President’s report Alliance Française de Hobart for AGM 2022.
2021 was a much more profitable year than 2020 for our Alliance, as Tasmania was generally sheltered from the effects of Covid. We were able to run many classes and have social events regularly- all without masks. Check -ins were compulsory, but this did not deter our members from participating in our functions.
Our AGM was fairly well attended with 23 members present, which is why we hold it straight after CCC in the hope (usually realised) that most will stay on. I had the honour of being re-elected President, Meri Vice-President, Gerald is still our Treasurer and Marilyn our Secretary.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival was able to go ahead in 2021 but under Covid guidelines, so unfortunately several people missed out on tickets.
Our first function at the Alliance House was in April: a Quiz night organised by Kate Neasey. Both members and guests had a great time pitting their brains against each other. In May, we had a film evening “chez nous”, in June, Gilles Brepsant gave a fascinating talk on the history of aviation, with particular reference to Frenchmen and we had a most enjoyable celebration of “la Fête Nationale” in July at the Mt. Stuart Hall. It was a venue that appealed to all and we have booked it again for this year.Our August and September functions were a wine tasting organised by Dan Murphy’s and talk by Karla Brepsantabout Voltaire. The October talk by Ans and Gerard had to be postponed due to the snap lockdown, but Yves Ginat was able to come and talk to us about his honey business in November. Our final social event for the year was a cocktail party here in early December.
These events were on top of our popular monthly Café/ croissant/ conversation mornings.
As the Fondation des Alliances Françaises hasas its “raison d’être” the teaching French, we were so pleased to be able to hold our “Concours Alliance Française” after a hiatus in 2020. The Concours was held on June 25th at Hobart College and the Prize-Giving Evening on July 27th at Bellerive Primary School. The Hon. French Consul, Mr David Shelley presented the prizes. In keeping with Covid safe needs, chairs were spaced and only one parent was allowed to accompany each prize-winner. The Alliance thanks the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Tasmania for their donation toward book buying.
Kath McGinty offered once more to co-ordinate a roster for us to have an Open House session once a weekand we are continuing it this year on a Wednesday afternoon from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
As from the start of this year, we have already begun our CCC mornings and on 6thFebruary, the Alliances Françaises de Tasmanie annual picnic was held. This year it was again at Longford and the large number of participants was most pleasing. Of course the weather helped.
We still get morebook and DVD donations over the past 12 months as people downsize or move away. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any more donations due to lack of space. Books can be borrowed by members and don’t forget the shelves in our classrooms as well as the ones in this Open area.
On Friday 18th February this year, I had a meeting here with ClarhaBourel-Baraud from the French Embassy in Canberra, whose mission is to find out the work of Alliances Françaises in Australia and how they support the learning of French in the community and in schools.I think she was quite impressed with what we manage to do without any funding from either Canberra or Paris. I did suggest the Embassy send us some new learning materials that we can use with our classes and share with French teachers in Tasmania.
Unfortunately, the owners of this house raised the rent as of January 1st, so we need all of you to publicise our classes- without them we cannot pay the rent.
I wish the incoming committee much success in 2022 and I look forward to discussing any ideas, suggestions, or concerns with you during our CCC mornings.
President AF Hobart