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  July, 2018  
  Quick Look  
Dallas Global Journey 2018 President's Letter Member News
Journeys for 2018 Upcoming Meetings Club News
Cape of Good Hope Outbound Past Meetings Shuttle Service
Reno/Lake Tahoe Outbound 2019 Journeys Friendship Force International
Brazil Inbound More News of Interest  Opportunities with Other Clubs
Israel Outbound Discover Costa Rica  

President's Notes

.Hello friends,

We are recovering from our First Dallas Art and Architecture Global Journey. It was a GREAT success thanks to all you tireless helpers and, especially, our fearless JC, Felicity; we plan to have a Thank You party for all those FFD members who worked so hard to achieve the success.

In May, I was lucky enough to host the new members’ party hosted by Paula Rose and edward perez. We had 9 new members attend and it was great fun thanks to the FFD members who mingled, explained about our club and welcomed the newcomers.

I’m happy to announce the next outbound Journey in August to Reno/Lake Tahoe is full, with 4 members on the waiting list. We’re all looking forward to seeing a very different and exciting part of America. More information about our other Journeys is in the updates below.

In July we have Small Group dinners in members’ homes. Contact Pat Andeweg at patandeweg@gmail.com if you want to host a dinner or be a guest. In August, we will have an indoor picnic at the Treehouse on Walnut Hill. You can bring a picnic and are allowed to have beer or wine. More details of these events to follow.

Stay cool and happy travels wherever they may take you [even to Klyde Warren Park].

In friendship,

Julia Cooper, President




July - Saturday, 14th - small group dinners in homes
Saturday July 14 Time TBD by host

Sign up to be a host
· How many can you seat for dinner?
· Provide a main course
· Arrange menu with attendees

Sign up to attend a dinner
· Bring a side dish, dessert, other

Contact Pat Andeweg by July 1 to participate. patandeweg@gmail.com



Saturday, 11th – Indoor picnic
Beat the Heat!
Indoor picnic at TreeHouse
8021 Walnut Hill –
NE corner of Walnut Hill and Central Expwy

Saturday August 11 – 1-3 pm
Bring your dish; drinks furnished
Adjourn for gelato for dessert afterwards
No reservations – just come!

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


Past Meetings


Presentation on Saskatoon

Apparently, many people (this editor included) felt there is nothing to see or enjoy in Saskatoon, Canada… however, as edward perez showed us in his presentation, that that’s not the case when he enlightened us and recounted the Journey members of our club made there last summer. Thank you, edward


International Inbounds

Arts and Architecture of Dallas Global Journey
By Felicity Sentance

In May we welcomed 17 ambassadors to DFW for the Arts and Architecture Global. It was the first time our club has organised a Global and it was quite an experience!I know all the ambassadors had a good time as they all submitted wonderful reviews of the Journey and I think, despite all the hard work that went into it, we all enjoyed it. One aspect of doing something like this is that one learns much about one’s own city.

We provided a tour of the back-stage area of the Dallas Children’s Theatre, a tour of the architecture of the Arboretum, a tour of the engineering of the Wyly Theatre, 4 performances (they could choose between 2 of them), many and varied museum and gallery visits, a trip to Fair Park to see the Art Deco architecture, and a visit to The Warehouse Gallery followed by a visit to The Valley House Gallery – 2 very differing sites. We kept them busy, as you can tell when looking at the photos below.

Carolyn McMurray, Pat Hines, Patty Niemeyer

Ray Enstam - Dallas Children's Theater

Diane Oppedal, Rose Schultz

Elaine Wilson, Roy Weaver, Isabella Iverson

Sampling beans at Arboretum

Esplanade - Dallas Fair Park

Tram tour at State Fair Park

Coordinator: Felicity Sentance                     Perot Science Museum tour                      Fountain Place, Dallas Museum of Art

Reception at Kaisers - Art Cooper, Sandy and Ron Hartley, Julia Cooper

Small dinner: Barbara McGuire, Barbara Taylor, Sandy and Ron Hartley, Betty Mayeur

Wyly Theater downtown

DeGolyer House - Arboretum

Klyde Warren Park - downtown

Play - Diane Oppedal, Debbie Gibson, Patty Niemeyer, Rose Schultz, Katy Goodwin, Kathy Jacobs, Elaina Habel

Farewell dinner

Kimbell Museum - Fort Worth

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge - Dallas skyline

Art Cooper, Dale Klosterman, Julia Cooper,
Linda  Supakoff, Carol Halbe, Hilda Klosterman
Gerry Arens, Isabella Iverson, Roy Weaver,
Elaine Wilson

Jerry and Camille Daugherty, Anne Gabriel,
Pat Hines

Patty Niemeyer, Debbie Gibson, Rose Schultz,
Diane Oppedal
Suzanne Gutterson, edward perez, Paula Rose

