Le Bulletin



Le Bulletin

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La Causerie Française

Membership Bulletin – February 2005

Website:  www.lacauserie.org


Can You Read This?

If the newsletter on your computer screen looks oddly spaced or is difficult to read for some reason (gigantic spacing or odd symbols), there is a plain text version of the newsletter attached for you. 


If you CAN read this, there is no need to open or download the attachment—it’s the very same thing that you see here on your screen.


Volunteers Are Needed!


A Nominating Committee is being formed to select a slate of officers for the 2005-2006 year. If you are asked to be on this committee or serve as an officer, understand that it is an opportunity to participate more fully in our organization. Volunteers are vital to our group and when you consider the fact that La Causerie Française was formally organized as a group in 1913, we have had a lot of volunteers!


Since officers may only serve two terms, offices to be replaced this year are President, Mary Ann Hope; Second Vice President, Mary Lew McCarty; and Assistant Treasurer, Debbie Starr.


Thank You Note


Last fall at a business meeting La Causerie members voted to make a donation toward the renovation of the Fireside Room. We recently received this letter from Pastor Keith Hohly, Pastor of First Lutheran Church in response to the gift we presented to the church at the Christmas Fete.


At its January meeting, I presented First Lutheran's Congregation Council with the gift your organization gave us just before Christmas. Needless to say, they were both surprised and grateful for what you have done and on their behalf, as well as on behalf of the entire congregation; I extend our heartfelt thanks for your generosity and consideration.


Please know that receipt of your gift and your request that it be used in renovating the Fireside Room has been passed along to the congregation's Property Committee and they have begun developing plans for the project.


Again, thank you so much for your gift. We truly value our long-standing relationship together as well as the service you provide our community. We wish you blessings and continued success in this new year and the years to come.



Keith Hohly

Pastor, First Lutheran Church


Le Livret Distribution and Additions

Copies of Le Livret (La Causerie roster) are still available in the Fireside Lounge on Fridays (each copy has a member’s name on it).


Add these new members to your Livret: 

Brigit Mengel  (Italian)

5508 Harris Avenue

Raytown, MO   64133



Inez Pennington (Italian)

10311 Delmar

Overland Park, KS  66207



Meet Me in Torremolinas? 

In the past some folks from La Causerie have gone to Torremolinos, Espana during the year.  Larry Downs is heading there this year and wonders if anyone from La Causerie is going, too.  He will be there from Feb. 16 to March 7 at the Bajondillo Hotel. You can contact Larry Downs at larlido@aol.com.


A Program that Translates to Smiles in Any Language


The French Department invites everyone to join in the February 4 program at noon in the Fireside Room.  Students from the Academy Lafayette will sing songs of France.  Stop by for a little culture, cheer and camaraderie with students from this successful magnet school.


And Speaking of the Academy Lafayette…


Join the Académie Lafayette family, friends and sponsors on Sunday, March 13, 2005 from 5:30 until 9:00 for “An Evening in Paris”.  This fundraising event features the Chefs from Académie Lafayette doing what they do best -- cook!  Chefs from 40 Sardines, (Michael Smith and Debbie Gold); Le Fou Frog, (Barbara and Mano Rafael); the Mission Hills Country Club, (Gene Deming); and Boulangerie Philippe, (Frederic and Allyson Philippe) will present an eclectic French-themed menu for your enjoyment.


For this dressy fund-raising event Académie Lafayette at 6903 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO, will be transformed into a sparkling boulevard with French food and drink, fresh flowers, live musicians, and artists displaying their wares.  Visit the Silent Auction with tempting items available for your browsing and buying.  Proceeds raised from this event will go toward supporting Académie Lafayette and its commitment to academic excellence.  Price:  $50.00 per person.  For more information, call or email Mary Ann Deming (kcmaryann@yahoo.com) (816-665-9672) or Kevin Battle (kbattle1@kc.rr.com) (816-816-246-2082).


LaCauserie Calendar: Looking Ahead

Please sign up to bring cookies, set up coffee and/or clean up our hospitality area on class days.  See sign up sheet in the Fireside Lounge.


February 4, 2005             French program at noon  Everyone will enjoy this program!  L’academie Lafayette’s choir will sing songs of France.  Come join the kids.

February 11, 2005          Spanish program at noon

February 18, 2005          French program at noon

February 25, 2005          Italian program at noon:   Speaker Ninfa Redmond will speak about her life in Peru and Rome.  All Italian students are welcome. Following the program, please join us for lunch if you can.


Full calendar information for the year can be found at www.lacauserie.org


Snow Policy

La Causerie Française follows the Shawnee Mission School District practice on snowy or icy days.  If the Shawnee Mission District closes its schools due to bad weather, La Causerie will also be closed.  In case of inclement weather, please listen to the list of school closings on television and radio. 


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