--Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting & Convention

The 2017 Federation of Alliances Françaises USA Annual Meeting & Convention will be held from October 19-21 at Le Pavillon Hotel in the heart of downtown New Orleans. The meeting will kick off with a welcome reception on Thursday evening, followed by two days of workshops and panel discussions that will facilitate networking and the exchange of best practices among colleagues from throughout the U.S. Alliance Française réseau. The Délégation Générale will also hold its Réunion des Directeurs on Thursday, October 19. Check back for more information on Federation convention registration and workshops.

Click here for the Conference Registration form (a PDF file) that also has a snapshot of the timeline/schedule.

Click here for the Online Registration link (for those wishing to register for the Conference using a credit card).

Click here for the current description of workshop topics and Ask the Experts sessions.

Click here for a list of common questions about the conference goals and practices.

Le Pavillon

Founded in 1907 as the New Denechaud Hotel, and later renamed the DeSoto Hotel, Le Pavillon Hotel became what it is today in the 1970s—a charming downtown New Orleans hotel close to tourist attractions like the French Quarter and the Garden District.

Amenities include flat‐screen high definition televisions with premium cable channels and comforts like bathrobes and slippers. The lobby features traditional antiques and art. For dining, the Crystal Room is their signature restaurant and Le Gallery is a convenient spot to meet up for drinks and appetizers. The hotel also has a rooftop swimming pool, a relaxing retreat after a day spent exploring New Orleans.

Click on the link below to reserve your room at the low Federation group rate of $169/night (plus taxes and fees). This rate is valid for reservations from October 15 to October 25 in case you wish to extend your stay to enjoy the Big Easy. You can book a room with one bed or with two if you plan to share costs with another conference attendee.

Click here to reserve your room at Le Pavillon Hotel

New Orleans Restaurant Guide

Flight information

Make your airline reservations early to get the best rates. To use the Federation’s group code for discounts on United Airlines, book online at united.com and enter Offer Code ZYU8845593 when searching for your flights. If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information: Agreement Code: 845593, Z code: ZYU8. Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines reservation office.

Most of you will fly into MSY (Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport). The Federation is not responsible for any delays or missed flights. Please plan flight schedules accordingly.

Who attends the Annual Conference?

The Annual Meeting & Convention is open to any member of an Alliance Française that is a Federation chapter member.  Federation members are welcome to send directors and other staff members as well as board members. Sometimes Alliances send one primary representative, while occasionally as many as eight people from one Alliance attend. The convention is a great motivator for both board and staff members to share information with like-minded individuals  from throughout the nation.

The Délégation Générale will be holding its Réunion des Directors at Le Pavillon on Thursday, October 19. This meeting, conducted in French, is open to representatives from any U.S. Alliance Française chapter. For more information, please contact Nelly Sadoun, Déléguée Générale, at dg@alliance-us.org or (202) 944 6261.

Ideas for workshops?

Help us choose workshop topics for this year’s convention! What are your hot buttons? What would you like to learn more about? What problems would you like to solve? Do you have expertise to share? Please provide feedback by with this quick online survey.

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the Federation Annual Meeting? Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

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Previous Conventions

2016 Minneapolis
2015  San Francisco
2014  Washington, D.C.
2013  Chicago, Illinois
2012  Providence, Rhode Island
2011  Louisville, Kentucky
2010  New Orleans, Louisiana
2009  Chicago, Illinois
2008  Naples, Florida
2007  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2006 St. Louis, Missouri
2005  San Francisco, California
2004  Washington, D.C.

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