This year’s theme was “Women’s Education-Women’s Empowerment.”
The speaker for the occasion was Dr. Mary Louella Riggs Cook, a retired principal of the Lafayette School System and a member of the Lafayette Branch NAUW. A native of Church Point and the product of sharecroppers who raised 13 children, she being number 13, told the crowd, “her parents worked hard to make sure their children got an education for them, especially the girls, to be empowered to survive and live comfortably in this world of today.”
The program, sponsored by the Eunice branch, honored outstanding women in the community for services rendered to make the community a better place in which to live. Honored women included: Mary Ann Orebeaux Captain, a business woman in the area of cosmetology; Attorney Josie Gale Frank, Judicial Hearing Judge; and Naomi T. Loeb, a retired first-grade teacher from St. Landry Parish.
Given recognition during the program were Philomena Pitre Bernard, 2010-2011 Woman of the Year, and Lelia Harris Adams, 2011-2012 Woman of the Year.
Other branch members on the program were Carolyn Baldwin, Gloria Batiste, Equilla Brannon, Meriva Fontenot, Maryland Graham, Patricia Harris, and Patricia D. Harrison.
Denise Antoine is Eunice Branch NAUW president.