Dear members and friends of the Alliance Française d’El Paso.
The purpose of this letter is to communicate some very important changes that have taken place at the Alliance Française d’El Paso. As a long time chapter of the international network of Alliance Française that has existed since 1883, the Alliance Française d’El Paso, founded in 1964, strives to promote the French language and culture in the very diverse city of El Paso. Over the years, the El Paso chapter has grown from a social organization offering cultural events promoting the French heritage to an enhanced organization offering the teaching of the French language to children and adults since 2000. This would not be possible without the dedication of individuals who over the years have paved the way to keep this organization alive.
This certainly is the case for Christiane Gomez, who dedicated many years to the Alliance by volunteering her time in administering the school and serving as President from 2014 to 2016. Due to personal reasons, Christiane decided at the end of 2016 to not seek reelection as President, and more recently to step down from her position of school director. Everyone who knows Christiane can attest to her passion for promoting the French culture and language. She was instrumental in organizing many events that reached out to the French teachers of the public schools and UTEP. She also was a strong advocate for the students of the Alliance and worked very hard on student recruitment and retention for the benefit of the Alliance. She will be sorely missed by all of us, and we certainly wish her the best in the next chapter of her life. For those of you who were not aware, Yvonne Corral stepped in during the transition to assist Christiane and the Board with the end of this last Spring’s second session and the administration of the Summer Session. We are very grateful to Yvonne, and we thank her for her dedicated service to the school during the transition. The Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Jerome Dumeusois has accepted to take on the administration of the school effective immediately. He will be working with the Board to prepare for the Fall semester and contact the teachers and students. Mr. Dumeusois currently teaches for the Alliance and also manages the Facebook and mail chimp communication.
The Alliance was also very sad to see our friends and Alliance members, Jean-Francois Remond, French Honorary Consul, and his lovely wife Myriam, Alliance Board Vice-President, leave El Paso for Houston. Jean-Francois’ job took him away from us but he has promised to come back to El Paso on a regular basis as he continues to fulfill his duties of French Honorary Consul to El Paso. They both remain faithful members of the Alliance Française, and we want to thank them for the dedication, the loyalty, the support and the friendship they have demonstrated to the Alliance since their arrival in El Paso 15 years ago. Myriam had been serving on the Board as Vice-President since 2013 and enriched all of us on the Board with her educational knowledge, optimism and Joie de Vivre that we will miss for a long time. With her departure, she left a vacancy on the Board who, per Alliance Bylaws, had the responsibility to appoint a current member until the 2018 Board Elections are held at end of this year. The Board is pleased to announce that Luis Chaparro, longtime member and faithful friend of the Alliance, has accepted the appointment of Vice-President. We thank him for his continued support and look forward to working with him.
At this time, on behalf of the Alliance Board of Directors and as President of the Alliance, I want to thank each and every one of you for your patience and support during these significant changes. We encourage anyone interested in getting more involved with the Alliance to contact us as we certainly can use everyone’s great ideas and someone’s time to put those ideas into action. We thank you for your continued support and patronage of the Alliance and look forward to many more years in serving the El Paso community.
Josette Shaughnessy, President