Association des Familles Rasset

Monday, March 21, 2022, we called La Petite Coulée Sugar Shack to confirm our group. Unfortunately the cabin is closed on Mondays and does not take calls. Monday evening our president received a call from La Petite Coulée sugar shack stating that our reservation had not been confirmed and that it was being replaced by another group.

So we booked the Oswald sugar shack in St-Esprit instead:

222 Rang des Continuations
Saint-Esprit QC J0K 2L0
(450) 917-3260

1 877 838-3348  (SANS FRAIS)

Meal time: 11:00 a.m.

adults 23.50 + tax
9-12 years 14.95 + tax
6-8 years 11.75 + tax
3-5 years 6.50 + tax
0-2 years free

No credit card, cash or debit card

The Rasset Family Association has enjoyed this first sugar shack for the past two years. Here are some photos to show it.


On October 3, 2021 our annual general meeting was held at the Rotisserie St-Hubert, located at 270 Rue de Martigny Ouest, Saint-Jérôme, Québec J7Y 2G5. All the executive members were present. The meeting started at 2:09 p.m. Claude Racette was chosen as assembly secretary and Nicole Sénécal Racette as returning officer. Nicole added to Varia the report of Louise Racette-Lecocq, Colette Racette and herself following the solicitation on Facebook of new members with the promotion of giving a pin bearing the crest of the Rassets. This becomes point 10,1. Michel Racette entered as point 10.2 the president's contact with the Fédération Histoire-Québec. Then the agenda was adopted as modified as well as the minutes of the General Assembly of October 18, 2020. Then item 5 was the president's report for the year 2021.


It is with pleasure that I present to you the results of the last year of the Association of Rasset families.

Before going any further, I would like to thank my colleagues on the Board of Directors for their work and support over the past year.

Board Meeting

Durning the last year 2020 and 2021, the board of directors met 4 times:

Friday February 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Colette Racette

Friday May 1, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. on Skype

Thursday September 3, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. on Skype

Friday August 20, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at Michel Racette's place in person

Newsletters / publication dates

As for the bulletin, it has been published six times since the last General Meeting, namely:

February 2021
March 2021
May 2021
June 2021
September 2021
October 2021

Thanks to Claude Racette as well as Sherry Simard-Racette and Nicole Sénécal Racette for writing and for their work in preparing and sending the newsletter to members.

Website / Facebook

In 2020-2021, Claude Racette regularly updated our website while Nicole Racette and Louise Racette-Lecocq were responsible for posting relevant information on our Facebook page.

Annual General Meeting

The 2020 Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. on Skype.

Next Gathering

It is scheduled for fall 2022.

Sugar shack

It is scheduled for 2022 possibly at the end of March or the beginning of April.


To date, we have 60 members in good standing.


We regret the death of Agathe Racette, born Gariepy, 1941 to 2021, in St-Roch Ouest, at CH Le Gardeur, on May 31 2021, wife of Viateur Racette and mother of the late Mario (Marlène Perras).

This is the gist of my report. Thank you for your attention. I am ready to answer your questions.

Michel Racette

In point 6, Claude Racette, secrtary-treasurer, mentions that we have in the bank account the sum of $ 1,520,39 as of September 13, 2021.

Then he mentions that the Association ended the year 2020 with a net profit of $ 257,63. The fact that the Association did not hold a Gathering in this year has helped this result.

As of August 31, 2021, the Association has a net profit of $ 888.85 but it should be remembered that the association owes to him the sum of $ 370,67 plus the printing and mailing of the last two newspapers in September and October 2021 which were incurred after the end date of the financial statements presented. Following François' usual remark on the promotional stock that has been lying around in the inventory for several years, Michel suggests that we offer promotional items for sale at the sugar shacks and also that we give some as prizes for presence. Claude mentions that this will only serve to decrease the value of the Association's assets and will not affect the bottom line. Michel adds that sales during our events would save shipping costs. For the budget for the year 2022, Claude compared with 2018, the last year that we had a gathering, because we plan to have a gathering in 2022. He explains what he had to do to avoid a net-loss.

In point 7, it concerns the elections of the secretary-treasurer and two administrators. Essentially, Claude Racette, Sherry Simard-Racette and Colette Racette agreed to continue their task without any opposition.

At point 8, Michel will take steps to reserve a sugar shack at the end of March or the beginning of April on a Sunday.

At point 9, Michel plans to start the process in May or June 2022 to organize a gathering in September 2022. Possibly, we can resume the project of visiting the Diefenbunker if it is still open and we are not obliged to a quarantine. In this case, Sherry suggests staying in Québec.

In point 10.1, Nicole Sénécal Racette, Louise Racette-Lecocq and Colette Racette contacted the Racette Family Facebook Group, around 30 to 50 people who regularly consult the site by offering them a pin when registering as a member. A lady from British Columbia seems interested.

In point 10.2, Michel contacted the Fédération Histoire-Québec to find out if there were other family associations as members. It turns out that there are four. Since we have an aging and recruitment problem, he wants to talk to other family associations to find out their solutions to this problem. For the moment, it remains to contact them.

That was what ended the meeting.



Sponsor new members and save!

By encouraging others to join the Rasset Families Association, you could reduce your membership fees next year or even extend your membership for one year at no cost.

Here how it work: identify your family member or within your circle of people likely to join the Association. First you must ask the secretary-treasurer for the membership form with the "My family" form on the back with a sefl-adressed enveloppe found in the sponsorship paskage. Make sure that your name and membership number are correctly entered on the membership form.

