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President's Notes

Hello to all my wonderful friends at Friendship Force Dallas

2018 will be my first year as your President and I would like to start by wishing you all a Peaceful New Year. It is destined to be a busy and fulfilling year in which I hope you will all participate.

Our wonderful past President, Mary Latham, has started several actions that I would, with your help, like to complete. In February we have Kay Binder, our SW regional rep, coming to Dallas from Austin. We plan to have a fun day of leadership/journey director training. We are very lucky to have Kay come and I hope we have a great turnout.

In March we have a 2 week Journey to Australia, in August we have been invited to Reno/Tahoe for a 1 week Journey and in October we have a 2 week Journey to Israel. May finds us hosting a 1 week Global Journey to Dallas showing the ambassadors the wonderful Art and Architecture of Dallas. Finally in September we will host people from Brazil.

As you can see we have a busy year ahead and, with all our members helping, it will be a great one. I think we are lucky that FFI has given us many Journeys.

Plan to see you January 13th when Sandy Kaiser plans to tell us about her FF trip to Kyoto Japan.


Julia Cooper, President

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Meetings


January

When: Saturday, Jan. 13th 4pm – 6 pm
Where: TreeHouse 8021 Walnut Hill (NE corner of Central/75)
What: FFI to Kyoto presentation
Who: Sandy Kaiser, presenter
Cost: Free
Reserve: Not needed
Dinner: Group will eat at Nazca restaurant in the same center – on your own


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February

Everything You Need to Know About Friendship Force

Presenter: Kay Binder, SW Regional Rep and members of FF Dallas Board

Time: Saturday Feb 17, 10 am - 2 pm

Place: Chimneyhill Clubhouse
            9223 Emberglow – Dallas (off Abrams, N of LBJ)

Morning session...
     10-10:30 Coffee and donuts
     Lively discussion and mixer
     How OUTBOUND Journeys are decided and run
     Lots of input from YOU

FREE LUNCH for those with a reservation - BBQ meal - with vegetarian beans, cole slaw, broccoli salad and cobbler.

Afternoon session…
     How FF Dallas is run
     How INBOUND Journeys are decided and run
     Lots of input from YOU - the members

Reserve: Deadline Feb 10 to Lou Ann King - King.la@sbcglobal.net

FYI - Book swap: For those of you who have books to swap, we’ll have a table available at the meetings for you!

               

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Past Meetings

December

We celebrated our annual Holiday party with welcome return visits from Dora and Ed Stahl and Marge and Ed Edgren. We, also, were honoured with a visit from Isaac Teye who is VP of the Volta Lake club in Ghana, here on a private visit arranged by a request for hosting through FFI. His club is interested in inviting us to visit them along with a ossible Journey to Capetown's Cape of Good Hope Club. A beautiful music programme was presented by Trixie Trincher.

    



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International Outbounds

Australia

Lou Ann King, Journey coordinator for this Journey to Gold Coast and Sydney, says the trip is a GO and asks that the ambassadors check their email every day. She will be sending out insurance, flight and money request information now that she has a firm plan.


 It leaves on March 5 with a stayover in Sydney on March 7 for a jet-lag break, and on to Gold Coast on the 8th. The Sydney portion is form March 15-21. The Journey is fully subscribed but there is a waiting list.




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Israel

Our second Journey, in October of 2018, will be to CENTRAL ISRAEL. This is a country we have never visited and has very limited hosting availability. Latest update from Haiya –

We are currently accepting wait-list applications for the homestay portion of the Israel journey and awaiting news on additional space for the tour portion of the program with Gate 1.

For further information contact Michael Wald mwald999@gmail.com and Haiya Feder-Naftali hnaftali@juno.com who are Ambassador Co-coordinators for this Journey.


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International Inbounds

Arts and Architecture of Dallas Global Journey

Something BIG is

getting closer and

closer!


Our international Inbound Journey for 2018 will be the ART AND ARCHITECTURE GLOBAL JOURNEY scheduled for May 15th – 22nd, 2018. The Host Coordinator is Felicity Sentance. This special Journey needs a lot of participation but will give us a chance to go to places and do activities with the visitors that we rarely have done on our usual club-to-club Journeys. We will be needing home hosts, day hosts and many other positions, since there is no Ambassador Coordinator from another club necessitating our dealing with all the applications and screening usually done by the Ambassador coordinator.

There is a committee of sixteen members, many of whom have taken on dual roles. The Journey is now on the FFI website at this location and we’ve received numerous expressions of interest together with 18 applications. The application deadline is January 12th, 2018
https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/journeys/arts-and-architecture-in-dallas/

Felicity is gathering names of those who would be interested in hosting and otherwise participating in this Journey. So please contact her at fsentance@gmail.com
 if you’d like to be involved ………. She’d love to have your help.





