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

  • Update from the Executive Director: French Fest Canceled & COVID-19
  • Membership: Renew your FACC-PNW Membership!
  • Upcoming Events: Expect postponements
  • Community Announcements: EFGSeattle is hiring!
  • Welcome New Members: H2Hypnosis, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Korry Electronics

Update from the Executive Director:
French Fest Canceled and COVID-19
Dear Fellow Members and Friends,

I would like to take a moment to update you on some recent developments at the Chamber and at our partner non-profit, France Education Northwest (FEN, 501c3), due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 edition of Seattle Center Festàl: Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures, which was due to take place on March 22, 2020 and was co-organized with FEN.

This was not an easy choice to make and was the result of days of deliberation and close consultation with our community and city partners. We want to thank all of our partners and participants for the hard work that went into planning this event. We are so grateful for your support. Seattle’s French Fest is a vibrant and exciting celebration that holds a special place in our community, and its cancellation is a disappointment to all of us. Although we cannot replace or reschedule the festival this year, we look forward to finding new ways to celebrate Francophone cultures with our partners. We are confident that the event will return better than ever in 2021. Read the full press release about the cancellation.

Unfortunately, French Fest is not the only event we were working on which has been canceled or postponed. The University of Washington Bothell has cancelled their Learning Expedition to France which was set for the end of March, and our French Aerospace Business Reception with the Aerospace and Defense Suppliers Summit have both been postponed. For now, the Annual Meeting set for April 23 is still on as planned and we will keep you apprised of any changes. As we navigate this uncertain and challenging situation, the safety of our community and our staff remains our top priority. We are closely following all Public Health Guidelines , and encourage you and your families to do the same.
If you are able to help offset the costs we and our partner, FEN, have incurred due to these cancellations, please consider donating to either organization. All donations to FEN are tax-deductible, and donations to the FACC-PNW in the form of a membership come with a variety of built-in benefits. Your donations will help make it possible for us to continue our work in the face of this crisis. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

Jack A. Cowan, Executive Director
French-American Chamber of Commerce-PNW
France Education Northwest
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Renew your FACC-PNW Membership for 2020
Membership Levels
Member Benefits
All yearly memberships include:

  • Invitation to join our popular industry committees*
  • Access to the online member directory
  • Access to a list of French companies operating in the Pacific Northwest
  • Discounted event registration
  • Access to FACC-PNW network for job shares and company announcements

Visit faccpnw.org/join to discover all of our offers and to view the complete benefits list. To renew or to join for the first time, visit our Membership Page or email info@faccpnw.org to request more information.

*Please note: the Aerospace Committee is restricted to Corporate members and up.
Upcoming Events
The information on these events is accurate as of the time this email was sent. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, we appreciate your flexibility and understanding as some of these events may be postponed or cancelled. For questions about an FACC-PNW event, please email info@faccpnw.org ; for an event hosted by one of our partners, please contact them directly.
(POSTPONED) April 6: French Aerospace Business Reception

The French Aerospace Business Reception, which was originally scheduled for April 6, has been postponed due to the rescheduling of the Aerospace & Defense Suppliers Summit. The reception will be rescheduled alongside the summit. Email info@faccpnw.org with questions.
April 11: Le Networking takes you to Provence!

Join us for the Valérie Collymore exhibition at the Fountainhead Gallery (Queen Ann). Valérie’s oil paintings reproduce scenes from the south of France, executed in the true French impressionist tradition. She shares the stage with Spencer Gordon, her apprentice for the past 7 years.

The event program includes:
-    Gallery talk at 2:00 pm: “The Historical Context in which the French Impressionist Movement was born.”
-    Oil painting demonstration by Valérie with Q&A at 3:00 pm

Join us for this event! Members sign up for free - details and sign-up link available on Le Networking page on March 15.
April 23: Annual Meeting for FACC/FEN

Join us for a light breakfast at the annual meeting - an opportunity for the Boards to report back to our members on the previous year's events and financials. The keynote speaker for the meeting will be Jean-Michel Hillon, Corporate Senior Vice President, BOEING Programs, SAFRAN/CFM. New Board members will be appointed and plans for the next year will be presented. Learn more and register online .
More Events:

  • June 3: Seattle European-American Air Forum (SEAAF) at the Museum of Flight. More info.
Community Announcements
EFGS is Hiring: Teacher and Teacher Assistant Positions
EFGS is looking for motivated individuals to join their team. they are recruiting teachers and teacher assistants for part-time positions and substitute teachers available on-call basis. The classes are held from September to May in Seattle and Redmond. Job description in french.

