LOS ISLEñOS HERITAGE & CULTURAL
OCTOBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
14th, 2014 General Membership Meeting
Eileen Doll, Ph.D.,
chairman of the Spanish Department, Loyola University of New Orleans, will
address the general membership of Los Islenos Heritage and Cultural
Society during its annual election meeting
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 7:00
in Los Islenos Center, 1357 A Bayou
Road, St. Bernard, Louisiana.
Dr. Doll’s presentation is entitled
A Visual Tour of Spain: Cultures and
Regions. She is a native of
Illinois, received the Ph.D. degree in Spanish Comparative Literature from
Purdue University and has taught for more than a decade at Loyola.
Dr. Doll has published extensively in the United States and abroad.
Please join us for a reception immediately following the interesting
presentation by Dr. Doll.
October 12th is the National Day of Spain, so please
participate in Los Islenos Society programs which celebrate the
heritage and cultural traditions of Spain during October 2014
DIA de la HISPANIDAD, Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Dia de la Hispanidad
will be celebrated Sunday, October 26th, 2014 from 2:00
p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Los Islenos Center, 1357 A Bayou Road, St.
Rhonda Rodriguez Hannan is
event chairperson. This
event will also mark the installation of officers and directors for
Dia de la Hispanidad is an
annual fundraiser which benefits Los Islenos Fiesta held every March.
Delicious Spanish food and wine will be served during the
event. Tickets for the
event are $50.00 per person and may be purchased by telephoning Rhonda
Hannan at (504) 615 – 9322 or Lena Torres Nunez at (504) 491 – 5266.
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!
ANNUAL ELECTION OCTOBER 2014
The following officers were nominated without opposition during the
September 2014 General
VICE-PRESIDENT: Lena Torres
Nunez (2014-2016); TREASURER:
Paula Borden Mackles (2014
– 2016); HISTORIAN: Jerry Glen
Estopinal (2014 - 2016); DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE:
Maria Ibieta Laborde (2014
– 2016); DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE: Glen Menesses (2014 – 2016); DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE:
Dorothy L. Benge (2014 –
Catherine Ybarzabal Serpas (2014 – 2016).
RHONDA RODRIGUEZ HANNAN
will complete the unexpired one year term (2014 -2015) of outgoing
president Lloyd “Wimpy” Serigne.
CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES FOR A SUCCESSFUL 2014 – 2015!!!
MUSEUM DAYS 2014
is planning excellent interpretive programs for Museum Days 2014.
The event is scheduled for November 6th and 7th,
2014 at Los Islenos Museum Complex.
Museum Days began as a cooperative venture between The St.
Bernard Historical Society and the Isleno Society in 1981.
It was held annually until Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and
returned to the Museum Complex in 2011.
For additional information, please call Bill Hyland at (504)
874 – 0635 or correspond with him at
MIKE BENGE is organizing
Los Islenos Bass Tournament, scheduled for
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014.
Boats will launch from the Delacroix Corporation property
facing Highway 39 and the Caernarvon Canal.
Funds raised from the tournament will be deposited in the
Society’s restoration fund which constantly helps to subsidize repairs
and restoration projects.
For more information, please call Mike Benge at Delacroix Corporation,
(504) 523 – 2245.
“CRUZIN DA PARISH” A GREAT SUCCESS
The St. Bernard Rod Knockers
organized a fabulously successful “automotive cruising” Saturday,
September 13th, 2014.
Intermittent heavy rains could not keep enthusiastic entrants
away from the event. More
than 150 participants in the “Cruzin” visited the Tourist Visitor
Center in the Aycock Street Barn, the sugar museum in the Old Arabi
Jail, the Historic St. Bernard Parish Courthouse, Ducros and Los
Islenos museums in Los Islenos Museum Complex and Docville Farm, the
wonderful property belonging to the Meraux Foundation.
Incoming board member
Glen Menesses worked effectively to organize the use of the Museum
Complex. He was assisted
by Ricky Gonzales, Nicole Perniciaro and other Rod Knocker members.
Dot Benge and Bert Esteves
opened Los Islenos Museum as docents.
Isleno Society member
Melanie Ybarzabal Koons prepared delicious
She was assisted by Catherine Ybarzabal Serpas, Kathy Serpas Ziegler, Ralph Ziegler, Amy
Gonzales, Rhonda Rodriguez
Hannan, Jerry Estopinal and other society members.
Everyone working together makes
these events worthwhile and enjoyable, while promoting our significant
historic and cultural resources.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
It has been a privilege for me to serve as president of Los Islenos
Heritage and Cultural Society.
Many wonderful members have worked diligently to support the
mission of the society.
Our distinct cultural heritage is unique in Louisiana, the United
States and the globe. It
will be my legacy to continue to promote this rich heritage far and
wide. I thank you all for
your support and may God bless you all!!!
PARTIAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2014
October 7th, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.
General Membership Meeting,
Los Islenos Center, speaker to be announced - 2014 Annual Election
November 2nd, 2014
Los Islenos Bass Tournament, Delacroix Corporation Property, Highway
November 6th – 7th, 2014
Museum Days, Los Islenos
Museum Complex - Call Bill Hyland, (504) 874 – 0635 for more information
or to volunteer.
November 11th, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.
General Membership Meeting,
Los Islenos Center, speaker to be announced
December 7th, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Islenos Christmas, Kathy Serpas Ziegler, Chairperson.
The Museum Complex will be decorated for the holiday season.
Please call Kathy at (504) 494 – 5848 for more information or to