December 11, 2016 - Noël au chateau

 Caroline McKee and Anne Marie Kenny lead the group in singing French carols. 

Caroline McKee and Anne Marie Kenny lead the group in singing French carols. 

 Surprise appearance by "Felix Despecher",who started the AFO 100 years ago.  A fabulous performance, enjoyed by all.  

Surprise appearance by "Felix Despecher",who started the AFO 100 years ago.  A fabulous performance, enjoyed by all.  

 Sumptuous buffet including Buche de Noël for dessert.  

Sumptuous buffet including Buche de Noël for dessert.  

 Such a well-attended event to end our year!  Thanks to all who joined us for this very special evening.  

Such a well-attended event to end our year!  Thanks to all who joined us for this very special evening.  

 Joslyn Castle in all its glory, decorated for the holidays.  

Joslyn Castle in all its glory, decorated for the holidays.  

 Sue and Chris Behr, with our thanks for their generous auction donation.  

Sue and Chris Behr, with our thanks for their generous auction donation.  

 Beautiful Buche de Noël on each table made for a wonderfully festive evening. 

Beautiful Buche de Noël on each table made for a wonderfully festive evening. 

 A virtuoso performance of "Nigun" No. 2 from Baal Shem, violinist Arthur Masyuk. An incredibly haunting and moving piece.  

A virtuoso performance of "Nigun" No. 2 from Baal Shem, violinist Arthur Masyuk. An incredibly haunting and moving piece.  

 Anne Marie Kenny, Arthur Masyuk and friend.

Anne Marie Kenny, Arthur Masyuk and friend.

 Member Dené Ogilsby and AFO Instructor Paul Callahan sparkling bright.

Member Dené Ogilsby and AFO Instructor Paul Callahan sparkling bright.

NOVEMBER 19, 2016 - BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU AT LA BUVETTE

 Zac Baer, AFO Treasurer, in full approval of the Nouveau Beaujolais

Zac Baer, AFO Treasurer, in full approval of the Nouveau Beaujolais

 Great food, great fun with new members joining in!

Great food, great fun with new members joining in!

 James de Montjoye, AFO Instructor and Anne Marie Kenny, AFO Presidente enjoying the camaraderie among members.

James de Montjoye, AFO Instructor and Anne Marie Kenny, AFO Presidente enjoying the camaraderie among members.

October 9, 2016 - History of the french language lecture

 
 Wonderful attendance for this very engaging lecture by Thomas Coffey, PhD.

Wonderful attendance for this very engaging lecture by Thomas Coffey, PhD.

 Lovely petit-fours provided by Field Club Country Club

Lovely petit-fours provided by Field Club Country Club

 Sheryl Wiitala, Jan and Blake Lund

Sheryl Wiitala, Jan and Blake Lund

 Thomas Coffey, our esteemed presenter, receiving our thanks from Anne Marie Kenny, AFO President and David Teche, AFO VP.  

Thomas Coffey, our esteemed presenter, receiving our thanks from Anne Marie Kenny, AFO President and David Teche, AFO VP.  

 Open table to practice French-speaking skills.  

Open table to practice French-speaking skills.  

 Vika Mashinson, Fred Nielson, Sara Strattan and guest Lee Santo

Vika Mashinson, Fred Nielson, Sara Strattan and guest Lee Santo

 Deb Mecom, Judity Sedegman and Kathy Nelson

Deb Mecom, Judity Sedegman and Kathy Nelson

September 11, 2016 - Bienvenue Reception

 

July 17, 2016 - Bastille Day celebration at joslyn castle

 Joan and Stan Standifer, ready to greet guests! 

Joan and Stan Standifer, ready to greet guests! 

 AFO Member Mary Mitchell & Anne Marie Kenny, AFO President showing off our beautiful table decor.  Thanks, Mary!

AFO Member Mary Mitchell & Anne Marie Kenny, AFO President showing off our beautiful table decor.  Thanks, Mary!

 Blake and Jan Lund (AFO Board Member) along with one of our fabulous French teachers - James de Montjoye. 

Blake and Jan Lund (AFO Board Member) along with one of our fabulous French teachers - James de Montjoye. 

 AFO Members and guests enjoying the grounds at Joslyn Castle.

AFO Members and guests enjoying the grounds at Joslyn Castle.

 David Teche, AFO Vice President, Anne Marie Kenny, AFO President and Bernie Duhaime, honorary Board Member presiding over the Annual General Meeting. 

David Teche, AFO Vice President, Anne Marie Kenny, AFO President and Bernie Duhaime, honorary Board Member presiding over the Annual General Meeting. 

 View from Josyln Castle turret.    Our thanks to Mary Jochim for arranging our beautiful venue. Mary is an AFO member, former Joslyn Castle board member, and she has her financial services firm at the Joslyn Castle Carriage House.

