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  Exchanges 2011-2012  

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2011 Exchanges:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Inbound
Gelsenkirchen and Jena, Germany Inbound
San Francisco Bay Area Outbound

2012 Exchanges:
Sacramento, CA Inbound
Bogota, Colombia Inbound
Morganton, NC Outbound
Cincinnati, OH Outbound
Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Canada Outbound
Northern Colorado and Central Montana Inbound


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Inbound
April 7-14, 2011
Mary Williams, Exchange Director
Pictured with Ruth Kirk and Ottawa ED John Taylor

Fourteen lovely folks from Ottawa, Gatineau and Lethbridge Canada visited our club for a fun inbound exchange April 7-14, 2011.

We visited some new destinations in Dallas – the Dallas Audubon Center and Sweet Georgia Brown soul food restaurant, the Wilson District and the Heritage Village; and we added tours of the Japanese Garden and stockyards in Fort Worth – along with our regular destinations of downtown Dallas, Fort Worth Sid Richardson Museum and the Arboretum.

Ambassadors also had some free time to see sights of their choice, such as the rodeo, Fair Park, art museums, etc.

Reports from Ottawa ED John Taylor are that a good time was had by ambassadors and that they were impressed with Dallas, our club participation, and philanthropy expressed by Dallasites’ gifts to the city. Stereotypes about Dallas and Texas were replaced with warm friendships. Several people were first-time ambassadors and they want to do it again!

Thanks to the many Dallas members who hosted, day-hosted, planned, collected goody bag items, made event arrangements, performed and worked so hard at our two wonderful parties - the Welcome Brunch and the Farewell Dinner.

Wednesday, April 27th – Arrival – Hosts meet ambassadors at DFW
Thursday, April 28th – Welcome Brunch at Brud Kisners; afternoon tour of Audubon Nature Center
Fri Apr 29 Friday – Downtown Dallas tour to Fountain Place, Dealey Plaza, Pioneer Plaza, ThanksGiving Square, Arts District, Crow Asian Art Museum; lunch at YO Ranch Steakhouse;  visit to Sixth Floor Museum
Optional evening at Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant in McKinney to eat Mexican food and hear Lorenzo Gonzalez play harp
Sat Apr 30 -  Arboretum; Heritage Village
Sun May 1 - Free day; small group dinners in homes
Mon May 2 - Fort Worth - Tour of Sid Richardson Western Art Museum; tour of Japanese Gardens; lunch at H3 Ranch in stockyards; tour stockyards
Note: Jim Young's plan to bike between locations (for some ambassadors) was cut short by rain.
Tues May 3 - Old Dallas - Tour of Wilson House/district; Swiss Ave homes; lunch at Dixie Lakewood; afternoon free. Evening: Farewell Dinner at Unity Dallas fellowship hall - entertainment: the Dallas Tap Dazzlers, plus Dallas and Ottawa light presentations
Wednesday, May 4th – Departures

Dallas Tap Dazzlers dazzled us at Farewell Dinner

Canadians at Fountain Place - Front row: Ruth Kirk, Hazel Baskin, Lorraine Bashforth, Kitty Green.
Mid row: John Taylor, Susan Gardiner. Back row: Pat McLeod, Norm McLeod, David Douglas, Mildred Breault, Pat Hay, Ian Wilson, Bonnie Hudon, Vic Hudon

See more photos from Inbound Ottawa exchange when they are posted.



Gelsenkirchen and Jena, Germany Inbound
September 23-29, 2011
Hilda Klosterman, Exchange Director

The German Exchange was very successful with the Germans as a whole declaring that there was nothing in the itinerary that they would have changed. It was a challenge to plan such an exchange when we spoke different languages. But German speakers in our club - Hilda, Gerda Kreyer, Art Cooper and Tanja Pattist – managed to use their skills to plan and execute a very successful exchange.

Hilda and Dale Klosterman
The home hosts and their ambassadors had a great time and said that they had no trouble communicating, even though they had to use “charades” a good deal of the time. The Stockyards in Fort Worth may have been the highlight of the trip.

In Dallas, they said that they had heard a lot about the Kennedy (Sixth Floor) Museum and certainly were not disappointed.
When Elvis arrived at the Monday reception, the Germans went “wild!” They clamored around Elvis and all wanted their photos taken with him. At the height of the excitement, three of the Germans hit the pool (two men and a woman).

