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The French Club at Lycoming College, Club Franco (Francophone), was formed to meet the following objectives:
- Encourage student interest in the discipline of French and Francophone studies
- Offer campus activities related to French and Francophone culture
- Provide a forum in the French language for students and invited speakers or lecturers
- Assist the Department of Modern Language Studies in offering students an opportunity to engage in language related studies thereby building community
Club Franco is student-run supported by French faculty as advisor(s) and assisted by the French FLTA (Foreign Language Teaching Assistant). Students hold the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and sometimes, Member at Large. Elections are held every spring for the following academic year. Club officers must meet all requirements outlined by Student Senate. The success of the club each year depends on the energy, imagination, organizational skill and determination of its officers.
Meetings are held throughout the semester, usually twice a month depending on the group's agenda, which is set by the club president and usually consists of planning upcoming club events. Typical events include: Pétanque (Boules) Tournament in the fall, movie nights in the language lab (C-207), Soirée crêpes, National French Week, Snowden until '2 (study session before final exams), Soirée fondue, picnic and games in Brandon Park, field trips to NYC, Montréal and local restaurants for French-style cuisine (discontinued due to budget cuts), fund-raising, and service projects. For example, Club Franco raised money for earthquake victims in Haiti by selling t-shirts and conducting a raffle.
The Spanish Club is open to all interested students who support the club's mission to promote the understanding of and appreciation for the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world. Club members demonstrate their enthusiasm by sponsoring bi-weekly chats in Spanish, attending movies in Spanish, hosting meals, participating in cultural excursions, and supporting study abroad. The Spanish Club works closely with the Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) who in recent years have been from Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Spain and Uruguay.
Election of officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) takes place at the January meeting. In addition, class representatives are chosen to promote involvement within their class (year) and to insure the health and perpetuation of the organization.