From to president Madeleine-Dubé Michaud :

CA Photo Madelaine Dube Michaud 100 p

The Last June, nearly 50 people attended the gathering of our association in Rimouski. It was a very enjoyable and interesting meeting as much by the content as by where we had the pleasure to see each other again. Congratulations to Alain, our Secretary who put a lot of time and energy to prepare a program of activities that pleased the greatest number of participants. More details of this weekend to read in this newsletter.

At the annual meeting, in addition to share the report of activities as well as the financial report, there was an election. Réjean Landry, who held the position of Treasurer for 6 years, advised us that he did not want to renew its mandate and Charlaine who was elected as 2nd Vice-President last year, decided to leave the board by lack of time to perform this function. I would like, on behalf of all members, to thank them for all the time they have given to Michaud’s association. I also want to thank Lise Michaud-Landry who served as President ex-officio during the past year. We welcome the arrival of Gaétane Michaud # 1504 of Rimouski who will hold the position of Treasurer. As no other nominated candidate did accept to fulfill the position at the board , the Assembly gave the Board members the task of recruiting and to find the gem who will fill the vacancy.

Finally, here are the projects that will surely occupy several of our days.

  • We want to work on reforming of our by-laws. They must conform to the Companies Act.
  • Emphasis will be placed on recruitment so that more people know about the association and can attend next year’s meeting.
  • We will also prepare a celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of the AFMI. This celebration will be held simultaneously as the next annual meeting.
  • We are always looking for collaborators for writing texts for our newsletter Le Brelan. Let us know your interest and we would be pleased to welcome you to the team.

Thank you all for your participation and your cooperation and we look forward to see you soon.

 

Madelaine Dubé-Michaud, president (1585)

From to president Madeleine-Dubé Michaud :

CA Photo Madelaine Dube Michaud 100 p

Although Spring is just around the corner, we must already think about Summer. Why? To get ready for our forthcoming Michaud meeting. You already know that this meeting will take place early June in Rimouski. Who says “meeting” means a reunion of people exchanging and discussing common subjects. Needless to say that the invitation is launched to all those proudly bearing the name MICHAUD, but also to all those being related to some Michauds, or being interested by their history or origin.

The meeting schedule is enclosed in the present edition of the Brelan and we wish that many of you will participate in this gathering. As a member of our Association, you may make the difference on the number of participants by inviting one or two relatives who are not yet members to join us for the scheduled week-end.

It will be a great occasion to connect or reconnect with cousins or friends, and meet new Friends. The more we will be, we have more fun.

In the previous edition, I talked about the pride to be a member of Association des Familles Michaud. I also asked for your suggestions to increase our membership. I am still awaiting your ideas. Whatever your idea is fantastic, original, or else, do not hesitate to transmit it to us.

Your administration Council will consider its realisation and if so, apply it. Once more, I count on You to make our Association a great family where it will be most agreeable to entertain this family pride.

To conclude, I wish to thank all volunteers who accepted to spend time at our stand during the Fédération des Associations de Familles’ exhibition in Lévis in February. Special thanks to Isabelle and Réal who organised our stand and the precious time they spent there..

This event promotes our associations and visitors deeply appreciate the exchanges they have with family representatives.

To all of you, I wish a fantastic Spring season. I am already looking forward to meet you in Rimouski.

 

Madelaine Dubé-Michaud, president (1585)

LiseMichaudLandryFor one of the last times, it is with great joy that I sit down to have a moment with you and inform you of what is cooking in our Association. I hope that this chronicle will warm your heart after the harsh winter we have had. This winter was probably similar to those Marie and Pierre lived in their modest and rather cold house by the sea. However, I imagine that in their growing family life, among their young and not always behaved children, one could find warmth and understanding.

Concerned about the decrease in our membership and about the departure next June of two Administration Council members, a few members recently raised questions about the functioning of the Council and about the actions it intends to take in the near future.

I wish here to reassure you, dear members, by telling you that the present Administration Council puts its whole-hearted efforts into conducting adequately our Association, following the rules and constitution established by our founders, and with the very same spirit and enthusiasm.

In order to cope with the needs of our changing world, we have up-dated some of our practices. For example, all the Michaud families genealogical data contained in the 2007 "Répertoire" is now available on a USB Key which is regularly updated. If we were to put our "Répertoire" up to date, more than 5000 pages would be necessary, and the editing and sales costs of course more than multiplied. The production of a key is feasible at a fraction of the cost. On that topic, Raynald does a marvellous job, reporting to the treasurer when necessary.

