COVID-19 outbreak took people apart introducing shelter in place and social distancing everywhere but fortunately we have Internet! Gadz all over the US gathered online in the evening on March 31st to take apero together. There were alumni and students from SF bay area, south California, New-York City, Las Vegas, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and other places.

Thanks to the initiative of Sacha Ghebali, East Coast group president, 31 gadzarts could meet each other virtually and share their stories, difficulties and joyful moments occurred during the coronavirus outbreak.

It was also an occasion to talk about the upcoming AFAM board election. As Eric Benhamou (Ai 72), President and Board member since the beginning of AFAM, decided not to run for the AFAM president role, Xavier Wartelle (Li 82) announced during the virtual apero, that he will be a candidate for AFAM presidency.

Sacha Ghebali about past apero:

"Equipped with a Corona in a context that happens once in a Blue Moon, it was an immense pleasure to hear from such a diverse group of GadzArts. From toilet roll stories, to top-notch aerospace projects, not forgetting the glimpse on the lit Empire State from JB’s window (Jean-Baptiste Commans - former East Coast group president); it was also a refreshing, borderless journey, much needed from the confinement of our homes.

To keep the discussion going, please join the group that was created by Jean-Christophe over the call at Facebook

What a vibrant US Gadz’Arts Community! Many thanks again to everyone for joining and to Albina (Albina Patou-Chebykina - AFAM Community Manager) for her precious help setting up the event. Remember that we are here to support each other through hardships, remember to vote for the board elections, and hoping to meet in person soon!"

Thank you to all the alumni and students who joined the event this week! Stay healthy and connected!

See you (hopefully soon) during one of the gadzarts gatherings near you!

Sacha, Mathilde, Victor, Jean-Christophe, Xavier, Marc, Nicolas, Aurore, Mattia, Jean-Baptiste and other gadz'arts during the apero online