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Fredericksburg Sister City News

March 2013


In This Issue
Frejus Archeologist Coming!
May Wine & Cheese Event
Membership Update
Member Survey
BOD at Work
Annual Student Exchange
News from Fredericksburg
News from France
Computer Tip: French Keyboard
On our web site
Shop and Earn $ for FSCA
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Bonjour les amis,


Spring is on the way, and your Sister City Board of Directors is making plans for some exciting events and opportunities for our members and the public.

Whenever you participate in our activities we have a chance to see what you enjoy. This gives us ideas for fun, interesting, and educational events for our group and the community. Thank you for your support!

As you read below, I hope to see each and every one of you soon.

Tres amicalement,

Frejus Archeologist coming to Fredericksburg April 8 & 9!

On April 8 and 9, 2013, The Fredericksburg Sister City Association and the University of Mary Washington will be co-sponsoring a visit by Chérine Gébara, the head municipal archaeologist of Frejus, France. Frejus, founded by Julius Caesar, is a city on the Mediterranean coast and has been Fredericksburg's Sister City since 1980.

Chérine Gébara is the Director of the Var Preservation Department and Archaeological Service.She is an expert in the history and archaeology of ancient Frejus, a 1st century city on the Mediterranean coast; she is closely associated with the Frejus City Museum, and has recently completed a new book on ancient Frejus,Frejus Antique, which you can browse  here.                                                                            

Two Lectures:

The Frejus Area from 700 BCE to 700 CE 
Monday, April 8, 7pm 
Mansard Gallery of the Fredericksburg Area Museum 

New Discoveries at the Port of Frejus
Tuesday, April 9, 7pm
will present an overview of the history of the Frejus area from 700 BCE.  Monroe Hall 116, University of Mary Washington
A discussion of recent discoveries at the Port of Frejus.

Both talks are free and open to the public.

At the University, her visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, the Department of Historic Preservation, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Campus Academic Resources Committee. For information call:  540-654-1342.

We thank Board of Director Craig Vasey for his efforts on this exciting event!  

Wine & Cheese Event at James Monroe Museum, May 18

Join us for a wonderful evening at the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library celebrating the connection between Fredericksburg and France!

Saturday, May 18, 6pm

Fredericksburg Sister City and the James Monroe Museum is co-sponsoring a wine and cheese evening in the museum garden, featuring guest speaker Dan Preston from the University of Mary Washington.  Preston will discuss Monroe's French connection, specifically his appointment as the French Minister for the United States on May, 28, 1794.

The Museum will be open for people to tour as well. 

More information coming soon.


Membership Update

The 2013 FSCA Membership is now due.  


Thank you to renewing and new Members! Beginning in April, members who have not yet renewed for 2013 will be dropped. 


Renewing is easy! Just download the form here and mail to Mandy Carr (address on form).


For further info contact Mandy at with FSCA in the subject line.   


Many exciting activities and events are planned for this year.  Don't miss out on all the fun!

Below are new and renewed members as of March 6:  

Debbie & Russ Bouslog

Don & Elsa Colt                    
Laura & Michael Hinman                    
Patsy & Guy Prudhomme                  
Robert & Paulette Bugno                   
Bob & Barbara Antozzi                      
Henry Fulghum                                 
Kim Kinsley Family                           
Cindy Romero                                   
Kim Kinsley Family                  
Bill& Lynda Baer                                                                                                 
Vanessa & Wilbur Brown, Jr                        
Mandy Carr                                                            
Mary Lou Cramer                                       
Virginia & Jack East                                       
Steve & Diane Elstein                                           
Judy & Dick Hansen                          
Cathy Herndon                                  
Alan, Gail and Liz Howard                
Laurie Hurley                                                     
Janet & Tom Kimbrell
Kim Kinsley & Family
Robert & Cathy Kravetz
Suzanne and Garret Garner
Sara Fartro
Craig & Wendy Vasey
Nathalie & Daryl Bullock
Margaret Rose
Liane Houghtalin
Mary & Stephen Magneson
George Fish & Kathleen Sullivan
Leahy Family
Ann & Dana Saether
Sunny Lynn
Connie & Herman Orgeron
Jim & Susan Pates
Ed Sandtner & Paula Chow
Charles & Mickie Sieracki
Jan & Larry Toperott
Keith & Donna Verbosky
Libby & Ron Wasem
AC & Phyllis Whitley   


Ellen Gibson                                     
Ruth Niedomanski                             
Paul Yanni & Hannah Fallon             
Steve Morrison Family                      
Alexis Hillard Family
Rosewith Family
Nedell Family
Kathleen Tilghman Family
Presutto Family

Susan & Bill Beck
Leigh & Bob Dowd
Lori & Roy Kissinger
Elaine & Marty Miller
Barbara & John Suval
Kathyrn & Chip Willis    


Member Survey: Fund Raising & Activities
Treasurer Roy Kissinger has created a survey to gather your opinions about fund raising opportunities and social activities. Please complete the survey and return to Roy via mail or email!

