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September 2014 President's Notes
Exchanges 2014 Next Meetings Inbound Gold Coast, AUS
Exchanges for 2015 Past Meetings Conferences
Discover Panama Exchange Club News International Conference 2014
Azerbaijan/Rep of Georgia Shuttle Service International Conference 2015
Other Clubs Sunshine Chairperson 2015 Southwest Conference

President's Notes

Hello Friendship Force Dallas,

The big news is that the Australia/US inbound exchange is September 23-30.  I hope many of you will participate in the exchange activities. I know Pat Andeweg is still looking for small dinner hosts and Martha Durst is wanting more day hosts. If you can help with either of these, please contact Pat or Martha. Any FF Dallas member can come to any activity. Please see and send in the Reservation Form and a check if needed to Mary Latham to register for these activities. There will be no meeting in September as the exchange activities take the place of a meeting. I know that Sandy Kaiser has planned a great welcome dinner at Betty Mayeur's home for Sept 23. This is a good way to meet our Aussie and US guests.

In October, we will have a presentation from Sandy Kaiser recalling Sandy and Roger Kaiser's Friendship Force exchange on the Amazon River. This should be really interesting. Friendship Force is putting together more of these discovery/active exchanges. If you are not getting a catalog of exchanges seeking more ambassadors from FFInternational, be sure to send International your email address (through the website) and check out the opportunities.

Congratulations to Isabella Iverson who will be FFDallas' official representative to the FF World Conference in Auckland New Zealand in October.

Speaking of special exchanges, Dale and Hilda Klosterman, edward perez and I are going to Jamaica in November to start a seed nursery for children's vegetable gardens which will be dedicated to Friendship Force. Members from all over the US and Canada will be helping with this project. I am sure we will be presenting a report on what we did. Probably there will be further projects of this kind, so keep checking www.friendshipforce.org

Hope to see you during the September 23-30 exchange.

In friendship,





There will be no meeting in September as our September events are the parties and tours for the inbound exchange from Gold Coast, Australia. We are welcoming 8 ambassadors from Gold Coast, Australia and 8 ambassadors from Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Florida.

Would you like to attent a Small Dinner for the Exchange? UPDATE: The dinners are scheduled for Saturday September 27th, with time to be arranged by the host. Please let Pat Andeweg know and she will see if you can still be placed at a dinner. pja72@sbcglobal.net.

The Farewell Dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 30th at La Hacienda Ranch restaurant. See Exchanges.



The October Meeting will take place on Sunday, October 12th at 3 pm in the REI store Large meeting room on the 2nd floor (elevator available). The address is 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, on the westbound service road east of Midway Road.

Program: Sandy and Roger Kaiser will present a slide show about their trip up the Amazon

Business: Election of officers

Cost: Free

Please reserve to Felicity Sentance by October 8: fsentance@gmail.com.

There will be signup sheets for groups going to nearby restaurants after the meeting.


Past Meetings

July dinners were held at Zorba the Greek and Nazca restaurants. Thanks to discussion hosts Mary and Lee Latham at Nazca and Haiya Naftali at Zorba's.

August Sweet and Savoury Sampler
hosts were Jackie and Michael Wald, Brud Kisner, Robin and Dan Yaklin, Dora and Ed Stahl and Sue Haarala (a prospective member). Thanks to these hosts.

Gerry Ivins, Mary Hanna, Isabella Iverson
and Brud Kisner



Completed Outbound Exchange to Columbia Cascade and Olympia Clubs
– July/Aug 2014
From Patty Neimeyer, ED

Nineteen Ambassadors had a wonderful, memorable Exchange July 23-August 4, hosted by Columbia Cascade FF club of Portland/Vancouver, WA and by the Olympia Club of Washington on Puget Sound.

IIn Portland, the highlights were an eco-tour of Mount St. Helens; a trip to the scenic Columbia River Gorge and waterfalls; and a trip to Cannon Beach, Fort Clatsop (last stop for Lewis and Clark) and the Maritime Museum and tower in Astoria.