Every occasion is good to promote our Association. We have tried to form an enlarged promotion committee, without result, those invited to form it, declining the offer. Even the invitation launched in our Brelan remained unanswered.

The organization of the Annual General Meeting is the Administration Council's responsibility but the local representatives help a lot. In St. Agatha in 2014, Albertine has put many efforts in it.

Next June 6 and 7, our Annual General Meeting will take place in Quebec City. Thanks to Isabelle, we will have a superb assembly (see details farther in this edition). Every one of our members is expected to participate! It will be an excellent occasion to fraternize and meet newcomers. Cultural events will also take place.

During this very important meeting, elections will take place as the President's and first Vice-President's terms will end in June.

From the bottom of my heart, I convey you to this friendly and important meeting.

 

On behalf of the Administration Council,

Lise Michaud Landry (no 1375),
President

LiseMichaudLandryMy last column! I am overwhelmed by a strange feeling while sitting down to write it. For the last ten years, at each Brelan’s issue, it was with great pleasure that I tried to inform you of what was cooking in our Association.

And yes, life goes on carrying so many good things!

On June 6th, 2015 in Quebec City was held our Annual General Meeting. Some twenty-five people attended. Among those, two ex-Presidents, Vincent from Quebec City, and Jean from Sept-Iles. We also met two newcomers, Réal and Charlaine from the Québec area, and many “regulars”, among them Lauréat from Laurierville, and Jean from St-Quentin, New Brunswick. Many others were also present, including the members of our Administration Council, and Andrée, layout editor of Le Brelan since 2011. Such good and nice people!

Frankly, I questioned myself prior to this meeting. I was rather afraid that we would not find replacement for the President and first Vice-President, Raynald and I having decided to leave the AFMI ship. I have to confess that I was so wrong to question myself. In fact, when the election took place, Réal and Charlaine accepted to jump aboard. Once the election was over, the new Executive Council met and here are the results of their deliberation:

  • Madelaine Dubé Michaud is now President (she was second Vice-President).
  • Réal Michaud is first Vice-President.
  • Charlaine Michaud becomes second Vice-President.

Congratulations! For their great generosity, I thank them from the bottom of my heart in the name of all our members and mine also. With you, our Association will go further.

The treasurer also presented the financial statement for the year ending March 31st, 2015. Although there is a slight deficit of 55$, our finances are in good health. Thank you Réjean!

In recognition for Raynald’s great work during the past six years, we offered him a very nice pen engraved with his initials. Many thanks Raynald for your contribution. And to Andrée, who will no longer edit the layout of Le Brelan, we offered a few pages... a nice note book that will enable her to mark down her thoughts or souvenirs. Thanks Andrée!

I have to talk about the tribute I received after lunch Saturday. Andrée read a fantastic document, written by her of course (see pp. 12 to 15, Le Brelan, july 2015). She related the different events which occurred during my presidency. I was also offered a few meaningful souvenirs. I was deeply moved by such consideration; my tears were also very sincere.

In 2005, I attended my first General Meeting. Then, I could not imagine that I would get deeply involved for so many years. I was elected first Vice-President, replacing Julien. However, while our President was ill, I had to act as President. In 2006 in Kamouraska, I was elected President, re-elected in Edmundston in 2009, and in Quebec City in 2012. I have never regretted my engagement in our Association.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank the members of the first Administration Council I presided. Julien, Louis, Magdeleine, Claire, Blandine, and Jean-Eudes showed the way, and encouraged me a lot.

AFMI brought me great satisfaction. Of course, I would have liked to do more, such as visiting the Michauds of all regions but, as we say “No one is bound to do the impossible”. However, at all the various meetings, either with the administrators, the Annual Meetings, or on other occasions, I have always appreciated meeting with those attending. I will alway cherish those memories.

The most important thing the Association has given me is the pride to carry the name MICHAUD. Of course, I am my father’s proud daughter; but bearing the name is now so precious to me. I am so proud.

Many thanks to all. You have given me the chance to meet so many marvellous people. Thanks to the Administration Council team for your friendship and camaraderie.

 

Lise Michaud Landry (no 1375),
ex President

LiseMichaudLandryOnce again, here we are at the start of a new year with plenty of work to be done!

During the Summer, we prepared our Annual General Meeting which was held on August 16 at Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha, Maine, as part of the Worldwide Acadian Congress and on the day of the Michaud Family Reunion.

On account of the large number of English-speaking people, we conducted this meeting in French and English and I believe that our American members appreciated our gesture. Our summary of events and financial reports were presented and approved. Further on in this Brelan issue, you will find these reports.

