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Having spent half of his life in France and the other half in the United States, CDR Archawski will share his observations on the evolution of a tumultuous relationship between the two countries, ranging from the involvement of France in the creation of the United States to more recent developments on various political, economic, military, and environmental issues. An overview of the relationship will show that it has been established and cemented on a remarkable history of alliance, assistance, and mutual cooperation with each country driven to help save the fate and destiny of the other.

There are few examples in History of two so widely different cultures displaying such an ability to develop as close a relationship and understanding as that between The United States and France. In a world torn today by conflicts, anger, and hatred, it is comforting to observe that such bonds can be established from one side of The Atlantic Ocean between a country driven by a tradition of well established rules, regulations, and social behavior, which have survived multiple revolutions and régime changes and on the other shores of the same Ocean with a country with a dynamic, ever changing environment inspired by permanent creativity in a “land of opportunity.”

CDR Archawski will also say a few words about his experience in the French Navy, serving as a young Ensign in Algeria one year after it gained its independence from France. A French citizen, our speaker was born in Neully-sur-Seine but spent part of his childhood in Connecticut. After World War II, he returned to France, where he went to secondary school and university, earning a Master’s degree as an Economist from the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique in Paris. Jean-Loup spent his National Service in the French Navy and remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Commander (Capitaine de Frégate). After active duty, he occupied various positions in strategic planning in the shipping industry. He returned to the United States in 1978, residing in the Delaware Valley to establish and head the U.S. subsidiary of Société Industrielle Lesaffre, of Lille, France, for which he created a market in this country, which grew to have Lesaffre become the largest producer of baker’s yeast in the United States and eventually the largest in the world.

Following his retirement from Henkels & McCoy, a nationwide Pennsylvania based engineering firm and telecommunications contractor, he has remained active in many civic and philanthropic endeavors. He was a key initiator of the 2005 visit to Philadelphia of former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and he acts as liaison officer for French officials visiting Philadelphia. He served in that capacity during the call of the French Navy’s cadets’ training ship, “Jeanne d’Arc.”  
CDR Archawski is the author of various essays and articles on policy matters and on the experience of French companies in the United States. He delivers lectures on professional performance in a cross-cultural environment, most recently at the Lauder Institute of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at Widener University. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University. In May 2016, Jean-Loup was awarded the “Bell Of Hope Award” by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP) known today as Mental Health Partnership. Lately, he has also engaged in activities to help eligible residents in the United States apply to collect the French retirement benefits they earned from working in France, and in 2017, he was asked to serve as a Board Member of “Prevent Suicide PA.”​
CDR Jean-Loup Archawski:
The Evolution of French-American Relations

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Philadelphia Club                                 Cocktails: 11:30 a.m.
13th & Walnut (NW Corner)                Program: 12:00 m. (sharp!)
Philadelphia, PA 19107                         Lunch to follow

Cost: $55 if paid in advance
          $60 at door with reservation*
          $65 at door without reservation

* We regret that we are compelled to bill no-shows if they do not cancel their reservations by the day before the event.

Dress: COAT AND TIE REQUIRED (Comparable business attire for ladies)

Having spent half of his life in France and the other half in the United States, CDR Archawski will share his observations on the evolution of a tumultuous relationship between the two countries, ranging from the involvement of France in the creation of the United States to more recent developments on various political, economic, military, and environmental issues. An overview of the relationship will show that it has been established and cemented on a remarkable history of alliance, assistance, and mutual cooperation with each country driven to help save the fate and destiny of the other.

There are few examples in History of two so widely different cultures displaying such an ability to develop as close a relationship and understanding as that between The United States and France. In a world torn today by conflicts, anger, and hatred, it is comforting to observe that such bonds can be established from one side of The Atlantic Ocean between a country driven by a tradition of well established rules, regulations, and social behavior, which have survived multiple revolutions and régime changes and on the other shores of the same Ocean with a country with a dynamic, ever changing environment inspired by permanent creativity in a “land of opportunity.”

CDR Archawski will also say a few words about his experience in the French Navy, serving as a young Ensign in Algeria one year after it gained its independence from France. A French citizen, our speaker was born in Neully-sur-Seine but spent part of his childhood in Connecticut. After World War II, he returned to France, where he went to secondary school and university, earning a Master’s degree as an Economist from the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique in Paris. Jean-Loup spent his National Service in the French Navy and remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Commander (Capitaine de Frégate). After active duty, he occupied various positions in strategic planning in the shipping industry. He returned to the United States in 1978, residing in the Delaware Valley to establish and head the U.S. subsidiary of Société Industrielle Lesaffre, of Lille, France, for which he created a market in this country, which grew to have Lesaffre become the largest producer of baker’s yeast in the United States and eventually the largest in the world.

Following his retirement from Henkels & McCoy, a nationwide Pennsylvania based engineering firm and telecommunications contractor, he has remained active in many civic and philanthropic endeavors. He was a key initiator of the 2005 visit to Philadelphia of former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and he acts as liaison officer for French officials visiting Philadelphia. He served in that capacity during the call of the French Navy’s cadets’ training ship, “Jeanne d’Arc.”  
CDR Archawski is the author of various essays and articles on policy matters and on the experience of French companies in the United States. He delivers lectures on professional performance in a cross-cultural environment, most recently at the Lauder Institute of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at Widener University. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University. In May 2016, Jean-Loup was awarded the “Bell Of Hope Award” by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP) known today as Mental Health Partnership. Lately, he has also engaged in activities to help eligible residents in the United States apply to collect the French retirement benefits they earned from working in France, and in 2017, he was asked to serve as a Board Member of “Prevent Suicide PA.”

Jean-Loup lives in Malvern with his wife, Michèle Delas. They have two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren.

We urge a large turnout with spouses, adult children, and friends to hear this distinguished and engaging speaker.

Please fill out and mail the attached reservation form with your cheque, payable to:
The Pennsylvania Commandery – MOFW, to MAJ James Mallinson, PO Box 627, Paoli, PA 19301. Please try to mail it by Saturday, October 26, 2019. The cost for the event is $55 per person if he receives your cheque in advance. If you reserve in advance but do not send a cheque, you may pay $60 at the door. Otherwise, the cost at the door will be $65. If you do not send your reservation in time but wish to attend, please call or text Major Mallinson at 610-457-0003, or E-Mail him at MOFWPA@gmail.com . We regret that we are compelled to bill no-shows if they do not cancel their reservation by the day before the event.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 14, our Annual Christmas Party at Corinthian Yacht Club; Wednesday, January 22, a speaker-luncheon at which Past PA Commander, the Hon. Harry Carl Schaub, will talk about Ambassador Robert Strauss-Hupé and “How We Lost China”; and Thursday, May 14, a speaker-luncheon at which historian Jeffrey Graham will discuss aspects of the Korean Conflict. Dates for speaker-luncheons in March and April will be announced later.

Fraternally,


Alvan Markle, IV, CPT-FA, USAR (Ret.)
Commander, The Pennsylvania Commandery – MOFW


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