Board of Directors meeting

Saturday February 6 at 9am | Zoom

All Alliance members are invited to join the upcoming Board of Directors meeting over Zoom. All members are encouraged to join the meeting.

French class

We are thrilled to announce that we are offering French intermediate-level classes every other week, for those who are interested. Our teacher Jeremy Frye is a talented polyglot who did his master’s at the Middlebury Institute.

Pricing: $20/hour (2 students), $15/hour (3+ students) 2 students per course minimum


Café Conversation

Tuesday February 2 at 10am | Zoom

Venez bavarder avec nous / come chat with us! Thank you to AF Director Christian Dreyer for hosting this event. If you’d like to attend, please contact Christian directly

Cercle du livre

Sunday January 7 and 21 at 4pm | Zoom

A warm thank you to Director Jocelyne Muson who will be hosting the event! If you’d like to attend, please contact Jocelyne.

Books : Le Petit Nicolas by René Goscinny & Jean-Jacques Sempé






Lunch chez Bechler

Thursday February 25 at 1pm | Zoom

Thank you to Director Christian Dreyer, who will be hosting this event. If you’d like to attend, please contact Christian directly.


Film Night

Sunday February 28 at 4pm | Zoom

Film: L’Ascension (The Climb)

Plot: A young Franco-Senegalese from a modest background sets out to climb Everest to impress the one he loves and becomes a media phenomenon.

NB: Since we cannot gather together to watch the film, the Soirée Ciné event will be conducted as follows. Before the event, you can watch the film on Netflix at your convenience. Then, we will meet at 4pm the day-of to discuss the film over Zoom. A warm thank you to Director Pascale Richards-Deliens, who will facilitate the discussion. Details about how to join us will be shared via email closer to the event date.

Happy Hour

Wednesday February 10 from 5:30 to 6:30pm | Zoom

A big thank you to Director Nicole Chupka who will be hosting this event. Details about how to join us will be shared via email closer to the event date. BYOB! 


Election, Officers & Directors

Sunday January 17 at 4pm | Zoom


While we cannot meet in person to enjoy the traditional galettes and champagne to celebrate the Epiphany as in past years, we will still be holding our Annual Meeting. Please join! We will be discussing events over the past year, the Alliance’s general state of affairs (finances and memberships), and also where you envision our Alliance going in the year to come. Please do come and share your wisdom and creative suggestions!

Also on the agenda is a special election to appoint Melody Pao, who has done so much for our Alliance in the past months she has served as Interim Second Vice President, as official Second Vice President. We will also be voting on Christian Dreyer, faithful host of Café Conversation and Déjeuner Chez Bechler, as Director. Please find the ballot to vote for Melody and Christian attached to the same email with this bulletin. You can fill it out on your computer and send it back to Clarissa or via snail mail to the address at the top of this bulletin. You may also simply join us at our Annual Meeting to speak your approval in person. If you choose to send your ballot, it needs to be received on or before January 15th.

Finally, as you may remember, we usually introduce our new Executive Committee and Directors at this Annual Meeting. However, no one has presented themselves to replace a number of those who have reached the end of their terms (President, First Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors). Quite exceptionally, therefore, our Executive committee members and Directors have agreed to serve for another 6 months or until they can find replacements (whichever comes first). This is dependent on member agreement and will be further discussed at the Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in playing a more active role in your local Alliance Française or know someone who does, please reach out as soon as possible. The continued life of our Monterey Alliance Française depends on member willingness to participate in its leadership.

Lecture at MIIS by the Consul Général de France à San Francisco

AF members are invited to attend a lecture at MIIS (Middlebury Institute of International Studies) Monterey, by the Consul Général de France à San Francisco, Mr. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens. The lecture takes place at McGowan Hall, Rm. 102, 411 Pacific St., Monterey on Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 am to noon. Topic: “La politique étrangère de la France” (“France’s foreign policy”). Simultaneous interpretation available from French to English.

We will be very honored to have with us the Consul Général de France à San Francisco, who is making special arrangements to be here for the AF. We are asking our members to come in great numbers, as this is a rare event and we want to show our support for the Consul.

A reception will follow in the lobby of McGowan and will give everyone a chance to meet the Consul.

Holiday Luncheon 2019 ***SOLD OUT***

******Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT! Please do not send payment.******

Sunday, December 8, 2019
12:00 Noon

Los Laureles Lodge,
Terrace Garden Room
313 W Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

See the menu.

$35 per person ($36 per person by PayPal). By December 2 please send PayPal payments to, checks to Chantal Bailey (please see email from Claire for mailing address), and indicate your choice of lamb, salmon, vegetarian, or gluten-free.

You may also pay online using our payment page, which automatically adds a $1.00 fee.