The Alliance Française de Newport has been active for more than 50 years and continues to be part of a worldwide organization that has been dedicated to the study of the French language and to promoting cultural exchange since the late 19th century. Locally the members participate in French classes, enjoy many different facets of French culture and raise money for academic scholarships given at Island High Schools and Salve Regina University. New members are always welcomed and encouraged.

Alliance Française de Newport is affiliated with the Fédération des Alliances Françaises that has nearly 1500 chapters located in 138 countries worldwide. Three members, including a French woman who took part in the French resistance during World War II, established the Newport chapter in 1953.

President, Andrew Snook, cordially invites you to come and share your love of France with fellow Francophiles.

L’Alliance Française de Newport est affiliée à la Fédération des Alliances Françaises qui comprend 1,500 chapitres dans 138 nations. Notre chapitre fut fondé en 1953 par trois membres dont une femme qui prit part à la résistance française durant la deuxième guerre mondiale.

Notre président, Monsieur Andrew Snook, vous invite cordialement à venir partager votre amour de la France avec nos membres francophiles.

Alliance Française de Newport announces new Officers for 2019-2020

The Alliance Française de Newport announces its new President, Andrew Snook. As President of the Newport chapter of the Alliance Snook has the mission to promote the French language and culture and to foster exchange between French speakers and the local and extended Newport community. 

A relative newcomer to residency in Rhode Island, Snook moved to Newport in 2016 but he has longstanding ties to the state as he worked for Textron Financial Corporation, whose headquarters were in Providence, for more than 14 years. 

Snook has spent the majority of his professional career in real-estate.  He was a loan officer financing specialized commercial assets such as golf courses, hotels and timeshare resorts in geographic markets as diverse as North America, Europe, and Australia. In Newport, Snook is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties specializing in residential real estate.

Snook’s interest in French culture and its language started at an early age and was cultivated at high school in England where learning the language was supplemented with regular trips to France and Belgium as a student and on personal and family vacations. Relocating to Newport and seeing the strength of the local Alliance Française chapter has rekindled his passion for the French “joie de vivre”.  Watching a mountain stage of the Tour de France features prominently on Snook’s bucket list.

Snook takes over as President from Mary Gail Smith whose many achievements as President were highlighted earlier in 2019 when the restoration of the Rochambeau Monument in King Park was completed.  Smith and the Alliance oversaw the monumental task of first fundraising the more than $250,000 needed and then implementing the restoration of Newport’s most enduring landmark to the special bond between France and Newport and the United States.

As the new President of the Alliance Française de Newport Snook is intent on continuing the great work already ongoing to raise and enhance the awareness of the organization in Newport and Rhode Island.  Joining Snook in this goal are two other new officers of the organization; Mike Warren, longtime member of Newport Yacht Club will be Vice President while Bobbie Warren, former Textron colleague of Snook and local artisan, will be Treasurer. Sandra Shaw will continue her role as Secretary for a second year.

The Alliance Française de Newport has been active for more than 50 years and continues to be part of a worldwide organization that has been dedicated to the study of the French language and to promoting cultural exchange since the late 19thcentury. Locally the members participate in French classes, enjoy many different facets of French culture and raise money for academic scholarships given at Island High Schools and Salve Regina University. New members are always welcomed and encouraged.

Several events are already planned for the Fall including a member evening at the Redwood Library in Newport on September 26thwhere concert pianist Nora Bartosik will perform. On November 12ththe Jane Pickens Theatre will be showing “Le Brio”, a recently released French language movie shown exclusively in the United States by Alliance Francaise chapters.  The Fete de St. Nicolas will, once again, take place at the Edward King House in Newport in December. 

For more information about the French language classes and these events and how you can participate please contact the Alliance Française de Newport by email at afnewport@gmail.com.