       Jackie Wald, Jeanette Watling-Mills                                     Felicity Sentance, Jo Brown      

                Mary Latham, Katy Goodwin                                      Ron Hartley, Mary  Williams, Sandra Hartley  
           John and Wendy Whaley, Elaina Habel                                         Barbara Taylor, Barbara McIntire


Brazil Inbound

September 24-30, 2018
Update from Ray Enstam, International Journey Coordinator
Journey coordinator – Art Cooper

I have sad news. Our proposed inbound journey from Brazil in late September this year has been cancelled. The exchange rate of the US dollar against the Brazilian currency has increased over 20% in the last few months, effectively increasing the cost to the proposed ambassadors by 20%. For better or worse, we have to live with the international exchange rates when pricing travel. Our thanks to Arthur Cooper for many hours spent researching and planning this. On the good side, we have found lots of new potential sites to visit during future journeys.


International Outbound


We completed our first Journey of this year to Australia in March.

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.

We are currently accepting wait-list applications for the homestay portion of the Israel journey .

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

See the Tourist Israel website: https://www.touristisrael.com/ for tour options, interesting pictures, events and articles about Israel.


Domestic Outbound

Dallas to Reno/Lake Tahoe

Reno-Tahoe outbound dates are set: Aug 14-21. Reno can host a  maximum of 16 ambassadors. Julia Cooper has been appointed Ambassador Journey Coordinator - acjc1804@hotmail.com.

This Journey is filled - with 4 ambassadors on the waiting list..


Discover Costa Rica

October 10 – 20, 2018
By edward perez, Journey Coordinator

I will be leading a Discover Journey to Costa Rica from Wednesday October 10 through Saturday October 20.

Volcan Arenal

Come get to see and know the best of Costa Rica - its people, its food, and its scenery. You will meet a lot of "Ticos" (a colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica) during a seven day tour and three days of home-hosting by members of FF West Alajuela.

$1920 USD includes FFI and host fees, tour, hotels, entrance fees, transportation for eight days; seven breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner.

If you are interested, more info and inquire via this FFI webpage - https://friendshipforce.org/journeys/discover-costa-rica (click on "Interested in this Journey")
You can apply via this FFI webpage - https://tinyurl.com/ffi2CostaRica2018-application
Contact edward perez at erperez54@acm.org

Application deadline is Fri Jul 6. If accepted, $1000 deposit is due Tue Jul 10 and final balance is due Fri Aug 10.


By Raymond Enstam,  International Journey Coordinator


Our international Journeys for 2019 are now set and are making progress rapidly.

We now have the dates for the Outbound to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. It is set for March 21 to 27, 2019, to be followed by an 8 day/7 night extension to northern Botswana and Victoria Falls. Some of the most colorful areas of Africa! This is our first journey ever to Africa and should be very interesting along with the safari touring in the famous African wildlife areas.

Mary Williams is the Journey Coordinator so anyone interested in participating, or simply knowing more, should contact her. It is filling up fast. She can be contacted at mWilliamsTXTravel@yahoo.com

Our Inbound for 2019 will be from Taichung, Taiwan tentatively set for some time in June. They will also be spending a week in Mexico, so this requires coordinating dates with all 3 clubs. This is our first journey ever with Taiwan and should be very interesting. Mary Latham has agreed to be the Journey Coordinator for this. That is still a year away, but you will hear from her soon as she puts together her committee to welcome our guests from this interesting area.

Cape of Good Hope Outbound
March 21-27, 2019

One week homestay with sightseeing in this famous area – Capetown, Table Mountain, Robben Island, penguins, gardens, wineries - and meet the Mayor.

Followed by an 8-day/7 night safari in Northern Botswana - Okavango Delta region with Victoria Falls
 UPDATE: We have had to let our camp spaces go and will book another safari later in the year. But please see a sample of what we will be doing.

Journey to Cape of Good Hope cost: $480
Safari cost: $3950 + 2 flights in Africa $670.
Not included: International airfare, travel insurance
(DFW-Capetown roundtrip airfare approx. $1050)

Limited to 16 people – please express an interest ASAP to:
Mary Williams – Ambassador Journey Coordinator

Applications and deposit of $100 for homestay due now. We now have spaces open to other members of other clubs. Balance due Dec 15, 2018. Make checks to Friendship Force of Dallas.
Ambassador and Agreement Application

See pdf flyer for Cape of Good Hope Journey.

See pdf file of Cape of Good Hope Information.

See pdf flyer for details of a sample safari to Botswana and all costs. Deposits for the safari will be paid separately to the safari company.
UPDATE: We have had to let go of our request for camp space and will reschedule our safari later in the year. Please see the flyer to see a sample to what we will book at that time.

