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2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 6:30

Pre-Bastille Cocktail Dînatoire
Le District, Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street at North Cove Harbor (WFC)

With all of les fêtes populaires, over 3o members gathered for a very civilized Bastille Day cocktail dînatoire along the banks of the Hudson at the French version of Eataly.

 

Sunday, July 9th, 12-5 pm
FIAF Fête de la Bastille
East 60th Street (Between Lex & Fifth Aves)

Over 200 people visited our booth, hosted by members Nina Betancourt, Charles and Marion Conwell, Terry Bennett, and Hilary James.

 

Cabaret Français
Thursday, June 15th, 6:30 pm

Members of the Paris American Club joined forces with members of Le Cocktail Français of the National Arts Club for a French buffet dinner with French wines – bien sûr – and tour de force cabaret performance by Jean Brassard. An exquisite evening of delicious food and drink with spectacular entertainment.

 

Sunday Brunch, June 11th, 10:30−1:00
French Open on the big screen
Monte’s Trattoria, 97 MacDougal Street

The Paris American Club was excited to host its second Young Members event.  A French/Italian brunch was served with Bloody Marys and rosé de Provence, while watching the Men’s Finals on the big screen at Monte’s upstairs dining room. Members played interactive tennis trivia games. Overall, it was a win for everyone that took part in the event.

Le brunch pour la finale de RG était top.
–Numa Briet

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Arnaud de Saignes
Managing Director – Domaine Chandon California

“Born French, raised in California” was the topic of Arnaud de Saignes’ talk on Domaine Chandon in the Napa Valley.

Arnaud discussed the brand’s roots in France and development in the United States, its products and savoir-faire in wine production. He also compared the differences among sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne, Prosecco, and of course, California bubblies.

Finally, speaking on l’art de la dégustation, our members and guests were invited to enhance their tasting experience while being treated to Chandon Rosé en apéritif and an Etoile demi-sec with dessert.

 

May 2nd, 2017
Young Member Launch Party


Hotel Chantelle
92 Ludlow St

The Paris American Club proudly presented the launch of its Young Members Committee with a party on May 2nd at the Hotel Chantelle! Some 75 American Francophiles, French people who love the USA, members and friends celebrated with Chloé Perrier and her jazz ensemble, featuring wine, hors-d’oeuvres, a networking/mingling quiz, CEO tips, and a swing dance introduction lesson by Spencer Weisbond. The new PAC Mentoring Program was introduced.

 

April 4th, 2017, Tuesday, Dinner, 7:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Dean Foster
HOW CULTURES THINK: My Adventures Managing the Mindsets of French and Americans

Dean Foster ThumbnailWe all know about the historic trans-Atlantic love affair between French and Americans: the American enchantment with the finely-tuned French way of life and the French fascination with the breezy freedom of American individualism.  But, as with all love affairs, there is a flip-side: classic ongoing misunderstandings between these two old friends, continue to mystify and sometimes infuriate, on both sides.  And the source of this ongoing dilemma is cultural.  While so many things bind France and the US together, there are hidden cultural differences, deeply rooted in each respective culture, that cause us to see the world through different lenses, to think and act differently in very significant ways.

Dean Foster is a well-known cross-cultural expert and author, with over 30 years experience advising and consulting worldwide with businesses and governments on the unseen cultural differences that can de-rail even the best-intended deal, discussion…or dinner-party.  In this talk, Dean shared some of his adventures helping to bridge French/American cultural differences, and drew some possibilities on how both countries might leverage their differences to help each other better survive the latest French/American similarity: the Trump/LePen phenomenon.

February 28, 2017 Mardi Gras Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Irene Finel-HonigmanColumbia University

For Mardi Gras, our club member, Irene Finel-Honigman was our speaker on the topic: “When Paris went Trump: Napoleon III era of profits, police and parties”, a discussion of  the Second Empire, derided as illegitimate, vulgar and censorious, yet judged as France’s leap  into capitalism, finance and global reach.

Dr. Finel-Honigman previously served as a research scholar at SIPA and adjunct professor in the MBA program at Johns Hopkins University. From 2001-2008, she taught European Union political and financial history and policy in the Institute for the Study of Europe at SIPA.

Finel-Honigman served as senior adviser on finance policy at the United States Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration. Her responsibilities included the introduction of an initiative on the European Monetary Union and its implications for U.S. competitiveness.