Mary Williams at Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River

After a short ride on the Amtrak train, we arrived in Olympia in time for a welcome lunch. In Olympia.
Some highlights were a day trip to Mt. Rainier, a tour of the Capitol of Washington where we participated in a mock trial, and a picnic and kayaking at lake at Millersylvania State Park.

A few of us also got to “row crew” on a boat on Puget Sound. We learned about the local shellfish industry, coffee brewing and fruit growing. Some of also saw some Chihuly glass made in nearby Tacoma. We had great hosts and look forward to their return visit in 2016.

Columbia Cascade and Dallas clubs at Welcome Party along the Columbia River – Vancouver, WA

Elizabeth Umana with Sacajawea
- Fort Clatsop

Sandy and Roger Kaiser, Pat Andeweg at
Millersylvania SP lake, WA

Zia Shamsy with a “gooey” duck clam
- Olympia

Mock trial at Washington State Capitol in Olympia
Inbound Exchange from Gold Coast – September 23 – October 1

Time is short until our Ambassadors from Gold Coast Australia and Southwest Region arrive in Dallas to begin the Exchange. The Gold Coast has already arrived in the US to begin their exchange with Colonial Carolina.
You still have time to join the fun and meet our fellow Friendship Force members. We have an exciting week planned beginning with a dinner of traditional Southern dishes. We will tour Downtown Dallas, see how money is printed and visit the Stockyards in Fort Worth, learn how Stetson hats are made, wander through the Arboretum amid the pumpkins, eat fried food on a stick at the State Fair and lunch on food truck fare in Klyde Warren Park after touring the Winspear and Wyly theaters. We will give our Ambassadors a rousing send off at the Farewell Party at La Hacienda restaurant. See the flyer.

You should have received the Reservation Form (one is available here). Please sign up for the events you want to attend (please specify which burger you want on the return portion) and return the completed form and any fees by September 15, to Mary Latham.

Please contact Pat Andeweg at pja72@sbcglobal.net and let her know you want to host a dinner or attend a dinner.


Outbound Exchange to Azerbaijan/Georgia – May/June, 2015

We have a wonderful opportunity to see these interesting countries in 2015. Departing DFW May 10, we arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan May 11.

You may choose any or all of these four week-long options:
• Sight-seeing in Azerbaijan, including Caspian Sea - May 11-18
   (Estimated price $750/person double Occupancy; $815 per person single occupancy -
   includes all meals)
• Homestay in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan; hosted by FF Baku, May 18-25,
Transfer by air - Baku to Tbilisi
• Homestay in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia; hosted by FF Tbilisi, May 25 - June 1,
• Sight-seeing in Georgia, including Black Sea; June 1–8, departing Georgia June 8;
  estimated price $750/person, double occupancy, $850/person single occupancy (incl. breakfasts
  & dinners).

Costs for the tours may vary depending on the number of people who go. If you select all four options with double occupancy, your total would be approximately $2783.

One roundtrip air ticket (not included) will cover flight from the USA to both countries. Transfer by air between the countries is included. Sight-seeing tours are optional. This Exchange is moderately challenging with walks every day to explore historic city centers. We will walk on cobblestone streets or a natural trail as well as use public transportation in urban areas. This Exchange is open to all Friendship Force members or potential members. Dallas members receive priority up until September 15, when the exchange will be open to other clubs. Apply now! See more information on the Exchanges page.

Send Exchange Application and deposit of $250 as soon as possible to Zia Shamsy, Exchange Director, by September 15. After September 15, the exchange is open to people from other clubs. A late fee of $250 will be added after Nov 30, 2014.


Outbound Panama Discover Exchange – January, 2015

FFI is planning another Panama Discover trip from January 18-27, 2015 - with a possible 3-day homestay in Santiago. Michael and Jackie Wald are EDs. See more information on the Exchanges page. Michael says the trip has enough people to go, but has room for more.


Inbound Exchange from Bandung Indonesia – March, 2015

This will be a new adventure for the Dallas Club as we have never had any contact with this interesting part of the world. The Board has appointed edward perez as Exchange Director.


Inbound Exchange from Vancouver, BC – October 2015

Our second inbound in 2015 will be from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in October. Since the International Conference of Friendship Force International will be in Vancouver in November 2015, and many of us will be attending that, this inbound is of special significance. The Board has appointed Pat Andeweg as Exchange Director. It looks like a great year coming up!