See website for safari company and details of a sample trip:
Look at information on all the tabs on this link for our locations.

Capetown, South Africa region

Northern Botswana: Okavango Delta, Linyanti Concessions, Victoria Falls Zimbabwe


Taichung, Taiwan Inbound
Mary Latham has appointed Host Coordinator for this June incoming Journey. Dates TBD. Contact Mary at Mary_M_Latham@yahoo.com


2019 Festival at Sea

15-Day South American Passage from Argentina to Chile aboard the Holland-American line Zandaam
February 21 to March 8, 2019

Join us on the second installment of Friendship Force's Festival at Sea cruises! This fifteen-day Voyage aboard the Zaandam will be one of the greatest cruising experiences anywhere, with spectacular scenery and wildlife: fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, penguins, eagles, and whales. Whether you come alone or with friends, you will be right at home with your fellow Friendship Force travelers during this two-week voyage of workshops, team-building activities, and of course, plenty of sightseeing in each of our ports-of-call! We will visit the following locations:

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Montevideo, Uruguay
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Stanley/Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas
Strait Of Magellan
Punta Arenas, Chile
Cockburn Channel
Beagle Channel
Daylight Cruising Glacier Alley
Ushuaia, Argentina
Scenic Cruising Cape Horn
Canal Sarmiento
Chilean Fjords
Puerto Montt, Chile
San Antonio (Santiago), Chile

View a day-by-day itinerary on the Friendship Force catalog!
Prices start at $2,684 USD

Interior cabins from $2,684 for double; $4,033 for single
Ocean view cabins from $2,884 for double; $4,383 for single
Vista Suite Verandah cabins from $4,434 for double; $7,983 for single
Mid-ship Vista Suites from $4,854 for double; $8,823 for single

*All above prices include FFI Fee.
Flyer: https://friendshipforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FAS-2019-Flyer.pdf
Online registration form has not been working. Call Sherry Riggs at 1-502-420-4615. While there are plenty of spaces left, the Ocean view cabins are most popular and are filling up quickly.

* Note: Several Dallas members plan to go. One lady is still looking for a roommate for this cruise in an ocean view cabin. Contact Mary Latham for more info. mary_m_latham@yahoo.com


Journey Coordinators

From Ray Enstam, International Journey Coordinator: I would like to remind our members that we offer a little incentive. The coordinator of an outbound journey will receive reimbursement of his/her travel expenses up to an amount not to exceed $100 per traveler, plus a waiver of part or all the Friendship Force International fee of $165. The coordinator of the inbound receives a $300 credit that can be applied against the cost of an outbound journey by the Dallas Club during the following two years.

If you would like to apply to act as a Journey Coordinator, or simply ask some questions, contact Ray Enstam, International Journey Coordinator, at enstam@sbcglobal.net.


Opportunities with Other Clubs

Want to travel elsewhere with another club? When you travel with another club you help fill their seats and make new friends in another club as well as your destination club. Go to the FFI website: https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/

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.

Right now the Georgetown/Houston clubs are needing people to fill their Journey to
Turialba, Costa Rica: September 10 – 17, 2018
Journey # 14173
Cost: $399 + airfare and travel insurance
Contact: Evelyn Barringer (Georgetown) - evelyn@barringers.net
See their flyer and respond to Evelyn ASAP if interested

The FFI page currently lists 23 interesting journeys - Washington, Russia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Australia, Myanmar, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guadeloupe, Jordan, Peru, Morocco, Iceland, India, China, Kenya, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Festival at Sea Cruise, Mongolia and Siberia.

Your FFD website also lists Journeys from Other Clubs. There is a link on the Home page and Journey page.


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

The next Board meeting will be Monday, August 13th at 1:30 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.

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.

Don’t forget to post your Club information on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FriendshipForceDallas/?ref=bookmarks
However, remember Facebook rules: Anyone may post comments or photos on our page, but only posts about FF are acceptable. The club can get in trouble with the IRS for posts that advertise or endorse commercial products or businesses, so please do not do that.

Thanks to Mary Latham for posting photos of our Global Inbound on this page. Look at it for lots of memories.

Sunshine Report
By Cathy Ignatin, Sunshine Chair cignatin@hotmail.com

Lee Latham is happy to have completed his treatment.
If you know of anyone who needs anything from Sunshine, please give me a call: sometimes I don’t hear of a need until they are well. Thanks

Wine Tastings for you oenophiles (a crossword word for you)!

Here's an idea for fellowship and friendship. Katy Goodwin (one of the Arts & Architecture ambassadors from FF of Sarasota, Florida) said her club has a wine tastings group that meets throughout the year.