Your feedback is important!


Your FSCA Board of Directors at Work!
New Director of Educational and Community Outreach

Leigh Perret -Dowd has recently been appointed by Cathy Herndon as Director of Educational and Community Outreach. Her job will include contacting area French teachers and participating in community and school events that foster French connections.Below are some of her outreach projects.

Les Congres de Francais
On Saturday, February 9, French students and interested public attended the first Les Congres de Francais at James Monroe High School.  Activities included: a film festival, French Fashion, Mardi Gras, French swordsmanship, and cheese and chocolate tasting.

Other FSCA members participating in the event were Connie Oregon, Suzanne and Garrett Garner (mime workshop_ A.C. Whitley, Phyllis Whitley and Nathalie Bullock (judging logo design contest).
Be sure to look for this outstanding event next year in November!  

6th Annual Culture ala Carte
Leigh also co-coordinated a group of volunteers at the Spotsylvania County Culture ala Carte, on Saturday, March 4.  Roy and Lori Kissinger presented 2 videos made by Board of Director Davey Jennings on Frejus and Fredericksburg activities and exchanges. Cathy Herndon worked the event as well.
Leigh and her husband Bob, and Suzanne and Garett Garner, and their son, made crepes with students!  It was a great day.    


 Culture ala Carte  


 Culture ala Carte  


Le Cercle Fred
In February Cathy Herndon and Mandy Carr attended Robert Bugno's Le Cercle Fred, a monthly French conversation group.  They spoke about the Sister City and our membership.


A week later Cathy and Nathalie Bullock attended Bob's presentation of the film Midnight in Paris in French with English subtitles. That was interesting!

Le Cercle Fred is free and meets monthly at the Falls Run Community Center. Contact Bob Bugno for more information,



Le Cercle Fred

Le Cercle Fred

Mandy Carr gave a talk for the Stafford Girl Scouts in February explaining about Sister City and the wonderful student opportunities for French language students.

Of course it's not all hard work being on the Board of Director's!   


FSCA member Nathalie Bullock's Mother, Mme Maryse Coutereau (who lives in Port Frejus!), visited her daughter here in Fredericksburg over the holidays.  Nathalie invited Cathy Herndon to lunch and then the Board of Director's to a cocktail party at her home to meet her Mother.  It was a wonderful holiday gathering.  Thank you Nathalie!



Reception for Mme Maryse Coutereau

Reception for Mme Maryse Coutereau


We had a wonderful annual Mardi Gras party at Guy and Patsy Prud'homme's lovely home!
We are looking for a volunteer to host next year's soiree!  If you're interested contact Cathy Herndon,

We have FRENCH friendship pins (lapel pins) on sale for $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00.  Think about getting one for your French friends or for Christmas!  Please contact Cathy Herndon at or 540/373-6763. 



Annual Student Exchange, Summer 2013

Twelve students and two chaperones from the Fredericksburg area will be leaving Dulles airport in July to travel to Frejus!  We know Frejus has a wonderful program planned.  After two weeks of activities they will travel to Paris, the City of Lights!  Bon Chance!


News from Fredericksburg


FSCA Member Elsa Colt lost her mother earlier this month. Our thoughts are with Elsa and family. 


FSCA member Ernie Ackerman appeared in the March Front Porch.  Great article on his hard work for Mental Health!

Also, member Paula Chow, our resident "Green" promoter had an article in the same issue on Earth Day!  Keep up the good work Paula.    


News from France

We wish our Giante Omlette director, M. Gerard Angot well in his recent illness.


Tip: How to add a French Keyboard to your PC
It's easy!
  • Click on the start icon
  • Click on control panel
  • Click on change keyboards found under Clock, Language, and Region
  • Click on the Keyboard and Language tab
  • Click on Change Keyboards
  • Click add
  • Scroll to French (Canada)
  • Click on French (Canada)
  • Under keyboard click Canadian multilingual Standard
  • Click ok

To change from English to French
Click on EN or FR on the right of the taskbar

In case you missed it ... check our web site!

When you visit our web site,, you can now find all email newsletters from 2010 on, as well as forms for membership and pages for most of our 2012 events.


Shop and earn dollars for FSCA
When you make a purchase at Staples, for either business or personal use, be sure to tell the cashier you are a rewards member and to credit your purchase to the Fredericksburg Sister City Association or give them the following phone number,(540) 786-7010.  We will periodically receive a check based on your sales, a great and easy way to raise money for the organization.


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