La Fédération Franco-Américaine 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.

 
 

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FRENCH IN NY STATE

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THINGS PAST

 

THE VENUE

***** JOIN US ON  A  MONTRÉAL BUS TRIP *****
May 13 – May 16, 2016

La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York is sponsoring a wonderful bus trip to Montréal.
The price includes 3 nights in a suite at the Springhill Suites Old Montréal*; buffet breakfast each day; a group dinner Friday night; a half day sightseeing tour of Montréal; a sugar shack experience at Sucrerie De La Montagne, which includes a horse drawn wagon tour and a traditional hearty French Canadian lunch with live music; and an optional trip to the Botanical Gardens.  There will also be lots of free time to explore on your own or shop.
A deposit of $100 is due at the time of booking. 
Prices per person are:  Single $855, Double $590, Triple $540, Quad $510
For more information, or to sign up, call Lisa Laforest at Plaza Travel on 785-3338 or E-mail at lisa@plazatravel.net. Click here for itinerary.

*The Springhill Suites is connected to the Auberge Saint-Gabriel; opened in 1754; it's the oldest restaurant not only in Canada, but in all of North America.

*****WHAT'S NEW*****

GENEALOGY: Northern New York American–Canadian Genealogical Society
MUSIC & GROUPS: Dennis Stroughmatt, Creole fiddler
PLANNED EVENTS: La Table Francaise de la Vallee de la Mohawk

 

***** TRIP TO CANYON COUNTRY TOUR FALL 2016*****

canyon 2016

La Fédération franco-américaine du New York is sponsoring a 9-day trip, September 26 to October 4, to the scenic southwest, including Scottsdale, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce and Zion National Parks, Las Vegas, and more. Price per person includes airfare, hotels, motor coach, and 11 meals. Rates vary by number of people per room. For details, call Lisa at Plaza Travel (518) 785-3338 or email lisa@plazatravel.net. Reservations are requested by March 18; this is a wonderful tour that usually sells out fast.
For trip details click here.

 

*****A Call To Serve*****
La Federation’s Historical-Genealogical Committee
Leslie C.Johnson


I would like to introduce myself as your Secretary pro tempore.  Perhaps we have met at past events, the French Mass and reception in June, the Mi-Careme Brunch, or August’s travel to Quebec, so little time…so much to see! We may have discussed genealogies during the Christmas festivities, or at one of the many movie showings.  Regardless, I hope to meet as many members as possible at future La Federation’s sponsored events, as well as reconnecting with past acquaintances and friends!
At Hudson Valley Community College, I instruct global history in class and online. I have traveled with students and colleagues over the years to the Soviet Union, France, Italy, Deutschland, The Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece and The United Kingdom.  Wherever traveled, there was always an encountered with a piece of French culture.  In a past life, I had served as an associate for the NYS Department of Education working with NYS administrators, teacher, parents and students in areas of curriculum, technology, state mandates and finance.
I share this with you, to make a case for activating the Historical-Genealogical Committee, and serving as its chair.  I am seeking five members inclusive of a co-chair.
La Federation Franco-American du New York’s constitution provides for a Historical-Genealogical Committee to be chaired by a board member.  The constitution states as below:

…The purpose of this committee shall be to research North American French history and origins, and to help the membership retain their heritage; to establish and maintain a library and a museum; to collaborate with state and local historical societies and agencies to discover and identify North American French landmarks and historical sites… p. 4:7.5

COMMITTEE SUGGESTED FORMAT:

  • This committee is in planning stage
  • Three members have agreed to serve
  • I am seeking 5 additional members
  • Communication between/among committee members via phone and/or email (possible skype)
  • 1 or 2 member meetings per year? (specifics to be determined)

COMMITTEE POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES:
-folk dancing, French music/opera, French crafts, French cooking
-presentations on French-Canadian-Walloon history/culture
-Fall 2016 day trips as a component of HVCC's Community and Professional Education to
Ft. Carillon (Ticonderoga) and New Paltz (Huguenots), Other?

  • Partnering with the Canadian Institute of Plattsburgh to make the case for implementing a French-Canadian History of New France as a curriculum component to K-12 instruction supported by a National Endowments for the Humanities Grant
  • Travel to the United Nations to initiate contact, first with the Canadian Mission, French and Belgian Missions at a later date.
    For questions/comments or to serve as a member, I would be pleased to hear from you!  Call at 518 8920291 or email at ljohnson1800@me.com

 

*****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.

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

Our calendar for the year has been included in this issue.  A quick look will tell you that
the Fédération is much busier than it has ever been.  We are organizing trips, holding two brunches a year plus the reception following the French Mass in June, and are continuing our film series.  We have had a film from Haiti, we are having two French films and two Quebecois films.  We are still publishing our newsletter ten times year, sometimes more, and we have increased the number of scholarships.  This year, we are icluding Watervliet.  While there is no longer a French parish in Watervliet, there was one at one time, the parish of Le Sacré-Coeur de Marie which now exists under the name of the Sacre Heart of Mary Parish.  The parish was founded in 1881.  The first pastor was Father Eugène Roy.  Father Louis Leduc became pastor in 1883.  On April 2, 1885, a fire completely destroyed the church that was rebuilt soon after the fire.    In 1925, it had a population of about 1700.  The pastor was Father Pierre-A. Robillard.  He had been named pastor in 1914 to replace Father Alex[andre?] Ethier.  In poor health, Father Robillard had to take a leave of absence during which time Father Geroges Gratton replaced him as administrator.  The parish built a school where almost 200 students attended.  It was under the directions of the Sisters of Merci.  Father Robillard resumed his tenure in 1927 and remained pastor until 1939 when Father Napoléon Lapalme became pastor.    For this reason, we have decided to included one of their students in our scholarship program. In this way, la Fédération will underline the French history of the city.
Bernard


 

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 - 2016 Newsletter dates

For issue of                                        Cut off date for material                              Mailing date  
May                                                                 April 22                                               April 29
June                                                                May 27                                                May 30


                                                                

APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
WHO WAS PONTIUS PILATE?
REBUILDING NEW ORLEANS
GENEALOGICAL COLLECTION OF THE FEDERATION DU NEW YORK
FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS
UNITED STATES PLACE NAMES OF FRENCH ORIGIN
METIS TRADERS, GUIDES, PROVISIONERS AND SCOUTS
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
ENGLISH WORDS OF FRENCH ORIGIN
WALLONS DE NEW YORK

 


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 Bernie an E-mail at bouimet@nycap.rr.com or you may call him at 518-692-2690. You may also drop him a note at Bernard Ouimet, 205 Meeting House Rd, Valley Falls, NY 12185.

MEETINGS - - -  Everyone is welcome to attend our open meetings, please join us.

APRIL 12
MAY 10
JUNE 14

All meetings are 6:00 pm at THE VENUE (the former St Joseph's Church), 65 Congress Street, Cohoes NY.
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. 

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION click here.