Wake up and enjoy the food, the conversation, some great stories, and sometimes see a French film.

You can find out where the next meeting will be held. Read on if you think it works for you.

This non-profit club is educational, fun, and full of fascinating people who speak several languages, some of which you might never have heard before. Nearly all the members are international travelers with interesting stories to tell. English and Spanish also are spoken freely at the meetings.

Stella Behar, president of the French Club had this to say:

For the past two decades, the French Club of McAllen and since 2000 the French Club of the Rio Grande Valley, is a place to meet and make friends. Food, happy hours, parties for family and kids with diverse activities are features of the club.

Here is a short list of activities that the club was able to put together for the past 10 years: French films, French plays and poetry readings, golf tournament, bicycle races, sailing off South Padre Island, boat rides on the Rio Grande, boat ride at the beach, and fundraiser for student scholarships…

The club works closely with high school teachers and the University of Texas-Pan American faculty and students. Several events are organized together such as the Rio Grande French Competition where most of the members of the club are asked to be judges and the university recruitment fair for French studies, where the members are patrons for small scholarships.

Every year the club recognizes the best high school French students in an event that might vary in styles and location. Next year on April 16, UTPA is offering a performance to the high school students and the Francophile and Francophone communities where the club will be distributing awards.

“The Club is also proud to be a liaison for French-speaking families from all over the world (Canada, France, Haiti, Switzerland, Belgian Congo, Togo, Vietnam, etc.) who, sometimes before moving to the Valley for professional reasons, call on us and ask our members practical information about life in the Rio Grande, the schools, the housing etc.,” Behar added.

“We are happy to tell the French that we can find vestiges of French heritage such as the Catholic Mission built in Toulouse’s architecture next to La Palomita, or a replica of Lourdes Grotto in Rio Grande City, and tell the Quebecois that the Valley is proud of its French-speaking hockey team The Killer Bees,” she concluded.

Other officers in addition to Behar are vice president Kitty Hutchcroft, treasurer Elsa Lorenzo, and secretary Marina Fernandez. Teacher liaison is Kenny Montgomery.

The next event for the French Club will be Happy Hours at The Roosevelt in McAllen Jan. 25. A French film will be shown Saturday, March 20. The last two events of the schedule at present are a Happy Hour on April 15 and a brunch at Chez Mimis Café on Sunday, May 8.

Annual membership dues are $40 individual, family $50, students and Winter Texans $20, and single event $10. An annual dinner is not included in the membership dues and will be available at the end of the season.

Please remit dues to the treasurer, Elsa Lorenzo, at 3211 Sunset Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539.