Monday, September 20, 2010

Our new committee

Alliance Française A.G.M.

The Alliance Française de la Côte de Saphir held it’s 22nd A.G.M. on Monday 13th September in order to review the past 12 months and to elect it’s new committee for it’s 23rd year.

There was a touch of sadness as we remembered the contribution of past president Peggy Hamilton who passed away earlier in the year.

Outgoing president, Danielle Watkins commented on the various activities of our Alliance over the past 12 months: our successful French language classes; enjoyable social activities; our monthly friendly petanque games; Danielle’s attendance at the Asian-Pacific French speakers’ forum in New Caledonia; and our annual donation to Médecins Sans Frontières. Special mention was made of the work done by Regine Kasper in producing our monthly newsletter “la Mouette”, and the outgoing committee’s ongoing assistance and valuable contributions.

Danielle was recognised for her energetic contributions to our Alliance over her 3 years as president, and will certainly be missed.

The committee for 2010/2011 is:

President: Rex Speller
Vice President: Carmen Coutts-Smith
Secretary: Margaret Gaunson
Treasurer: Neil Porter
General committee members: Brigitte Leroy, Dorothea Polonyi, Gérard Decottignies, Graeme Gerrard and Peter Alexander.

We look forward to a rejuvenated Alliance year ahead with some new ideas already generated – members have been invited to contribute suggestions for our social calendar for 2011.

Saturday, September 4, 2010



Garden Room at the Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club

Monday, 13th September at 6pm sharp

$25.00 per person for the 2 course dinner

Please mail the booking slip to Danielle Watkins (6495 0859) to arrive no later than Wednesday 8th September as Danielle must have final numbers by Friday 10th September.

All Alliance Française de la Côte de Saphir members are cordially invited to celebrate our 22nd anniversary at the AGM and dinner being held in the Garden Room at the Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club. Any item of business must be given to the Secretary, Margaret Gaunson, in writing, either by posting to the Secretary at PO Box 3 Merimbula NSW 2548 or by email to

Thanks to Carolyn Dewaegeneire, we will raffle some very nice French wine to raise much needed funds for Médecins sans Frontières.