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President's Letter

Hello everyone.

We are approaching another year end and for FF Dallas officers and Committees to report to the membership on the status of our club. It is time to reflect on what our club has accomplished and to look forward to next year and how we can grow both in commitment to our mission and in vitality of our club.

Looking back, we had an eventful year.

1. We had successful outbound exchanges to Birmingham, Alabama and Santiago, Chile. We welcomed Columbia Cascade, Oregon and Washington, to Dallas and repaid the hospitality they extended to us during our 2014 outbound to their club. Unfortunately Friendship Force Trujillo was not able to visit on our planned international inbound this year.

2. Our club supported FFI in the development of a new database to better manage exchanges through the donation of $1,000.00. In addition, individual members of our club also made donations to help with this much needed upgrade which will benefit not only FFI but our club as well as FFI will be better able to manage exchange and arrange exchanges.

3. Our club had three delegates at the 2016 FFI International Conference in Morocco. We will have a report from delegates at our January meeting.

4. We had a variety of formats for programs this year such as large groups in restaurants with speakers and small groups in restaurants and homes allowing for more interaction among our members. We held programs at the library followed by small group dinners in local restaurants.

5. We set up a Strategic Planning Committee to look into the challenges facing our club. There was much discussing at the 2015 International Conference where FFI rolled out a new plan for the international organization. FFI asked each club to return home and do the same.

Our club’s Committee has studied our membership, club structure, mission and operations and identified the most critical issues. The Committee is working on developing and implementing solutions. Many of you have already attended small discussion groups to give your Board members feedback and your recommendations on how to improve our club. No everyone was able to attend so soon you will receive a survey form so that all members can participate in this process. This is your club. Your concerns and suggestions are important and appreciated. If you prefer to discuss these issues with a member or members of your board, fee free to contact any Board member. We are eager to receive your ideas.

Our club’s new Strategic Plan should be completed early next year and will be presented to members.

6. As part of the Committee’s review, proposed amended By-Laws will be presented to members at the November meeting for adoption. The Committee found that our By-Laws had not been revised for a number of years and when they were revised, only specific sections that were critical at that time were amended. The Committee did a comprehensive review of the By-Laws and our current practices and needs and did a major revision. You will receive a copy of the proposed Amended By-Laws with the rational and reasoning for each change. If you have any questions, please contact me or any member of the Board. We welcome your comments.

7. The Committee also reviewed policies adopted by the Board over the past years. The policies were formalized and revised as needed to make them relevant to our current operations. Beginning with the 2017 Yearbook, the Policies will be included in the Yearbook where they will be easy for all members to find.

8. Our club is getting with the twenty-first century and studying and adopting social media as a way to address membership and communications. We already have a Facebook page. If you have not already liked our page, please visit the page and like it. It will help us spread the word about our club if you will share club meeting notices on the club’s site to your personal Facebook page so your friends can get reminders about us and our activities. The Board is looking at other social media platforms so watch for announcements coming soon. We need a Communications Chair who will manage the club’s website, Facebook and other social media sites. If you are interested, please contact any Board member.

9. The FFI International Conference will be in Manchester, England in August, 2017. This is the 40th Anniversary for FFI so expect an exciting program and celebration. Begin your plans now to attend. FFI will announce details and begin registration for the conference in December.

10. And last but most exciting are our upcoming exchanges for 2017. We have been invited to FF Southern New Jersey in April and FF Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in August. We have an inbound from FF Sydney, Australia in February and from FF Birmingham, Alabama in June. ED’s are finalizing dates for these exchanges. Watch for signup sheets for these exchanges. Volunteer and participate; you will have so much fun when you do.

In friendship,

Mary Latham



November Meeting – Birmingham Exchange Presentation

 Date: Saturday, November 12, 1 pm
Place: Best Thai Restaurant, 9170 LBJ Freeway
   (off Greenville S of LBJ, enter from Vantage Drive behind hotel)
Business meeting:
   Vote on bylaws; read them before the meeting so you are
   prepared to vote
   Election of officers
Program: Presenter - Mary Williams - Outbound Exchange to
   Birmingham, AL
Food: Full Thai buffet
Cost: $15
Reserve: Paula Rose by Nov 5; reservations after Nov 5 or at the door - $20

December Event – Holiday Party

Date/Time: Sun Dec 11, 3 pm
Event: Holiday Party
Place: Chimneyhill Clubhouse, 9223 Emberglow, Dallas (off Abrams, north of LBJ)
Food: Holiday snacks – potluck
Cost: Free


Past Meetings

September Meeting – Romania Exchange Presentation

We met on Saturday Sept 10, 1 pm at Outback Restaurant and heard Dale Klosterman give a very interesting presentation about Romania and how our club helped to set up two new clubs there. Ed Edgren was the Exchange Director for this initial exchange and was present as a special guest for this meeting.

