|WOONSOCKET - A large crowd was on hand as Section Frere-Andre No. 44,
Woonsocket local chapter of ACA Assurance honored its past president and
two local French Canadian groups at its fifth annual awards and recognition
banquet, held at Vermette's Restaurant.
The American-French Genealogical Society was honored for its work in helping people locate family roots in Canada. Accepting the award for the society were Roger Beaudry, president; Roger Bartholomy, vice president; and Sylvia Bartholomy, publicist. They received their award from Pierrette Whitton, immediate past president of Section Frere-Andre.
The Committee for Gov. Aram J. Pothier Monument was recognized for its work to have the monument erected at the Museum of Work and Culture in honor of the former city mayor and longest-serving governor of Rhode Island.
Accepting the award from Julien A. Bessette, president of Section Frere-Andre, were Alphonse Auclair and Phyllis Thomas, co-chairs of the committee; Jacques Stalen, fund-raising chairman; and Jacqueline Auclair committee vice chairwoman.
Whitton received a commemorative plaque and certificate of appreciation for her efforts and dedication to the section. The certificate, from national ACA President Eugene Lemieux, was presented to her by Alfred Provost, national treasurer and representative of the national office in Manchester, N.H. Wilfred Drolet, chairman of the banquet, gave her the plaque.