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  January 2023
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Travel Book Club President's Notes Friendship Force International
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Shuttle Service Past Meetings Travel with Other Clubs
Badge Replacement Club News my.friendshipforce.org
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Update Your Info Newsletter Editor Wanted Travel Insurance
President's Notes

Hello Friendship Force Dallas Membership,

2023 will bring us more opportunities to fulfill our world purpose. Expect to see more activity in our own club and other clubs throughout the world. It will be your chance to contribute to our mission of making the world more peaceful through making friends.

We are reminded of the phase, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the  world.’ By making and being a friend to others, from different nations, regions and cultures, we are able to be that change. Friendship Force Dallas is excited and looking forward to the coming year.

Our Journey Organizer, Julia Cooper, has been busy working on inbound and outbound journeys for FFD. At this point we have an outbound to Dayton, Ohio from May 18th to May 25th. Dayton, “The Birthplace of Aviation,” is the hometown of the Wright Brothers. The list of activities planned are varied and interesting. We encourage you to let the journey coordinator for this trip, Barbara Taylor (be_taylor@verizon.net) know that you are interested. We expect this journey to be over-subscribed.

We encourage you to read your Yearbook, Ambassador Selection for over-subscribed Journeys pp 35 - 36, where the selection process is stated. One important part of this policy is to encourage participation in journeys by new members by reserving 20% of the space for new members who have never been on an outbound journey.

Please remember that any member of Friendship Force can also apply and be considered for outbound journeys with any club worldwide if there is space available. A list of those clubs with space available in 2023 can be found at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Tf2cX72YdZtTgsGjGr-
JaafTPMXxoGL-WI8G2nuMvIA/edit#slide=id.gc6f90357f_0_5. This list may change throughout the month.

Sandy Kaiser, President


If you’ve been wondering how you can help our club, here’s an opportunity for you - as editor of these newsletters!
If plans proceed as expected, I will move out of state during the latter half of 2023 and I’m seeking a replacement to learn the ropes of writing these newsletters and take over from me.

There are 6 newsletters/year which are distributed every 2 months.
 It’s best to have: A reasonable level of comfort using a computer
The skill to edit articles as necessary
- The ability to use Word (importing photos as needed)

If you feel this is something at which you might want to try your hand, I’d love to hear from you.

                                   Felicity Sentance, newsletter editor fsentance@gmail.com

Past Meetings

Meetings coordinator – Paula Rose, paularose2000@hotmail.com

Past Meetings Viewable Online

Were you unable to attend a past meeting? Want to "re-attend" a past meeting? You can view recordings of our prior meetings at our club's YouTube webpage (click on "Videos" or "Playlists"). Recordings run between 50 minutes and just over an hour. You can always "rewind" or "fast forward" sections. You can watch them on your computer, tablet, smartphone or smart TV. ....

FF Dallas' YouTube Channel at https://tinyurl.com/FFD-YouTubeChannel...
Or search YouTube for "FFDallas Texas" (include the quotation marks!)

November Meeting

In November we saw a presentation on a Danube River trip – from Budapest, Hungary to Constanza, Romania with pre and post extensions to Prague and to Transylvania.

 Barbara Taylor shared some beautiful photos and stories about castles and tours.

Bran Castle in Transylvania – legendary home of Count Dracula                                               Prague Castle


December Party

Our Holiday party on December 17th at Chimneyhill Clubhouse was super - with good food, good company, lots of people in ethnic costumes and a Christmas music quiz.

Elizabeth Umana and
 Ramona Harper

Jim Kerr, Doris Rodriguez, Patricia Morena Fisher (First prize for dress!), Ray Enstam, Mary Jane Wilson Chimneyhill Clubhouse  Randy and Beth Tetzlaff 

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped organize, set it up and cleaned up afterwards!

Upcoming Meetings

Meetings coordinator – Paula Rose paularose2000@hotmail.com

Most meetings are now held at the new Forest Green Library. Zoom access to these meeting is an option and members receive a meeting flyer and link. Guests are very welcome in person and can get a Zoom link from edward perez at erperez54@gmail.com.