One or more hosts invite members, who pay $8-10 or so. The host buys wine and the members bring hors d'oeuvres, snacks, desserts, etc. Everyone enjoys the wine & snacks, catches up, shares stories, etc. Is this something you would like our club to begin? If so, contact edward perez: erperez54@acm.org. We'd need a wine tasting coordinator, hosts, and interested members for this to happen.

Photography Cluster

Presently the members are Mary Latham, Mary Williams and Al Currie. Please contact Roz Worrall, FFIPhotoCC Coordinator at ffiphotocc@gmail.com  and cc our members, if you’re interested in joining.

Shuttle Service

The 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


Member News

Membership News and Updates

edward perez, Vice President, Membership

Welcome to summer!!

I am glad that so many members were involved in the Arts & Architecture Journey that our club hosted in May. 47 members attended one or more events - 18 members were home hosts; 10 were day hosts, 11 were small group dinner hosts. 32 members attended the Welcome dinner and 35 attended the Farewell dinner. Hosting and meeting our ambassadors is at the heart of what Friendship Force is all about - Promoting friendships, understanding, cultural education and citizen diplomacy with people from different parts of the world.

Eight new members attended a new members' gathering in May at the home of Julia & Art Cooper. They shared a bit about where they came from (from New York City Dallas, Kansas City, Central Texas, St. Louis, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Pennsylvania). Board members who attended shared info about their roles and duties. I showed one of the FF International videos. We then enjoyed a delicious lunch and dessert and shared more about our club and Friendship Force. All of the new members offered their skills to help out with Journeys, Committee Leadership, Membership, Programs, Publicity & Communications, Shuttle Drivers, and the Telephone Committee. THANKS for your offers of help!!!

Contact info updates

Sandy Kaiser has changed her email - coachsandykaiser@gmail.com

If you move or change your contact information (phone number, email address(es), let me know so I can update the records and let others know (telephone tree, email list manager, etc). 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 Doris Rodriguez, contacts members prior to monthly events. If you haven't been receiving calls, contact me so I can make sure you are on the calling list. Also, 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 23 & 24 of your yearbook lists members by zip code.

Friendship Gatherings

I'm planning another "Friendship Gatherings" for August or September in eastern Dallas County on a weekend, perhaps at Lake Ray Hubbard? These are casual events either at lunch or dinner time and either on weekdays or weekends. If you know of a restaurant than can accommodate 10-20 in a separate space, please let me know. And if you know about wine tastings, arts performances, or other events, let me know and I'll share to the club.

Experience different views      Discover common ground!

Want to learn about other members, our club, other clubs, and Friendship Force? Attend our programs, events and journeys. Then let your family & friends know by forwarding our meeting announcements or newsletter. If you are on any of the social media networks, share your Friendship Force experiences with others and invite them to attend an upcoming monthly meeting, an event or an inbound or outbound journey. FF of Dallas has a Facebook page that you can like and follow as well as share with your other FB friends. https://www.facebook.com/FriendshipForceDallas/


Save the Date - 2019 International Conference

New location and dates for the International Conference in 2019

Due to the lasting impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, the Conference location has been changed to Boulder, Colorado July 23 – 27, 2019.

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


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.

Journey Coordinator Training webinars - We've had approximately 130 people take advantage of the 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.
Allison Lindsey - allison@friendshipforce.org

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

Want to read about other ambassadors' experiences? Then head over to http://friendshipforce.org/stories or click on the "Tell Your Story" button there to share your own experiences. "Experience Different Views. Discover Common Ground." Send stories of your FF experiences that have helped eliminate barriers that separate us and bring us closer together. Send to: http://storiesoffriendship.org/


New Jersey Garden

You might be interested in visiting this link – it’s the wonderful sculpture garden in New Jersey our club visited last year: https://www.facebook.com/NJ.com/videos/10155938950956234/

Friendship Force of Dallas Sponsorship of Brasov School for the Blind

Leyla Akgerman was recently in Romania on a journey where they visited the Brasov School for the Blind. Notice Ed Edgren's and our name listed as one of the sponsors (about 2/3rds of the way down). Ed was instrumental in helping folks in Brasov and Sibiu form a Friendship Force club there. Their first outbound in 2007 was to our club and the Oklahoma City club.

Travel as a Political Act – Rick Steves

To follow up on the requests for information to put in Rick Steves’ 3rd edition of his book ‘Travel as a Political Act’; Steves has cited Friendship Force in a section called ‘Take an Educational Tour’ by saying – ‘A non-profit organization, FF focuses on person-to-person exchange, with locals welcoming travelers into their homes. Each one to three week programme includes cultural experiences such as making lavash bread in Armenia, visiting historic Brazilian Fishing villages or tobogganing on sand hills in Australia’s Hunter Valley’