Seeking French Male Actor: A local video company is seeking a male actor, age 25 or so, for a marketing production that involves both voice-over and on-camera work on a video to promote software for driving internet-based product sales. Candidates should be fluent in French or nearly so, and comfortable in front of the camera. All experience levels will be considered. Approximately 4 hours; $600. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Expatriates in Portland: French expatriates in Portland can connect via a Facebook group set up especially for them: "page pour les expatriés français vivant à Portland, OR et ses environs." Click here for the Facebook group page. Note - the group describes itself as intended for French persons living abroad; it's not a travel discussion group nor a French conversation group for learners of French.
Conversation Group Update: The C'est Si Bon group will henceforth meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The group is free, welcomes all levels of French, and meets at 22 NE 7th Ave. Click here for the restaurant's web page.
The French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest is planning some business networking meetings in Portland in the coming months and is seeking venues for breakfast meetings and/or evening meetings. Venues would need to be free or low in cost, and accommodate 15-30 people. Email email@example.com to discuss.
News in Alliance Management and Board: The Alliance's management team and board have undergone several changes recently. As mentioned in the Dec. 31 newsletter, Rhonda Lynn (pictured here at left) was promoted on January 1st to be the Alliance's new Executive Director, replacing Linda Witt. In board news: This past Monday, the board accepted Richard Sullivan's decision to decline re-election. Richard served on the board since 2011 and was the diligent host of the St Honoré conversation group (NW Thurman location). Merci, Richard!
Euro Startup Weekend: The 2nd Euro Seattle Startup Weekend event will be on January 23-25 at Amazon (in the Westlake area of downtown Seattle). Sponsored in part by the French-American Chamber of Commerce and Google for Entrepreneurs, the intensive networking and business development weekend is a rare opportunity. The concept brings together a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Participants share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. Click here for all details.
John Kerry Speaks Again: In the previous bulletin, the most popular link was the speech by John Kerry, in French, regarding the Charlie Hebdo tragedy. Click here for that speech, headlined "John Kerry exprime en français sa solidarité au nom de tous les Américains," on BFMTV which is a CNN affiliate. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons). Kerry spoke again in French this week in Paris - click here for his latest speech (it's the second video once you click through to the BFMTV page).
Siri Vik Performance: The Lincoln City Cultural Center on the Oregon coast will present Siri Vik in a French cabaret-style tribute to Edith Piaf, Jacques Bel and others, on Saturday, Jan. 31. Optional lodging-ticket packages are available at the Ocean Terrace Condominiums and the Seahorse Oceanfront Lodging. Click here for the website and here for a flyer. (Siri Vik, shown here at right, enjoyed excellent reviews when she performed recently in Portland in an event jointly organized by the Alliance and Zeitgeist Northwest.)