No reservation is needed. For information contact Paula Rose at paularose2000@hotmail.com

A full calendar of the meeting schedule for 2023 can be seen on the Meetings.page.

(These events are not sponsored by the Dallas Library)

January Meeting

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023  
Time: 3 pm
Location: Forest Green Library
9619 Greenville Ave Dallas 75243
Speaker: Felicity Sentance
Topic: Chicago Architectural Journey

Flaming Cheese Greek - 9025 Forest Lane #191,
Dallas 75243
Sandwiches and plates $9-$12, BYOB if you want wine


February Meeting

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Time: 3 pm
Location: Forest Green Library
9619 Greenville Ave Dallas 75243
Speaker: edward perez
Topic: What FFD is All About - from our Regional Rep

Primo Brothers Pizza - 9310 Forest Lane
#134, Dallas 75243 (back of strip at SW corner of Abrams/Forest)
Pizzas and full Italian menu
BYOB if you want wine


Links to recordings of past meetings are on the Meetings page of our website.
Or you can go directly to our past Zoom presentations on our YouTube page:

There will also be Member Connections get-togethers on Third Thursday or Saturday and Travel Book Club on Fourth Tuesday of each month. See Member Connections.


International and and Domestic Journey Organizer - Julia Cooper - acjc1804@hotmail.com

Journeys and Travel News

I am very excited to announce that we have two domestic Journeys scheduled for 2023. The first Journey will be an outbound journey to Dayton, Ohio May 18-25, 2023 led by our Journey Coordinator, Barbara Taylor. An information flyer has been sent out via email and follows this article.

The second Journey will be an inbound from Dayton Ohio, probably in October 2023. More details to follow.

Journeys are a very important part of Friendship Force philosophy. So, please consider applying for a Journey Coordinator (J.C.) position; should you be new to the role, you’ll get lots of help.

Since Taiwan has reopened for tourism, our 2023 international Journey to that destination may get the green light. I’d love to have feedback from club members as to whether they feel they’d like to go on this Journey. Please email me to acjc1804@hotmail.com to let me know.

Outbound Journey to Dayton

Our outbound Journey to Dayton, Ohio in May, will be our first one since pre-Covid 19! We will explore Dayton’s aviation history starting with the Wright Brothers through the Air Force flight museum. Annie Oakley’s Museum is located nearby outlining her long career. A visit to an art museum, garden and an outstanding covered bridges driving tour are among the included activities. The Dayton club will welcome us with a dinner on the evening of May 18th.

Cost: $450 for 7 nights
Price of transportation not included.
Applications: Due January 31, 2023. See the Outbound Journey email that was sent to you for more information or the Journey page of our website.
Barbara Taylor, Dayton Journey Coordinator

Julia Cooper


Journey Coordinators Wanted

If Taiwan is on your bucket list, consider being a Journey Coordinator; there is some compensation for being a JC with a reduced FFI fee and money toward an airline seat.

We also need a JC for Inbound Dayton in fall. And also, there is a monetary benefit to those serving as Inbound JCs. See page 34 in your Yearbook for additional information. Contact Julia Cooper to apply to be a Journey Coordinator for either of these trips.


Join Another Club’s Journey

Don’t forget to check the FFI website for other possible adventures for 2023. They are a tremendous (and sometimes underutilized) resource for our clubs. You can get information at https://www.friendshipforce.org
Click on "News & Updates" for the Blog page and "Virtual Experiences" for the Virtual Experiences page.

Here's a direct link to the FFI Blog which has links to the Friendship Connection newsletters.
https://blog.friendshipforce.org/. If you are interested in 2022 and 2023 Journeys you can go to www.FriendshipForce.org page: then https://archive.friendshipforce.org/journeys-and-eflyers/ . Just click on a Journey name if you are interested and send a message.


Club News

Business Cards

Remember - you can order your own FFD business cards from Mary Williams. Give them to people who ask about Friendship Force. This service is free.

Like our page and follow what is going on with FF Dallas.                           

Shuttle Rides
Shuttle Coordinator Aurora Madrigal - aurora487@sbcglobal.net

For those of you doing some traveling or for running errands, remember, use our volunteer shuttle service (see page 45 in your yearbook). Make a new friend or learn about a friend's journey/trip during that ride to/from the airport. Send an email to ffdallas-shuttle@googlegroups.com with info on date, time, and place for pickup and/or drop-off.

