La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York

 

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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/

 

 

 

*****UPCOMING FREE EVENTS – OPEN TO ALL*****
1 pm, Cohoes Public Library, 169 Mohawk Street

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – FILM “Les intouchables” (The Untouchables)
A comedy in French with English subtitles

When the ex-con, street-wise Driss is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat named Philippe, his new found job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. Speeding a Maserati through Paris and paragliding over the Alps are just the beginning. Based on a true story, Driss often turns the world of upper-class Parisian society upside-down. As this unlikely duo overcomes adversity of every flavor, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life, and each other.
(NOTE: Coarse language, substance abuse, mature themes; running time: <2 hours)
** In 2011, this film won the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix award given to the best film at the Tokyo International Film Festival. At the César Awards 2012 in France, Omar Sy received the César for Best Actor for the role of Driss, becoming the first French African actor to receive that honor.**

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – Wagon Wheel Rug Weaving Demonstration

Francoise Ouimet will demonstrate Wagon Wheel Rug Weaving in the French-Canadian tradition. Join us and see how the artist uses a wagon wheel to create attractive rugs of various sizes. This is a traditional weaving technique used in the rural areas of Quebec. The art of rug weaving was handed to Francoise by her mother-in-law.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 – FILM “L’homme sur les quais” (The Man by the Shore)

A drama/history by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, in French with English subtitles
Life wasn’t easy in 1960’s Haiti under Papa Doc Duvalier, unless you belonged to the ruling class or the dictator's family, or were family friends. A young girl witnesses the brutality of the Tonton Macoutes  the private secret police that Papa Doc used to terrorize Haitians for 29 years. But she does not understand all the ramifications of what she sees. Through her aunt's fear, pain, and ultimate arrest, the young girl learns that life around her is not good and is filled with sorrow. The movie’s pace conveys how ordinary people feel trapped in this world.
(NOTE: mature themes and some brutality; running time: <2 hours)
** L'Homme sur les quais was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.**

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*****FEDERATION TRIP FOR OCTOBER 2015*****
FRENCH HERITAGE LOUISIANA

Louisiana Trip Presentation
La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York invites you to a free presentation on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:00 pm, at Plaza Travel Center, 3 School St., Latham, NY, 12110. The Federation is sponsoring a trip to Louisiana – “Heart of the South: A journey through New Orleans, Natchez, and Lafayette” – from October 11-18, 2015. To reserve a seat at the free presentation or for more information on the trip, contact Lisa Laforest, Plaza Travel Center (518) 785-3338 or lisa@plazatravel.net.

The Federation is continuing to progress with the October 2015 trip to Louisiana.  A great presentation filled with information and highlights on this trip will be held by Collette Vacations on January 20th, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm  at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Latham, NY 12110.  Please call Lisa Laforest at Plaza Travel at 785-3338 if you are interested. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND ITINERARY

*****FEDERATION EXHIBITS*****

The Federation is planning exhibits for next year.  The exhibits will deal with the French parishes in Cohoes and North Side.  If you have any photos that we could borrow, we would be most thankful for your lending them to us.  We will scan them and return them to you within the same week.  We would also like to have such items as Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation and marriage certificates as part of the exhibit.  All items will be placed in acid free holders.  We would also like to do one of French-Canadian/Franco crafts.  It could be items made by your mother, grandmother, an aunt.  We would prefer old items rather than present-day ones.  Please let us know if you can help.

*****DOCUMENTS NEEDED*****

The Federation is missing certain documents.  They were probably misplaced over the years.  If any former Board members have copies of the minutes of the meetings, we would like to borrow them so that we could complete our collection.  Also, if you have newsletters that you no longer wish to keep, please let us know.  We’ll gladly accept them.  Thank you. Bernie

*****GENEALOGY*****

We know that some of our members have done extensive research on their family history.  If you would like to share this with our readers, please let us know.  If any of our members would be interested in serving on a genealogy committee, please let us know.  We would love to have a genealogy page but we do not have anyone to serve on the committee.

*****FRENCH CLASS*****

La Fédération is discussing the possibility of having a class in conversational French.  We need to know if there would be an interest in such a class before we ask for a commitment from the teacher.  If interested, please let us know.  Call B. Ouimet at 692-2690 or send an email to bouimet@nycap.rr.com. Thank you.

 

 

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

 

*****FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK*****

I hope that all of you are coping fairly successfullywith the snow and the cold.  After a few mild and almost snowless winters, it is quite a challenge to have to deal with a “real” winter.  The Fédération has kept busy.  Just this month, we have had a demonstration of how to braid a rug using eleven strands.  Because of the small number of attendants, each who wanted to try their hand at it, had a chance to try braiding with eleven strands, something that they had never done before.  Next month, we will have a film from Quebec.  Please watch the papers for the adds.  We will also have a demonstration of wheel rug making.  Again, watch the papers for the add.  We are working on the trip to Louisiana which will take place next November.  The weather is better there at that time of the year.  We could always use help from our members.  We need a treasurer and we need people to work on the various committees, none of which is operating at this time.  You will be receiving this newsletter later than usual.  Again,  one person  has agreed to join the board.  On the other hand, one of our board member has resigned after many years of service to the Fédération. While we have a very dedicated board and hard working members, there is just so much that anyone can do.  We need your help.  I understand that many of us are busy. So are the board members including myself.  As I said before, most of the work can be done at home.  We ask that boarad members and committee charpersons attend one meeting a month.  Please think of giving your Fédération one to two hours a month.  Your participation could mean the survival of our association.  Busy people are always the ones who get the work done.  Won’t you be one of these people?


Bernie

 

 

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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
April                       March 23                                             March 30
May                       April 21                                                 April 29
June                      May 21                                                 May 29

MARCH NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
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SOUVENIR D'ENFANCE
FRENCH-CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN THE WAR 1812, PART VIII.
ASSOCIATIONS DE FAMILLES
UNITED STATES PLACE NAMES OF FRENCH ORIGIN, ALABAMA
THE FRENCH AND PRAIRIE DU CHIEN WISCONSIN
FREMONT'S 2ND EXPEDITION 1843-44
RECIPE OF THE MONTH


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.
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 in June.  Individual membership is $15.00.............            ***Family membership is $18.00.  Thank you.

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