LA DÉPÊCHE
June News & Updates
What you will find in this month's newsletter:

  • Letter from the Board: Transitions at the Chamber due to COVID-19
  • Upcoming Events: Explore webinars from the FACC National Network.
  • Community Announcements: Les Petits Livres, Made in France, NSFS
  • Job Opportunities: L'Etoile French Immersion School and UW
  • Connect with Us: Don't miss important news and events, join us on social media

Letter from the Board of Directors
Transitions at the Chamber due to COVID-19
Dear Members of the FACC-PNW Community,


I hope that you, your family, and your colleagues are doing well in this challenging time.

As I take up the reins of the FACC this month, I’d like to bring you up to date on how the organization is adapting to the crisis. As is the case with many businesses and organizations, the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest has been presented with major challenges. Our non-profit organization relies on revenue from memberships , events such as Beaujolais Nouveau, and B2B services and conferences such as the Seattle European American Air Forum, trade delegations going to France or coming to the PNW, learning expeditions from France, and more. Beginning in March, we cancelled or postponed several planned conferences and, where possible, we are working to transition them online.

To balance our budget in this period of reduced revenue, we have cut expenses. We are now a volunteer-run organization and we have opted to work remotely, leaving our previous office location. As soon as we can resume trade delegation missions and large events, we will take up new premises and ramp up hiring.

Meanwhile, we continue to innovate and bring you information and resources that will help our members now and in the future. We invite you to join us online for our virtual meetings, such as the one on June 17 with Oliver Gee, the host of the popular Paris podcast The Earful Tower, recently lauded in the New York Times (more info below and here ). Many of our virtual meetings are open to the public ( Le Networking and others ) and others are reserved for our sector committees such as Aerospace and Education . Also, you can access a broad range of high quality webinars organized by our partner FACC chapters across the U.S. (see below); they are usually free for FACC-PNW members . Look for updates in this monthly newsletter as well as on our website , Facebook , Instagram and LinkedIn pages.

We thank you for your continued interest and involvement in our activities and for your support. This crisis will not stop our mission to develop and improve economic relations between the PNW and France, and between French and American people in the Pacific Northwest.

Sincerely,


Eric Beaulieu, Executive Director
FACC-PNW
Upcoming Events & Webinars
Webinar: Up Close and Personal with Oliver Gee of "The Earful Tower"
Oliver Gee is the host of the popular Paris podcast  The Earful Tower . The podcast has 60,000 downloads per month and was recently lauded by the New York Times as a great way to travel by ear.You can join a live virtual meeting with Oliver on Wednesday, June 17, at 12 noon PDT, via Zoom. The session will be mostly in English with a smattering of French terms.Oliver will share his tips on Paris, the French language, on how he has built up his career in the French capital, and more.Tickets are $4 for FACC-PNW and Alliance Française members and $8 for non-members. Register online.

Webinars from the FACC National Network
Community Announcements
Out of School but Not Out of Books
Les Petits Livres, a book rental service based in Seattle and specializing in children’s books in French, offers a special Summer Plan. For only $40, you will receive up to 9 books (3 packages of 3 books) over a period of 3 months. Books are shipped to your home, together with a mailer with pre-paid return postage to return the books.

With every plan comes “a carnet de lecture,” activities to support reading for FUN over the summer and a chance to win a prize.

For more details, please visit  www.LesPetitsLivres.com and feel free to contact Sophie at  sophie@lespetitslivres.com with any questions you may have.

LE MAG' FR@NCOPHONE #14 - Spring 2020
It seems time has slowed down the last few weeks. It is in this environment that Made in France continues its journey despite being unable to meet and share their passion for the French language and culture. 

Made in France is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and vibrant community guided by the belief that language, art and culture are powerfully interconnected. Their magazine - le Mag’ fr@ncophone - keeps expanding. The Spring issue was released a few days ago. To follow their activities and events it is simple:  subscribe  for free to le Mag’ fr@ncophone.
 
You can also contact their team at  contact@madeinfrance-usa.org  with any questions or for further information.
Travel The Globe This Summer With NSFS
North Seattle French School (NSFS) is excited to announce that we will be offering 6 weeks of online summer camp from June to August 2020 .

Students will explore a new country each week through various games, crafts, and activities offered in English and French. Students may also participate in online Kung Fu and soccer classes hosted by instructors from Seattle Kung Fu Club and Future Legends. Camp catalog available here. Camp is open for students ages 4 to 11. Non-NSFS students are welcome to attend. Each week camp is available as a five-day package.

For more information about camp dates, French and English activities, and pricing, please read the camp catalogue or . To reserve your spot today, register here! Deadline to enroll is Friday, June 12th.  

Join the High-Tech and Innovation Organizing Committee
We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about the High-Tech industry to help organize High-Tech and Innovation Committee meetings. Previous events included an AI Conference with SKEMA Business School , and an introduction to NonLinear Materials Corporation's Fiber-optic Tech . Contact info@faccpnw.org to learn more.
Job Opportunities
L'Etoile French Immersion School - French Teacher Full-time
L’Etoile French Immersion School is hiring a full-time French Teacher for the 2020-21 school year. L’Etoile is a private school in John’s Landing that offers preschool through 5 th grade in a personalized, multi-cultural setting. Coursework is predominantly taught in French, but blocks of time are dedicated to the development of English reading and writing skills. Class sizes are limited to 20 students, but generally range from 15-18.

University of Washington - French Lecturer Part-time Temporary
The Department of French and Italian Studies at the University of Washington invites applications for possible  Lecturer Part-Time – Temporary  positions should vacancies appear during the 2020/2021 academic year.

Appointments will vary in percentage of time and will range from one quarter to one year with the limited possibility of reappointment dependent on performance, departmental need, and funding. Learn more or contact frenital@uw.edu .
Connect with Us!
The FACC-PNW is working remotely to continue to support our members and to bring you important information and events. During these challenging times, we encourage you to:

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