Saturday, July 18, 2015

Society Saturday - CAC in the Big Easy

The National Society Children of the American Colonists held their 75th Annual General Assembly in New Orleans.

Prior to the meeting, members and adults spent time in the French Quarter and toured the Presbytere' Museum and Saint Louis Cathedral.

No visit to the French Quarter would be complete without a stop at Cafe du Mond for Cafe au Lait and Beignets.

The Presbytere' Museum had very interesting exhibits on Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras culture.

President General Dr. Charlene Herreid and National President Chrissy Herreid
The General Assembly itself was chaired by National President Chrissy Herreid.  Officers and Chairmen gave their reports on how they supported this year's National Project - "Comforts of the Colonial Home".  This was followed by a moving Memorial Service.

Chrissy raised money for the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY.  This organization provides summer camp opportunities for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.  Some of the monies raised will provide handmade quilts for the campers.  Several of the state CAC's provided quilt squares for a custom quilt that will be donated to the camp.

After the business session, everyone boarded the "Creole Queen" paddle wheel boat for a trip down the Mississippi to the Chalmette Battlefield.  This was the site of the "Battle of New Orleans".

On  the way, our Captain gave some historic background to the battle.  Once there, we were told of actual battle events by a Park Ranger, and we saw the mud rampart used by the Americans for defense.

There was a 100 foot high obelisk memorializing the troops as well.

Back at the hotel, we had our Candlelight banquet with Award presentation and installation of new Officers.  The new administration is already hard at work planning for next year's General Assembly.

New National President Reagan Zolman receving the gavel from Chrissy Herreid

thanks to Carole Holt and Davine Roberts for some of the pictures

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