Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Celebrate Bayou Pigeon Heritage Day

We are proud  to announce 

that Iberville  Parish is celebrating  with us 

Bayou  Pigeon Heritage Association

Inaugural Annual  Meeting 

Feb. 28, 2020 2 pm - till

at  our  

Heritage  Hall


The primary purpose of this  event is to bring together  ‘Friends  of  Bayou  Pigeon”  in this hallowed venue to understand the issues facing our Association  in  preserving  the  ‘Heritage Of And Improving  The  Future  Of  Bayou  Pigeon As  A  Community.’










We  are  celebrating the signing of a long-term lease with   the  landowner, A. Wilbert’s Sons  LLC  and taking ownership of the structures  of the former  St  Joan  of  Arc Catholic  Church  complex,  donated to our  Association by the  Catholic Diocese  of  Baton  Rouge. 

This event will take place inside the  Bayou  Pigeon Heritage  Hall.  Displays on the  History & Heritage  of  Bayou  Pigeon will be presented.

All members  and the general public are invited to  come celebrate  with us and review or Master Plans and future  activities for these facilities.

Door  prizes will be awarded... award-winning books, ‘Bayou  Pigeon, LA.,  Spirit of the  Atchafalaya”  and  follow up  book,  “Heritage of the  Atchafalaya”, as well  as  copies  of the book “Michel Family  of  Bayou  Pigeon”  will be  awarded. 

Illustrations  of  Bayou  Pigeon History  by  Stan  Routh will be on sale, with  all proceeds going to the BPHA.





Program 


Bayou  Pigeon Heritage  Association
Inaugural  Annual  Meeting
Feb. 28, 2020

Welcome -  Chris Daigle, President BPHA.

Prayer  & Pledge of  Allegiance – Fr. Al / Irvin  Settoon

Introduction  of  VIP’s  &  Welcome-   Chris  Daigle. 

Lease Signing -  Ken  Blanchard /  Klein Kirby 

History / Introduction of BPHA team – Chris Daigle

Mission of  BPHA  – Chris  Settoon 

BPHA Web  Site  / Video Cliff  LeGrange 

Tribute to  Roy  Leblanc – Cliff  LeGrange, Chris  Daigle, Rick  Phillips , Music / Song Calvin Leblanc  

Master plan review

Heritage Hall – Cliff  LeGrange 
Chapel Room – Allison Dupre Parnell
Activity  Center/ Gym – Rick  Phillips 
Ball fields – Chris Daigle
Outdoor Pavilion – Greg  Dupre

 Iberville  Parish  Tourism potential – Rick Phillips

 What is  Bayou  Pigeon Heritage - Cliff  LeGrange,  Video

Membership  sign up - Dena Lobue

Browsing  / refreshments … more Calvin 


Guest  Speakers - Parish  President, Mitchell Ourso, Sheriff Brett  Stassi, Klein  Kirby , President of  A. Wilbert’s Son’s, Parish Council Members,  Chasity Easley, Pete  Kelly, 







For information  contact  Chris Daigle  at 225 776 4122 or  Cliff  LeGrange at 225 776 2686





Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Future of Bayou Pigeon

The  Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association

With  Pride in our Past 





And  Faith In Our  Future












We  are thrilled to  announce  the signing of a long term lease with   the  landowner, A. Wilbert son's  LLC  and taking ownership of the structures  of the former  St  Joan  of  Arc Catholic  Church  complex,  donated to our  Association by the  Catholic Diocese  of  Baton  Rouge.

You are  cordially invited to  come celebrate  with us and get tons of information on the plans and future  activities for these facilities.

Please join  us  on  Feb. 28, 2020   2 P.M. - till at  the Bayou Pigeon  Heritage Hall

This event will take place inside the  Bayou  Pigeon Heritage  Hall.  Displays on the  History & Heritage  of  Bayou  Pigeon will be presented.

We will feature Architect  renderings of future  renovations  and ideas  for the  future  economic  rejuvenation of  Bayou Pigeon.

All of that with  musical entertainment, food and  drinks.  Ideas, suggestions  and  comments  on all topics  will be  taken.

Door  prizes of the award-winning book, ‘Bayou  Pigeon, LA.,  Spirit of the  Atchafalaya”  and  follow up  book,  “Heritage of the  Atchafalaya”, as well  as  copies  of the book “Michel Family  of  Bayou  Pigeon”  will be  awarded.