If the Association gains a new member thanks to you, we will grant you a discount of 5 dollars when you renew your membership. If the Association gains two new members thanks to you, we will give you a discount of 10 dollars. And if the Association gains three new members, your membership will automatically renew for one year. free of charge.

You must be a member in good standing of the Rasset Family Association, that is to say, you
must have paid your membership fee for the current year, to be eligible sponsor. By new member, the Association means any person who has never been a member of the Association or who has not been for a least three full years.

For any questions concerning the sponsorchip program or to obtain membership forms, please contact the secretary-treasurer of the Association at the following coordinates:

                                Claude Racette
                                2525B, Havre-des-Îles, #702
                                Laval (Québec) H7W 4C5


Welcome to the Rasset Family Association website

In 1664, the French carpenter Jean Rasset landed in America. He is one of the 5,000 bold and tenacious pioneers who, through their work and perseverance, have enabled the settlement of a French-speaking nation on the continent. Three and a half centuries later, thousands of Quebecers, Canadians and Americans proudly stand among his descendants and continue to spread his surname in its various forms.

We also invite you to take a few minutes to visit our new website. You will discover a wealth of information about the first generation of Racettes and our family association active since 1992. In our new PUBLICATIONS section, you will find a brief summary of all articles published in our newsletter for the past 20 years. Do not hesitate to order the issues you want. And come back regularly. We will add content throughout the year.

We hope to see you at our next meeting.


On January 14, 2017, the members of the Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution to join the Fédération Histoire Québec. Founded in 1965, formerly known as the Federation of Quebec History Societies, it has more than 266 associations representing more than forty thousand people.
    Since its founding, the Rasset Family Association was a member of the Federation of Quebec Family Associations (FFSQ), which later became the Federation of Family Associations of Quebec (FAFQ). The Federation provided member associations with a range of services ranging from affordable liability insurance to web hosting, printing and storage services.
    In recent years, the Government of Quebec, the Federation's principal donor, has considerably reduced the amount it has paid. The situation has become so critical that the FAFQ has dismissed its four employees and terminated several of its services a few months ago.
    In a letter sent to member associations on November 30, 2016, the president of the Federation, Claude Trudel, said that it was necessary to "redefine the role of the FAFQ". "The vision for the future" he proposes, is to make the Federation "a privileged interlocutor with the governmental bodies and other organizations or companies interested in the family heritage and its enhancement". In addition, it will no longer directly support member associations as it did before, but simply direct them to resource persons. In short, the FAFQ becomes a voice rather than an actor.
    It is for these reasons that members of the council of the Association des familles Rasset have decided to join the Fédération Histoire Québec.

The Board of Directors 2017-2018 of the Rasset Family Association

Born in Montreal, he studied at Université de Montréal in Communications where he obtained a Baccalaureat Es Art. Maried to Nicole Sénécal, he is the father of two children. He lives in Repentigny. He is also president of Aramusique and the Lions club La Seigneurie in Repentigny. His hobbies are sailing, reading, traveling and the Rasset Association.
Born in Brébeuf in 1942 (eldest of a family of five), elementary school from 1948
to 1957 in Brébeuf, high school from 1958 to 1961 at the Écoles des métiers in
Mont-Laurier, holder of a diploma in automobile mechanics from the Montreal Institute
of Thechnology, work for UPA from 1962 to 1974, founder of Autoparts Deslaurier &
Racette inc. under the banner Uniselect from 1974 to 1998, construction project
manager from 1998 to 2018, president of the Optimist Club of Ste-Agathe-des-Monts.

Born in Montreal, he studied at Notre-Dame College where he obtained a Baccalaureat Es Art. Then he completed his studies at Université of Montréal in Dental Medecine which he practised in Montreal. Now his hobbies are genealogy, the Rasset Association and travelling.

The daughter of Philippe Racette and Yvette Mélançon, she was born in Ville-Marie, Témiscamingue to a family of 14 children. Married for 16 years to Sylvain Racette, who died September 13, 2018, she has a daughter, Joanie. She worked for thirty years in a grocery store and is now retired. Her hobbies are reading, walking, traveling and gardening during the summer with her flowers.

Married for 44 years to Michel Racette, current president of the Racette families, Nicole is retired from the public sector, Health field for eleven years. Mother of Julie and Jean-François, she is happy to be grandmother of three wonderfull little girls : Julianne, Laurence and Béatrice. Her main hobbies are crosswords, sudoku, knitting, reading, sailing and cross-country skiing.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she moved around the world with her family whose father was an officer in the Canadian Army. Then her family moved to Montreal where she studied and made her carreer. She meet her husband, Claude Racette, and is happy with her new family and her grandsons, Louis-Maxime and Théodore. She continues to travel.

Louise Racette Lecocq, born and from Montreal, daughter of Paul-Émile Racette and Marguerite Chayer of Montreal, mother of Valérie. Her father was a police officer for the city of Montreal. Her grandfather was originally from Montreal. Her husband, Daniel Lecocq, is from Vire in Normandy. Retired after forty years at National Bank and Desjardins.

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President :                       Michel J.P. Racette
Vice-President :                François A. Racette
Secretary-treasurer :         Claude M. Racette
Administrator :                  Nicole Sénécal Racette
Administrator :                  Sherry Simard
Administrator :                  Colette J. Racette
Administrator :                  Louise E. Y. Racette


Editor :                            Claude M. Racette

up-date 2022/03/28