organization! LLOYD “WIMPY” SERIGNE, President
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
January 6, 2013 -
2013, 11 AM - 4 PM (and by Appointment):
Ducks to Decoys & Decimas - Special Museum Exhibition: Louis Alfred Ducros Museum and Research Library. January, 2013 there was a $5.00 Admission fee per person for guided tours of the Museum Complex. There was an additional admission fee of $5.00 to view the DUCKS, DECOYS AND DECIMAS EXHIBIT. Children under 12 were admitted free to both exhibits.
Carl Gaines takes the
Ducks, Decoys & Decimas
Tour (March 16, 2013) - "Ducks, Decoys &
Decimas" Tour presented by Bill Hyland, Parish Historian of St. Bernard,
Louisiana to Canary Island visitors at the Los
Isleños Fiesta 2013! (8m6s)
BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS ANNIVERSARY - Chalmette National Battlefield - January 5th – 6th, 2013 or January 12th – 13th, 2013 - Date to be determined by National Park Service
LOS ISLEÑOS FIESTA - Los Isleños Museum Complex - Saturday, March 16th – Sunday, March 17th, 2013.
Mar. 17 & 18, 2012 36th ANNUAL ISLEÑOS FIESTA / Los Islenos 2012 Fiesta YouTube Video 1 / Video 2 Video 3 - Highlights.
The Gift Shop opened during fiesta and took in $3200. Please remember to stop by and shop. We have ordered some books of interest to our history and our culture and will be adding things as we go along. We need something we will volunteer to take an inventory on what we have on hand.
April: ISLEÑOS ON THE BAYOU - Pitot House, New Orleans - April 13th – 14th, 2013 or April 20—21, 2013
Canary Islands/Memorial Day
Sunday, May 26, 2013, we will once again celebrate Memorial Day and Canary Island Day by attending 9:00 AM Mass at St. Bernard Church followed by a ceremony in St. Bernard Cemetery. After the ceremony in the Cemetery, we will honor the Vietnam veterans of St. Bernard by hosting a luncheon for them and their families at the Isleños Center at 11:30 AM. We will eat at noon. Please invite a veteran. It is our time to remember all who gave their lives that we can be free to thank those who fought and survived.
Feast Of St. Bernard - St. Bernard Church and Cemetery August 8 - 9 AM Mass.
October date to determined at Los Isleños Complex - Location 1357 Bayou Rd., St. Bernard, LA; Call Lloyd “Wimpy” Serigne at (504) 251 – 6322
November 7 & 8 2013 9am till 3pm - Time: Call Lloyd “Wimpy” Serigne at (504) 251 – 6322 - 1345 – 1357 Bayou Road, St. Bernard Village.
CRY YOU ONE
CRY YOU is an outdoor performance that moves to several locations in the Parish. This performance investigates land lost in Southeast Louisiana and how land loss relates to cultural loss in the areas most affected by land erosion. Their goal is to get people out on the land, to witness the rapidly-changing landscape and to hear stories from people most affected by this change. The performances will take place on four weekends (October 18 through November 10, 2013.) This is something to look forward to and something the Isleños Community will find interesting. Choose a weekend and save the date.
Islenos Christmas Extravaganza
Los Islenos Museum Complex - December 8, 5pm - Location 1357 Bayou Rd., St. Bernard, LA; Call Lloyd “Wimpy” Serigne at (504) 251 – 6322