Look  who we have  as guest  speakers.  Parish  President, Mitchell Ourso, Sheriff Brett  Stassi, Klein  Kirby , President of  A. Wilbertson’s, Parish Council Members,  Chasity Easley, Pete  Kelly, Matt Jewell, State Representative  Chad  Brown and others.

Our hope  is that the Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association  will  start a domino-effect of  clean up  and  economic improvement for the  community.

Circle  your calendars


DĂ©pĂȘchez-Vous, Allons au Pigeon 









Wednesday, January 22, 2020

BPHA update - 1 22-2020

Newsletter Jan. 22, 2020 - Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association 

Pigeon  Facebook  Friends...

The Bayou Pigeon  Heritage  Association ( BPHA)  officers  and  Board of Directors after reviewing  the calendar  and available work days  on cleaning  up Facilities.  We have come up  with a date  for a celebratory Lease  signing event.  of  Feb. 28, a Friday,   from 2 - 5 PM at our Heritage Hall ( church).  Open to the  folks  who belong  to the  Pigeon  Facebook group,   and  the general public. It  will not cost to attend.

Preliminary plans  are  that Catholic Church  officials   and other VIP's, eg.,   the Parish  President, Sheriff, Assessor,  Parish Council members,  will be invited and  Refreshments  / food will be  served.

Health permitting  we will ask Mr. Calvin  Leblanc to play a a couple of  songs , The song about  Bayou Pigeon, by  Lou Millett,  and in honor of Roy  Leblanc, the Poor  fishermen,  and maybe one or two more.

We  will have displays  of   our Master plan   with artist renderings professionally  done  of the future development on  display  for  all to see  and  comment and provide suggestions  for improvements and advice... before  we  finalize  anything. 

We have a short video's  on the Heritage of Bayou  Pigeon.

We  will be releasing more  detailed communication on the  event  before  Feb. 1, 2020.

We are asking  for everyone  to Please mark your calendars and hold this date  open.

The date  was  set with the Mardi Ball  season, in mind, which is quite extensive in  Iberville parish, to mitigate conflicts with other parish  wide events..

Preparation  for this  Lease  Signing Event


We  will have a crew working on  clean up  and repair of the  site, every Sunday between now  and  Feb. 28 from 9:00  am until the  afternoon.  The officers  and  board of  directors  will meet at the  end of the  clean up approximately  4 pm,  to review / discuss  any new business  and plans  for the next clean up.

If anyone wants  to help please just  show up  at the  site in your  work  clothes.  Chris Daigle, President,  and other officers  and  directors  will be their to guide  activities.

Special Thanks 

To everyone who helped the with the clean up at the Bayou Pigeon Heritage complex last weekend (Jan. 17 - 20. 

Rick and Patty Phillips  and others worked many hours on  the clean up of the Heritage Hall and the house (former rectory). Some unsightly  bushes  and trees  around the main building  were removed and trimming the Oak tree in front of the house, was  done.  Patty Phillips and Rick  spent   much time cleaning the inside of the  Chapel /  Prayer Room and light fixtures, etc.









Chris Daigle and Rick Phillips made another detailed walk thru of the site and taking notes identifying all the things that need to be looked at repair including the Outdoor  Pavilion and fixing the back door entrance to the  GYM, where the vandals  got in..


Chris Settoon has the electrical power restored and the street lights working and trimmed the  Rose plants in  front of the  church, improving  security.





Steve  &  Mary Toups repaired the  water lines  and the  water to all  buildings turned on where  we can  now start power washing the  site.

Rick  has  some of the power turned on in the GYM.   The main lights in the gym  work but the power to the classrooms is not complete  yet.  Plans  are to get on that repair ASAP.

Chasity  Easley is planning  a house to house effort at Bayou  Pigeon to recruit membership (very  soon), if you  would like to help just give her a  holler!  we are having a new handout printed to facilitate that effort.

Paying  Dues  for membership

Several people have  asked this past  week.  How can i pay my dues?  I  don't  do Internet electronic payment  and / or  Social media  very much!

You can give  your dues to any Officer  or  Board of  Directors... we prefer a  check  so as to act as your receipt.

Our official membership is  now over 50 members, please  consider  joining the association ASAP.

Become Bayou  Pigeon  Proud.

