May 20, 2017 - Salon d'autrefois

AFO President, Anne Marie Kenny and our lovely Salon d'Autrefois hostess, Mary Jochim.

AFO President, Anne Marie Kenny and our lovely Salon d'Autrefois hostess, Mary Jochim.

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Robert Runyon — Le Petit Prince: quelques belles citations

Robert Runyon — Le Petit Prince: quelques belles citations

Anne Marie Kenny performing La Vie en Rose - fantastique!

Anne Marie Kenny performing La Vie en Rose - fantastique!

AFO member John Fruhwirth and new members, Dan and Gloria LeDroit.  

AFO member John Fruhwirth and new members, Dan and Gloria LeDroit.  

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Juliette Parnell delivering two of her favorite French poems.

Juliette Parnell delivering two of her favorite French poems.

Susie Baer Collins, Barbee Davis and Marty Skomal performing a scene from Molière. 

Susie Baer Collins, Barbee Davis and Marty Skomal performing a scene from Molière. 

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We love our volunteers!  Mitzi Friedman and Zac Baer preparing for the salon.

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!  

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

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.

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

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.  

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.  

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.  

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. 

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

Wonderful event, held at the Happy Hollow Country Club

Scholarship Administrator Mitzi Friedman; Recipient Sebastian Espinoza; French teacher Pam Kooiker; Mr. Espinoza

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 Melissa Orlando, Mrs. Orlando

French teacher Jen Rotherham; Scholarship Administrator Mitzi Friedman; Recipient Payton Alber, Mrs. Alber & sister

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)

Our distinguished panelists, Bernie Duhaime, Michael James, Sr. Aline Paris, and Tom Coffey (moderator)

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Scholarship Administrator Mitzi Friedman; French teacher Paul Callahan; Recipient Darby Ronning, Mr. & Mrs. Ronning

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. 

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