The visitors could not get over the size of our cars, the number of cars on the roads, the “high five,” (highway interchange) and the width of our streets. One of the visitors was overheard saying that Ava Rowe and her house reminded them of a Hungarian baroness. They emphasized the friendliness of their home hosts and insisted that our club visit them in Jena as soon as possible. So many thanks to everyone who participated in this very successful exchange.

Friday – Sept 23 – arrival; Welcome potluck dinner at Methodist Church Richardson
Saturday 24th – free day
Sunday 25th – free day; small group dinners in evening
Monday 26th – Arboretum; private reception with Elvis impersonator and band
Tuesday 27th – Fort Worth for Sid Richardson Museum tour; lunch at Los Vaqueros Mexican restaurant; stockyards tour
Wednesday 28th – Downtown Dallas Day; DART tour - Pioneer Plaza, Sixth Floor Museum; lunch at Avanti’s Fountain Place
Farewell party - at Ava Rowe’s home in Plano; entertainer Henry Black
Thursday 29th – Departure

Asst ED - Gerda Kreyer
Arrival/Departures - Arthur Cooper
Home Hosts - Mary Latham
Day Hosts - Arthur Cooper
Dallas Day - Jim Bourn
Arboretum - Paula Rose
Fort Worth Day - Taylor and Stan Parker
Welcome Party - Wendy Whaley
Farewell Party - Wendy Whaley (Ava Rowe – host)
Small Group Dinners - Gerda Kreyer
Translator - Gerda Kreyer
Exchange Treasurer - Ray Enstam
Publications - Mary Williams
Gift bags - Carole Swan
Photos/web site/CD - Darlene Primm


German ambassadors


See Inbound Germany photos when they are posted.



San Francisco Bay Area Outbound
October 1-7, 2011
Dale Klosterman, Exchange Director

The San Francisco Bay Area exchange was very exciting and nontraditional. We had 20 ambassadors from Dallas and Fort Worth, and we were hosted in homes from San Rafael to Fremont and San Francisco proper to San Jose. It took at least an hour for everyone to get together each day. To get to our rendezvous each day Hilda and I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge 10 times during the week.

On the first day we had lunch at a “biker bar.” It was complete with a line of Harleys out front, a long bar with bikers wearing his or her “colors,” and lots of beer with loud but swell music. The buffet prepared for us had the biggest steaks I have ever seen.
On another day we visited a small shop in the Mission District to learn everything possible about the painting of murals on buildings.

Everyone in both clubs agreed that the friendships made during the week will last a lifetime!

Top Row: Dale Klosterman, Roger Kaiser, Dan Yaklin, Ralph Borstmayer,
Jim Young, Betty Mayeur, Howard McMahon, Zia Shamsy, Stan Parker,
Darlene Anyzeski, Richard Cooksby
Front Row: Ruth Barrow, Robin Yaklin, Helen Borstmayer, Sandy Kaiser,
Berry Bock, Myrtle McMahon, Taylor Parker, Kathleen Cooksby
Kneeling: Hilda Klosterman

The ladies in the picture on the left are some of the day hosts celebrating after we complimented them on the beauty of the California Coast.

See more photos when they are posted.








Sacramento, CA Inbound
April 7-14, 2012
Wendy Whaley, Exchange Director

Exchange Treasurer: Ray Enstam
Home Hosts: Mary Latham
Day Hosts: edward perez
Dallas Day: Jim Bourn & Wendy Whaley
Fort Worth Day: Taylor Stephens-Parker and Stan Parker
Arboretum Day: Paula Rose
Small Group Dinners: Darlene Anyzeski
Welcome & Farewell Parties: edward perez, Cathy Ignatin
Gift Bags: Darlene Anyzeski
Photos & Publications: Mary Williams 

Susan Shambaugh and Cowboy Stadium guide

Saturday April 7th – Arrival; Welcome Potluck Dinner at home of Brud Kisner.
Sunday April 8th – Free day with home hosts; Nasher Sculpture Garden; private reception for ambassadors
Monday April 9th – Arboretum day; lunch at Dixie Lakewood; afternoon free to explore White Rock Lake area; small group dinners.
Tuesday April 10th – Downtown Dallas - DART tour including Arts District tour and
Lunch at Avanti's Fountain Place; Sixth Floor Museum
Wednesday April 11th – VIP Tour of Dallas Cowboy Stadium; Trinity River Audubon Center for a box lunch and guided tour
Thursday April 12th – Forth Worth - Sid Richardson Western Art Museum; Japanese Gardens; lunch at Los Vaqueros Restaurant; tour Stockyards; dinner on your own in Fort Worth, followed by line dancing at Billy Bob’s
Friday April 13th – Free Day; Farewell Party/Dinner at Methodist Church Richardson
Saturday April 14th – Departure

Group in Fort Worth

See Sacramento Inbound photos when they are posted.