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Brazil

FFI requested, and our board agreed, that our club host a special inbound trip for a group of engineers from Brazil who have a special interest in the architecture and surrounding agriculture of the city. Art Cooper has taken on the task of acting as Journey Coordinator for this – thank you very much, Art! He’ll be seeking help with this so please contact him if you can offer assistance artcooper99@gmail.com



Domestic Outbound

Dallas to Reno/Lake Tahoe

Reno-Tahoe outbound dates are set: Aug 14-21. Reno can host a minimum 12 and a maximum of 16 ambassadors. If you would like to volunteer as Ambassador Journey Coordinator please contact Patty Niemeyer peanutpatti1@gmail.com or Julia Cooper at acjc1804@hotmail.com

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Coordinators Needed


To  volunteer to be a Host or Ambassador Coordinator or Co-Coordinator for a Journey, please contact Patty Niemeyer - peanutpatti1@gmail.com or or Ray Enstam enstam@sbcglobal.net. If you have not been a Coordinator before, give it a try. You will get lots of help and training. There is a position open for Coordination for Outbound Reno/Lake Tahoe Journey in August, 2018.

UPDATE: Information session in Dallas February 17, 2018 as our February Event.

Keep in mind that there are some financial incentives. These Ambassador and Host Coordinators are eligible for reimbursement for at least some of their costs. See the Club Policies on page 37 of the Yearbook for 2017.
 
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This meeting will be held in Cincinnati, OH - April 20-22, 2018 and will replace our Southwest Conference.    
It will include three provinces:
  GREAT LAKES
  MIDWEST
  SOUTHWEST
Location: Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
668 W. 5th Street
Covington, KY 41011

Please join the Friendship Force of Greater Cincinnati for the Great Lakes 2018 Super Conference. Arrive at 2:00 pm on Friday for the “Executive Board” meeting and depart on Sunday at 11:00 am after the “Farewell Breakfast.”

The clubs of Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan are planning many special activities. Louisville and Dayton will have home hosting before and Cincinnati is planning home hosting after. Cincinnati was once called the “Queen City of the West.” Come and see all the special attractions in both Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky.

Please let our president Mary Latham know if you plan to go. The Cincinnati Club would like to have an idea of how many are coming.

Get more information and a registration form on the FFI website: https://ffregionalcincinnati.weebly.com/

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Don’t forget to post your Club information on our Facebook page and share Facebook postings on your own page. https://www.facebook.com/FriendshipForceDallas/?ref=bookmarks

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.

The next Board meeting will be Monday, 15th, at 1 pm at Julia Cooper’s house. All members are welcome to attend.

Send any changes of address or email to edward perez who manages our database - erperez@acm.org . When you receive changes, please update your yearbook and email list.

FFI has published new Journey Guideline and edward perez, Lou Ann King and Patty Niemeyer are working on recommendations for the use/allocation of funds for our Domestic Inbound Journeys and dealing with budget deficits on Inbounds.

Where do you want to go in 2019? The Board decided to put in request for Taiwan and Japan as one Journey and Cape of Good Hope as the other. Ray Enstam, our International Journey Coordinator-in-Chief, should hear back from FFI in January or early February, 2018 as to our assignments.

See our new club brochure at the next meeting.

When you get mail from our FFD e-mail address, please do not hit REPLY; that address is not monitored every day. Reply to the person organizing the meeting or exchange. Our address and email:

   Friendship Force of Dallas
   P. O. Box 551151
   Dallas, TX 75355
   friendshipforcedallas@yahoo.com

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Shuttle Service

A BIG THANKS to our six Shuttle Drivers for providing  rides to/from the airport

And a BIG THANKS to our members who requested rides and contributed $800 to our club (about 13% of total club revenue).

Remember, this shuttle service is available to any FF of Dallas member who needs transportation from their home to either airport or from the airport to your home. You can also use this service to destinations other than airports. After your ride, you make a donation to FF of Dallas.

If you need a ride, send an email to ffDallas-shuttle@googleGroups.com [or call 214-699-7574] and all club members who are shuttle drivers will receive your request.

If you would like to be a shuttle driver, contact edward perez and he'll add you to the list. Take this opportunity to help out your club while meeting and learning about your fellow club members. You are not obligated to handle every request, but please do what you can.

If you would like to manage the shuttle driver list, contact edward perez and he'll help you learn how to manage the list. It's very easy - you just need access to email and the internet.

In friendship,
edward perez
Shuttle Service Manager

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Member News

By edward perez

Welcome to winter!! With our 2017 membership renewal drive over, we now have 76 members (including 3 emeritus and 3 associate members), down about five from last year. Compared to other clubs I've talked with, ours is a mid-sized club. Many clubs have fewer than 50 members!

Average attendance at meetings/programs has held steady at about 35 members. Good news is that more and more members are participating in inbound journeys - 46 members participated in the Saskatoon inbound in October!

By staying involved with your club, you can learn about other members, our club, and Friendship Force. So, please continue to attend our club's programs, events and journeys. Contact others in the club and share a ride to an event (members listed by zip code will be in your yearbook). Or use our volunteer shuttle service (see back of yearbook). Then, share your Friendship Force experiences with your friends and invite them to attend an upcoming monthly meeting, an event or an inbound or outbound journey.

