She was nominated by Cheryl Richard, festival coordinator.
The nomination letter follows:
“Eugene and Janelle Henry instilled in their children a sense of civic pride, duty and responsibility to the progress of their community. One of their children, Josie, has continued to volunteer and work in so many of the aspects that have made Rayne and the Rayne Frog Festival the success they are today.
“As a business owner, she became tremendously involved in not only the American Business Women’s Association, but also the Rayne Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, hosts for the Rayne Frog Festival and promoted the desire to maintain the mindset of doing business in Rayne for the event and went on to become involved with numerous civic organizations that were instrumental in shaping the Rayne Frog Festival into the success it is today.
“As a member of the Rayne Jaycees, who are credited with the forerunner of the current Rayne Frog Festival, she worked tirelessly in promoting what has become the signature event of the festival, the frog racing and jumping contests and now works for the co-sponsor of the event, the Rayne Acadian Tribune. The Miss and Mr. Tadpole contests were sponsored by the local Jaycees chapter and showed Josie’s interest in instilling the same civic pride in the Frog Capital of the World in children who would go on to continue to promote all things frog.
As a member of local chapters of Beta Sigma Phi, she played key roles in the selection of Teen and Miss Frog Festival Queens…always willing to do whatever needed to be done to achieve successful reigns for young women that would become official hostesses of the Rayne Frog Festival.
The Rayne Lions Club, of which her father was a long time member, has benefited from her assistance, although she is not a member, in producing and organizing the Frog Derby Queen’s contest and continues to be an integral part of this historic event that has seen its way from the International Rice Festival and now a nationally recognized queen’s selection at the annual Frog Festival.
Even though her memberships in civic organizations have succumbed to the responsibility of work and family, she has continued to be an integral player in all things promoting the City of Rayne and the Rayne Frog Festival. She continues to volunteer and participate in the Miss Rayne competition and the Rayne Lions Club Frog Derby and Frog Jockey Queen’s contests.
Her work at the Rayne Acadian Tribune keeps her involved in the business and social aspects of our community by maintaining the network of information that allows her to relay important news and promotion of community pride and family.
But most importantly, to me, has been her long term friendship and support for all of the responsibilities I’ve had as Cultural Director for the City of Rayne and now as Frog Festival Coordinator. She is quite simply one of those rare people that will do whatever it takes to help. Never has she done it for the pat on the back or in expectation for anything in return. Her efforts are selfless and exemplify the true spirit of friendship and volunteerism for me and the community in which she makes her home.
I would be grateful if the Rayne Frog Festival chooses Josie Henry as the 2010 Grand Marshal. It would allow me, in a very small way, to show her my love and appreciation for all she has done for me and our wonderful city.