Want to become a shuttle driver? Send an email to Aurora Madrigal for more info. If you use this service, remember to send a donation to the club treasurer (Leslie Parker) after your ride and pay your driver $5 for his/her expenses.


Board meetings are being held via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month. All members are welcome to attend. Please contact our Vice-president, edward perez at erperez54@gmail for a link to Zoom if you wish to attend. The next Board meeting is on January 9th at 1:30.


The Travel Book Club
Chair: Barbara Taylor - be_taylor@verizon.net

We canceled book club meeting for December so have a wonderful rest of the year and ‘see’ you next year! All FFD and other FF members are welcome to attend our Zoom meetings on the last Tuesday of the month. The schedule is posted below.

Schedule for 2023 Book Discussion Leader
January 31 A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shutee Mary Williams
February 25 Book TBD Cathy Ignatin
March 28  Book TBD Diana Behanessey
April 28 Roughing It by Mark Twain Janis Robinson
May 25 Book TBD Marie Beck
June 27 Caliph's House: a Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah Barb Taylor

If you like to be on Barb's list and discuss some travel books, let her know at the email address above.] We’d love you to join us at one of our Zoom meetings (even if you haven’t read the book for that month). If you’re not on the email list to receive the link, simply contact Barb Taylor at the above email address.

Thanks, Barb Taylor

Mary Latham shared a link for free e-books:



Vice-President Membership - edward perez, erperez54@gmail.com
Membership News and Updates

Those chilly temps and strong winds means that winter is here. :^( The good news is that we're only 90 days from spring!! Here's to another great year for FF Dallas - great programs, 3rd Thursdays, and an inbound journey! Here's looking to a great 2023!! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

 edward perez

Vice President, Membership 


Membership Renewals

Please extend your hand of friendship to our three newest members (or give them a virtual wave) at an upcoming meeting or event! + Peggy Luippold
- rejoined at the holiday party + Clyde Steck - joined at the holiday party, friend of member Jian Li + Carol Wertheimer - joined in late October,
introduced by Mary Latham It was great to see *ALL* our new members at the Holiday Party.

After the first of the year, I will publish a new member article with photos and stories. Our club now has 56 members - 55 Individuals, 2 Emeritus, and one Associate. We are one of the largest clubs in the Southwest Region.

Here's a snapshot of a part of our club's page on myFF.org:

THANKS to the 58 members who have renewed or joined for 2023!! You will be listed in the FFD 2023 Yearbook. FFD will pay your FFI membership dues in January. And THANKS to the 37 Dallas members who have signed up for myFF.org! Sometime in 2023, FFI will switch to sending FFI news & info only to those who have signed up. Please see the email from FFD with instructions on how to do so. Or contact me.


Membership Connections

We took a break in November and December. But, be on the lookout for announcements for upcoming 3rd Thursdays. These are smaller and more informal gatherings and a great way to meet & learn about other members. COME JOIN US! Some members have suggested holding a games night, wine tastings, field trips, and more. Know of a great restaurant for lunch or a great place we can visit for 3rd Thursday / Saturday?

Have ideas for Membership Connections topics and/or locations? Like to volunteer to organize and/or host a gathering, field trip, picnic, tasting, etc.? If so, let me know so we can plan a Membership Connections event!!


Let People Know About Friendship Force Dallas!!!

THANKS to those members who have invited your friends, family, and members of other clubs to our meetings and events. Please continue to share with your friends about Friendship Force and invite them to our meetings and events - just forward club emails to them. If you know of a group that might be interested in learning about FF, please contact me.


Contact Info Updates

If you move or change your contact information, let me know so I can update the records. I will publish a list of updates every few months which you can use to update your yearbook and email address book. Our telephone tree, led by Patty Niemeyer, contacts members prior to monthly events. If you haven't been receiving calls, contact edward perez so I can make sure you are on the calling list. If you know a member who has not be attending recently, please give them a call and invite them, perhaps offering to carpool with them. Pages 21-24 of your yearbook lists members by zip code.