Exchange from Columbia Cascade/Olympia, Washington

TBA in 2016


Exchanges with Other Clubs

Remember you are welcome to join other clubs on their exchanges if there is room. Please contact clubs well in advance, as an exchange may cancel if the Exchange Director doesn’t know about your interest.

See http://www2.thefriendshipforce.org/exchanges/ for more details, or go to the World of Friends Catalog that has a listing of all exchanges. There are more exchanges listed on our Other Clubs page.



2014 International Conference

This year’s World Conference is in Auckland, New Zealand from October 14 -16, 2014, and it will be held at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland. Isabella Iverson will be the delegate from Dallas; it’s not too late to register. Go to www.friendshipforce.org for information.


2015 Southwest Conference

FF Houston will host the 2015 SW Regional Conference. Art Blevins will chair this event and has set the date for March 27 – 29, 2015. It will be held at the South Shore Harbor Resort and Marina in Clear Lake, TX. Please put this on your calendar, as these conferences are informative and fun to attend.
Registration will begin on Friday, 3/27; meetings on Sat., 3/28, followed by a dinner cruise on Clear Lake with wrap-up and departure on Sunday, 3/29. Here is a link to SSH’s video promo:
and a link to the cruise boat company: http://www.majesticventures.com/

We should be receiving details and registration materials soon.


2015 International Conference

FFI is thrilled to announce that the 2015 World Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada. The conference will take place August 29-31, 2015. More details will be available as the time approaches.


Club News     

Henny Houston

Please join the family to celebrate the life of Henny Houston on Saturday September 13 at 3pm at First Unitarian Church of Dallas, 4015 Normandy Ave (at Preston Rd.) Reception will follow.


Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee of Friendship Force of Dallas presents the following nominations for the year 2015 officers for the election to be held at the annual meeting October 12, 2014.
President – Felicity Sentance
Vice President – Mary Latham
Vice President – Membership Isabella Iverson
Treasurer – Lou Ann King
Secretary – Ruth Barrow

Submitted by Nominating Committee: Raymond A. Enstam, Chair; Darlene Anyzeski, Cathy Ignatin, Dale Klosterman and Zia Shamsy.


Sunshine Chairperson

Our Sunshine Chairman is in charge of sending cards to those who are sick or who have lost a family member. With the loss of Henny Houston, the Board has appointed Cathy Ignatin to fill that position. Please contact Cathy at cignatin@hotmail.com if you know of someone in need of some "sunshine."


Marion Klein is from New Jersey but has lived in this area for about 40 years. She teaches the gifted program in Dallas public schools part time. She is a huge fan of opera and classical music and a volunteer with the Dallas Opera Guild “Adopt an Artist” program. She loves to read, travel and learn about antiques. She has one son who is an emergency medicine physician in the Baltimore area, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Adriana Cobo-Frenkel
Adriana was a guest of Henny Houston in April but joined in August because she lives part of the year in Chile.

Alfredo Santesteban
Joined in July, sponsored by Mary Williams. Alfredo is a retired doctor from Argentina.

Vijai & Rashmi Jain

Phyllis Danhof Speck

Phyllis was born in Grand Haven, Michigan but lived in Michigan, Texas, Georgia, Washington, DC, and several foreign countries. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Georgia State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Perkins Seminary, SMU. She worked as a Special Agent/ Investigator, US Departrnent of Education; and a Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State, with postings in Venezuela, Guatemala, Canada and Washington, DC. She was an Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (USA), with positions in Jasper, TX, DeSoto, and Dallas. Most recently, she did extended volunteer service with the Presbyterian Church (USA) as a Mission Diaconal Worker in Romania and as a Global Intern in Egypt. She has traveled in 51 countries and 49 states. She is a widow and has four children and six grandchildren.


If you would like to be a shuttle driver, send an email to edward perez (erperez@acm.org) 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, send an email to edward and he'll help you learn what to do - you just need access to e-mail and the Internet.



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The deadline for the November newsletter will be October 25.


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