Finel-Honigman’s book, A Cultural History of Finance (Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2010), examines the societal and intellectual sources of the 2008 financial crisis within the historical context of European and American financial culture. Her last book, written with Fernando Sotelino, is International Banking for a New Century (Routledge). Finel-Honigman has published extensively on European financial and corporate issues, international relations and French intellectual and financial history. She is editor and an author of European Monetary Union Banking Issues: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (JAI Press, 2005). She regularly provides commentary for French, Belgian, Russian, and U.S. media, including CNN, WNYC, Bloomberg, and other television outlets.

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February 2, 2017 La Chandeleur Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Guy SormanFrance-Amérique


We were pleased to welcome Guy Sorman and his team, among the Paris American Club members and their guests.

Dr. Sorman is a leading French intellectual and author, who has written more than 25 books on social, economic, and global affairs.

In 2013, Dr. Sorman became president of the monthly magazine France-Amérique, building on a long career in publishing. (France-Amérique offers a 15% discount on subscriptions to Paris American Club members through our business partner outreach, request code to subscribe.)

Sorman received PhD degrees from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris in 1964 and from the National School for Oriental Civilization in 1965 before attending the National School of Public Administration (ENA) from 1966-1969. From 1970 to 2000, Dr. Sorman was a professor at Paris University, Institute of political sciences, teaching economics and political philosophy. He has also served as a visiting scholar with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

In 1979, Dr. Sorman founded International Action against Hunger, of which he is honorary president. Since 2004, he has been a member of the French National Commission for Human Rights.  Dr. Sorman has served in political capacities currently as Chairman of the Boulogne-Billancourt’s Economic council and previously as the city’s Deputy-Mayor in charge of culture and science; economic adviser to the French Minister for foreign affairs and the Prime Minister of France; and chair of the India France Economic Council.

Dr. Sorman has received the highest distinctions in France (Légion d’honneur), Brazil (Southern Cross), Argentina (Order of May), and Spain (Excelencia Europae).

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January 12, 2017 Luncheon

Guest Speaker Célhia de Lavarène, a journalist and a writer, was interviewed by PAC member Francis Dubois about her work with the U.N. and her new book: Les étoiles avaient déserté le ciel.

Stu Chasabenis, Director of Admissions of the Boerum Hill School for International Studies explained the great development of the establishment, and received the donation of 1,000 dollars towards the school on behalf of the Paris American Club.

Thank you to Ms. Hélène Ringot, Deputy Consul of Social Affairs of the French Consulate, and Ms. Nathalie Lacroix, Director of Albertine, for being part of the Club’s first luncheon of the year.

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Calendar of Meetings 2016

Date Event Speaker/Topic Venue
Jan 7 Luncheon 12:00 Business Meeting & Anthony Lacoudre National Arts Club
Feb 4 Luncheon E. J. Simon National Arts Club
March 3 Luncheon Marc Levy National Arts Club
March 15 (Tuesday) Reception New Members Private residence
April 7 Luncheon Philip Berry National Arts Club
May 5 Luncheon Charles-Edouard Catherine National Arts Club
June 1 (Wednesday) 75th Anniversary Luncheon Ambassador Jane Hartley and Consul General Bertrand Lortholary National Arts Club
July 11 (Monday) Pre-Bastille Day Happy Hour 6-8 Brasserie Rhulmann (Rockefeller Center)
August 11 Summer Networking TBD
Sept 8 Luncheon Laurent Drouhin National Arts Club
Oct 6 Luncheon TBD National Arts Club
Nov 1 (Tuesday) Soirée Le Colonial
Nov 17 Beaujolais Nouveau TBD
Dec 8 Dinner Adam Gopnik National Arts Club

Dinner with Adam Gopnik
Thursday, December 8th | National Arts Club
We had the pleasure to welcome Adam Gopnik to conclude the Club’s last event of the year 2016. A staff writer for the New Yorker since 1986, he discussed his book, a collection of essays on cooking and eating, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food.

From the author of Paris to the Moon, this beguiling tour of the morals and manners of our present food mania, is in search of eating’s deeper truths.

Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing. With our top chefs as deities and finest restaurants as places of pilgrimage, we have made food the stuff of secular seeking and transcendence, finding heaven in a mouthful. But have we come any closer to discovering the true meaning of food in our lives?

With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey in search of that meaning as he charts America’s recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes.