Bogotá, Colombia Inbound
May 12-19, 2012
Raymond Enstam, Exchange Director

This year’s international exchange program started with the inbound exchange with 25 of our friends in Bogotá, Colombia who were here in Dallas/Fort Worth from May 12 to May 19. This was a return visit for an exchange that Dallas made to Bogotá in 2007. After leaving here they spent a second week visiting the club in Sarasota, Florida. This exchange hosting was shared with the Fort Worth club, and we had events in both cities. Most of our club members were able to participate, and a good time was had by all.

      Cesar Ardila taking photo of
      Cuqui Ardila and Chela Pinto


Sat May 12 - Arrivals at DFW Airport; hosts meet and welcome guests
Sun May 13 - Both groups: Welcome Party/ice cream social in Fort Worth at First Jefferson Unitarian Church; music performance by local Dixie Swing Band and Colombian couple Eduardo Cabrera and Rosaura Rolon
Mon May 14 - Dallas group: Arboretum; lunch at Dixie Lakewood
Fort Worth group: Tour of horse ranch in Glen Rose; lunch in Stephenville; tour of dairy ranch
Tues May 15 - Dallas group: tour of the Texas Instruments Digital Light Processor plant, (a signature industry of Dallas where they make screens that process digital signals onto visible screens - think computers, 3D movies and HD television).
Fort Worth: Tour of Cowgirl Hall of Fame; lunch at Kimbell Museum
Evening - small group dinners
Wed May 16 - Both groups: Downtown Dallas tour - Pioneer Plaza, Farmers’ Market, American Airlines Center and Victory Plaza,arts district and cathedral; guided tour of the Winspear opera house and the Wyly Theater; lunch at Avanti’s at Fountain Place; tour of the Sixth Floor (Kennedy) Museum.
Thurs May 17 - Both groups: Fort Worth Day - tour of Bureau of Printing and Engraving; Water Garden for a picnic lunch;  tour of Sid Richardson Museum, (great collections of Russell and Remington Western paintings) Stockyards guided tour; dinner on your own; Billy Bob’s for line dancing and country western dancing.
Fri May 18 - Dallas group: tour Fair Park art deco buildings and Hall of State.  
Fort Worth group: tour Japanese Garden and Botanical Garden; lunch at Gardens Restaurant; visit Friendship Garden on Bluebonnet Circle
Both groups: Farewell Party at First Unitarian Church in Dallas - Barbecue dinner; entertainer: Western band, Colombian singer Eduardo Cabrera and Colombian dancers
Sat May 19 - Departure to Sarasota

Colombian dancers



Morganton, NC Outbound
July 26th - July 31st, 2012
Sandy Kaiser, Exchange Director

Sixteen ambassadors and one substitute spent a long weekend in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains from July 26th to July 31st, 2012.

Morganton is called Nature’s Playground. It was a wonderful setting to meet our North Carolina hosts. Ambassadors visited the world famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville which is the largest privately owned home in the US. It was built by the Vanderbilt family. Some time was spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with a visit to Boone, N.C.



Cincinnati, OH Outbound
September 19-24, 2012
Mary Williams, Exchange Director

Twelve Dallas members drove to Cincinnati for a domestic outbound September 19-24 before proceeding to our international exchange in Haliburton, Ontario. Both exchanges were smashing hits! We were very impressed with the Cincinnati variety of activities, excellent guides, good meals, dinners and parties.

Many thanks to Judy Hornsby, the Cincinnati ED who pulled a great program together.
ED Judy Hornsby at fountain downtown

Cincinnati is known for being a primary crossing point for the Underground Railroad / Freedom Trail prior to the Civil War, where slaves were spirited across the Ohio River on their way to Canada and freedom. We visited the downtown Freedom Center for a guided tour and I spent my own free day following up on locations mentioned at our visit there and found it quite interesting. (This part of our exchange may be the focus of a global exchange in the future.)

We also visited the downtown with much art deco architecture, President Taft’s home, the Cincinnati Art Museum (including a great lunch there!), the Krohn Conservatory, the “Over the Rhine” German district of old Cincinnati - in process of restoration and complete with a descent into the tunnels below the old town. We made a stop at the old art deco train station that is now the Museum of the City of Cincinnati and the Science Museum.

