september 9, 2017 - le gala du centenaire at the kaneko
Distinguished guests at the AFO Gala du Centenaire Patron's Party: From left to right: Anne Marie Kenny, Centennial Gala Chair, Nicholas and Jane Bonham-Carter, Honorary Chairs, Consul General Guillaume Lacroix, Guest of Honor, Vera and Mark Mercer, Honorary Chairs, and Holly Richmond, Présidente, Alliance Française d’Omaha.
Honorary Chair Mark Mercer sharing his father Sam Mercer's desire that the Old Market would establish a "centre de ville" in Omaha similar to French and other European cities.
Cédric Fichepain, Honorary Consul, Consul Général Guillaume Lacroix, Bernie Duhaime, former AFO President, all looking dapper.
Dinner guests enjoyed magical illuminating fleurs along with poster prints of photographs by Jim Scholz, depicting Parisien life.
From left to right: Holly Richmond, President of the Alliance Française d’Omaha, Jim and Judy Wigton, special guests, Jody and Roger duRand, special guests, and Anne Marie Kenny, Centennial Gala Chair.
Accompanied on piano by Jennifer Novak-Haar, award-winning soprano Kate Johnson regaled the audience with numerous French musical selections.
Plat principal. Canapés and dinner by Jim Major, Executive Chef, Abraham Catering in consultation with Chef Cédric Fichepain CEC.
AFO language instructor Paul Callahan, Déné Oglesby, Jody Neathery-Castro and
August 13, 2017 - "100 Ans" Book Launch
Honored guests included Kate and Nicolas Bonham-Carter, Judy Wigton, numerous former AFO Presidents and generations of past President's family members were all in attendance. A wonderful turn-out for our centennial book launch.
Our thanks to Chris Behr and Marty Skomal for their lively performance of past AFO presidents - way to sell the book, gents!
We are so proud of the group effort to bring this history to fruition. Order your copy today!
AFO President Holly Richmond addresses members and guests at Happy Hollow Country Club.
July 16, 2017 - bastille fête centenaire
AFO Members and guests enjoyed a wide array of entertainment.
Many thanks to all who brought delicious food to share - the best way to celebrate!
New AFO President, Holly Richmond doing her best to sell raffle tickets for our grand prize - free 10-week AFO French Language course. Congratulations to the winner!
Our lovely venue for the day's fête.
No Bastille Day is complete without traditional can-can dancers! They were marvelous!
May 20, 2017 - Salon d'autrefois
AFO President, Anne Marie Kenny and our lovely Salon d'Autrefois hostess, Mary Jochim.
Robert Runyon — Le Petit Prince: quelques belles citations
Anne Marie Kenny performing La Vie en Rose - fantastique!
AFO member John Fruhwirth and new members, Dan and Gloria LeDroit.
Juliette Parnell delivering two of her favorite French poems.
Susie Baer Collins, Barbee Davis and Marty Skomal performing a scene from Molière.
We love our volunteers! Mitzi Friedman and Zac Baer preparing for the salon.
April 21, 2017 - "george dinsdale" concours de cuisine
Congratulations to all contestants for the Dessert Concours - incroyable!
WINNERS OF THE MAIN DISH COMPETITION with our distinguished judges, Sarah Baker Hansen and Cédric Fichepain:
1st prize: Phyllis Marchitelli for her Boeuf Bourguignon
2nd prize: Chris Behr for his Beet and Goat Cheese Tarte
The Saumon en Gelée was made by Marty Skomal.
Winners of the Dessert Competition with our distinguished judges, Sarah Baker Hansen and Cédric Fichepain, and Marty Skomal playing the role ofGeorge Dinsdale:
1st Prize — Kathie Sparks for her Kouign Amann (which translates from Breton as "buttered bread”)
2nd Prize — Carson McGlynn for her Merlot Cherry Tarte
AFO Members and guests enjoying Marty Skomal portraying George Dinsdale, 7th AFO President with Chris Behr as AFO Founder Felix Despecher. Our thanks to Esther and Dan Brabec, who opened their lovely home for this event.
March 18th, 2017 - Diderot’s Encyclopédie and the World of the French Enlightenment
David Teche, AFO Vice President, our distinguished presenter, Scott St. Louis and Anne Marie Kenny, AFO President kick of the luncheon at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center.
Marie Lee, Staff Assistant, UNO Foreign Languages and Literature department and AFO Member Elizabeth McCartney help host and greet guests for this interesting presentation.
AFO Members Colleen Sariscsany and Holly Richmond with Scott St. Louis.
January 21, 2017 - AFO Scholarship & Francophone communities of New England Luncheon
Wonderful event, held at the Happy Hollow Country Club
Scholarship Administrator Mitzi Friedman; Recipient Sebastian Espinoza; French teacher Pam Kooiker; Mr. Espinoza
French teacher Jen Rotherham; Scholarship Administrator Mitzi Friedman; Recipient Melissa Orlando, Mrs. Orlando
French teacher Jen Rotherham; Scholarship Administrator Mitzi Friedman; Recipient Payton Alber, Mrs. Alber & sister
Our distinguished panelists, Bernie Duhaime, Michael James, Sr. Aline Paris, and Tom Coffey (moderator)
Scholarship Administrator Mitzi Friedman; French teacher Paul Callahan; Recipient Darby Ronning, Mr. & Mrs. Ronning
December 11, 2016 - Noël au chateau
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.
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.
Joslyn Castle in all its glory, decorated for the holidays.
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.
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.
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
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.
October 9, 2016 - History of the french language lecture
Wonderful attendance for this very engaging lecture by Thomas Coffey, PhD.
Lovely petit-fours provided by Field Club Country Club
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.
Open table to practice French-speaking skills.
Vika Mashinson, Fred Nielson, Sara Strattan and guest Lee Santo
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!
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.
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.
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!
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"
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 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!
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.
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
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 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!
Mr. Terry Sweeney, Scholarship Donor and Friend of the Bailey Olsbo Family, with Cédric Fichepain, owner of Le Voltaire Restaurant and AFO Board Member