Le Bulletin

Le Bulletin

de l’institut de

La Causerie Française

Membership Bulletin – March 2005

Website:  www.lacauserie.org



Can You Read This?

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Merci! Gracias! Grazie!


Thanks to everyone who has brought goodies to the Fireside Room on Friday mornings for everyone to enjoy.  You provide a tasty and comforting treat to our gatherings and provide an extra boost students in our classes.  It’s been noted during breaks that we have some talented and generous cooks in our midst.


No Classes on March 25


Because of the Good Friday holiday, La Causerie classes will not take place on Friday, March 25.  See you again on April Fools’ Day (no foolin’)!


Volunteers Needed for 2005-06 Board of Directors


Many of you indicated on your registration form last fall that you would be interested in volunteering for La Causerie.  We hope that step forward to help keep this worthwhile educational organization vibrant and active. 


We’ll only know if you speak up…are you willing to serve in one of the following positions for next year?

First Vice President

Second Vice President

Assistant Treasurer

Please respond to the chair of the Nominating Committee, indicating which position you are interested in:  Cyndi Lucas at clucaskc@aol.com


British Zookeepers Go Ape Over French


This just in…English zookeepers at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Hythe, Kent, have had to revisit their high school French lessons after a recent donation of 19 Guinea baboons from the Paris Zoo.   While the monkeys sit scratching their heads when addressed in English, they readily understand simple French words such as “déjeuner” and “bonjour” (particularly déjeuner, which gets them running to the feeders).  “Obviously they don’t understand the word as such, but it’s the sound they recognize.  The keepers have all been brushing up on their language skills and it seems to have done the trick,” says the zoo’s marketing manager, Veronica Chrisp.  (submitted by Kate White, professeur). 


Le Livret Additions


Add these new members to your Livret: 


Mary Ann Pinkerton (French and Spanish)

6215 Ensley Lane

Shawnee Mission KS   66208




Joan Gioacchini (Italian)

13333Switzer Road

Overland Park, KS   66213




Katherine McClernon (Spanish)

8560 Hiawatha

Kansas City, MO   64114




You’re Invited to an Evening in Paris


There’s still time to join L’ Académie Lafayette family, friends and sponsors on Sunday, March 13, 2005 from 5:30 until 9:00 for “An Evening in Paris.”  This fund-raising 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.


March 4, 2005                   French program at noon

March 11, 2005                Spanish program at noon

March 18, 2005                French program at noon

March 25, 2005                No Classes – Good Friday

April 1, 2005                     French program at noon


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



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