BIG News
From the Bayou Industrial Group
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Cook-Off Planning Underway
August 13 Luncheon Features Travis Lavigne
Landrieu & Bollinger Draw Record Crowd
Alli Berthelot Receives Scholarship
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Start Working on Your Gumbo Recipe!

The BIG Membership Committee is finalizing plans for the first annual BIG Gumbo Cook-Off this fall to raise money specifically to expand our BIG Scholarship Program. Teams will compete for judges' and People's Choice awards, and fun will be had by all.

Stay tuned for details!

If you would like to help coordinate the cook-off event, the Membership Committee would love your help!  Email committee chairman Ricky Melancon. A committee meeting will be held on Friday, July 27 at Noon at the Bayou Country Club.

Upcoming BIG Luncheons 

Monday, August 13
Travis Lavigne

Monday, September 10

Monday, October 8

Members are provided one free lunch each month!  If you cannot attend a meeting, don't let your perk go to waste -- send someone in your place!!


Board of Directors

Francis Richard, John Deere


Jimmy Ledet, TBS 


Terry Albert, Coastal Commerce Bank 


Past President: 
Chett Chiasson, GLPC

Dwayne Bourgeois, North Lafourche Levee District

Hugh Caffery,
Valentine Chemicals

Howell Chiasson,
NSU Athletic Dept.

Steve Gaubert, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

Shane Guin,
Duplantis Design Group

Simone Maloz,
Restore or Retreat

Dr. Ricky Melancon, Houma Spine and Rehabilitation

Jennifer Armand,
Executive Director

Hear All About the Impressive New Fletcher Campus at Our August 13 BIG Luncheon
At the end of July, L.E. Fletcher Technical-Community College will celebrate a ribbon-cutting at the college's beautiful new campus along LA Highway 311 in Terrebonne Parish.  BIG members and their guests will Chancellor Lavignebe able to hear all about the new campus' offerings and Fletcher's continued focus on developing our region's work force as we welcome Chancellor Travis Lavigne as our August 13 luncheon guest speaker.

The monthly luncheon begins at Noon on Monday, August 13 at the Bayou Country Club in Thibodaux. We hope to see you and your guests there! 


Reservation Deadline: 5 pm on Thursday, August 9

Bring a Guest to Lunch with You or Send Someone in Your Place if You are Unable to Attend!

Lunch is free for BIG members. There is a $20 fee for reserved guests; $25 for walk-ins.  Since BIG is required to pay for total number of reservations, all reserved guests will be billed for payment regardless of attendance. 
Sen. Landrieu and Boysie Bollinger Draw Overflow Crowd to BIG
The Bayou Country Club dining room was packed to capacity on July 9 as a record crowd of BIG members and guests attended the luncheon to hear presentations by Sen. Mary Landrieu and industry leader Boysie Bollinger. 
Sen. Landrieu discussed the RESTORE Act, which was signed by the President just days before the BIG luncheon, and also accepted Restore or Retreat's Pelican Award for her work to secure dedicated federal funding for coastal restoration in Louisiana.  Mr. Bollinger, himself a vocal advocate for coastal restoration and protection, commended the work of Sen. Landrieu and all of our Congressional delegation for RESTORE Act passage. In his presentation, Bollinger also talked about the tremendous contributions of Bayou Region workers and businesses to the nation's economy when it comes to the marine, energy, and seafood industries, and recognized BIG for its leadership in the community for over three decades.

Thank you to both speakers for sharing their time with BIG, and thank you to all of our members and guests who attended this very special meeting! 

Boysie speaking
July 9 Guest Speaker Boysie Bollinger 

Sen. Landrieu
Sen. Landrieu accepts the ROR Pelican Award from ROR's Charlotte Bollinger. 
BIG Congratulates NSU Scholarship Recipient Alli Berthelot
As if our July luncheon was not "BIG" enough with Sen. Landrieu and Boysie Bollinger at the podium, the organization also recognized another young person selected to receive a 2012 BIG Scholarship.  
 Alli Berthelot, a 2012 graduate of Assumption High School who will be majoring in Accounting at NSU this fall, was presented with our organization's 4-year scholarship to NSU at the July 9 luncheon.  Congratulations to Alli and her mother Shinelle for this outstanding achievement!

Alli Berthelot
NSU President Dr. Stephen Hulbert and BIG President Francis Richard congratulate scholarship recipient Alli Berthelot and mom Shinelle at the July 9 luncheon.  
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