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 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.

 

 

 

*****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.

 

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.

 

*****Visit our PLACES OF INTEREST page to follow L'Hermione Voyage 2015*****

L'Hermione

Ship

 

*****Travels for Genealogy – Germany  at  Guilderland Public Library see our EVENTS page*****

 

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

Louisiana Trip Presentation
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

*****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*****

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.

June is also Father’s Day.  For some reason, I always found it easier to get something for my mother than for my father.  It used to be that the “traditional” gifts were  ties or tobacco pipes but times have changed.  Most men don’t wear ties except on very special occasions and few men smoke a pipe as well.  So, what to do?  Some men like flowers.  I remember Senator Dirkson who would talk at length about his roses.  If your father happens to be one of them, why not give him flowers, maybe a potted one that he can put in the garden later.  Take him out to dinner or to a show.  Better still, arrange for the whole family to meet at dad’s house and bring the whole meal for everyone to share.  In most societies, men are taught to be “strong,” not to show their emotions but deep down inside, fathers have very strong emotions when it comes to their family.  Let’s make it a real family event and surprise him this year.


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

JUNE NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
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FEDERATION FRANCO-AMERICAINE DU NEW YORK; MINUTES OF MEETING
CELEBRATION SPACE - FORMER ST. JOSEPHS CHURCH IS NOW "THE VENUE"
FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS
FORT PONCHARTRAIN DU DETROIT; 1701-1760
AD MULTOS ANNOS; FATHER L'ARCHE
SPOTLIGHT ON FRANCOS; COHOES MAYOR GEORGE PRIMEAU


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.
JUNE 16


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 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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