Welcome to the Home Page of Avec Souci of Lafayette, Louisiana.
The name, Avec Souci, meaning "with care," refers to the club's civic responsibility just as the motto, "Together We Care," encourages members to work cooperatively toward community improvement. The club flower is the camellia, so abundant in South Louisiana. The colors are green and pink.
On January 11, 1968, Avec Souci was organized as a junior women's club by members of L'Heure d'Amitie Federated Club of Lafayette, Louisiana with Mrs. W.D. Frazell, Mrs. J.L. Pritchett and Mrs. George Macaulay acting as advisors. Originally there were twelve charter members with a potential membership of thirty. One original member, Maggie Danna, is still a member today. She has served Avec Souci for forty-five years.
In 1988, Avec Souci was honored by the Acadiana Volunteer Activists as one of the three finalist outstanding volunteer organizations. These sixth annual award presentations were in recognition of outstanding volunteer community service in health, education, civic beautification, preservation and the arts. By 1993, the club's twenty-fifth anniversary, more than $45,000 had been distributed throughout the community done with an average yearly membership of only twenty-five ladies. In its forty-five year history, Avec Souci's garden tour alone has distributed more than $120,000 to our community.
For Immediate Release
Lafayette, LA: The gardening season kicks of with the 26th Annual Avec Souci Garden Tour on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 1-5 PM.
Lafayette Gardens featured on the tour are: Robin and Glen Thibodeaux, 134 Evangeline Drive; Jan and Nelson Warner, 533 Beaulieu Drive; Michelle and Kenny Crouch, 700 Greenbriar Road; Deanna and Howard Ratcliff, 302 Genevieve Drive; Rhonda and Frank Stagno, 400 Montrose Avenue.
Admission to all five gardens requires a $15 ticket purchased in advance, or $20 on the day of the tour, with proceeds benefitting numerous charities. Tickets may be purchased in April through any Avec Souci member, Albertsons on Johnston Street in Lafayette, All Seasons Nursery and Landscape, The Gardenaire, Champagne's Market, The Garden Center on Pinhook, and Native Sun. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avec Souci has returned over $120,000 in the past 25 years to community charities such as Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, Camp Bon Coeur, Miles Perret Cancer Center, Lafayette Special Olympics, UL Foundation Scholarships, Acadiana Outreach, Faith House, Sexual Abuse Center, Naomi House.
More information will be posted in the coming week. Please check this page often for updates.