Programs at St. Mary Assumption Church

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St. Mary Assumption Church in Cottonport, Louisiana


Financial professional Andre Dobison serves as the regional vice president for Primerica Insurance in Alexandria, Louisiana. A member of the local Avoyel-Taensa Tribe/Nation, Andre Dobison belongs to St. Mary Assumption Church and its St. Martin de Porres group.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since the building’s hundredth-year anniversary in 1989, St. Mary Assumption Church in Cottonport, Louisiana, offers its parishioners a variety of youth and adult programs. The church welcomes newcomers as well and invites them to join any of its programs or events.

St. Mary Assumption Church’s adult and youth choirs require regular practice attendance, but other programs, such as the youth groups and prayer groups, will take drop-in members. Active organizations at the church include the Knights of Columbus’ St. Martin de Porres and Catholic Daughters of America. The church also offers a regular CCD program for education in the faith.

Other events take place at St. Mary Assumption Church throughout the year. These range from parish suppers and church fairs to Vacation Bible School. Church members also volunteer their time to distribute clothing and food to those in need.


The NBA New Orleans Pelicans’ History and Name

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New Orleans Pelicans

Andre Dobison is an Alexandria, Louisiana, resident who has held regional leadership responsibilities with Primerica for decades. An avid basketball fan, Andre Dobison is a longtime supporter of the New Orleans Pelicans. Formerly known as the Hornets, the Pelicans compete in the NBA Western Conference’s Southwest Division.

The team was relocated from Charlotte to New Orleans before the 2002-03 season by owner George Shinn and competed in Louisiana until 2005, when Hurricane Katrina caused a temporary relocation to Oklahoma City. Returning to the Big Easy for the 2007-2008 season, the team played as the Hornets for several seasons until Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan expressed interest in bringing the NBA name back to North Carolina.

The New Orleans franchise conceded the name before the 2013-14 season and selected Pelicans as a replacement. As Louisiana’s state bird, the pelican figures prominently on the state seal and flag. In announcing its decision, the team also brought attention to the pelican’s importance as a symbol representing the health of the state’s coastal wetlands and wildlife, which are being actively restored following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill.

Sassafras – A Key Resource of the Avoyel-Taensa Tribe

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Avoyel-Taensa Tribe

As a regional vice president with Primerica in Alexandria, Louisiana, Andre Dobison offers families pathways to debt-free living. Active in his community, Andre Dobison believes in and follows the Constitution of the Avoyel-Taensa Tribe/Nation of Louisiana.

When they migrated to Louisiana more than 10,000 years ago, the Avoyel-Taensa tribe of Native Americans settled in the rolling pine hills of Avoyelles Parish. As documented by a contemporary Avoyel-Taensa tribe member, one of the tribe’s most valuable traditional natural resources was the sassafras tree. A light, hardwood tree that grows as tall as 60 feet, sassafras has a variety of uses as a medicine, for cooking, and in creating fragrant household items.

The sassafras root was particularly prized, with young men of the tribe digging it up in the spring. After a thorough washing, the root was steeped in hot water and taken as a tonic for general health. The root could also be fermented as a form of wine or brewed with honey to make syrup. The leaves had an aromatic flavor that added seasoning to the traditional stew now known as gumbo. In addition, sassafras was a common aromatic used in candles and potpourris.

Laws and Economics of the Avoyel-Taensa Tribe

Andre Dobison, regional vice president of Primerica Insurance, dedicates his professional time to helping families achieve financial independence. On a personal level, Andre Dobison lives by and believes in the Constitution of the Avoyel-Taensa Tribe, also known as the Nation of Louisiana.

Said to have arisen from the earth in modern-day Louisiana, in a location where a lake now rests, the Avoyel-Taensa tribe traditionally lived as creators and traders of stone knife blades and arrowheads, though their trade did not expand beyond their own home territory until the coming of the Europeans. The tribe’s trade capacities also expanded as they obtained horses and other livestock, which they sold to French communities.

Traditionally, the tribe consisted of a number of clans each with its own chief. A single leader, known as the tribal chief, had overall authority over the clans and their individual leadership. Today, each clan sends a leader to the Tribal Council, which enacts and enforces tribal law among the clans. The council has also facilitated the development of a tribal constitution and by-laws, which all tribal members must obey. Individuals who diverge from the constitution must brought before the council for punishment.

The Avoyel-Taensa Tribe-Nation of Louisiana

Andre Dobison is a well-established insurance advisor, serving Primerica as the regional vice president for Alexandria, Louisiana. Andre Dobison works from a sizable portfolio of companies to arrive at the best possible policies for clients. For his efforts he receives a vacation trip every six months and has won the Financial Independent Council Award.

Dobison’s heritage includes membership in the Avoyel-Taensa Tribe-Nation of Louisiana, a group of Native Americans who first had contact with Europeans in 1699. Governing the tribe now is a constitution that advocates respect for the environment, protection of individual rights, and enhancement of educational offerings.

The tribe celebrates its culture with an annual one-day fall festival. At a recent gathering, after an opening prayer, tribal leaders and a guest speaker lectured on topics of importance, including the future of the tribe, as well as its history. One speaker wore traditional clothing as an illustration of tribal traditions. Several shops offered Native American-themed apparel and other gifts.

An Introduction to Term Life Insurance

As a regional vice president of Primerica, Andre Dobison oversees the distribution and marketing of the firm’s insurance and financial products. Andre Dobison maintains an in-depth knowledge of Primerica’s term life insurance and other coverage options.

By definition, term life insurance provides benefits to the survivors of a policyholder, assuming that the policyholder passes way within a particular period of time. The policy offers no benefits after its expiration date, although the owner may elect to renew the coverage when the policy expires. Some policies must be renewed on an annual basis, while others are valid for a multi-year period.

Annually renewable term policies are the most affordable kind of insurance at the beginning, but they may carry premium increases concurrent with the policyholder’s advancing age. This type of coverage is most appealing to those who anticipate a higher future income. Many with annual term policies use this coverage to protect their families should they pass on at a younger age, while saving in other ways for death at a later age. By contrast, level-premium term coverage protects the policyholder for a specified period and never increases in cost, regardless of the policyholder’s choice to renew. This is also a popular choice with those looking to increase their savings, but tends to be a more conservative option for those who cannot predict future income.

Andre Dobison: The Life of St. Martin de Porres

As regional vice president for the Alexandria, Louisiana, branch of Primerica, Andre Dobison assists people with their insurance needs. In charitable matters, Dobison supports non-profit organizations dedicated to St. Martin de Porres.

Born in Lima, Peru, in 1579, St. Martin de Porres is recognized as the patron saint of barbers. The son of Spanish and Panamanian parents, St. Martin entered the Dominican Convent of the Holy Rosary at the age of 15. As a servant, he accepted any tasks given to him, including farm laborer, almoner, and barber. Over time, St. Martin de Porres earned a great reputation as a doctor and surgeon. He successfully treated people dealing with a variety of disorders and brought emotional peace to the ailing. Also interested in animal welfare, he established an animal hospital at his sister’s house.

In addition, myths began to form around him. People claimed to have seen St. Martin de Porres as far as Mexico and Japan despite him never having left the convent in Peru. The Legend of the Rats featured St. Martin successfully clearing the convent of rats by warning them that they were going to be poisoned and agreeing to feed them in the garden if they stopped bothering the inhabitants.