If anyone has  comments or  suggestions on how  we can do better  do not hesitate  to contact any officer  or director.  You can use the comment  section on this message to send us a message.

 I  am Bayou  Pigeon  proud

Cliff ( Chachie ) LeGrange













Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Update on Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association



News  Letter Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association





On Nov. 18, 2019,  after a 18 months of working on  forming Bayou Pigeon Heritage Group  a lease between A. Wilberts LLC  and the donation of the  buildings and non movable  structures owned by the  Catholic Church to the BPHA is complete ... it is a  done  deal.
We own the buildings outright and are now responsible for Insurance, Utilities and Maintenance.


Signed in   the A. Wilberts LLC  office ... Chris Daigle, President of BPHA , Cliff  LeGrange, Dean Deslatte, and Kline Kirby President of  A Wilberts.


Special thanks to Our attorney, Kenneth Blanchard, who carried the ball over the  goal line for us.  His  services were pro bono and without his help I do not know if we  would have made it


Kenny Blanchard on right

We  have meeting this week  (Jan. 9) with Mr. Stan Routh ,  nationally recognized illustrator  to begin artist renderings on potential renovations  to the Heritage Hall (church) and the  Activity Center (Gym).

We have spoken with Brad Guerin, Architect  he has  volunteer to do any drawings we need  for renovations pro bono. As  soon as we reach a decisions on what to do and have  drawings to obtain permits and  some idea what funds we  will have  we will be  starting that process.  We hope to do as much of that with  community volunteers.  Steve Toups, Contractor who lives at Bayou Pigeon, has  said  he  will help as much as he can. He is a talented remodel expert.  hoping to start something by mid year.

If anyone has a talent and wants to help with future renovations, please contact me at 225 776 2686  or Chris Daigle at 225 776 4122.

Our next Board of Directors meeting is at Heritage Hall, this  Sunday at 5 p.m. Where we will start planning our schedule  and organizing some initial action items. However if anyone from General Public who receives this message or hears about the Board meeting and wants to come provide input, they are  invited.  One caveat, if you want to comment, you have to be a  voting member, which requires paying your annual dues.  We can collect them right there.

 Not waiting on Sunday, we will start general cleanup every Saturday in January.   Chris  and I will be there at 8am this Saturday.  We are praying that some brave Bayou Pigeon Facebook friends will show up to help us and bring some tools to help clean up the outside.  Of  course in the event of bad  weather, we will start cleaning the inside. Please bring any tools that will facilitate general clean up with you, ie., brooms, vacuum cleaners, extension cords, trailers to haul trash, etc.  I think Chris is bringing his lawn mower.

Membership Drive


We have not been having people  rushing to pay dues and become official Charter members. We are  doing this  for the community to rejunvate the community and Esprit  De Corps of Bayou Pigeon in general.  We realize we just have finished the holidays, but it is time to step up to challenge.  We recruiting brochures  available contact any officer or board of director to get hard  copies. If every member took a brochures and  signed up one family member or friend you would be doing your fair share.





We are looking into governments grants available to the BPHA as  a 501c3 non profit.  If anyone in  social media world has Grant application writing  skills please contact me (Cliff LeGrange 225 776 2686)  or Chris Daigle 225 776 4122)

In  closing

Bayou Pigeon friends if you have not viewed our web site ( http://www.bayoupigeon.com) and looked  at our two videos, (https://explee.com/video/molqvym)

Please do so,  they are very educational, undertand the Heritage  we are trying document and preserve. Show it your teen age school children.

If you have not paid your dues to join this Bayou Pigeon Heritage group please  consider joining ASAP.  

Become a life time member and receive a free copy of the  award winning "Bayou Pigeon, La. , Spirit of the Atchafalaya book".


Become a Benefactor member and receive a free copy of the new book "Heritage of the Atchafalaya - A Natural and Cultural History of The  Atchafalaya Basin".



The  interest in  the and participation  in Christmas parade sponsored by Chasity Easley , proved there is a lot of interest in reviving traditions  and culture in the Bayou Pigeon community.


Save our community bu joining Bayou Pigeon Heritage  Association


For the Together Eveyone  Achieves More

Chachie  ( web site adminstrator_


Monday, October 14, 2019

Update on Status of Lease negotiations between A. Wilberts, LLC & Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

Friends of Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association



We received the  attached  e mail today,  from our  attorney after requesting an update on the  status of the  Lease  negotiation and  donation (ownership) of  former  St.  Joan of  Arc church  Complex to BPHA.