Replacement Badges

Do you need to replace a lost or damaged badge? Need a replacement magnet? If so, please contact edward perez who will order a new one. Replacement badges are $14 (mailed to your home) or $11 (pickup in Richardson). Magnets are free.
edward perez
vice president, membership:


Friendship Force International

Remember, FFI hosts Virtual Experiences presented by FFI staff and members of clubs around the world. There are several "Faces and Places"

You can see all upcoming events at the following webpage. Toward the bottom of that page is a list of previously recorded events. .... https://blog.friendshipforce.org/virtual-experiences/.

Here's a direct link to the FFI Blog which has links to the Friendship Connection newsletters.



In 2021, FFI launched my.friendshipforce.org (aka myFF or myFF.org). The idea was to partition the publicly available and member-only information to two different websites
- https://friendshipforce.org/ and
- https://my.friendshipforce.org/ (for members only).

Because of this partitioning, FFI now knows who are members in various clubs, including presidents. Thus, they can email info and announcements about the organization, journeys, virtual experiences, etc. to folks who have signed up at myFF.

Folks who sign up at friendshipForce.org for the public newsletter will only receive general information. As of October 2022, myFF.org has info about journeys, virtual experiences (webinars), conferences, events, clubs & groups, and a help center. In the future, myFF.org will provide ways to communicate with other clubs and other members *and* find and apply for journeys (the "journey marketplace").

If you are one of the 31 Dallas members who have already signed up for myFF, THANKS!

===> If you have not signed up, please do so at https://my.friendshipForce.org (click on the purple "SIGN UP" button). I have an instruction document which goes through the process step-by-step. Let me know if you want a copy or would like assistance in completing the sign up. Once you sign up, FFI assigns you a Member ID - you'll need it to apply for any journey.


Travel Insurance

FFI used to allow a waiver for people who chose NOT to buy travel insurance and to self-insure. They are revising their policy & standard application form - everyone will now be expected to get travel & medical insurance when traveling on any FF journey, either domestic or international. People can get an insurance policy from the FFI recommend insurance company or a company of their own insurance choice. More details as they finalize their policy.


Next World Conference

* Save the date for the Friendship Force World Conference 2023:
  October 2-5, 2023

* Our host will be Dubrovnik, Croatia, on the beautiful Adriatic Sea.
* Plans are underway, including pre- and post-conference tours in
  the region
* Registration will open at the end of 2022.


Friendship Connection

If you’re are not receiving the FFI Newsletter or other emails from FFI, you can go to the FFI home page https://www.friendshipforce.org/  then go to the bottom, put your email address in the "email address" box under "Newsletter," then click Subscribe.

Remember, FFI hosts Virtual Experiences presented by FFI staff and members of clubs around the world. There are several "Faces and Places" events.

You can see all upcoming events at the FFI blog  webpage. Toward the bottom of that page is a list of previously recorded events. ....

Here's a direct link to the FFI Blog which has links to the Friendship Connection newsletters.

Don’t forget to check the FFI website for other possible adventures for 2022/2023. They are a tremendous (and sometimes underutilized) resource for our clubs. You can get information at https://www.friendshipforce.org

 FFI – Virtual Journeys

And if actually traveling is still in the future for you, try a Virtual Experience – a class, a part of the world, a lecture. Here’s a direct link to the Virtual Experiences page:


Virtual Experiences

Here are a few available soon. To make sure you have the correct starting time for your time zone, it's easiest to visit our FF Virtual Experience Page. You can see a time zone converter under each event. Just click on it and it'll show you the starting time in your time zone automatically.

Time Zone converter: https://blog.friendshipforce.org/virtual-experiences/

Friendship Force Virtual Experience Recordings:

Virtual Travel Experiences from many countries, cooking, Zoom training, languages, crafts,
photography and more.



Looking to 2022, Friendship Force International has several Journeys on their website for which you can express interest with the caveat that we have no idea if we’ll be able to go on them.
Anticipate that we will travel again!

Check out the new video. This one is in English, but there are links to other languages on the video.

Link to Video

Need information about Friendship Force International (FFI)?
Go to their website at https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/

Our new mailing address is:
Friendship Force International
279 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046