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Club Spotlight: Vermilion Parish Ragin' Cajun Club

In 1982, 60 Minutes topped television charts, lobster bisque was a trending food must-have, a dozen eggs cost a mere 79 cents – and, perhaps most notably, the Vermilion Parish Ragin’ Cajun Club was born.

The club will commemorate its 40th anniversary on April 22 with a special event at Southern Oaks Country Club in Abbeville. Details will be shared on the Alumni Association website as they become available.

Since the charter signing on November 15, 1982, the Vermilion Parish Ragin’ Cajun Club has become recognized as one of the University’s oldest and largest Ragin’ Cajun Clubs. What began as “an opportunity to get involved with the University," said alumna and initial club member Theresa Gaspard, has fostered many alumni volunteers and past Alumni Association presidents.

John T. Landry, the club’s inaugural president, is still involved today. He recalls that Dr. Joseph Savoie, the current University president who was then serving as the director of the Alumni Association, reached out to Landry for help. “[Dr. Savoie] kept asking me to start a club and to try and get something going," Landy said.

Landry called an initial meeting in Abbeville for alumni interested in joining the new club – and the rest is a history of memories and friendships 40 years in the making.

“This provides a great social and networking opportunity for all individuals who have a passion for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette,” shared Jason Patout, the club’s current president. “I can't think of a better way to meet new people, connect with longtime friends, and have some fun, all while supporting your alma mater."

To join, volunteer or learn more about the Vermilion Parish Ragin’ Cajun Club, please contact the UL Lafayette Alumni Association, update your contact information with the Association, and connect with the club on Facebook.

Photo Caption: Vermilion Parish Ragin' Cajun Club members and University staff show off a scrapbook for the club made by Theresa Gaspard. (Submitted)

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