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njoy great company and practice your french skills in a unique environment.

  • Aug 29, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Chez Marques

I was saddened to hear that a few people in our group feel uncomfortable for various reasons and a few members have stopped coming due to this.

As one of the organizers, I feel it is necessary to bring this to the group attention….so I hope you will read this and take the information to heart!

This group has evolved into a french family of friends. It's been a wonderful way to practice french as well as meet some extraordinary friends from varied walks in life. With this in mind…I urge everyone to consider the importance (and group requirement) of respecting each and every member. Each person deserves to be treated cordially and not made to feel excluded or less than nor threatened in any way. As adults we know we have the choice not to engage when someone does not appeal to us but to not acknowledge them is not kind and will not be tolerated in this group! If someone's french is not to the standards you wish to practice during an event…please just politely move on. There are many in our group who are fluent and gently patient with the rest of us!!!

Please greet each person with kindness.

All levels of beginner french are welcome! Speaking a mix of French and English is also not frowned upon!

Please respect the personal space of each person. This has also been an issue! Be sensitive to the boundaries presented!

This group rocks… so let's keep the drama out and enjoy one another!
New members are always welcome too!!!

Those of you who are non drinkers and would be willing to be a designated driver please let me know. We will make every attempt to pick people up from Bart. Please try to make your own arrangements but if you need help email me.
This is a pot luck. Please bring something ready to share. There will be a BBQ grill available if needed. Parking is available on both sides of the street.

Marques, our host, is a talented artist so this is an added opportunity to view his studio.

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  • Ersilia

    Hi Julia,

    Thank you for opening-up on a personal level, I appreciate your kindness and consideration.

    As far as the group latest issues, Yep ! It can be a little challenging to keep a group going at times, in a peaceful and respectful manners.
    I think you are doing the best you can, in my humble opinion.
    We are adults, do some people need a chaperon ?
    I don't see why people cannot work-out their issues with whoever they need to ? People !!!

    On est la que pour bavarder en Francais principalement.
    Alors, quel est le probleme ?

    September 2, 2013

    • Kathy N.

      Julia, we are grateful for the work you do making it a fun, mutually supportive time for all. Thanks.

      September 3, 2013

    • Ersilia

      Yes Julia, I have been enjoying spending time at all the gatherings I've attended to, chatting.

      September 3, 2013

  • Tanyan L

    Je suis contente d’avoir assisté au premier meet-up chez Marques. Il nous a mis à l’aise et tout le monde était sympa. Merci.

    August 30, 2013

  • trish


    August 30, 2013

  • Ersilia

    Merci beaucoup Marques pour ton hospitalite, et du bon vin.
    A la prochaine fois.
    Bon weekend.

    August 29, 2013

  • Ersilia

    nice gathering in a summer night...

    August 29, 2013

  • Kathy N.

    I can be a designated driver.

    August 28, 2013

  • Doug

    if anyone needs a ride from pleasant hill bart (across street from my office), let me know.....

    August 27, 2013

  • Mark R.

    It's only natural that the native speakers come to be friends, and interact mainly with each other if they have been meeting for a long time.

    I don't think anyone is deliberately excluding others; it's just that they have a lot to catch up on and we new people don't know what they are referencing..this is just a natural tendency.

    But there should be, maybe a few minutes set aside just to talk with us new people, before plunging into their klatsch!

    August 26, 2013

    • Les H.

      Mark...this statement was not "out of the blue"..There have been several people who have either consciously or unconsciously continually avoided speaking with others here in Walnut Creek and this has proved to be hurtful...This is a very tiny minority of what is in total a wonderful group of warm and loving and giving people. Your earlier experience with the other part of Alameda Rendez-vous as a newcomer who was ignored at the restaurant was not typical at all of this Walnut Creek group. We always meet in someone's home, mix easily and welcome newcomers...This was said on purpose to alert just a few that their behavior went against our usual welcoming and nurturing attitude here.

      August 26, 2013

  • Misha

    I wish that I could make it. I have to help with food for my son's pasta feed prior to his teams game the next day. Thank you for Hosting Marques! Amusez-vous bien!!!

    August 25, 2013

  • Ersilia

    Hi Julia,
    Yes, carpooling.
    I would be grateful to be picked-up at Rockridge Bart, if anyone lives in Oakland ?
    Please, let me know. Thanks.

    August 18, 2013

    • Ersilia

      Thanks Julia. I appreciate it.

      August 22, 2013

    • Ersilia

      I did found a ride already, thank you another time.

      August 22, 2013

  • Madeleine

    Sorry--too far!

    August 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is a one time event just for fun! Normally we are closer to the bay area but this is an opportunity to visit an artists studio etc!

      August 20, 2013

  • Aline

    Sounds like fun...See u there !!!

    August 18, 2013

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