April/May 2015 Newsletter
 
French Cultural Program April 10 at the Linda Hall Library
The Linda Hall Library’s rare-books collections includes many works in French, the oldest, dating from 1551, over 400 years old. Among the rare French books in the library are a complete first edition of the famous Encyclopedie edited by Diderot and published in France between 1751-1772, volumes by naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerq, Comte de Buffon, and many other outstanding works marking milestones in the development of modern scientific thought. Ann Miller will give a slideshow talk in French about this material at the Linda Hall Library, Friday, April 10, at 1 p.m. in the library auditorium. The library is located on the UMKC campus, at 5109 Cherry Street, an easy walk (or drive) from the church. After the talk, La Causerie students will have a chance to go into the library’s rare books room and peruse the volumes discussed. If you’ve not visited the Linda Hall Library before, this is an exceptional opportunity to see some of its remarkable treasures. All students are welcome to attend. Bring a brown bag lunch to eat in the Social Room after class, or eat lunch out, before the program begins at 1.
 
Italian Film Festival April 10-12
The Kansas City Italian Film Festival begins Friday, April 10 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64111. The film festival features three films in Italian with English subtitles: “La Sedia della Felicita” (“The Seat of Happiness”), Ci Vediamo Domani (“See you Tomorrow”) and “Un Ragazzo Doro” (“A Golden Boy”). For more information, go to www.italianfilmfests.org
 
Annual Business Meeting April 24
The annual business meeting will be held at 12:15 in the Calvin Center, located in the basement of the church, on Friday, April 24. The end of the year budget will be reviewed and new officers will be elected to the Board of La Causerie. Everyone is encouraged to come and participate and to bring a brown bag lunch to eat during the meeting. The names of those nominated to the Board will be posted in the Social Room two weeks ahead of time and circulated by email. Nominations may also be made from the floor during the meeting.
 
Spring Fete May 15 Marks End of Classes
Friday, May 15 is the last day of classes and the date of the annual Spring Fete. We encourage all to come to the gala lunch, held in the large room off the kitchen on the ground floor, and to bring a dish in the tradition of the language you study.
 
Student Evaluations
Student evaluations will be circulated before the end of the term. Do take time to fill out the survey so we can improve the classes we offer.
 
Treats
We depend on students to bring the snacks provided each week in the Social Room. Bring cookies, crackers, muffins, nuts, granola bars, fruit, doughnuts or any treat you think your schoolmates would enjoy. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Social Room.
 
 
Parking
Please refrain from parking in front of the Crestwood Shops.
 
 
Executive Board Members 2014-2015
President:Gail Clair
1stVice President (Membership Chair): Laura Clouse
2ndVice President (Social Chair): Kathy Marincel
Secretary/Livret:Martha Hogerty
Assist. Secretary (Newsletter): Margot Patterson
Treasurer: Beti Weber Moskowitz
Assist. Treasurer, Robert Starcke
 
Board Assistant: Amanda Hassett, lacauseriefrancaise@gmail.com