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/

 

 

 

LA TABLE FRANCAISE
La Table française se réunira chez Irena Garin mardi 12 mai  à partir de 18h.
                                    adresse: 508 South William street, Johnstown.
Chacun doit apporter un plat favori à partager.
SOURCE : Isabelle Warner

 

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

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.  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*****

We are celebrating two holidays this month, both of which are important although in a different way.  We have Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.  One is related to the family; the other to the nation. Mother’s Day celebrates a special lady in our life.  As kids, we sometimes think of her as too strict, maybe even too controlling.  As we become adults, we come to realize that the reason for her actions is the love that she has for us.  To her, no matter how old we are, we’re always the “kids,’ the “children.”  She knows full well that we are no longer children but there is a bond created between our mother and ourselves even before we are born.  As we grow up, she worries about us and, as teenagers, if we were late coming home, she waited for us and didn’t fall asleep until all of us were in.  I remember my grandmother Gagne  and my mother staying awake until all were in.  I was lucky.  My mother was 92 when she passed away.  I played and sang for her funeral.  It was my last gift to her.  After being there for me for all of those years, I believed that it was time for me to be there for her for the last two years of her life.  And so, on Mother’s Day, we remember our mother whether living or dead.  The bond that was created from the very first moment of our existence is always with us.  Death cannot destroy it.  The memories keep her alive.  It is God’s gift to us and it should never be neglected.

The other holiday is Memorial Day.  Memorial has a common root with memory.  In our memory, we remember all of our dead, especially those who fought to preserve our freedom.  Freedom does not come cheap.  Ask the families of veterans, ask the veterans themselves if they are willing to talk about it.  Most are quite humble about their years of service; many never talk about it.  The emotions that are part of that experience are too strong, remind them of too much that is painful. You and I owe them a debt of gratitude.  Whenever possible, we should show that gratitude, even if it’s just a “thank you,” a smile or a handshake.  For too many of them, their day to day life is lonely.  The smile, the “thank you” that we give them may be the only bright spot in an otherwise gray and sunless day.

Happy Mother’s Day and happy Memorial Day.


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
June                      May 21                                                 May 29

MAY NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
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BONAPARTE, FOUNDER OF THE FBI
HOW IS JOHN KERRY'S FRENCH
SEARCHING FOR SIRELL
FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS
LIST OF US PLACE NAMES OF FRENCH ORIGIN, ALABAMA
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
L'HERMIONE WEBSITE
FORTH PONTCHARTRAIN DU DETROIT, 1701-1760
MINUTES OF APRIL BOARD MEETING
BOARD ELECTION
REQUIEM AETERNAM DONA EIS DOMINE ET LUX PERPETUA LUCEAT EIS
COHOES PUBLIC LIBRARY EMBARKS ON NEW PATH

 


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.
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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