February 13, 2024
On February 13, Mardi Gras Day, The Rex organization recognized, “The Two Worlds of Lafcadio Hearn — New Orleans and Japan.” Honored at the ball was Hearn’s descendant, Bon Koizumi, director of the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum in Matsue, Japan, a sister city with New Orleans.
L to R – Honorary Consul of Japan the Hon. Donna Fraiche, Mr. and Mrs. Bon Koizumi of Matsue, Japan, at the 2024 Rex ball, New Orleans, Louisiana
L to R – Mr. and Mrs. Bon Koizumi of Matsue, Japan, Honorary Consul of Sweden, Cecilia Kjellgren and Dr. Olle Kjellgren, at the 2024 Rex ball, New Orleans, Louisiana
February 12, 2024
On February 12, we celebrated Lundi Gras at the Spanish Plaza and gathered for the traditional Consular Corps welcome of Rex! 
(l to r) Honorary Consul of Sweden, Cecilia Kjellgren, Eugene J Green, City Councilman, Honorary Consul of Japan, Donna Fraiche, Honorary Consul of Cyprus, Joanne Mantis, Bon Koizumi, his wife Shoko Koizumi, and Honorary Consul of Albania and Dean, Bret A. Clesi
Bret A. Clesi welcoming Rex, King of Carnival, on Lundi Gras, Dean of the Louisiana Consular Corps and Honorary consul General of Albania
(l to r) Bon Koizumi, great grandson of Lafcadio Hearn, addressing Rex, King of Carnival, on Lundi Gras, 2024, Spanish Plaza, his wife Shoko Koizumi, and Honorary Consul of Albania, Bret A. Clesi
January 11, 2024
On January 11, 2024 the Louisiana Consular Corps held a meeting at the Windsor Court Hotel, with U.S. State Department representatives, Katherine Ho, OFM Regional Director in Houston and Aileen Hart, SAC, Office of Diplomatic Security, New Orleans Office. 
(L-r) Aileen Hart, (Office of Diplomatic Security, New Orleans), Cecilia Kjellgren (Sweden), Greg Beuerman (Iceland), Donna Fraiche (Japan), Pat Denechaud (Canada), Joanne Mantis (Cyprus), Conny Willems (Emeritus), Katherine Ho (OFM, Houston), Angel Carreras (Chile), Bret Clesi (Albania & Dean), John Fay (Denmark), Philip de V Claverie, Sr. (Emeritus), Robert Romero (Phillipines), Jean Paul Lagarde (Austria), Philip D. Lorio (Emeritus), James McKay (Ireland), David Korn (Bulgaria).
Katherine Ho, OFM Regional Director in Houston.