Thank you to our sponsors for this special evening: Maiden + Liberty and Bache-Gabrielsen for their delicious wine and great cognac!

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img_0316Soirée d’automne
Tuesday, November 1st | Le Colonial

We were delighted to welcome Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, our new Consul General of France in New York, at her first official visit to our club.

“I know that this event is now a tradition which sets the month of November under the sign of the Franco-American friendship. I am proud to go back to this tradition initiated by my predecessors. I do hope that this first encounter will be the first of many others to come.”

–Anne-Claire Legendre

Long-time friends, new members and guests shared a moment of conviviality, over a glass of champagne or wine, and hors d’oeuvres for a successful cocktail party.

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France-Amérique’s Fall Cocktail
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Consulate General of France

This  co-sponsored event is an example of the Paris American Club’s outreach initiatives and was reserved for Members in Good Standing. Kindly consult the membership pages of the website for information about joining.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

PAC shared a booth with Alouette Communications at Hunter College, where French Morning hosted some 60+ international school and educational provider exhibitors, drawing 700 attendees.

John Bennett was interviewed by Chams Linkpon, which was aired on TWC, FIOS and RCN.

View video here or visit the Gallery Page.

October 6th, 2016 Luncheon    ArtipsLogo

Artips Co-Founder & CEO Coline Debayle and Agathe Joly, International Partnerships & Development Manager, talked about Artips, short stories in French or English about artists and artworks that appear in your inbox three times a week and can make for good conversation starters at the next Paris American Club event. Subscribe here.

Their presentation showed how a start-up idea garnered backing from major corporations and offers educational opportunities for museums and schools. It also highlighted the club’s efforts to combine members’ classic interest in art with modern technology and business.

coline_nbColine Debayle, the Art Detective
Coline uses her investigative skills to uncover hidden secrets about art. Applying her degrees in business and political science, she builds partnerships and explores opportunities for Artips.

 

agatheAgathe Joly, the Museum Explorer
An Art History buff, Agathe originally came to Artips to write about the hidden secrets she learned in the ivory tower. Today she is seeking new opportunities with museums, galleries and anyone who wants to share art with the world.

One of our members writes: “Thank you very much for yesterday’s luncheon. The Artips adventure was quite stimulating and inspiring to hear.”

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September 8th, 2016 Luncheon

Laurent Drouhin, interviewed by Rick Schine of Bloomberg News

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Laurent Drouhin, brand ambassador and North American sales and marketing director, moved from France to New York for his family’s wine business.

“Whether by temperament or luck, or a felicitous combination of both, the Drouhins have achieved what many family-run companies find difficult—even impossible—to pull off: They have not only maintained the family business but have expanded and improved upon it, in terms of land and wines, as well as sales.

The domaine was founded in 1880 by his great-grandfather, Joseph Drouhin, who was all of 22 when he moved from Chablis to Beaune. Though he never purchased any vineyards, only grapes, his son Maurice acquired quite a few, starting in 1919. One of those was Beaune Clos des Mouches.”
–Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal

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July 11th, 2016 Pre-Bastille Happy Hourbrasserieruhlmann
Brasserie Ruhlmann

Old friends got together informally and networked with new ones over wine and selected hors d’oeuvres.
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June 1st, 2016, 75th Anniversary Luncheon
National Arts Club

Guests of Honor:
From Paris via Skype: Ambassador Jane D. Hartley 
In New York: Deputy Consul General Bernard Faro

Ambassador Jane D. Hartley’s remarks.

Deputy Consul General Bernard Faro’s remarks.

American Club of Paris President Joseph Smallhoover’s remarks.

View Peter Hurtwitz’s video toast.

Read the article in French Morning here.

Download the Program

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The American Club of Paris, founded in 1903 and one of the oldest non-diplomatic American institutions in France (and perhaps the world), has the dual purpose of providing Americans living in and around Paris with opportunities to meet, and at the same time, to preserve the special ties that the United States has had with France for more than two centuries.

The Paris American Club began informally in 1940 as American expatriates, many members of the American Club of Paris, returned to New York during the Occupation. Participants, approximately half French and half American or other nationalities, hail from business and diplomatic circles, the arts and education.

The activities and purpose of both Clubs preserve a tradition begun in 1777 by Benjamin Franklin’s “Sunday Dinners” for Americans in Paris. Ambassador Hartley and Consul General Lortholary will address the guests at both events simultaneously by video teleconference.

