Celebrating Passed Chairpersons

Author: Avery Grubb



Reving Joseph Broussard Jr. | April 23, 1935 – May 9, 2019

                Born in New Iberia, Broussard has contributed to the community his entire life. From volunteering his time with the Jaycees, to serving as the chairman for the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce in 1981, and starting his own business in New Iberia, Broussard helped his home town flourish in a special way. He was charismatic, funny, and made new friends every day. His story will continue to inspire this community for years to come.




Terrel Patrick Dressel | September 13, 1938 – May 16, 2019

                Dressel served as the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce chairman in 2000, helping to lead New Iberia to where it is today. An Iberia Parish native, Dressel became heavily involved in organizations like United Way, Cajun Kiwanis, Iberia Parish School Board and more in order to give back to the community that gave so much to him. He started his own accounting firm after earning his CPA certification, which later merged with Broussard Poche. His impact on New Iberia will hardly be forgotten.



The Dash

by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?