Carol Chapuis talked about her experiences in the Romanian Peace Corps.



Columbia-Cascade Inbound Exchange

We welcomed Columbia-Cascade club to Dallas Oct 15-22, returning the hospitality they offered us on our trip there in 2014. We had a busy week showing the highlights of Dallas including the State Fair and Fort Worth.

Exchange Directors: Pat Reynolds and Mary Latham

Schedule of Events:

Sat Oct 15/
Sun Oct 16

Arrival of ambassadors from Portland OR/Vancouver WA, and from Miami/ Cuba
1:30 pm - Welcome brunch at Chimneyhill Clubhouse

Mon Oct 17

10 am - Top O Hill tour - Arlington
Step back in time to revisit Dallas' wilder days. From Tea room to Casino to Speakeasy with an escape tunnel to avoid the law.
Lunch in Fort Worth at Riscky’s BBQ - east end of Stockyards
2 pm - Fort Worth stockyards tour

Evening - dinner in Fort Worth or home for dinner

Tues Oct 18 10 am - Sixth Floor Museum

12:30 pm - Lunch at Calle Doce
 2 pm - Arboretum

Wed Oct 19
10 am - Downtown Dallas tour on DART; from Union Station stops included Pioneer Plaza (cattle drive statues), Thanksgiving Square, Crow Collection, Arts District
1 pm - Lunch DMA followed by docent-led tour of DMA; Klyde Warren Park, Chase Bank observation floor

Evening – Small group dinners in homes

Thurs Oct 20

10 am - State Fair (take DART to State Fair station.) Art deco buildings and food varieties including fried jello and corny dogs, exhibits, animal shows, music. Lunch at food courts
Fri Oct 21
10 am - Bush Library tour
  Lunch - Northpark  or Mockingbird Station; free afternoon

4:00 pm - Reception at home of Sandy and Roger Kaiser in Fairview

5:30 pm - Farewell dinner at Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club

Sat Oct 22

Pioneer Plaza
     Pat Andeweg, Marty Muncie                   Ryan and Joyce Collins                          Marguerite Morin        

 Diana Behannessey, Thelma Diggs         Betty Miller, Roselyn Brown           Martha Durst, Lorali Reynolds


Isabella Iverson, Marty Muncie / Wayne Potter, Pam Brown, Betty Miller        Pam Brown, Wayne Potter  

  Texas State Fair

Georgetown Outbound Exchange

Last November we hosted a mini-exchange of 10 ambassadors (the "Georgetown Ladies") from the newly formed FF of Georgetown, TX club. They are now inviting us for a mini-exchange to explore and understand their town and community.

Dates: November 5-7, 2016 [two nights homestay]
Activities: begin Saturday November 5 [arrive mid-day after driving to Georgetown] and end Monday November 7 [depart after lunch]. Plans include a tour of the "Most Beautiful Square in Texas" and the courthouse, dinner at Southwestern University (the oldest university in Texas - see link below), lunch at a German restaurant in Walburg (a German American settlement from 1880s), a tour of Sun City; farewell lunch on Monday.

Mobility needed: mostly short walks around town, the university, Walburg, nothing super-strenuous

edward perez - erperez@acm.org
Exchange Director

This exchange is full.


Exchanges for 2017

Sydney inbound
Feb 22 - Mar 1, 2017 - Sharri McIntosh ED

Eleven ambassadors including two teenagers both age 18 are confirmed. The Sydney club is requesting that FFI help them recruit and add additional ambassadors.

Volunteers Requested: If you are interested in planning a day activity, home hosting, day hosting, helping with the welcome and farewell dinners, hosting a small group dinner, or helping in any other way, please sign on the sign-up sheet that will be circulated at the Nov 12 meeting or contact Sharri at mcintosh.sharri@gmail.com.