And remember - as a member of the Dallas club, you can also participate in outbound journeys led by other clubs or by FFI. Check them out by going to the FFI website. And hopefully, you will "Experience Different Views. Discover Common Ground" in the USA or another country. http://friendshipforce.org/journeys/

Starting in February, I will schedule "Friendship Get-togethers". These will be casual events, lunches or dinners, wine tastings, arts performances or events, etc. Some will be held on weekdays and some on weekends. If you have ideas for places or events, please let me know.

Membership Updates

Now that the membership renewal drive is over, I will have new yearbooks at the January meeting. If you are not able to attend, I will mail your yearbook to address on record.The yearbook will also have a list of members sorted by zip code so you can see who is near you - maybe car-pool to vents or get together for friendship.

New members

A BIG Friendship Force of Dallas WELCOME to our newest members - John Percy and Eileen Stade. John learned about our club from Doris Rodriguez, while Eileen learned about us from Felicity Sentance. Their complete information will be in the 2018 Yearbook.

Please extend your hand in friendship the next time you see them!

Anniversary Dates

One of the things I like about this club is that we have longevity of memberships. Here are some of our long-term members and some newer members.

25 + years
Brud Kisner - one of the charter members in 1993!!

20 + years
Martha Durst

10 + years
Cathy Ignatin
Dale & Hilda Klosterman

5 + years
Ava Blais
Haiya Feder-Naftali
Galen & Lou Ann King
Sharri McIntosh
Angela Salazar

Sunshine Report
Cathy Ignatin, Sunshine Chair

Lee Latham is continuing with his treatment.Cathy Ignatin has recovered from pneumonia which was complicated by having a full renovation of her kitchen.

Robin Yaklin is in remission from cancer and is thrilled to say that, after a ten year wait, she has just had surgery to remove a bunion using a joint insert ….a newly FDA approved procedure.

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FFI - New US website

FFI has a new website specifically for this country where you’ll find helpful information and some of the following training and which some of our club have attended. At the time of publication, this site is unavailable; if you try it later, it will be back up and running https://sites.google.com/thefriendshipforce.org/usclubs/home


Training Opportunities


Thinking about being a Journey Coordinator but not really sure what that entails? Want to know how to organize one? Our Field Reps have put together a webinar program - you take it online. Kay Binder, our Field Rep, conducted these two this summer and will present more as requests for future trainings keep coming in.

We will presenting this training here in Dallas in lieu of our February 2018 meeting -
Saturday February 10, 2018 at Chimneyhill Clubhouse. Kay Binder, our Field Rep from Austin will be presenting it. See February Event above.

Journey Coordinator Training webinars - We've had approximately 130 people take advantage of the online trainings that have been offered so far. Kay also presented Everything Google Training webinar about how to use Google products to coordinate Club and Journey Events. We will let you know when more will be offered.

More information from Allison Lindsey - allison@friendshipforce.org
 
E-checks

FFI has introduced e-checks as a form of payment for travel insurance, Journeys and club dues. This will be a form of payment directly from your bank to theirs. Unlike credit card payment, which are immediate, the process will take up to 7 days to process but, like credit card payments, are secure. For more information look for the ‘Payments’ tab under the member resources section of their website here https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/resources/

Stories of Friendship

Send stories of your FF experiences that have helped eliminate barriers that separate us and bring us closer together. Send to: http://storiesoffriendship.org/

Rick Steves

Some really exciting publicity we are a part of - Rick Steves is asking for feedback and reviews - and PLEASE comment on his Facebook post!!

He is gathering info for his second edition of his excellent book, Travel As a Political Act, and it seems we will be listed in that book upon publication! He asks to let him know “if you have any experience with these groups,” so please chime in on his initial Facebook post or on his website's blog to second his endorsement of FFI! Leave your comments at: https://www.facebook.com/ricksteves/posts/10154860587037745

Photography

FFI has introduced ‘Photography Club Clusters’ and spoke about it in their latest e-newsletter which you should have received if you’re on their mailing list. Mary Latham is asking anyone who is interested in forming a group to contact her as she is an avid photographer. Contact her at: mary_m_latham@yahoo.com.


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When you travel with another club you help fill their seats and make new friends in another club as well as your destination club.

See the FFI openings: https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/

They are also listed on our website on our Other Clubs page.

If you are interested in any of these journeys, contact the Coordinator ASAP. The decision for a journey to go or to cancel occurs at least 90 days preceding a scheduled date. Notice of remaining seats can be out of date as journeys fill and there are cancellations. Contact the coordinator concerned for the most current information.

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By Mary Latham

FFI has introduced ‘Photography Club Clusters’ and spoke about it in their latest e-newsletter which you should have received if you’re on their mailing list. Mary has a group forming and invites you to join them. This group is for anyone of any skill level – from those who use their phone to take photos to those who use digital cameras.

The US State Department is unveiling a new system for communicating security risks associated with foreign travel, in an effort to reduce confusion and protect US citizens abroad. http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/08/politics/us-state-department-travel-advisory-system/index.html

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Contact Information > Postal address: P. O. Box 551151, Dallas, TX 75355
Phone and fax: 214- 699-7574 
E-mail: friendshipforcedallas@yahoo.com
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