Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 25 No. 8 October 2006

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Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at juno.com
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor  Ed Hicks
      5306 Hwy 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033 
      E-mail: edhicks at mobiletel.com
      Phone: (985) 532–3586 
Next meeting:  Saturday, October 28, 2006    Main Branch Library, Houma, LA 1:00 p.m.

    We had another great meeting last month. It seems that we do not need a speaker to get things started. Our members can and do share their thoughts on just about any topic. 
    At the October board meeting, a very important topic came up. The burden of loading and unloading of the boxes of paper needed to produce the quarterly was discussed. After Audrey WESTERMAN and Louis DUET run off close to 400 copies of each of the 35 or so sheets of 8½ x 11 in. paper, printed on both sides, they put them in boxes. Are you a Math Whiz? No? Well, I’ll help. That adds up to 14,000 pages, more or less. One ream is 500 pages, so that’s 28 reams and each ream weighs five pounds—140 pounds. It usually runs about four or five good-sized boxes. After the quarterlies are put together, with front and back covers and three staples, each of those boxes must weigh close to 40 pounds. Each box must be moved several times. From Audrey’s house to a truck or car, then unloaded to someone’s house for “checking.” This must be done to eliminate blank pages. (Sometimes one side of the page is printed and the other side is skipped. No one wants a quarterly with one page missing. Don’t you know that it contains just the item you were looking for?) After checking, the loose pages are put back into boxes to wait for collating day, when they must be loaded into a vehicle and brought to the collating venue, where they are unloaded and stacked into the collating trays for the workers to do the easy part: put the pages in order so that each Terrebonne Life Lines quarterly may have its covers put on and be stapled.
The books are counted and again put in boxes to be loaded into vehicles for delivery to Jess’s house where they can have labels put on and wait to be taken to the post office for mailing. Just a few are taken out to be handed out at the collating party and at the general meeting. Have you been counting? That is eight moves, counting each move from location to vehicle and vehicle to location as separate moves. That’s a whole lot of lugging goin’ on.
    Seriously, folks, it is beginning to affect our health. And some of us were warned by our doctors not to even think about lifting a 40-lb. box. We have to make some changes.
    At the same board meeting we discussed some alternatives. One of the suggestions was to put the quarterly on a website with limited (password) access. Another was to produce a CD which would contain the quarterly to be mailed to each member. A third suggestion was to cut the size in half. Many societies issue smaller quarterlies than ours. A fourth suggestion was to contact some of the area high schools for students who are looking to gain service points. All of these suggestions have their pros and cons. Would you please help us by giving us your suggestions and/or feedback? If you can’t come to the meeting, could you please write us or send an email to either Jess BERGERON or Ed HICKS?

DEATH: I am saddened to report the death of the husband of longtime member Enola DUPRE PONVILLE. Joseph A. "AJ" Ponville Sr, a native of Labadieville and resident of Houma died at 11:25 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2006. Burial was in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery No. 2. 
He is survived by his wife, Enola DUPRE PONVILLE of Houma, his step mother, Marie AYSEN PONVILLE of Labadieville; two daughters, Ellen CASSELL and husband, Jimmy, of Weatherford, Texas, and Annette WEIGEL of Houma; three sons, Joseph A. PONVILLE Jr. and wife, Mel, of Egypt, Michael PONVILLE and wife, Pamela, Of Houma, and Thomas PONVILLE and wife, Tammy , of Colorado Springs. Colo; two sisters, Peggy STROUD and husband, Tommy, and Diane GAUDET; three brothers, Elvin PONVELLE and wife, Barbara, Resley PONVELLE and wife, Pat, and Carrol PONVELLE and wife, Verna; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. 
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie PONVELLE and Helen LeSAGE PONVELLE. 
    He was a U. S. Navy veteran.

25 years and still going strong.
Come to our Christmas Social Meeting!!!!!!!
December 9, 2006 Main Branch Library
Meeting Room, Houma, LA

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: After the October meeting, we will have only one more meeting in 2006, and that will be the Christmas Social meeting. Only the bare minimum of business will be conducted, and Phil will turn the meeting over to the Board Members. So far, several ideas have been put forth. Every year we have a HUGE Christmas Door Prize Giveaway. Each member has cooperated by bringing more than one gift per person (good time to dispose of the “white elephants” in the china closet) wrapped for instant giving. In addition to the Door Prize Gift(s), Juanita CHIASSON suggested that we bring Toys for Tots. This would be a gift appropriate for a young person, bought new, and not wrapped. Many persons love to shop for a child, so if that is your thing, go ahead, indulge yourself. It has been years since some of us have had a child to shop for, and find it so difficult to get a gift that will be enjoyed by our own children or grandchildren that we have fallen into the “give a check” habit. Go on, do it. Make a trip to the mall and buy a special gift to make a  child feel special. You will feel better afterwards. And you know your effort will be most appreciated .
   We will be celebrating our twenty-fifth year as a society, so we think someone will bake us a cake. With all the cake-bakers in our membership, I’m sure they will rise to the occasion.
 Patty WHITNEY was asking around for suggestions for an “Ice-breaker” activity that we could use to get to know each other better. Can you think of any? Let us know. Attend the October meeting if you can and we will talk about it.
    It has been rumored that one of our board members was seen shopping for shrimp and, naturally, our mind instantly thinks of someone’s famous “Shrimp Dip.” Can we count on you to bring something like that? Also appreciated would be meatballs, finger sandwiches, veggie trays, fruit trays, chips and dips and salsa, and so on and on. If your culinary skills are anywhere near mine, you could bring a jar of pickles or olives, assorted nuts, some picnic plates, forks, knives, spoons, or napkins.
   In this article, I use two different spellings for the surname PONVILLE/PONVELLE. This is in accordance with the family usage.

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