Southern NJ outbound
April 22-29, 2017 - Julia Cooper ED

Located in the Delaware Valley in Southern New Jersey across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, the region features historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Valley Forge and excellent art, natural history and science museums. We are requesting exposure to a combination of history and nature including a day or two in Philadelphia. Home stay capacity of 15 to 20 Ambassadors. Only 6 months away!!
UPDATE: Exchange flyer and applications are now available. See Exchanges.
Contact Julia: Acjc1804@hotmail.com


Birmingham, AL inbound
June 3-9, 2017 – Cathy Ignatin, ED

Inbound Domestic Exchange (return visit) only 8 months away!!!
Contact Cathy: cignatin@hotmail.com to volunteer.


Saskatoon, Canada outbound
Aug 16-22 2017 – Paula Rose, ED

Homestay will include the International Folkfest and the Cruise (antique cars) as well as much Native American history and culture. High temperatures reach the 70s there in August sometimes!!!

An optional tour of Lake Louise, Banff, the icefields and Glacier National Park through the Caravan Company will be offered after the homestay. Applications will be accepted after Thanksgiving as prices for the tours have not been set yet.
The homestay is estimated at $425 US.
The tour (9 days 8 nights) will be about $2000 US.
Contact Paula Rose ED:  paularose2000@hotmail.com


Saskatoon, Canada inbound
October 2017 (during State Fair) - Patty Niemeyer, ED


To volunteer to be an ED or Co-ED for an exchange, please contact Patty Niemeyer (peanutpatti1@gmail.com). (If you have not been an Exchange Director before, give it a try. You will get lots of help and training. Plus there are some financial incentives – see our Policies.)


Friendship In Action in Guatemala
January 11 - 20, 2017
Can take up to 14 ambassadors
Cost: $1200 USD + $200 donation.
Contact: Edward Pérez - erperez@acm.org
Room for 2-3 more people. Contact edward ASAP!

Come explore the fascinating world of the Mayan culture in the Guatemalan highlands! Although Friendship Force does not currently have any clubs in Guatemala, we will “serve the cause of peace” by putting "friendship in action" as we visit organizations that assist several Mayan communities.

During this exchange, we’ll also experience and learn about local traditions, art, languages, historical and current Mayan traditions and customs. We’ll visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Iximche, the village of Comalapa known for its indigenous art, a coffee farm, and a women's weaving cooperative.

After arriving in Guatemala City, we will shuttle to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and spend two nights there. We’ll learn about its history and culture as we take a walking tour through the center of town. After lunch, we’ll go to nearby San Juan Del Obispo to visit Proyecto Luis de Lion (a marimba school & community library) and local artists’ homes and galleries.

We’ll travel by bus to Panajachel, on the northern coast of Lake Atitlan, for four nights. While there, we will:

• Discover the indigenous villages of Lake Atitlan during a boat ride around the lake including local textile workshops
• Visit the market in nearby Chichicastenango
• Enjoy a free day with your choice of activities, such as hiking Pacaya Volcano, exploring the Atitlan Nature Reserve, relaxing at Santa Teresita spa, or visiting the famous market of Chichicastenango

We’ll return to Antigua for three more nights, and put our friendship into action at:
• Casa Maria, a retirement home, providing friendship and supplies
• Antigua Exotica, a reptile rescue center (not just snakes!)
• Manos Abiertos (Open Hands), a pre-/post-natal clinic, providing friendship and supplies

There are so many fantastic activities, sights, and volunteer opportunities on this meaningful exchange! Please consider joining me as we journey through these wonderful cities of Guatemala and see firsthand what a difference our contributions can make.

See more and apply: http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/index.php/catalog/southamerica_more/discover_guatemala1/
Click here for an itinerary


Exchanges 2018

Southern New Jersey inbound
Dates TBD in 2018.
Exchange Director needed.

The Board has voted to request the following destinations for 2018 for outbound exchanges:
Israel or Australia or Japan

Dallas Global Exchange
The Dallas club Board has voted to sponsor a Global Themed Exchange in spring of 2018 (with FFI approval) which will focus on the arts, architecture and culture of our city. The planning group has been meeting and exploring possible activities. If you would like to be involved in more planning contact Felicity Sentance - fsentance@gmail.com  / or Mary Latham - mary_m_latham@yahoo.com. Dallas has so much to offer – it will be great to show off our city to the world!


We have a Friendship Force page on Facebook. If you are on Facebook, you can type FriendshipForceDallas in the search line and get our page. Then LIKE us and you will receive regular notes, news and photos from our page. When you see something you like, please SHARE it with your Facebook friends. That is a great way to spread the word about what we are doing.

