March 2009 Newsletter


French Program


On Friday, March 6th, our speaker will be Helene Corneau-Cohen, a native French speaker from Montreal, Canada. Helen will speak in French about the music of Carla Bruni, wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France.


Helene has had an extensive career in the fashion industry, having worked for a number of top international designers and companies, including Jean-Claude Poitras and Lise Spenard in Montreal, The Loft Design By in Paris, Club Monaco in Toronto, Esprit de Corps in Hong Kong, and Joe Boxer, Blue Marlin, and Roots in San Francisco. She received her MasterÕs degree in design from ESMOD in Paris.


Spring Break Ahead!


Please take note that there will be no classes held on Friday, March 20th, as this is our annual Spring Break.


Annual Business Meeting and Spring Fte


The Annual Business Meeting will be held on Friday, April 24th at noon. We will elect new officers for the next year, acknowledge our teachers, and welcome new board members. The meeting will be followed by our Spring Fte at 1:00 pm. The church Fellowship Hall is being renovated and we may be among the first to use this new space.  WeÕll also have the annual book sale, where you can pass on some of your foreign language books to fellow members. Look for details on both our Spring Fte and the annual book sale in your April newsletter.


LCF Instructor Makes News!


Our own instructor Patricia Siqueiros was mentioned (and pictured) in a Kansas City Star article on February 27.   You should be able to find the article free online here until Friday:


The story is about an informal group of Spanish women who meet weekly at the Starbucks at 4141 Main to help each other become more fluent in English.  Known as Bilingual Coffee, or CafŽ Bilingue, the sessions allow women to speak for 45 minutes in English and 45 minutes in Spanish.  Some English speakers who are learning Spanish also attend this group. Ask Patricia if you want more information.


Recruiting New Board Members

We are seeking a member to step forward to become next yearÕs Assistant Secretary on the board.  The person in this position handles publicity (mainly a July/August role) and writes the monthly newsletter.  The monthly newsletter is not a huge job as most of our activities are fairly repetitive (meaning the author begins with last yearÕs issue and adds from there). Plus, the board and program people submit much of the content.


If you would like to assume this role on our board of directors (which meets around four times a year), please tell Dalene Bradford or any of the board members listed below.


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: 


Spring Calendar


March 6th             Classes held - French Program with Helene Cohen at noon

March 13th            Classes held

March 20th            NO CLASSES – Spring Break

March 27th            Classes held

April 3rd                Classes held

April 10th              Classes held

April 17th              Classes held

April 24th              Classes held - Annual Business Meeting at noon; Spring Fte at 1:00 pm

May 1st                 Classes held

May 8th                 Last day of classes


Executive Board Members 2008-2009


First person to call: Alicia Girardeau, assistant to the board. 


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