A portion of the luncheon’s proceeds were donated to the School for International SchIntlStudiesLogoStudies (Cobble Hill, Brooklyn), New York City’s first public high school featuring a French Dual Language 6-12 International Baccalaureate program, created in partnership with the French Embassy and French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation).

May 5th, 2016 Luncheon at the National Arts Club
Guest Speaker: Charles-Edouard Catherine, Executive Director, The Surgeons of Hope Foundation

CECatherineDue to the complexity of pediatric heart disease, successful treatment depends on advanced medical facilities and highly-trained medical professionals. These are rarely available in developing countries due to a lack of resources. Surgeons of Hope has developed a sustainable strategy to provide care to children in need of heart surgery.

In addition to heading up the Surgeons of Hope, Charles is an endurance athlete, here is why he started running: “I always admired marathoners, but I didn’t think of myself as one of them until very recently. It was actually a complex and interesting process.

When I lost my sight, a few years ago, I quickly realized that I had a choice. I could either stay at home, in the dark, in the comfort of my loneliness, or I could go out and do something that always inspired me. What was sort of paradoxical is that every day my vision would get a little worse, and every day, I felt a little more free. I had decided to run.

Every year I watch the New York City Marathon, it’s the most inspiring moment of the year in the City. I cheer for these people because they have the right state of mind, they tell me that anything is possible. I could still be inside, in the comfort of my loneliness, but I am free, and soon I will be one of them.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 Luncheon, 12:30 at the National Arts Club
Guest Speaker: Philip Berry, Chief Human Resources Officer, The Clinton Foundation and Vice Chairman of the  Board of Trustees for the City University of New York (CUNY)

“The 5 Ways that Living in Paris Revitalized My Global Mindset”

Philip has worked in over 60 countries, however, his expatriate assignment in Paris had a profound, life changing impact enabling him to develop a truly global view of work and life. He outlined themes that have facilitated an enduring transformation and shift of mindset.

“Congratulations for a wonderful event! It was a much larger crowd than I expected.”

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 Reception, 6:30 pm at the home of Hilary J. James, club Vice President
Hilary received some 20 new and prospective members in her elegant home, featuring a warmly welcoming fire in the hearth and glasses of Mâcon Village. Hors d’oeuvres were provided by Board Member Francis Dubois. New members were able to express their thoughts on the club’s recent activities while President John Bennett talked about its future direction and goals. A fine time was had by all, based on comments received:

“It was a wonderful party and I would like to send a personal message of thanks to Hilary.”

“It was great for me to be able to reconnect. Thank you for bringing this renewed energy in the Club.”

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 Luncheon, 12:30 at the National Arts Club
Marc Levy, interviewed by Bloomberg News Editor-at-Large Rick Schine

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At thirty-seven, Marc Levy wrote a story for the man that his son would grow up to be. In early 1999, his sister encouraged him to send the manuscript to Editions Robert Laffont, who immediately decided to publish If Only It Were True. Before it was published, Steven Spielberg (Dreamworks) acquired film rights to the novel. The movie, Just like Heaven, produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, was a #1 box office hit in America in 2005.

After If Only It Were True, Marc Levy began writing full-time. All of his novels have hit the top of the best-seller list in France. They are also very successful internationally and are consistently on the bestseller list in several countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Taiwan.

The combined sales of Levy’s sixteen novels, translated into 49 languages, have surpassed the 34 million-copy mark worldwide. He is the most read French author in the world. In 2015, Le Figaro commissioned a nationwide poll asking the French to rank their favorite author: Marc Levy and Victor Hugo were #1. View photos here.

February 4th, 2016 Luncheon, 12:30 at the National Arts Club
Guest Speaker: E. J. Simon, author and former head of Douglas Elliman and president of GMAC Global Relocation Services

E. J. Simon is the author of Death Logs In, and Death Never Sleeps.

He recently spoke at the American Library in Paris, as much of the action in these thrillers takes place in France.

Both have reached #1 on Amazon and will be available at a special $20 rate for members and their guests, by cash, check or credit/debit card.

Prior to his writing career, Simon was the CEO of GMAC Global Relocation Services (a division of General Motors) and the Managing Director of Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate firm in New York City.

“I thought the speaker was very good– interesting, humorous,  appropriately self-deprecating, and providing just the right type of light entertainment to go along with a pleasant lunch among friends.”