View from Josyln Castle turret.    Our thanks to Mary Jochim for arranging our beautiful venue. Mary is an AFO member, former Joslyn Castle board member, and she has her financial services firm at the Joslyn Castle Carriage House.

 AFO Board Member Mark Rousseau, happy to serve vin blanc ou rouge!

AFO Board Member Mark Rousseau, happy to serve vin blanc ou rouge!

 Kathy and Bruce Thornblad (AFO Board Member) enjoying the fête. 

Kathy and Bruce Thornblad (AFO Board Member) enjoying the fête. 

 

June 25, 2016 - "La France: le nouveau normal" presentation & Luncheon

 Jody Neathery-Castro, PhD, AFO's honored presenter of "LeFrance: Le Nouveau Normal" 

Jody Neathery-Castro, PhD, AFO's honored presenter of "LeFrance: Le Nouveau Normal" 

 Edward Castro, Jody Neathery-Castro, presenter and Dave Teche, AFO Vice President

Edward Castro, Jody Neathery-Castro, presenter and Dave Teche, AFO Vice President

 AFO Members & guests enjoying presentation and lunch at Field Club Country Club

AFO Members & guests enjoying presentation and lunch at Field Club Country Club

 AFO members and guests learning more about "Le Nouveau Normal" being experienced in France today.  

AFO members and guests learning more about "Le Nouveau Normal" being experienced in France today.  

May 21, 2016 - Elisabeth vigée le brun presenation at Joslyn

Jan Lund presenting at Joslyn Museum

Lunch and presentation open to AFO members and the public.

APril 2, 2016 - bi-annual french convention at millard South Highschool

  Paul Callahan and Dené Ogelsby judging the cuisine competition.  Paul and Dené are French Teachers and AFO Members, and soon to be married!

Paul Callahan and Dené Ogelsby judging the cuisine competition.  Paul and Dené are French Teachers and AFO Members, and soon to be married!

  Anne Marie Kenny, AFO Présidente, making the announcement about the AFO Scholarship Program to the many French Students and Teachers.

Anne Marie Kenny, AFO Présidente, making the announcement about the AFO Scholarship Program to the many French Students and Teachers.

   partial view of the hundreds of French students teachers in the jam-packed cafeteria at Millard South High.

 partial view of the hundreds of French students teachers in the jam-packed cafeteria at Millard South High.

  AFO volunteers at the Alliance Francaise table — left to right are: Beth McCartney, Anne Marie Kenny, David Teche, Bernie Duhaime and Rosemary Duhaime. Not pictured: Kate Kennedy (taking pictures!)

AFO volunteers at the Alliance Francaise table — left to right are: Beth McCartney, Anne Marie Kenny, David Teche, Bernie Duhaime and Rosemary Duhaime. Not pictured: Kate Kennedy (taking pictures!)

  AFO volunteers Darlene Menard and Bernie Duhaime having fun judging the culinary delights

AFO volunteers Darlene Menard and Bernie Duhaime having fun judging the culinary delights

february 20, 2016 - french masterpieces at the holland

AFO members Anne Marie Kenny, Bernie Duhaime, Kathie Thornblad, Rosemary Duhaime and Bruce Thornblad.

 AFO welcomes Clement Thierry, reporter for France-Amérique magazine to our musical soirée.  

AFO welcomes Clement Thierry, reporter for France-Amérique magazine to our musical soirée.  

 

AFO members and guests enjoy a pre-concert gathering at the Holland Performing Arts Center

Reporter Clement Thierry, Barb Lerouge, Desarae & Cédric Fichepain.  

January 9, 2016 - AFO Scholarship Award luncheon at le voltaire

 Meet the 2015 AFO Scholarship winners:  Mikaela Durant, Ralston High School, Teacher: Dené Oglesby,  Taylor Wagner, Ralston High School,  Teacher: Amanda Henry, Tessa McLaughlin, Marian High School,  Teacher: Janet Tuttle, John Militti, DC West High School, Valley , Teacher: Mary Clare Liescheski and Nolan Sorrell, Millard South High School, Teacher: Terri Wright.  Congratulations to all!

Meet the 2015 AFO Scholarship winners:  Mikaela Durant, Ralston High School, Teacher: Dené Oglesby,  Taylor Wagner, Ralston High School,  Teacher: Amanda Henry, Tessa McLaughlin, Marian High School,  Teacher: Janet Tuttle, John Militti, DC West High School, Valley , Teacher: Mary Clare Liescheski and Nolan Sorrell, Millard South High School, Teacher: Terri Wright.  Congratulations to all!

Mr. Terry Sweeney, Scholarship Donor and Friend of the Bailey Olsbo Family, with Cédric Fichepain, owner of Le Voltaire Restaurant and AFO Board Member