|AT&T Retirement Celebration Honoring Lena F. Charles|
The Petroleum Club of Lafayette provided the setting on Saturday,
November 8, 2008 for the retirement celebration of Lena F. Charles. Lena has retired from AT&T after dedicating 37 ½ years of
excellent business management service. Lena has demonstrated the highest quality of work ethics and job performance. She has been a great asset to the company, and will be greatly missed. Serving as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies were Mike Morrison and Beverly Jumonville. Father Emanuel Tanu, associate pastor of Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Opelousas gave the opening prayer and blessing of the meal. A special slide show presentation showcasing the early years in the workplace and the different duties exhibited through the years was prepared by Robert Lemelle and presented by Kevin Milton. Family members Barbara Auzenne, Jerome Fontenot Sr., and Bryan Charles expressed touching words of praise and congratulations to the honoree. Many dignitaries were present and acknowledged for their attendance at retirement celebration. Outstanding Service Presentation Awards were presented to the honoree by Bobby Mayers and Roland Mouton of AT&T. Another great highlight of the evening was the Roast and Toast in which several well wishers participated. A beautiful musical tribute of "I'm Still Here" was dedicated to the honoree by Ronald Lavargne. Serving as host for the evening were Dana Sampey, Carlin Lazard, Shelly Sledge, and LaShonda Landry. The final words of the evening cane from the honoree, Lena F. Charles. She gave honor, praise, and glory to God for helping to see her through it all. God has guided her life, and she would have never made it without him. Her heart was full of love and happiness. Lena expressed words of gratitude to her family, fellow colleagues, distinguished guests, and friends. Lena received a standing ovation and confirmed her love for everyone in attendance at retirement celebration. The program concluded and musical entertainment for the remainder of the evening was provided by Zydeco musician Curly Taylor and Zydeco Trouble.