January 7th, 2016 Luncheon, 12:30, Business Meeting at 12:00 at the National Arts Club
Guest Speaker: Anthony Lacoudre
“L’Incroyable histoire des mots français en anglais”

Anthony Lacoudre spoke about his latest book, L’incroyable histoire des mots français en anglais (The incredible story of French words in the English language).

Anthony explained the historical context that permitted a contingent of more than 25,000 French words to incorporate the English language over a period of time that lasted 900 years. This extremely rich vocabulary was reviewed, from the very first French words integrated into English in the XIth and XIIth centuries to the most recent ones. Photos here

2015

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 Luncheon at the National Arts Club
Guest Speaker: Charlie Scheips
“Elsie de Wolfe’s Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm”

Charlie-ScheipsA delightful glimpse into another era, the American decorator Elsie de Wolfe was the international set’s preeminent hostess in Paris during the interwar years. Her friend Cole Porter captured the spirit of these fleeting moments in his songs.

Charlie Scheips is a cultural historian and founding director of the Condé Nast Archive in New York.
Photos here

Friday, November 20th, 2015 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Beaujolais Nouveau
O’Cabanon, 245 West 29th Street
PAC and FACC members and guests celebrated the release of the 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau, courtesy of Georges Duboeuf, and a delicious array of OCabanon’s d’hors d’oeuvres.

Soirée d’automne
Wednesday, November 4th
Le Colonial
149 East 57th Street (btw Lex & 3rd)

“Pour tous, ce fut une soirée mémorable, à divers points de vue.”

“Thank you for last evening. It was a blast!” 

“Congratulating you and thanking you for this very enjoyable soirée d’automne. It was a really nice idea to hold a cocktail reception at Le Colonial, which allowed conversation with more people rather than a seated dinner. Une très belle soirée à refaire plus souvent!”

“Un petit message pour te féliciter de cette soirée, assurément un grand succès….le Paris American Club at its best!”

“Bien cordialement et à bientôt pour de tels moments d’amitié et de convivialité” 

“La soirée d’hier au Colonial était très réussie, toutes mes félicitations!”

“J’admire ton travail pour le Club, et te remercie pour ton dévouement. Comme toujours tu sais bien organiser la Fête. C’était super! Transmets aussi nos remerciements à Mario pour le délicieux Champagne.”

“Merci énormément pour cette superbe soirée, nous avons passé un moment incroyable!”

The event was lovely!”

“This decision to have a more swinging event is a great idea, even though I am from the Old Guard.”

“The Paris American Club’s networking event of the season!”

Photos here

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Thursday, October 15th, 2015 Cocktail Français at the National Arts Club
6:00 to 6:30 Cash Bar
Free Lecture: “Lalique”
Optional Dinner
The name Lalique evokes the brilliance of jewelry, the wonder of transparency, and the sparkle of crystal. Before it became a brand name, it was the name of a man: René Lalique, a French glass designer known for his creation of perfume bottles, vases, jewelry, chandeliers, clocks and automobile hood ornaments. The world’s only Lalique factory, the Verrerie d’Alsace, is found in the Alsatian village of Wingen-sur-Moder, in the heart of a region known for its historic glassmaking tradition.
Nicholas Dawes, a faculty member of Parsons School of Design, where he teaches European history and luxury marketing, is this country’s leading authority on works by René Lalique. In 1989, he curated the popular exhibition “Lalique: A Century of Glass for a Modern World”, which toured several U.S. museums over three years.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 6-8 pm, Opening Reception at the National Academy Museum & School, 5 East 89th Street
PAC Member Anne Vandycke presents Essential & Accessory

Let’s act to avoid the accessory becoming more important than the essential.“Aristotle

Anne Vandycke Portrait 2, DSC_0600Anne’s art comes from her imagination and is an introspection on life and the feelings it can inspire. Essential versus accessory concerns everyone, and can drive our lives. All of us are in search of happiness and well-being.
To achieve that goal, we alternate our time between fulfilling essential needs and trying to achieve dreams. At times we need to look at the world in another way and take time before continuing the walk further.

