La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York

 

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Bienvenue!
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The purpose of this organization as set forth in the Certification of Incorporation shall be:

1. to create an awareness of the culture and heritage of North American French

2. to foster expressions of this heritage among Franco-Americans

3. to promote the use of the North American French language and

4.to promote communication with other French-speaking peoples.

 

THE BOARD EXPRESSES THEIR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO OUR PRESIDENT, BERNARD OUIMET, ON THE PASSING OF HIS MOTHER, LUCILLE GAGNE-OUIMET. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
http://www.fcfq.coop/avis-de-deces/lucille-ouimet-nee-gagne-78450/

 

 

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LA TABLE FRANÇAISE DE LA VALLÉE DE LA MOHAWK

Dîner au restaurant libanais « The Phoenicians »
1686 Central Avenue
Colonie, NY 12205
mardi 14 octobre  à partir de 18h

Il est recommandé d’aller sur le site du restaurant et de choisir son menu à l’avance puis de me le laisser savoir  Votre repas sera ainsi servi plus vite.  Un bon choix de vin devrait vous plaire.
RSVP warner.isabelle@yahoo.com avant le 10 octobre.  Vous pouvez aussi téléphoner Isabelle au
 518-762-3986 or 518-774-5046.

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*****TRAVEL FOR GENEALOGY - FRENCH CANADA AND FRANCE*****

*****FILM SERIES*****

SEE EVENTS TAB

 

For other upcoming EVENTS see our tab at the bottom of the page.

 

*****A LETTER FROM OUR SECRETARY, YVETTE ALEXOPOULOS*****

The bus trip to Québec City on August 29-31, sponsored by the Fédération was a tremendous success. 

Everyone on the trip had a wonderful time.  In fact, several said they would return to Québec City since there was so much more to explore.  Québec City is a charming centuries-old city filled with culture, historic buildings, friendly people, shopping, and plenty of nourriture délicieuse (delicious food).  Some of the wonderful activities enjoyed by our travelers included a beautiful tour of the Île d’Orléans, a luncheon tour boat cruise on the St. Lawrence River, museums, parks, shopping, and bus and walking tours of the city, including an extensive walking tour that reached St. Roch and a brewery.  And I know that everyone enjoyed the French cuisine.  Many attended Mass on Saturday at the Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec. All of these things are just a sample of the attractions available in and around the City.  On the bus ride to and from Québec City, people made friends and exchanged their French genealogy.  Some even found that they were related in some way, including the bus driver!  Everyone also had a chance to brush up on his/her French.

The only complaint that we received on the trip was that it was too short! Everyone indicated that he/she would join us next year and asked where we were planning to go.  Think “Old Paree”!

On behalf of the Fédédération, I want to thank Lise LaForest at Plaza Travel Center for planning this trip.  The Hôtel Laurier was an excellent choice.  It is located in the centre of Québec City, nestled between the Plains of Abraham and the Grande Allée, and a few minutes’ walk from restaurants, historic attractions and Old Québec City.  Lisa’s diligence and professionalism made it easy to all those on the trip who assisted in making this trip a fantastic success.

SOUCE: Yvette  Alexopoulos

*****FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK*****

Last year was a good year for the Fédération.  We had a good team and we were able to do some of the activities that we hadn’t done in years.  One example of this was our trip to Québec City/Île d’Orléans.  A second example was the resumption of or film series after many years of absence.  We had two brunches instead of one – the  usual Christmas brunch and the new Mid-Lent brunch, We cosponsored, along with the Guilderland Public Library, two lectures on the use of DNA and genealogy, we awarded two one hundred dollar prizes to a student at the Cohoes Middle school and one at the Cohoes High School, both of whom are continuing their study of French at the next level (high school or college) and we revived Franco-American Day with a proclamation and the flying of the Quebec flag at both the Cohoes City Hall and the State Legislature, something that had not been done since 1985!  The Fédération thanks Mayor George Primeau of Cohoes, Assemblyman McDonald and Senator Breslin for sponsoring the event.  We also wish to thank Taryn Ward for her great help in helping us navigate the halls of the legislative building.  We are continuing to publish our newsletter at least ten times a year and I have been invited to give a talk to one of the local historical societies.  I must have done alright because they have invited me again to give a presentation next year.

