January 2009 Newsletter


Classes Resume


WeÕve been on vacation so long you may need a reminder that classes resume this Friday, January 9th. WeÕre looking forward to seeing everyone.


Leftover holiday treats are welcome in the Social Room.  Bring them along even if you havenÕt signed up to do so.


Upcoming Noon Programs


Italian Program on Friday, January 9th at noon: Max Ambrosio will speak (in Italian) about his hometown of Brescia. Located in Lombardy, in northern Italy, Brescia has been an important regional center since pre-Roman times. Join us after classes at 12:00 for what promises to be an entertaining and informative talk!


French Program On Friday, January 30th at noon: Anne de Montille, a native of France, will speak in French about the arrondissements (districts) of Paris, where she was born and raised. Anne has a BA in History from La Sorbonne, a Master of Political Science from the University of Law in Paris, and a year of study toward a doctorate in Communication/Public Relations/Advertising, at La Sorbonne. She speaks French, English, German, and Spanish.


Lyric Opera Program on Friday, February 6th at noon: Don Dagenais, a board member of the Lyric Opera Guild, will speak (in English!) on the upcoming production of Giuseppe VerdiÕs La Traviata, which will be presented (in Italian) by the Lyric Opera starting on March 14th.


French Program on Friday, March 6th at noon: Helene Cohen, a native French speaker from Montreal, Canada, will speak in French about Carla Bruni, wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France.




Jane Loftus Fazio Hahan, former president of La Causerie (1995-1997), passed away on November 18, 2008 at the age of 85. She was a lifelong Francophile and fluent in French. She also earned a BA in Spanish and worked for a period of time as a translator. We extend our sympathy to her family.


Epiphany Church Service in French


St. PaulÕs Episcopal Church (11 E 40th St., Kansas City, MO) will offer La Fte de LÕEpiphanie, church services in French, on January 6th at 6:00 pm. Tout le monde est le bienvenu – Everyone is welcome! Even if you donÕt study French, or donÕt feel youÕre fluent, the church invites you to come for the experience.


Holiday Party


About 50 members enjoyed the holiday party on December 12th.  Special thanks to our social chairs, Carol Cowden and Jeff Piehler, for all their efforts to make it enjoyable. We ate very well, sampling from a wide variety of dishes prepared by members.  The cheese tasting provided by Better Cheddar was a special treat and cause for great conversation (particularly the one that is sometimes fermented in caves with the friendly help of maggots).


Because of the generosity of our members, each of our teachers received a $100 bonus along with a gift bag full of Kansas City treats, including caramel corn from Velvet Crme Popcorn and a bottle of Gates Barbeque Sauce (intended to be enjoyed separately, of course).  Thanks to all of you who contributed to the holiday bonus fund.


Snow Policy


La Causerie Franaise 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 or check the DistrictÕs website.


Winter Calendar


January 9                Classes resume; Italian program with Max Ambrosio at noon

January 30              French Program with Anne de Montille at noon

February 6              Lyric Opera Program with Don Dagenais at noon

March 6th                French Program with Helene Cohen at noon


Executive Board Members 2008-2009


First person to call: Alicia Girardeau, assistant to the board.  Home:  816-237-1710   Cell:  816-582-1711


President                                          Dalene Bradford

1st Vice President (Membership Chair)    Judith Walter

2nd Vice President (Social Chair)            Jeff Piehler (co-chair)    

                                                      Carol Cowden (co-chair)

Secretary                                          Judy Pearlstein

Assistant Secretary (Newsletter)            Paula Kartus

Treasurer                                         Inez Pennington

Assistant Treasurer (Textbook Chair)      Joan Daniels