Staff members are selected according their experience, their French skills (native level required), to their adhesion of the mission and philosophy, and their capacity to collaborate and work independently in this particular setting. They understand the challenges for bilingual children immersed in one language to maintain fluency in the other. Training and mentoring is an option for candidates lacking the necessary experience.

​Candidates must have a valid work permit for the duration of the contract. A competitive hourly salary is offered. Send a cover letter and your résumé in French to  jobs@efgseattle.org to apply.
Le Networking Celebrates Successful Re-Launch!
On Wednesday February 26, a gourmet group of 40+ members of the FACC-PNW, joined by local professionals and Francophones, gathered to celebrate French food entrepreneurship in the Pacific Northwest.

Elise Morin from  La Parisienne French Bakery , Sharon Baden from  Paris-Madrid Grocery  and Anne-Laure Ropars from   Wild Peaks Chocolates  shared their entrepreneurial stories, their challenges and their successes. It was captivating to learn their behind-the-scene stories and their anecdotes about striving for success as women in a dynamic and competitive market. The mood was energetic and fun, and the panel was led by Lucie BROOKS, a member of Le Networking's organizing committee. Attendees had a lot of questions for our three food entrepreneurs leading to a lively discussion on food and life. Read the full report online.
UW Bothell Offers New General MBA
The University of Washington Bothell has a new General MBA that allows you to build your own program. UW Bothell also offers specialized MBA options in Technology, and Leadership to turn them from a necessity into an advantage. Through their evening classes in Bellevue and Bothell, the program offers accelerated career advancement for tomorrow's global business leaders. GMAT waivers and Scholarships available. Apply by April 10. Applications and details can be found here, or email  uwbmba@uw.edu
Paris Chansons returns to Seattle with an unforgettable night of French music with an international twist!
When: Sunday, April 5th, 7:30 PM

Paris Chansons is an exciting French band with an international twist based in Los Angeles. Recently featured on the news in France, they are known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Dassin , Piaf, Macias, Adamo, Dalida, all the way to contemporary artists like Zaz & Stromae. Their exhilarating performances are punctuated with gypsy jazz standards as well as classics in Russian, Italian, and other languages. Get a taste for the group. A lucky audience member will win a gift from the Alliance Française de Seattle !
Welcome New Corporate Members
H2 Hypnosis
Dominique Behr established H2 Hypnosis in 2018 to provide professional, ethical hypnosis and hypnotherapy services in English and in French. Dominique is dedicated to supporting all topics related to overall self-improvement and wellness.

Hypnosis is a very empowering process and it can be useful to help you out in many ways. It will boost your confidence, your self-esteem, improve your relationships, your performance in sports, in business and beyond. Hypnosis will help you tap your potential to become self-empowered. Dominique Behr is certified by the American NGH and is a trained 5-PATH Hypnotist.
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte
Nicolas Feuillatte is a unique model in Champagne, which draws its strength from the collective commitment and solidarity of 4,500 growers located across the entire Champagne region. The Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is the largest union of Champagne producers and brings together more 4500 winegrowers from 80 cooperatives. First brand of Champagne in France and third across the world.
Korry Electronics
Korry has been a trusted name in human-machine interface (HMI) solutions for the Aerospace and Defense industry since 1937. Korry provides leading edge Utility Control Systems, Touchscreen Controllers, Integrated Control Panels, Displays and Backlights, Data Concentrators, Pushbutton Switches and Indicators, Knobs and Night Vision Optical Filters.
Thank you to our Official Airline Partner
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