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Melbourne Cup 2018

Melbourne Cup 2018

On Sunday we have organised a very successful (and friendly) pre-Melbourne Cup Lunch at Cheeky Chariie’s Restaurant in Fountain Plaza. Erina.

The lunch included a competition for the most beautiful Fascinators of all our very elegant participating ladies.

Cheeky Charlie’s owner, Craig, very generously gave two prizes to the winners and the winners are:

  1. Heather
  2. Cecilia
  3. Maria

Congratulations to all and big thank you for the great time we shared and enjoyed!

Bastille Day 2018 rendezvous and lunch

Please join us for the AFCC annual Fete Nationale (Bastille Day) meeting and lunch.

The rendezvous will happen as usual on Saturday, July 14 at Erina Leagues and will be followed by lunch at Cheeky Charlie’s, Fountain Plaza, Erina.

It will be at 12.30pm, after our regular meeting. Partners and family are welcome.

Please RSVP to Nathalie by Tuesday 10 July.

Visit from French Books on Wheels

On Friday 22 June 2018, from 12 to 5pm at Erina Leagues Club, the AFCC is delighted to welcome French Books on Wheels! They are a not-for-profit organisation that travels around Australia promoting French culture through books, magazines and films. Roslyn, one of our members, will also be hosting a French conversation workshop from 12 to 3pm.


Interview with Ary Kleiberg, president of the AFCC










So Ary tell us about you. Where are you from and how long have you been president of the AFCC for?

You might say I came out of nowhere. I had been in AFCC only a few months, when after the AGM the elections took place. The president at the time decided to resign and yours truly was duly elected. It was probably was my own fault, because I found that a monthly meeting was not enough if you wanted to have a reasonable chance to practice. So I organized a Meetup to alternate with the AFCC meeting.

That was in February 2014. I found there was a reason that the former president wanted to get out: Paris had decided that only Capital cities Alliances would be supported from then on, so we had to reorganize. It meant writing a new Constitution, organizing our own insurance, dealing with ACNC and the Tax Department. So, a lot of work. Having spent 15 years in Toastmasters and being on the executive there for 14 of those, and president for 3, I was not entirely unprepared.

In those 4 years the committee has reorganized the Rendez-vous to have 3 separate groups, previously there was just one. I noticed that native French speaking visitors did not find much to enjoy, so they did not come back. That was the start of Club Causerie to have an informal setting for them and for the more advanced speakers. We also organized a banner, a waterproof Marquee, table with tri-colour cover for expos, to name a few. Of course, as a committee member we work as a collective in our decision making.

When and where did you start speaking French and what is the story behind?

French was a compulsory subject at school. By the time I was 13 I discovered during holidays that it was actually useful, because you could communicate with people from other countries in their Language. I soon had built up a collection of pen friends in England, France and Germany. Later I spent 3 months in Auvergne when I was in the Army. It resulted in another pen-friend, a retired French teacher. I lost contact with all of them when I was travelling around Australia.

Any particular memory of France or somewhere in France you cherish?

From what I have seen I liked Normandie, I got as far as St Malo in Bretagne. I have passed through the Vosges, which struck me as a rather poor area.

What tips would you give to beginners starting to speak French?

I would watch TV5Monde via Internet ( Under the heading “Apprendre le Français” you find a series of programmes graded according to ability (A1, A2, B1, B2).

These are accompanied by transcriptions in French, Double-clicking on a word gives the translation in your nominated language. These programmes are organized by the Alliance Française.

Any address on the Coast where you find French treats/restaurant/culture?

No idea, I don’t live on the Coast. Well, at least we had the Alliance Française Film festival in Avoca Beach theatre.

(Editor’s note: we recommend Ludo’s Gourmet Kitchen for French patisseries, they are based in Avoca Beach, and Le Chat Noir, a French Restaurant based in Terrigal,

AFCC Easter Picnic @ Avoca Beach

Definitely a very French Picnic with the Alliance Francaise de la Cote Centrale

We enjoyed a fantastic AFCC Easter Picnic on Sunday at Avoca Beach.

The weather was terribly hot, but it couldn’t be a better place be than at our picnic. We were comfortably sitting in the shades of tall trees and a beautiful breeze from the water was keeping us nicely cool.

The food was yummy and all of it was very friendly… everybody enjoyed and probably few more will follow us to the next one.





Definitely a very French Picnic with the Alliance Francaise de la Cote Centrale


At the AFCC Picnic everybody was very well organised even with a special coffee mug holder…a shirt’s pocket

Change of room at our rendezvous place

Dear members,

Due to the move of the Club TAB  to our previous meeting spot  our group has been allocated the previous TAB room.

From the entrance it is straight through, past the poker machines, on the right hand side at the end.

Whilst lacking any views to the outside, it is a spacious and quiet area, lacking the annoying  interruptions of people wandering through.


New Calendonia trip 2017

New Caledonia

Bon voyage à nos étudiants qui sont partis pour un voyage-études en Nouvelle Calédonie.

We hope you are having a great time and you come back with an even greater enthusiasm for the French Language and culture.

Bastille Day breakfast at the Red Lime Cafe, Woy Woy

Some AFCC members enjoying Bastille Day breakfast at the Red Lime Cafe, Woy Woy.

Merci Nathalie for organising!

Bastille Day 2017

AFCC members gathered to celebrate Fete Nationale, or Bastille Day, earlier this month.

We enjoyed some lovely pastries so thanks to all the organisers.