From the  message, we can infer that the  Civil  law portion of the lease proposed  by  A. Wilbert's  to the  Diocese has basically been agreed  to.

Canon  Law is  different,  Cannon  Law review is to ensure there is nothing in  the donation  that  would  allow activities contrary to Catholic  Dogma and is  separate from Civil Legal  analysis.  We imagine this review is because  we intend to have  a Chapel Room / Prayer Room in the  Heritage  Hall.




The  drop dead date  for a resolution between the  Diocese of  BTR and A. Wilbert's, LLC is Nov. 17, 2019, the Diocese has two years  from the date they ceased the complex of being  an active  church (Nov18, 2017).  After that  The  Diocese would be in default of their lease  contract.

Thus from our  side of the net,  we know the lease  will be  agreed to on or before the  17 of  November.  A Wilbert's  has  communicated  many times they are  committed to this happening.  Essentially The  Catholic  Diocese of  BTR has no choice unless they plan to reopen the church.  They certainly  could not do demolition to dirt in time not to be  default of the lease.

At that time  we will have  to transfer  utilities and trigger General liability insurance  coverage, in our names. The  Diocese  will cease  all of those things, including  grounds maintenance.  They wanted us to take over the maintenance months  ago.

Consider this a  follow up to last  weeks roll out of the Membership Recruitment drive  started Oct. 5, 2019  at the  Iberville  Parish Swamp expo and last  weeks  BPHA Website communication.

Now is the time for all of us to pay our individual dues, so that on or before Nov. 17 we have  the money to trigger the utilities and insurance on the  Complex.  It is so easy to  do that through the  website and / or  send in  a check to The BPHA.



Think  about this  for a moment.  We are going to get ownership of a  complex that is larger than The  Knights of  Columbus complex in Plaquemine which has been existence  for more than a 100 years... free, free... 

... the value of  what we will own is excess of $750K.  Think about what we as organization could do with that.

We  don't want to fumble the ball on the goal line.  I implore our friends. 

Get those  dues in , lets show A. Wilbert's and The Diocese  we are serious and up to the task.  

Thus far we have 15 paying members.  Two are  Life  time members of $1000 each.  They are the Parish President  and the Sheriff, they are the most prominent leaders in the parish  and they put their money up to show  support.

What  are  we  waiting  for...

In the  spirit of those who have  come before us...

Let's get this  done... Aim  straight

Cliff  LeGrange / Roy  Leblanc




Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association ... Bonjour Mon Amis, The Time is now…




We have talked about this for over a year…Now is the time for all the folks who follow Bayou Pigeon to make themselves conspicuous! If you look around driving through the community, you cannot help but notice and see that Pigeon can do better.

This  week  we  start our recruitment  drive for Bayou Pigeon  Heritage  Association, legally Incorporated  and Certified  Tax  exempt (501c3) . 


Last  Saturday  at the  Iberville  Parish  Swamp Expo we rolled out to the parish community information about our  Heritage  Association's   effort to  save the  former  St. Joan of  Arc Catholic Church complex   from  demolition. 

We signed two lifetime  memberships  and 3 charter memberships and  had  almost 30 folks  interested / wanting more info.

A community feels more alive when people love it enough to help improve it. Helping your community makes life better for your friends, family, and other people and is an honorable deed.



You can join the  BPHA  today, it is so easy.


Go  to our  website and there you can pay dues / donate for year 2020 online electronically via Pay Pal very convenient.

http://bayoupigeon.com/heritage.htm

Share this message with your friends on Facebook. The BPHA membership is open to all people that want to help.

For those  folks  without a Paypal account  and / or access  to  a P.C. and / or  the Internet, please  print the  form below.  It can  completed and sent to the  Association via the  old fashion way, ie., USPS. Or you can hand carry to any BPHA officer or  director.


If  we  do not care  about our past, how can we hope  for the future. The  BPHA cares  for our old  St.  Joan Of  Arc complex, it is the face of  the community. Please consider joining and  ASAP  so we can get started quickly with renovations.

Any questions Chris Daigle, 225 776 4122, or Cliff LeGrange, 225 776 2686.

In Bayou Pigeon spirit…

Cliff LeGrange, Roy LeBlanc, Patricia Settoon, Chris Daigle, Dena Hebert LoBue, Danielle Hebert Williams