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Louisiana Social and Beneficial Club
Below is information on the Louisiana Social and Beneficial Club, founded in 1926, which conducted benevolent works and social activities for Louisianans in Illinois, generally Chicago. The group was most famous for its grand Bal Masque (Mascarade Ball) at Mardi Gras. Louisianans band together no matter where they may be.
On the 15th. of October 1926, the Louisiana Social and Beneficial Club was incorporated by the State of Illinois.
The object for which it was formed was to bring into active service all ex-natives of Louisiana interested in the progressive principles of the times to develop and promote these principles as outlined by the people of Illinois; to benefit the widows, orphans, heirs, and devisees of members thereof, and members who have received permanent disability; to promote general education along civic, social, and industrial principles and a get-together for all in order to promote on the whole a better understanding; such aid to be by voluntary contributions and not by fixed dues and assessments.
The group was governed by a board of seven directors.
The founding directors were:
Camille Cohen Jones, 4143 So. Michigan Avenue; Geneva Morgan Johnson, 4151 Vincennes Avenue; Julius M. Weil, 2151 Maypole Avenue; Valena C. McClelland, 525 East 34th. Street; Julia Taylor, 5039 Michigan Avenue; W. J. Waters, M. D., 5202 South Wabash Avenue; Maude E. Jackson, 522 Bowen Avenue.
On 27 June 1949, the President was Ollie Foster and the Secretary was Beatrice Price.
On 7 June 1972, the Marshall J. Henderson and the Secretary was Claretta Wyatt.
On 16 June 1986, the President was Frank Keys, the Vice President was Charles J. Marshall, and the Secretary was Claretta A. Patrick.