Exhibit October 15 to November 15, 2015

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 Luncheon at the National Arts Club
Guest Speaker: David Garrow Lowe
“The Invention of the Riviera: English in Winter, Americans in Summer”

The Invention of the Riviera - Paris America Club Oct 2015View photos here

 

 

 

 

September 10th, 2015 Luncheon
Ariane Daguin of D’Artagnan
“Femme to Table”
“Bravo for a really great first season luncheon. The gratin dauphinois was a hit at our table, and the wines, super. The speaker was justement notre affaire. A warm, personal, from the heart talk about the rise from an au pair in a strange land and strange culture, who made it because of her industriousness, and American generosity and open-mindedness. That was a perfect example of the mix of business and culture promoted by the Paris American Club. Our table was a real mix of youth and age, conviviality, and self-expression.”A-Speaking1AKS16086
-Dr. Robert April, Member since 2004

Recognized in 1994 by The James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America,” Ariane is now a member of the Awards Committee. In 2005, Ariane received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Bon Appétit Magazine, and in September 2006, she was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur.

Summer Social Networking, August 13th, 2015
Members and guests of the French-American Chamber of Commerce enjoyed an opportunity to network before the rentrée in the chic new Sud de France space. Evening highlights included live jazz as well as the signature iced tea punch from Palais des Thés. Attendees also had a chance to sample a delectable selection of Languedoc-Roussillon wines and hors d’oeuvres from Tradition and Excellence. Desserts were served courtesy of La Compagnie des Desserts.

June 5th, 2015 Gala Luncheon at Daniel, Special Guest:FDelattre
His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United Nations, who honored Kevin MacCarthy for his 15 years of service as President of the Club.
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May 8
Guest Speaker: Professor Ronald Rosbottom, When Paris Went Dark
Venue: The National Arts Club

April 2
Guest Speaker: Professor Eugène Nicole, Growing up in St-Pierre and Miquelon
Venue: The National Arts Club

March 5  Event cancelled due to snow
Guest Speaker: Ambassador Tiendrebeogo, Permanent Representative of La Francophonie to the United Nations
Venue: The National Arts Club

February 5
Guest Speaker: Charles Rohlfs, Opera Lafayette
Venue: The National Arts Club

January 8
Guest Speaker: Dr. John de Csepel, Life in the Field with Médecins Sans Frontières
Venue: The National Arts Club

Calendar of Events 2015 Meetings

DATE EVENT LOCATION
1/8/15 January Luncheon National Arts Club
2/5/15 February Luncheon National Arts Club
3/5/15 March Luncheon National Arts Club
4/2/15 April Luncheon National Arts Club
5/7/15 May Luncheon National Arts Club
6/5/15 Spring Gala Luncheon Daniel Restaurant
8/13/15 August Networking Sud de France
9/10/15 September Luncheon National Arts Club
10/8/15 October Luncheon National Arts Club
10/15/15 Cocktail Français National Arts Club
11/4/15 Soirée d’automne Le Colonial
11/20/15 Beaujolais Nouveau OCabanon
12/3/15 December Luncheon National Arts Club
12/10/15 Cocktail Français National Arts Club

 2014

January 9
Guest Speaker: Francis Dubois, “Le Panthéon de la Guerre, The World’s Largest Painting”
Venue: Opia Restaurant

February 6
Guest Speaker: Pascale Richard, “Sennelier, A History of Color”
Venue: Opia Restaurant

March 6
Guest Speaker: Noel Sloan, “Margaret Thatcher, A Study in Leadership”
Venue: The National Arts Club

April 3
Guest Speaker: Tilar Mazzeo, “The Ritz at War: Life at the Hotel Ritz during the German Occupation”
Venue: The National Arts Club

May 1
Guest Speaker: David Garrard Lowe, “The Paris of Napoleon III: Haussmann’s Grand Boulevards, Magnificent Monuments, and Extravagant Parks”
Venue: The National Arts Club

June 6
Annual Spring Gala Luncheon
Venue: Daniel

August 21
Summer Social Networking Event: co-hosted with the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC)
Venue: Boat Basin Café

September 11
Guest Speaker: Amanda Vaill, “A Tale of Two Cities: The Paris of Gerald and Sara Murphy, and Robert Capa and Gerda Taro”
Venue: The National Arts Club

October 2
Guest Speaker: Robert Lear, “The Hermione Challenge: Rebuilding the Freedom Frigate That Brought Lafayette to America”
Venue: The National Arts Club

November 6
Annual Gala Dinner 2014
Venue: The French Consulate

December 4
Guest Speaker: Gregory Corsico, “Institut Pasteur: 125 Years of Saving and Improving Lives”
Venu: The National Arts Club