Jun 25, 2013 6:24 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Rayne, La.- On June 20, 2013, the Rayne Lions Club held their Installation and Awards Banquet, while also celebrating 75 years of service. The event recognized members with awards for Perfect Attendance, Chairmanship of Committees, the 2012-2013 Board Members, the quarterly "President's Award", as well as the coveted title of "Lion-of-the-Year."
The event featured Robert T. "Robby" Barousse, Acadia Parish Clerk of Court, as Master of Ceremonies. Lion Mayor Roland Boudreaux shared a welcome message on behalf of the City of Rayne, while Father Kendal J. Faulk, from St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, offered the Invocation.
Among the honored guests and dignitaries were:
· District 8-O Governor, Lion Jeff Robinson and his wife, Lion Esther of Lafayette;
· PDG (Past District Governor) Lion Ethel Robin of Lafayette;
· First Vice District Governor, Lion William Arceneaux and his wife, Lion Belinda of Sulphur;
· Lion Mayor Roland Boudreaux and the First Lady of Rayne, Janet Boudreaux.
Lion President Al Olivier and his wife, Burgundy Olivier, hosted the evening, which included a lively game of "How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?" The highest-scoring couple, Robby & Mandy Barousse, were presented with an evening in the Jacuzzi Suite at the Best Western Rayne Inn, as well as a gift card to Chef Roy's Frog City Café, compliments of Lion & Mrs. Al Olivier. The evening's celebration provided great food prepared by the Rayne Lions and their wives, as well as the much-appreciated Cooking Committee. A special cake was presented, featuring: "75th Anniversary, 1938 - 2013, Rayne Lions Club."
Lion Secretary Jacob "Wes" Pitts presented Lion President Al Olivier with an impressive plaque, commemorating his dedicated year of service to the Rayne Lions Club as their president.
The quarterly "President's Award" for outstanding service went to Lion Rodney Soileaux. Lion Rodney has 18 years of Perfect Attendance; Co-Chairs the Donations Committee; Co-Chairs the Eyeglass Recycling Committee; and Co-Chairs the Election Day Food Drive. Lion Rodney volunteers at nearly every Lions Club function and was chosen, along with his wife Jennifer, to lead tonight's guests in the Pledge of Allegiance.
A special award was presented to Lion Carol Menard for his 46 years of dedicated service to the club, by chairing the Cooking Committee for nearly five decades. His "side-kicks in the kitchen" include: Lion Jules Simoneaux (Co-Chair), Lion Alfred "Popcorn" LeBlanc, Lion John Quebodeaux, Lion Bobby Schexnider, Lion Nason Leger and Lion Harold Jagneaux.
The much-anticipated "Lion-of-the-Year" Award was relinquished by the current recipient, Lion John Quebodeaux. Past-recipient and Selection Committee Chairman, Lion Daniel Simoneaux, presented this high honor to Lion Horace Thibodeaux. Lion Horace, with 32 years of Perfect Attendance with the Rayne Lions Club, has shown above-and-beyond service and dedication. When there is a Lions-sponsored event, you can expect to see Lion Horace on the front lines. He has chaired the Fireman's Fais Do Do Committee for a number of years, and led the pack in Bar-B-Q ticket sales by single-handedly selling 175 dinners. Always with a smile on his face and with good humor, Lion Horace doesn't wait to be asked to help out. He volunteers to assist with the Rayne Lions Club Radio Auction, Annual Street Drive, Germanfest, Lions Eyeglass Recycling, serving food and drinks at numerous events...and, selling lots of BBQ tickets.