Regent Dr. Joan Hernandez welcomed members and guests. After the opening ritual consisting of the invocation by the chaplain, Joanna Leigh Pruitt, the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and the American’s Creed was recited she turned the meeting over to Honorary State Regent Barbara de la Houssaye. De la Houssaye asked Suzanne LaHaye to give a tribute honoring her mother, Mary Boston LaHaye, a 90-year-old charter member of Acadia chapter from Eunice, who was presented with a certificate and gifts.
Twenty five years ago, a first in the national society as well as the state society, the Acadia chapter was fortunate to have a family of six girls and their mother to be welcomed into the chapter. Mrs. B.I. Moody and her six daughters became daughters in 1987 after proving their lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution. Martha Johnson was state regent and de la Houssaye served as her second vice regent at that time.
Valerie Moody Hensgens and Katherine Moody Hundley were present at the recent spring celebration and they received for their mother and sisters certificates and gifts.
In the presentation, de la Houssaye advised the ladies that besides their original ancestors who served with Governor Bernando de Galvez, on their English lines there are several other ancestors that are proven, adding that they have great connections to the efforts of the “Founding Fathers.”
The society’s mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism with the motto being, “God, Home and Country.”
In a recent publication of the 115 year history of the society in Louisiana, authored by three honorary state regents, Gwen B. Sealy, Betsy Moreland and de la Houssaye, their picture was used as an example of descendants of patriots.
A luncheon was served by the hostesses to all and it proved to be a most rewarding end to an active year.