La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York

FeFANY

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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 sincere sympathy to the family of Diane Lanciault, a former board member.
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The Federation offers its condolences to Diane’s family. She was a Federation member for many years, served on the board and became board secretary. Even after retiring from the board she continued to help, especially at our yearly French Mass. We have lost a valuable member and will remember her for her willingness to help as often as she could. Requiem aeternam donna eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

 
 

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FRENCH IN NY STATE

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THE VENUE

LET’S DO LUNCH!    Boat Lac du St Sacr

Please join us for a lunch and boat tour aboard the Lac du St. Sacrament in Lake George, NY.  The date is Saturday, September 26.  The tour begins at noon, boarding at 11:00 am.  The tour is for two hours and the lunch is a buffet.  This will be a group tour for Fédération members and the public.  The cost is $31.34 per person.  We need at least 20 people for a group, so please let me know as soon as possible. All reservations must be made by September 10th.  Email Yvette at whyvette48@aol.com or call her at 272-5061. Write checks out to FeFANY and send to FeFANY c/o 9 Horton Drive, Watervliet, NY 2189. 

*****LOUISIANA TRIP UPDATE*****


There are 2 seats available on the fabulous Louisiana - Heart of the South tour scheduled to depart Albany on October 11. Please call us immediately if you are interested. Rates start at $2499.00 per person, and include roundtrip airfare, 7 nights first class hotels, 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners (including the famous court of Two Sisters) and lots of fun and interesting sightseeing, including Martin Accordions, antebellum mansions, and bayou country! Contact Lisa LaForest or Jean Gagnon at Plaza Travel at 785-3338. See links info below for details and itinerary.

 


*****NO BOARD MEETING FOR AUGUST***** 
NEXT BOARD MEETING WILL BE SEPTEMBER 8TH.

 

*****Saint Jean-Baptiste Day proclaimed in New York*****
06-24-2014 First


Senator Neil D. Breslin and Assemblymember John T. McDonald III presented Resolution J2953 to La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York. The resolution proclaimed June 24, 2015 as Saint Jean-Baptiste Day in the State of New York and was adopted by both houses in June.

 

*****Gerard Ouimet Award Presentation*****

2015 Award


Bernard Ouimet, former teacher at the Cohoes Middle School giving the Gerard Ouimet Award in memory of his father, to Mayam Mobil, an 8th grade student at the Cohoes Middle School, Cohoes, New York. Madison Turcotte is the 12 grade recipient of this award. These awards are presented by La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York, and are awarded to one 8th grade student and one 12th grade student with the highest average in French, and will continue their French studies at the next level. This award has been given each year since 1994.

 

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


La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York is sponsoring a trip to Louisiana – “Heart of the South: A journey through New Orleans, Natchez, and Lafayette” – from October 11-18, 2015. 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. 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

*****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.

 

*****FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK*****

It is always a challenge to write a monthly epistle for our newsletter.  Of course, it is an honor to be able to write a few lines about Father L’Arche.  They don’t really do justice to all that he has done over the years but we are proud to have him as a friend.  I remember the time that he sent me an email asking me if I could sing a funeral Mass in Latin.  I told him yes.  I was honored to have Father ask me to do this.  That brought back many memories for me, especially since I hadn’t sung the Requiem Mass for at least thirty years.  To make matters worse, I had trouble finding the church and got there late.  Father was singing the Kyrie.  I hurried in and joined him in the singing so that he would know that I had finally arrived.  We always enjoy singing our French Mass to celebrate the feast of our patron saint, St. John the Baptist.  I am helped with that by Stan Muraski, the organist at St. Mary’s and former members of St Joseph’s choir, Don Beaulac, Sandy Beaulac, and Mary Landor.
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:

2015 NEWSLETTER DATES
For issue of          Cut off dates for material            Mailing date
June                      May 21                                                 May 29

JULY NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
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EDOUARD MANET ILLUSTRATS POE'S THE RAVEN, FRENCH TRANSLATED BY STEPHANE MALLARME
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE FRENCH IN NEW MEXICO
FRENCH FRIGATE HERMIONE (1779)
UN REVE AMERICAIN, (2013)
THANK YOU FRANCOISE OUIMET YOUR PATIENTS AND HELP


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.
To Bernie and Francoise Ouimet our club is most appreciative. If not for their many hours spent writing, grooming and proofreading each month, we would not have a Newsletter. 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.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 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.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION click here.