Your monthly news & updates
In this issue:
Upcoming Events, Board Transitions, Summer Class Schedule, Day of the Teacher celebration, and Sister Cities Update.
Upcoming Events
Movie of the Month - The Valet
Sunday, June 26th at 3:00 pm at the AFF office 4747 N. First St. Suite #103

When paparazzi catch him with his supermodel mistress (Alice Taglioni), billionaire CEO Pierre (Daniel Auteuil) devises a plan to convince his wife that the beautiful mystery woman is actually dating lovelorn valet Francois (Gad Elmaleh). Francois is the envy of every regular guy now that he's got a supermodel on his arm. But, Pierre's clever wife Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas) cooks up a plan of her own with some hilarious, jaw-dropping surprises. An outstanding cast shines in this hilarious farce written with both American and French audiences in mind.

$5.00 minimum donation suggested. Anyone who donates $5.00 or more will receive a raffle ticket. There will be a raffle at the end of the film for a movie night of your own, including a copy of the film Valet! Popcorn and drinks are provided, or you may bring items to share.
Mark your calendars!
Our annual Bastille Day Bash will be held July 10th at our office at 4747 N. First St. Suite #103, starting at 5:00. Bring a dish and beverage of your choice and join other Francophiles as we sing "La Marseillaise."
Transitions on the AFF Board
Beinvenue Gabriel Benitez, Board Member and Treasurer
Gabriel was born in Mexico and he recently moved to Fresno after living for 2 years in the south of France. He speaks English, French, and Spanish. Gabriel has a bachelor degree in Accounting and he works as a Finance Manager in a french Company located in Fresno. He just joined the AFF as a Treasurer. Gabriel loves travel, cinema, outdoor activities and of course, languages! He is very excited to work with AFF to keep in contact with French culture and he is looking forward to meeting all AFF members.
Beinvenue Scott Donaghe, Board Member
Teacher of the Year for Central Unified School District, Scott is the language department chair and is actively involved in Fresno's Sister Cities and other activities in the Central Valley that promote foreign language and culture.
Au revoir, Ellie Stokle
It is with sadness that the AFF accepts Ellie Stokle's resignation as AFF Director and Treasurer. Ellie has been a loyal and wise presence on the Board for many years. She will work with our new treasurer, Gabriel Benitez, as he transitions into the job, and we hope to see Ellie and her husband Gerry at future AFF events!
Summer Session Classes
Finally learn the language you've admired for years! Take a French class this summer!
Summer Session 1: June 19th - August 12th
Beginning French 1 Tuesday Evenings 5:30-7:30
Beginning French Conversation Wednesday Evenings 5:30-7:30

Summer Session 2: July 17th - August 12th
French for Travelers Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 5:30-7:30
Intermediate Conversation Monday Evenings 5:30-7:30
Advanced Conversation Wednesday Evenings 5:30-7:30
French for Children Wednesday Mornings 8:30-9:30

All Classes held at the AFF office, 4747 N First Street Suite #103, Fresno, CA 93726
Director of Studies: Alyssa Hance at

Please note that we are making improvements to the AFF website. While this process is underway, the online payment functionality is temporarily disabled.  Please call or email us to register for classes beforehand. In the meantime, kindly pay for your classes and books when attending your first session. If you have questions, please call the Alliance Française at  (559)227-9850  or email us at
Happy Day of the Teacher!
The French classes celebrated the Day of the Teacher with our wonderful French instructors! They are much appreciated.
Skype Session with France

Central High School French teacher Scott Donaghe and his French classes Skyped with Fresno's newest sister city, Châteauroux, France. Participating in the Skype call was Mayor Gil Avérous and Deputy Mayor Jean-Yves Hugon, several English teachers from Pierre and Marie Curie High School in Châteauroux, France along with a handful of French students learning English.

The session was conducted at the Performing Arts Center at Central High School. The Châteauroux students were invited to the Mayor's office to Skype with Mr. Donaghe's French classes in both English and French. ABC News Channel 30 was present for this digital meeting of future host brothers and sisters. To see the news clip, go to

"This gives me the opportunity to do something that I won't have in the future, so that's exciting for me," said Brandon Lopez, 10th grade from Central High School.

Elizabeth Hernandez only expected to learn a new language when she signed up to take high school French but was pleasantly surprised at all of the opportunities that have been afforded to her through taking French at Central High School.

"I'm ready to embrace their culture in its entirety." said Elizabeth Hernandez.

"Whenever students have the opportunity to learn a different language and explore a different culture it really widens their horizons, and as a teacher that's my ultimate goal, to inspire and to experience something they've never experienced before," said Scott Donaghe, French teacher.

Study abroad programs can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000. The Fresno Sister City program has made the family to family exchange the cost of airfare.


Donations Requested:

  • Bottled Water

Merci to the following for donations made this month:

  • Larry Taylor