gala 2011 5Our annual spring gala held at the British Embassy residence this year on June 1 had all the necessary ingredients for a successful event: a wonderful setting, a brace of top-level diplomats, fantastic weather, high-caliber guests and great catering. Nearly 100 members and their guests listened as our host and honorary co-president, British Ambassador Peter Westmacott made us feel at home with his warm welcome peppered with entertaining anecdotes, followed, likewise, by his U.S. counterpart, Ambassador Charles H. Rifkin. Our president, Virginia Power, in her comments, then noted we were winding up one of the most successful seasons since our founding in 1907 and that we remain one of the most influential and dynamic journalists’ associations in France.