FFI raised our member affiliation fees last year (cost not passed on to our members) and discontinued family memberships this year, leaving only individual memberships. The Board has voted to discontinue family memberships also and set the individual member dues at $35 per year, beginning January 2017. This is your official notice of a dues increase.

Your dues are due December 15th. Send Membership Renewal Form to edward perez with your check.

Election of officers for 2017

The election will take place at the General meeting in November. Ray Enstam led the Nominating Committee which consisted of Ray Enstam, Martha Durst and John Whaley.

The nominating committee has proposed:
   President - Mary Latham
   First Vice President - Sharri McIntosh
   Vice President Membership - edward perez
   Treasurer - Lou Ann King
   Secretary - Patricia Andeweg

FF Dallas Bylaws - proposed amendments
By edward perez, Chair of FF Dallas By-laws and Policies Committee

After the 2015 Friendship Force International World Conference, your board of directors appointed a Bylaws and Policies Committee a) to review the club’s bylaws and recently approved policies and b) to propose amendments or revisions to either or both.

The committee reviewed and amended the club’s bylaws and policies with the objectives of a) simplifying and organizing them; b) clarifying roles, duties, time lines and language; and c) aligning them with FFI guidelines and best practices of other FF clubs. This included revising existing language, removing or merging certain bylaws, and adding new bylaws.

After reviewing them, your board voted a) to approve the revised policies (previously published) and b) to recommend membership approval of the proposed amended bylaws.

According to our current bylaws,
"The bylaws may be amended at a regular or special meeting of the Club by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting with a quorum being present, provided prior approval has been obtained from F.F.I. and the notice of the amendments has been given either at a previous meeting or sent to each member within fifteen (15) days before the meeting."

Thus, you will receive [via separate email] the proposed amended bylaws and the reason(s) for amending them.

At the November club business meeting, we will submit them to the membership for approval. (Note: FFI no longer requires clubs to obtain approval of amended bylaws).

If you have any question about these amendments, please contact any member of the Bylaws and Policies Committee: edward perez (chair), Mary Latham, Felicity Sentance, Paula Rose, Lou Ann King, and Ray Enstam. You will receive the amended Bylaws in a separate email.

UPDATE: Download the pdf files of the Revised Bylaws and Revised Policies that were approved at the November meeting.

Other News

• Felicity Sentance has been appointed Newsletter Editor effective Jan 2017.

• The next Board meeting will be Monday November 14th, at 2 pm at Mary Latham’s. All members are welcome to attend.

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

• The Facebook page is up but we need a person to manage it and post photos and notices.

• The position of Chair of the Ways and Means committee is open.

• Patty Niemeyer is heading a search for volunteers for our unfilled positions. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Patty at peanutpatti1@gmail.com
• edward perez is assuming maintenance of our database due to ill health of Bill Pierce. Send any changes of address or email to him - erperez@acm.org.

• When you receive changes, please update your yearbook and email list.

• Groups have been meeting to discuss needs/wishes/goals of club. These discussions will continue.


Shuttle Service

If you want a ride to an airport or other location or a pickup:
• Look in the back of your FF Dallas yearbook. You send an email with the place, date and time you need to go - to the Shuttle Drivers list. If someone is available, they'll contact you. When your ride is complete, make a donation to the club. Easy!
• How do you know if you have a driver? Since all of the drivers get your request, the person who can drive you will Reply to All including you so the other drivers know you have a driver. Respond (Reply to All) accepting the ride.

If you want to volunteer to drive:
• Contact edward perez at erperez@acm.org to volunteer.
• What do you need to be a shuttle driver? Email (to receive requests and post replies) and a car (to take people places).
• How many times do you need to shuttle? As much as you're comfortable with, once a year, once every few months or whatever.
• What if you cannot do it anymore? Contact edward perez at erperez@acm.org and let him know.
• Do you need to collect any money/checks? No, the rider(s) is/are on their honor that they will send a donation (recommended $30) to the club's treasurer. If the rider wants to give the money/checks to you to mail/deliver, that's up to you. The rider may offer you toll fare or gas money. It's up to you to accept or decline.

Thanks to all drivers and riders who help support our club.
This is a great fundraiser for our club but we need MORE DRIVERS.



Send your news to both Felicity Sentance, our incoming Newsletter Editor at fsentance@gmail.com and to Mary Williams, mwilliamstxtravel@yahoo.com - by Dec. 22 for the January/February Newsletter. Share changes in address/email and tell us what you are doing with your FFD friends.


