The American Club of Lyon is proud to host the 2016 Presidents’ Day Cocktail, to be held at the Hotel de Ville of Lyon on the evening of February 4th. The aim of the event is to foster and celebrate Franco-American friendship and honor a U.S. president with strong ties to France.
This year we honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 – 1969) who commanded the Allied forces in the Normandy invasion in World War II and acted as the first Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. In 1943, he received France’s highest military honor, the Legion of Honor (Grand Cross). During his presidency he also created the National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA), and started the Interstate Highway System that today links American cities to one another.
To learn more about President Eisenhower, please click here (English) or here (French).
This prestigious event will include:
- A cocktail reception for more than 200 people including ACL members; numerous consular officials and dignitaries from embassies represented in France; and leaders from the business community
- Speeches by Karine Dognin-Sauze, Adjointe au Maire and Vice-présidente de la Métropole de Lyon; Clay Stanger, US Consul of Lyon; Candice Blanc, Director of Réussite et Avenir Pour Tous; and Meghan Fleming and Agnieszka Morillon, ACL Co-Presidents
- A raffle to benefit local charity Réussite et Avenir pour Tous, which helps underprivileged Lyonnais children succeed socially and professionally through sports, education, English lessons and cultural events
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, including in-kind donations, please contact us.
Please click here for more information about raffle tickets and prizes
Past Presidents’ Days
In The Press
Check out an article from 2008 about Presidents’ Day in The Connexion.
Here’s an article from the March, 2006 edition of Le Progrés about Presidents’ Day.
In 2005, Capital published a full page of photos from that year’s Presidents’ Day event.
Le Progrés also covered Presidents’ Day in 2005.
And here’s one more article from Le Progrés about Presidents’ Day in 2004.
2011 Ronald Reagan
2009 Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama
2008 Calvin Coolidge
2007 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
2006 Theodore Roosevelt
2005 Woodrow Wilson
2004 Thomas Jefferson
2002 James Madison
2001 Abraham Lincoln
2000 John F. Kennedy