La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York

FeFANY

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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.

 
 

ABOUT US

ACTIVITIES

CONTACTS

FRENCH IN NY STATE

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

 

PLANNED EVENTS

 

FeFANY PAST EVENTS

HISTORY & GENEALOGY

MUSIC & GROUPS

PLACES OF INTEREST

READ, SPEAK & STUDY FRENCH

THINGS PAST

 

THE VENUE

*****MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL*****

IT IS TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP.
SEE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM LINK ON OUR FRONT PAGE.

 

*****WHAT'S NEW*****

PLANNED EVENTS: Saturday, November 12, 2016, Film and opening reception for Franco-American Collection at the Guilderland Library.
PLANNED EVENTS: Sunday December 11, 2016, Christmas Brunch with French-Canadian music.

 

*****SAVE THESE DATES*****

Saturday March 19, 2017, Latin Tridentine Mass, St. Mary’s Church, Amsterdam, NY.
Saturday April 29, 2017, Dinner and wine at Amorici Vineyard.

 

 

RIBBON

*****CHRISTMAS BRUNCH WITH FRENCH-CANADIAN MUSIC*****

Oh, come all ye members…Bring yourselves, friends, and family to enjoy holiday camaraderie at the Federation’s annual Christmas Brunch. Eat well (buffet by Joe Forget) chat, and enjoy lively music courtesy of John Guay, hammered dulcimer; Vonnie Estes, piano; Maurice Mercier, accordion, pieds, spoons, Cajun tie, guitar, chansons; and Nancy Bakemeier, fiddle. 50/50 raffle at the door.

The festive location is The Venue (formerly St. Joseph’s Church) 65 Congress Street, Cohoes, NY. Sunday December 11, 2016, 11:00AM TO 2:00PM.

Reservations and checks required by Saturday, December 3, 2016, mail checks to FeFANY, PO Box 354, Cohoes, NY, $28- $14 for under 12 years of age. Call Yvette with questions (518) 272-5061.

RIBBON

*****FALL 2017 TRIP*****

Calif trip 2017

Calif 2017

We are already planning our Fall 2017 trip:  Treasures of Northern California.  The itinerary is San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Valley wine country, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Tuolumne and Yosemite. The dates for the trip are September 24 through October 2, 2017.

For more information contact Lisa LaForest at Plaza Travel Center, 623 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY, 518-785-3338.

 

*****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.

 

 

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

First of all, the City of Cohoes lost an important man, former mayor George Primeau.  I’ve known George for most of his life.  He and my brother Normand struck up a friendship in kindergarten and it lasted all of these years.  I think that George was at our house as often as he was at his.  If the two of them weren’t at our house, they were at George’s house.  I have been a customer of his for years.  He was always ready to help out.  I don’t know how often he helped my brother Guy during his life.  You could trust his word and people were important to him.  As to honesty, I remember that my wife had a car that gave us much trouble.  It would start for a few days then, northing.  We’d bring the car to George and they tried to solve the problem.  It must be the switch, so a new one was installed.  The car started for a few days, then the same problem happened.  Finally, they decided that the car needed a new starter.  They put in a new starter and the car worked well for a few days and, again, one fine morning, it wouldn’t start.  We had it towed to the garage.  They looked, poked around and finally found the REAL probem.  It was a small piece of metal that was loose.  When it moved a certain way it created a short and the car wouldn’t start.  They fixed the part and that solved the problem.  Our old starter was still in the shop.  They removed the new one and put ours in, free of charge.  That’s what I call honesty.  I also remember the time I interviewed George as Mayor of Cohoes for an article for our newsletter.  I had made an appointment and when I entered his office, his secretary told me to go right in that he was expecting me.  We started the interview.  As he answered each question, I could tell that what he was telling me was genuine.  It wasn’t a politician speaking.  It was someone who really cared about Cohoes and its people.  After the interview we chatted for a while.  It was as though no one else and nothing else was important during the time that I spent with him.  His time was mine.  The meeting was relaxed and I felt his caring for the city.  I’ll remember George, his honesty, his directness in his answers and his caring.  Would that all politicians were like George.  Maybe then we would get the government we deserve.

Bernie

 

 


 

NEWSLETTER INFO; We encourage our members to send us articles or information pertinent to our goals.
The deadlines for submitting articles for the newsletter:

2016 - 2017 Newsletter dates

For issue of cut off date for material Mailing date
2016
December Nov.26 Nov. 29
     
2017
January Dec.20 Dec. 23
February Jan. 25 Jan. 28
March Feb. 23 Feb. 25
April Mar. 23 March 29
May April.26 April 28
June May. 26 May 30
September Aug. 25 Aug. 29

We will do our best to hold to these dates.  The editor.

 


                                                                

*****NOVEMBER - NOVEMBRE 2016 NEWSLETTER ARTICLES*****

COLONISTS AND COLONIZING IN THE ILLINOIS COUNTRY
SKILLED TRADESMEN
BOOK REVIEW
CHANSON DE COMPOSTION CANADIENNE


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.
To our Newsletter Committee, consisting of Bernie Ouimet, Francoise Ouimet, and Yvette Alexopoulos, our club is most appreciative. If not for their many hours, spent writing, grooming, and proofreading each month, we would not have a Newsletter. 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 Bernie an E-mail at bouimet@nycap.rr.com or you may call him at 518-692-2690. You may also drop him a note at Bernard Ouimet, 205 Meeting House Rd, Valley Falls, NY 12185.

MEETINGS - - -  Everyone is welcome to attend our open meetings, please join us.

Board Meetings for 2016-2017

2016 2017
December 13 January 9
  February 14
  March 14
  April 11
  May 9
June 13

All meetings are 6:00 pm at THE VENUE (the former St Joseph's Church), 65 Congress Street, Cohoes NY.
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. 

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION click here.