This year, we are trying to be a bit more ambitious with five films and hopefully another trip, time to be decided later, a program to raise funds, – all of this costs money -  probably some workshops and a possible celebration of the feast of St-Joseph, a very important saint in the Franco calendar.  Ultimately, our members decide how much the Fédération can do.  We now have nine members on the board.  If we could have thirteen, that would be great.  As of now, our committees are not staffed due to a lack of personnel.  The finance committee, the membership committe, the historical-genealogical committee, the cultural/educational committee are not functioning.  The offices of second vice-president, assistant treasurer and corporate secretary are vacant.  It is evident that the Board needs more help and we would gladly accept the help of any of our members willing to take on these positions.  We have had a good year.  With your help, we can make this year even better.

 

 

 

FROM THE EDITOR

                 FROM THE EDITOR
We have begun a new year with last month’s issue.  We are looking forward to another year that will hopefully meet the approval of our members.  We will be starting two new series: one will be on the family associations and how to contact them; the other will be on English words that came from the French.  We will be done with our series on the War of 1812 soon.  We will also try to have more articles treating of the French activities within the United States – exploration, fur trade, founding of cities, etc. -  Please remember that member articles are always welcome and indeed wanted.  The only criterion is that it has to deal with some part of French history, culture, language, etc.  Those of our members who have done or are doing genealogy, please send us your articles.  They will be published.  If any of our members would like to give presentations or have a workshop, again, as long as it deals with some part of French culture, we would be happy to have you do it.  It may be on Québec or topics dealing with France, Haiti, Belgium, Switzerland or other countries that were once French colonies would be most welcome.  Please get in touch with us.
Bernie 


 

 

NEWSLETTER INFO; We encourage our members to send us articles or information pertinent to our goals.
The deadlines for submitting articles for the newsletter:

2014 NEWSLETTER DATES
For issue of          Cut off dates for material            Mailing date

November          October 24                                          October 30
December           November 23                                    November 29
January             December 22                                    December 30
February              January 24                                           January 30
March                   February 20                                        February 27
April                       March 23                                             March 30
May                       April 21                                                 April 29
June                      May 21                                                 May 29

 

 

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
HENRI BOURICHE, SCULPTOR
AN EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE YEAR
BEIGNET HISTORY AND RECIPE
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
TREASURER'S REPORT
OLD EPITAPHS


ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
If any of our members
wishes to receive his/her newsletter as an email, please let us know. 
To our contributors we owe a BIG thank you. You have made Bernie's job so much easier. Please keep the articles coming. Articles can be on any subject just as long as they have something to do with French culture in general. The editor invites other Federation members to send articles for our newsletter.
If not for their many hours spent writing, grooming and proofreading each month, we would not have a Newsletter. To Bernie and Francoise Ouimet our club is most appreciative. THANK YOU.

If for some reason, you did not receive all the FRANCO NEWS/NOUVELLES FRANCOS issues, please let us know. We will be happy to mail the ones that were missed. You may send me an E-mail at bouimet@nycap.rr.com or you may call me at 518-692-2690. You may also drop me a note at Bernard Ouimet, 205 Meeting House Rd, Valley Falls, NY 12185.

Meetings: - - - Everyone is welcome, please join us.

CLUB MEETINGS
OCTOBER 14, NOVEMBER 11, DECEMBER 9, JANUARY 13, FEBRUARY 10, MARCH 10, APRIL 14, MAY 12, JUNE 9


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ All meetings are 6:00 pm at THE VENUE (the former St Joseph's Church), 65 Congress Street, Cohoes NY.
Our open informal meetings are for everyone.
All visitors are invited and welcome, members are encouraged to attend all meetings of the Fédération.

A reminder that memberships dues are due starting this month.  Individual membership is $15.00.            ***Family membership is $18.00.  Thank you.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION click here.

 

 
 
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