A tram tour took us around the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. Laid out by a landscape architect, the large cemetery has sculptures and mausoleums for each family but flat individual grave markers to provide a park-like view. With winding roads, trees and many ponds and fountains, it is truly a beautiful place to bike, picnic and walk, as many people do.

Hosts and club members made us feel welcome; we were not rushed and had a free day where we spurted off in all directions to pursue our interests, including a horse farm, a car factory, quilt shops, antique shops, the zoo, and homes used by activists in the Underground Railroad.

The welcome party was held the evening of our arrival after our long drive that day. We also sampled “Skyline Chili” – a Cincinnati institution – and had several dinners at members’ homes. We concluded our stay with a farewell dinner recalling our good week there and an invitation to the Cincinnati club to visit Dallas in 2013.

Dallas ambassadors - Front: Mary Williams, Maxine Bearden, Patty Niemeyer,
Dora Stahl, Carolyn Williams, Joyce Eberle. Back: LaNell Naughton, Jim Naughton, Dale Klosterman, Ed Stahl, Jim Bourn, Ernie Eberle


See Cincinnati photos when they are posted.



Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Canada Outbound
September 27 - October 2, 2012
Paula Rose - Exchange Director 

View of Haliburton from hill

From September 27 to October 2, 2012, twenty ambassadors from Friendship Force of Dallas and one person each from the Portland and Minnesota clubs spent a fine week with the friendly folks of FF Haliburton Highlands Canada. We were SO lucky as the leaves were reaching the peak of their autumn colors as we arrived!

Highlights of the exchange included a guided walk through a sculpture forest, a mini cruise on a 1890's steamship, and a fall arts and music festival. Most of us lived with our hosts in scenic wonder overlooking the many lakes in the region.

Canadians and Americans at Lake Muskoka dock

Our hosts showed us the excellent cultural and social life of Haliburton. We were treated to displays of the craftwork of Haliburton members as well as that of the local community. We also learned about the history and geology of the area.

                           Crafts of Haliburton members 

Our Haliburton hosts were very welcoming. Every participant reported a fine fun laid back exchange with plenty of free time. When can we go again?? Well, Haliburton is hosting a winter festival. Look it up on the Other Clubs page.

Haliburton outbound photos will be posted later.



Northern Colorado and Central Montana Inbound
November 7-14, 2012
Cathy Ignatin - Exchange Director

We hosted an incoming exchange from the Central Montana club (Great Falls/Helena) and the Northern Colorado club (Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland and Windsor). November 7-14, 2012. The Montana ED, Pam Haugen, whom we met in Great Falls, was not able to make the trip at the last minute. Alice Gibson heading up the Northern Colorado club became the interim ED.

Group at Crow Museum


Home Hosts - Paula Rose
Day Hosts - Martha Durst
Exchange Treasurer - Ray Enstam
Publications - Mary Williams
Welcome party - Paula Rose
Farewell party - edward perez, help from Mary Latham; entertainment - Betty Mayeur
Arboretum - Paula Rose
Gift bags - Darlene Anyzeski
Small group dinners - Gerda Kreyer
Dallas Day - Ed Edgren and Paula Rose
Fort Worth Day - Taylor Stephens Parker and Cathy Ignatin
Cowboy Stadium Tour - Wendy Whaley
Fair Park - Cathy Ignatin
Audubon Center - Cathy Ignatin
Reservations - Henny Houston

Wednesday Nov 7 - Arrivals; evening with home hosts
Thursday Nov 8 - Downtown Dallas Day - tour Sixth Floor Museum; DART tour bus to ThanksGiving Square, Deep Ellum, Pioneer Plaza, and Arts District – visit Crow Museum; lunch at Avanti's Fountain Place
Friday Nov 9 - Fort Worth Day - tour of historic stockyards; lunch at Los Vaqueros Restaurant; visit to Japanese Garden
Saturday Nov 10 – Dallas Old and New – Visit State Fair Park to see art deco architecture; Hall of State; picnic box lunch; tour of Trinity River Audubon Center
Sunday Nov 11 – Free day with hosts; small group dinners in homes
Monday Nov 12 - Visit Dallas Arboretum; lunch at Dixie Lakewood
Tuesday Nov 13 - Cowboy Stadium tour / Farewell Party at La Hacienda Restaurant with Paraguayan harp entertainment

See Inbound NColorado/Montana photos when they are posted.

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