October 2017 newsletter
AFF School and Membership Open Houses
Merci tout le monde!
These two events were a huge success and lots of fun. We have the opportunity to meet new students and members. Best of all, we thanked our past presidents for their impact and the legacy of French they have left. We also honored Françoise Kinzel and the Bourrels for their long support of the Alliance Française of Fresno.
Thank you to our Board Members who are leaving!
New Board Begins October 1
We want to thank the board members who are leaving: Richard Crossman, Gabriel Benitez and Lori Fleenor. We are very grateful for Richard's long service on the board, for Gabriel's diligence as treasurer and for Lori's excellence as secretary. Their enthusiasm will be missed, but we hope to see them around at events!

The Board begins October 1. We would like to welcome: Scott Donaghe, Andrea Donaghe, Toney Henry, Nidia Innis-Gonzalez, Rosalina Lempereur de Guerny, Natalie Muñoz, LisaMarie Slater, Patience Tshimika, and Denise Ulrich.

Le plus grand spectacle!

The biggest event ever!

French Polynesian Luau
Nov. 4, 2017

We have pulled out all the stops!
Come see our two VIP guests:
The reigning Miss Tahiti 2017
Turouru Temorere
the Mayor of Châteauroux, 
Gil Avérous

Members get a $5 discount. Buy your tickets here: Alliance Française of Fresno
Miss Tahiti 2017
Our special VIP guest of honor
Miss Tahiti 2017:
Turouru Temorere
Read all about "La nouvelle reine de beauté" in Hine magazine
Friday, October 6, 7:30 pm

Dr. Boris Adjemian
Director of the AGBU Library in Paris
In the University Business Center, A. Peters Auditorium, Room 191 on the Fresno State campus.

Dr. Boris Adjemian, the Director of the Nubar Library in Paris, France will visit Fresno to speak on  "The AGBU Nubar Library in Paris."  He is also an authority on the Armenians of Ethiopia and will speak about his research on the community. 

Free admission. Free parking in Lots P6 or P5-permits not required on Friday evenings.

AFF Book Club
For our first AFF book club, we will be reading Antoine Laurain's book: Le chapeau de Mitterand. You can also read it in English: The President's Hat.
This is a link to Amazon where you can get either version:

Last we checked, there were many copies still available, but the AFF is not responsible if Amazon sells out.

This is a free event for members and $10.00 for non-members. Get the book now and be ready to discuss it on January 6, 2018, 10:00 am, held at our office.

Watch this video of an interview with the author:

Two French language films are coming to Fresno in November:

Fresno Filmworks presents " Django" : The story of Django Reinhardt, famous guitarist and composer, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943.
This will be screened during their annual film festival, Nov. 10-12. For dates, prices and more information, please visit their site:

Cineculture of Fresno State presents: "Sur quel pied danser" on Nov. 17 at 5:30 pm. The two directors will be the discussants of this film.
Inspired by the films of French filmmaker and lyricist Jacques Demy ( The Umbrellas of Cherbourg ) and American film director and choreographer Stanley Donen ( Singing in the Rain ),  Footnotes  by French directors Paul Calori and Kostia Testut, is a whimsical musical comedy. The film tells the story of Julie a young woman who might land a steady job in a luxury shoe factory. 
Please visit the Cineculture website for more information:
Annual Noël Potluck
In December, we will host our annual Noël potluck. We look forward to sharing good tidings with everyone to close the calendar year. Date TBA
Membership Renewal Time
It is not too late to renew your membership. You can receive discounts at all our events. If you choose to renew by mail (see address below), the membership fees are as follows: $40 for an individual; $50 for a family; and $15 for students. If you renew online, there is a small fee for Paypal. Click on the link to renew:

Future Events
The board is working hard to prepare a year of fantastic French fun:
  • La Chandeleur and Tombola
  • Cheese Tasting
  • Cigar Club
  • Wine tour
  • Fête de 14 juillet
  • Classes all year long
Please renew your membership now to enjoy the full benefits of what AFF has to offer!
Alliance Française of Fresno
4747 N. First Street, Suite 103
Fresno, CA 93726