The annual business and election meeting was held on Sunday, November 7, 2013 at the Round Table Club just off of Audubon Park. The business portion of the meeting included a reading of the financial report and a presentation of the State of the Organization by President Danny Lewis. Following that, the election of the Board of Directors for 2014 was held. All enjoyed a buffet dinner and continued socializing.
The following members have been elected to the Board:
On the evening of Friday, July 13, 2012, the membership of L’Union Française in New Orleans celebrated Bastille Day with a party at the house on Prytania. Because of many celebrations around the city on Bastille weekend, that date was chosen so a not to conflict with Conseil and Consul events. These celebrations marked the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille in Paris. There were events in Faubourg St. John, the French Quarter and of course, the wreath laying at the statue of St. Joan of Arc!
Over 60 members and guests attended and enjoyed the festivities. Among the guests were the Consul Général de France en Louisiane, M. Jean-Claude Brunet and his lovely wife Muriel. M. Brunet spoke about the strong relationship between France and French Louisiana and efforts being made in the early education of our students in the French language and culture.
To commemorate this French national holiday which marks the beginning of modern France, the members were led in singing La Marseillaise by past presidents Ray Garrity and Ric Martinez; a toast to La Belle France.
Everyone enjoyed the food, festivities and a cordial social. Our table was set with petit filet, salmon, shrimp and assortments of cheese, and hor d’oeuvres along with very tempting desserts including chocolate truffles. Tout le monde agreed that the evening was très bien passé.
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Our Spring Social was held on Saturday, April 20. The day started at the Longue Vue House and Gardens with a private tour of both. The house was built in 1941 by Edgar and Edith Stearn. It is a Classical Revival style house that consists of three stories and a basement which is an unusual feature of New Orleans where much of the city is below sea level. We toured much of the main living spaces of the house, numbering 20 rooms. The house contains its original furnishings of English and American antiques; European and Eastern European carpets; Modern and Contemporary art; collections of needlework, chintz, haute couture and ethnic costumes. To say that it is spectacular might be an understatement. Forty-three of our members and their guests thoroughly enjoyed the day!!
For lunch, we all convened at the Chateau du Lac Bistro on Metairie Road for a wonderful lunch prepared for us by Chef Jacques Saleum. This is a great restaurant that offers music on Wednesday evenings….we suggest that you try it out!!!
The annual Fête de Noël was held on Saturday, December 8th and was attended by about 55 members of L’Union Française and their guests as they celebrated the beginning of the Christmas holidays.
The house was festively decorated for the occasion. President Danny Lewis and First Vice-President Kathleen Moisiewicz were present to welcome guests and wish everyone a Joyeux Noël. Ray, as is the custom, led everyone in singing Christmas carols as well as the French and American national anthems. There was a delicious array of food offerings along with a well stocked bar. It was a fine way to anticipate the arrival of Père Noël.
L’Union Française held the annual Founders’ Day gathering at Metairie Country Club in honor of the founding of the organization on October 12, 1872. The fête was enjoyed by 39 members and guests including Monsieur Jean-Claude Brunet, the Consul Général de France en Louisiane, and his wife, Madame Muriel Brunet. A wonderful dinner was preceded by a welcoming by Dr. I. Ricardo Martinez, president. A blessing was offered by Michel Nicola. The master of ceremonies, Raymond Garrity, guided the events which included a presentation by historienne Kathleen Calder. Dr. Martinez welcomed Monsieur Brunet, who spoke to the members and their guests. Of particular note he spoke about the importance of keeping the French culture alive in all aspects of life in New Orleans and congratulated L’Union Française for adhering to its mission.
All presentations were delivered in French followed by English translations. The evening was concluded by a robust singing of La Marseillaise followed by the Star Spangled Banner.
Both before and after the presentations all enjoyed cocktails and socializing.