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Committees

American Club

Main missions: 

  • Organization 

  • Planning

  • Home 

  • Storage 

  • Food preparation 

  • Investment management 

American Club

Main missions: 

  • Organization 

  • Planning

  • Home 

  • Storage 

  • Food preparation 

  • Investment management 

Travel ; Delegations ; Conviviality  

Main missions: 

  • Organizing trips 

  • Welcoming delegations and networking with new expatriates

  • Event planning (4th July, Farewell Dinner, Wine and Cheese, Thanksgiving...)

Culture ; Conferences ;
American literature club

Main missions: 

  • American Literature Club Organization

  • Organization of conferences (relationship with speakers) 

  • Relationship with cultural sites (theatres, cinema) 

  • Relations with cultural associations 

Communication

Main missions: 

  • Tracking site 

  • Social Media

  • Posters, flyers ; goodies

  • Graphism

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Office

Le Bureau
Laurent Doisneau Herry

President

Orleans and Wichita, it's a long story backed by the one with a capital, that of the Liberation of Orleans on August 16, 1944 by the 137th regiment of US infantry, and that of the Marshall Plan, post-war reconstruction and Franco-American friendship. The Little Train from Wichita to Pasteur Park, the Indian Guardian of the Plains to La Source are testimonies and symbols of this transatlantic friendship. Thanks to my grandparents and parents, I grew up with the conviction that this friendship was unbreakable. To invest myself in this twinning was therefore quite natural with the ambition to make it one of the most active in the metropolis, despite the distance and the time difference... and to federate the American community living in Orléans and its region.  A way to live my American dream. And it's not only Wichita that animates us but also New Orleans since OW! carries actions with the Louisiana metropolis which is the second American twinning of Orléans recently!

Catherine Canute

Vice-president

The Orléans-Wichita association offered itself to me, thanks to Laurent, the president. His motivation to create a link with USA was an opportunity for me to rediscover the country. We had experienced many trips as a family because my now deceased husband worked in an American company. As a former travel guide, I had the desire to re-practice the somewhat distant American English. Day after day, there was no lack of ideas... The desire for beautiful encounters, exchanges, openness to others could only enchant me. Really I'm not disappointed...! 

Our motivation is a success for the association, which does not lack today and for the future, many contacts and many projects..

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Valerie Berteloot

Secretary

   

Dominique Derenne

Assistant Secretary

Patrick Briet 

Treasurer

          homestay ? This is what happens with a pairing. You arrive in New Orleans or Wichita and you are greeted by people you have never seen but who welcome you as if you were part of their family. In turn, when our American cousins come to Orléans, we introduce them to our city, our region and its specialities.

Actively participating in the OW ! association also means meeting people who love the United States and discovering this country, this culture with them.

Yves Landré 

Adjunct treasurer

I came through the American Club sessions, which allowed me to continue practicing English after my retirement. Very attracted by the USA whose history, culture and way of life we are very close to, and seduced by the dynamism of the association et  its Orleans roots, I joined it with the conviction that human relationships are more necessary than ever in a very technological and impersonal universe.   

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Anne-Marie Meriaud

Head of twin associations

 

The United States has always been an adventure for me. During my university studies, I focused part of my projects on this country and since my student years, I have always joined Franco-American or American associations in the different cities where I have stayed. I took part in many exchanges. It, therefore, seemed natural to me to join the association to continue to interfere in American culture and civilization, to communicate with our friends across the Atlantic, and to make this friendship live and shine.

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