Roger Bourgeois Introduced as Grand Master VIII at L'Ordre du Bon Temps gumbo supper Nov. 10

 The Acadian Memorial Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce Mr. Roger Bourgeois of Houma as the next Grand Master of l’Ordre du Bon Temps Louisiane, the Order of Good Cheer.   Please join us on Nov. 10, 2016 at the annual meeting of the Ordre, chaired by Mr. Paul Durand, Grand Master VI, at La Maison Restaurant in St. Martinville for a gumbo supper and the introduction of Bourgeois as Grand Master VIII 2017-18.

L’Ordre du Bon Temps is North America’s first social club, the French version of eat, drink and be merry, and its first social club.   The social club was started by 17th century French adventurer, Samuel Champlain, and his men, with the help of the Mi’kmaq Nation, to assist them in surviving the harsh Canadian winters.  It was “…plus profitable que toutes sortes de médecines…`` (worked better than any medicine). 

A competition developed among the men to see who could provide the most sumptuous feast.  Champlain’s job as Grand Master was to insure the entertainment and food. 

Relaunched in 2006 by the Acadian Memorial Foundation, the earliest North American social club continues as an annual fundraiser for the Acadian Memorial!  

Passionate about his history, Roger will entertain the group with his presentation, “Cajun Culture in Terrebonne:  the Bourgeois point of view”. 

Roger is a very successful businessman.   He is President/Owner of Bourgeois & Associates, Inc., a company specializing in the sales and installation of special hazard fire suppression systems for the petrochemical, paper, utility, offshore, and “technology” industries.    The “Hot Sauce Man” is well-known for his clever incorporation of hot sauce into the advertising of his company.    

A native of Raceland, Louisiana, Roger graduated from Louisiana State University in 1966, with a B.S. Degree in Industrial Technology.

Among his many talents and interests, Roger is an avid collector of vintage wood working tools, decoys, Cajun artifacts, fire-fighting collectibles, and ice-man collectibles and has a permanent exhibit at the Terrebonne Folklife Center.  He will be sharing these and other stories.

Reservations for the gumbo supper on Nov 10 are $40 and are available by contacting the Acadian Memorial at 337-394-2258 or at   You can also mail in your check made payable to the Acadian Memorial Foundation at P. O. Box 379, St. Martinville, LA 70582.  Seating is limited. 

Induction to l’Ordre du Bon Temps Louisiane for a one-time fee of $70 provides a lifetime membership as long as you are a current Friend of the Acadian Memorial Foundation, as well as a unique certificate and logo medallion.

All of your donations support the Acadian Memorial and its many projects.  Visit our website at for more information. 

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