In 1995 Rhonda Babin Treaster (1966) and Debbie Bowling Verett (1976) circulated the idea of having a Hussar reunion, just to play together one last time. On a cold January Day, in 1996, a group of women of all ages came together in a church parking lot. The Corps was instantly reunited and they practiced every Saturday with the Hussar instruments that had remained in storage.
Over 250 former Red Hussars joined together and lead the two mile 1996 Mardi Gras Parade down Proctor Street. They were overwhelmed by their reception. They marched through the cheers, with tears of joy, and knew that they were a part of something special they just couldn't let die.
The Red Hussars Alumni Association was formally organized in the summer of 1996 with over 150 members from all over the region, state and nation. The R.H.A.A. now participates in many worthy projects such as the Children's Miracle Network and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. They maintain a scholarship fund for college freshmen, donate food and funds to families in need during the holiday season and annually sponsor a princess for Port Arthur's Cav-OIL-Cade. The Alumni perform for residents of retirement homes, class reunions, the Nederland Christmas Parade, Cav-OIL-Cade and, of course, the Port Arthur Mardi Gras Parade, which gave the R.H.A.A. its beginning.
The saying "Once a Hussar, Always a Hussar" continues to live in the hearts of the Alumni. The pride of being a Hussar will live on in their hearts forever. The sisterhood is alive and strong.
The Red Hussar Alumni Association would like to proudly announce, "Here We Come.....Again" and the colors of red and white are here to stay!
THE HUSSAR PRAYER
Lord, I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, and what I shall do, by the grace of God, I will do.
THE RHAA PRAYER
Lord, together we are one. We have come together once again to help and support one another and our community. Show us your will in our service to others so that we may grow together in your love.
Inspired by Arlene Jones Howland - RHAA Chaplain 1997-2007
Mardi Gras - 1999