Some thirty people attended and participated actively in the reunion and others joined us for the Friendship Brunch. Many thanks to Albertine Michaud Ouellet from Madawaska, our local representative, for her involvement in organizing this event. We were also made aware that our Brelan is an essential link with our members; Sylvia even mentioned that she can read it wherever she is in her home.

Of course, we talked about the decrease in our membership. Rod Murphy, Jean Michaud's husband, made many suggestions and since the reunion, he has been busy working on them. I cannot say more on the subject since it is has to be submitted to the members of our Administration Council at the meeting scheduled for October 18 in Quebec City.

After the brunch, we joined the large Michaud Reunion organized by Bernard and his team on the site of the St.Agatha Catholic Church and for which more than 700 Michauds had registered. I do not know if they all showed up, but one thing is sure, those present warmed the atmosphere in the Church Hall!

We held a stand which was visited by many participants. Charles, Andrée Michaud's husband, acted as genealogist and he had numerous requests for his services. Many thanks, Charles!

Our promotional items - booklets, ballpoints, calendars, etc, were a great success. In fact, our sales
at the end of the day amounted to around 600$. Our thanks go to Andrée, Charles, Suzanne, Raynald and Réjean who took charge of our stand. Radio-Canada Acadie (CBC French Network) reported on the activities of the day. This report can be viewed on "Radio-Canada Acadie - Téléjournal Acadie du 17 août". An interesting report by Mr. Serge Bouchard from Radio-Canada Acadie. Thank you, Mr. Bouchard.

This new year will be very demanding for all. The decrease in our membership will be at the heart of our action. And not to forget, this will be election year for the following positions on the Administration council: president, first vice-president and secretary. We need young people with modern ideas to pursue the Association's future goals.

I wish to point out the duties of the Administration Council members (always in their own possible ways):

  • Attend the Council meetings, two of them usually taking place in Quebec City, in October and February.
  • Participate in the December telephone conference.
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting.
  • Conduct the various dossiers agreed upon at the Council meetings.

Between our meetings, as necessary, we communicate by phone or internet.

We are also looking for local representatives for the Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup, Trois-Rivières areas and others regions of Quebec and the Maritimes.

Eventually, a replacement for the position of genealogist will be needed.

I wish to invite you to respond to this request. On the back page of this Brelan, you will find all the names, email addresses and phone numbers of those presently in office. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Until then, in the name of your Administration Council, I wish you a very colourful Fall season, in your own nature sites and in your hearts.

On behalf of the Administration Council,

Lise Michaud Landry (no 1375),
President

LiseMichaudLandryWith great pleasure, on behalf of the Administration council and the editorial team, I offer you this new edition of the Brelan.

You will notice the very new modern colourful cover page inviting you to read its content.

You will also notice that our coat of arms is well in evidence. Created during our pioneer's mandate, our coat of arms will always appear, publication after publication, in order to honour and thank them.

Our Association's current big event is needless to say the Annual General Meeting. This year, in a spirit of solidarity, we have decided to accept an invitation from the Acadian World Congress by participating in this particular day devoted to all Michauds, and organized by Bernard Michaud, on August 16, 2014 in St. Agatha, Maine. I would be very proud to see many of us attend.

On Saturday August 16, our Annual General Meeting will take place, followed by a Friendship Brunch. After the Brunch, we will joint the Michaud gathering.

Followed a well established tradition, our Association hosted a stand during the Salon du Patrimoine Familial on February 21, 22 and 23 in Québec City. Many thanks to Jean-Eudes who organized it and to the volunteers who joined him for the occasion.

And we have more good news: our devoted secretary Alain has created a new website, more modern and more accessible. Take a good look at www.famillesmichaud.org Many thanks, Alain, for your generosity. Our thanks also go to Jean-Claude who since 2006 has looked after our site.

At the Administration Council, we have noticed an important reduction of our membership. Of course, deaths and illnesses of members somehow explain this situation. However, I ask you, dear members, to propose to the younger generations the benefits of joigning our Association. We know nonetheless that many Michauds are curious about their genealogy. Therefore, I rely on you to promote our Association and I thank you in advance.

I wish here to thank warmly our Brelan's editing team, Isabelle Deblois-Michaud and Andrée Michaud, who devote so many hours to every edition of the Brelan. Well done girls!

To conclude, let's get together at our General Assembly next August 16th.

On behalf of the Administration Council,

Lise Michaud Landry (no 1375),
President

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