Contact Cathy Ignatin to let her know about members who could use a little sunshine - a call or card. cignatin@hotmail.com

Website and Email

Remember to use our website for your club questions, dates, opportunities to travel with other clubs, photos, articles and much more.

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


Richard Jacobs passed away on Labor Day. Our condolences to Kathy and their family.

The Walds and Barons made a trip to Japan.

Elizabeth Umana traveled to Israel.

Please welcome the following new Members:

Leslie Parker

Joe Matamoros

Changes to contact information for present members:

Ray's Enstam’s cell has changed.

Wendy Whaley’s phone numbers are now individual numbers, no land line.

Teresa Wilkin has moved to the Olympia, WA area. She won't join Dallas FF next year. Olympia club seems to suit her needs and they are keen to have her. She will be in Dallas January 17-25.

Contact the President or Webmaster for more information on these changes.



2016 International Conference - Marrakech, Morocco

Charlene Clements, one of the FFD delegates to the FFI Conference in Morocco in August, reported to the Board on conference topics and cultural experiences. A major topic was “How can we stay alive, and we can’t unless we recruit younger people.” She passed around the program and spoke about Morocco. One meeting topic that appealed to Charlene is that younger families with children can still be a part of FF by home hosting. This would be a great way for the children to learn about people from other countries. The new director of FFI is adding a lot of younger energy. The new website has new materials. Charlene will make a presentation on the conference at the January 2017 FFD meeting.

In relation to Charlene’s comments, Paula pointed out that March 2017 is the fortieth anniversary of Friendship Force. Paula is planning a special program involving a mixer and a video on Friendship Force.


2017: International Conference

August 24 (6 pm) to August 28 (12 pm), 2017
Midland Hotel
Keynote Speaker: Benedict Allen, TV Presenter, Explorer and Author
Manchester day tours, including: a Beatles tour, indoor skydiving, the Imperial War Museum, the National Football Museum, a private canal cruise, city walking tours, an English Manor House and gardens, the BBC headquarters, and a local brewery.

Travel back in time! Our opening night party takes us back to 1977 when the Friendship Force began. The music, costumes, dancers, decor, food and atmosphere will have you waxing nostalgic about the ‘70s. It’s time to celebrate 40 years of this great organization...and time to put on some bellbottoms.

Gateway to Europe at Your Doorstep! Pre- and Post-conference homestays and tours in Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Scandinavia, Croatia, France and UK.

Flyer: http://www3.thefriendshipforce.org/downloads/Manchester_Flyer.pdf

Online registration opens December 2016.
Please contact Debbie Powell to be personally notified on the day of launch: debbie@friendshipforce.org


Friendship Force International

Stories of Friendship

This is a new feature on the FFI website. Send stories of your experiences that have helped eliminate barriers that separate us and bring us closer together. Send to: http://storiesoffriendship.org/

Staff changes

Matthew Nidek has assumed an expanded role supporting general operations beyond Programs as FFI’s Director of Operations.

Travel Insurance Update
by Ray Enstam, International Exchange Coordinator

I have been conferring with Friendship Force International about the eternal question of when you have to buy travel insurance so as to avoid exclusion of “prior existing conditions.” There are lots of companies selling travel insurance but FFI only deals with Travel Guard. And Travel Guard has about a dozen different policies with different terms. FFI only deals with 4 of these. So if you want one of the recommended policies you should buy it through the FFI website. But even then each policy has different terms, and those terms many vary in different states. And they even differ on the definition of “prior existing condition.” One policy says that it only considers events that occurred within the 90 day period prior to signing up. Anything earlier is outside the definition. So, you should read carefully the terms and conditions of the policy you are thinking of buying to see how this affects you. As well as all the other terms and conditions, of course. Some will cover only airfare and not medical expenses. Remember that Medicare does not apply outside the US.

But, do not despair! FFI is planning to have their new website up the last quarter of this year. And there will be a section of the site dedicated to this problem. They are aware that this is a concern to many of the ambassadors. Meanwhile, if you need help you can contact Allison Lindsay of FFI at 404-965-4342. She is very knowledgeable about this.


Remember that you are welcome to join other clubs on their exchanges if there is room. 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 World of Friends Catalog for a list of all exchanges with openings: http://www2.thefriendshipforce.org/catalog/ffi_listonly.aspx.

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

Please contact clubs well in advance, as an exchange may cancel if the Exchange Director doesn’t know about your interest.

See where some other clubs are going on our Other Clubs page.



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