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  March, 2018  
  Quick Look  
Dallas Global Journey 2018 President's Letter Member News
Journeys for 2018 Upcoming Meetings Club News
Australia Outbound Past Meetings Shuttle Service
Reno/Lake Tahoe Outbound Updates of Interest Friendship Force International
Brazil Inbound 2019 Journey Assignments  Other Clubs
Israel Outbound 2018 Super Convention Updates of Interest

President's Notes

We are now only in March and so many things are already happening this year in the Friendship Force Dallas Club.

Our monthly members meeting was held February 17th. We had a very informative workshop from 10am to 2pm talking about the many aspects of Inbound and Outbound Journeys. Kay Binder, our SW Regional Representative, came up from Austin and many FFD members were on the panel. The club provided coffee and donuts and a free BBQ lunch. Several new members joined the club. A good time was had by all.

This week I was excited to hear that Friendship Force International has Matched FFD with 2 International Journeys in 2019. Outbound in March to Cape of Good Hope club South Africa and Inbound in June from Taichung club, Taiwan.

Members of FFD, led by Lou Ann King, soon head to Australia for a 2 week trip to Sydney and the Gold coast. They are busily doing last minute packing before they fly out March 5th for the long trip to Sydney. Bon Voyage.
Felicity and her team, are doing final preparations for FFD’s first ever Global Journey in May. They have all been working very hard and I am sure it will be a great success.

In April, we have the Regional Conference in Cincinnati, in August the Outbound to Reno, the Inbound from Brazil in September and the Outbound to Israel in October.

See you all March 3rd at 4pm at the Treehouse. Pat Andeweg will give us a presentation of her recent eventful trip to Indonesia and Taiwan.

Julia Cooper, President



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


Saturday, March 3 at 4-6 pm
At Treehouse – 8021 Walnut Hill at Central/75
Program: Indonesia and Taiwan
Presenter: Pat Andeweg
No reservations needed. Free.

Dinner: On your own at Vert Mediterranean Restaurant
In the back street of Trader Joe shopping village on the west side of Central/75



Saturday, April 14 – 1 pm
At Outback Plano - 1509 N. Central @ 15th St. Plano
- Cost: $15
Program: Tanzania
Presenter: Gerry Arens
Reserve: to Paula Rose with a check by April 8.       


Past Meetings


Sandy and Roger Kaiser talked about their experiences on their trip to Japan …Thank you for this great look into another culture!



"Everything You Want to Know about Friendship Force"

Kay Binder - FFI Regional Rep - led a program with overview of Journeys. Panels of FFD board members discussed how FF Dallas specifically handles Journeys. In the morning there was discussion about outbound Journeys. Inbound Journeys were discussed in the afternoon. Lou Ann King, Paula Rose and Cathy Ignatin facilitated the program and free BBQ lunch was provided to attendees.

35 attended and there were 6 guests of whom at least 3 joined the club as new members.


International Outbounds

Ambassadors leave on March 5 for a Journey to Gold Coast and Sydney, 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 full.  Lou Ann King is Journey coordinator.



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 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.


International Inbounds

Arts and Architecture of Dallas Global Journey

Something BIG is

getting closer and


Our international Inbound Journey for 2018 will be the ART AND ARCHITECTURE GLOBAL JOURNEY scheduled for May 15th – 22nd, 2018. The Journey Coordinator is Felicity Sentance who has a team of about 15 people (many of whom are filling dual roles) working with her.

This special Journey 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.

Even though the Journey was advertised as International, all the applications came from this country. The Journey is filled and there is a waiting list of three people. Information can be seen in the Journeys section.

The Schedule for the week will be emailed to all club members in mid-March and posted here followed by the Reservation Form on the 1st of April. The deadline to return your reservation requests with money to Felicity is April 12th. Contact Felicity at fsentance@gmail.com for further information or if you’d like to be involved.

And here’s an article about the arts in Dallas:
https://www.dallasnews.com/ arts/visual-arts/2018/02/16/ houston-brags-size-austin- music-hipsterism-forbes-puts- smart-money-dallas



September 15-22, 2018
Our club will host a special inbound trip for a group of engineers from Brazil who are not Friendship Force members but have a special interest in the architecture and surrounding agriculture of the city. Art Cooper is the Journey Coordinator. He is seeking help with this so please contact him if you can offer assistance - offer assistance at 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. Julia Cooper has been appointed Ambassador Journey Coordinator - acjc1804@hotmail.com. There is a lot of interest in this Journey and information and application forms will be out soon.


2019 Journey Assignments
Raymond Enstam

2019 International Journey matching results are here!

In March, 2019 we are scheduled to go to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (not to be confused with Cape Town where they have the water supply problem). This is our first Journey ever to Africa and should be very interesting along with any optional subsequent touring in the famous African wildlife areas.

Our Inbound for 2019 will be Taichung, Taiwan tentatively set for June. This is our first Journey ever with Taiwan and should be very interesting.

We will be looking for a Journey Coordinator for each of these two journeys. 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.


This meeting will be held in Cincinnati, OH - April 20-22, 2018 and will replace our Southwest Conference.    
It will include three provinces:
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 Julia Cooper 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/




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.

Membership News and Updates
edward perez, Vice President, Membership

Just think - only two or three more weeks until spring!! After the frozen January and the rainy February, I hope March comes in like a lamb.

Several people have joined since the beginning of the year (see below) bringing our membership numbers to 81 - 75 members, 3 emeritus and 3 associate members. There were 36 and 30 members at the January & February meetings, respectively, and 7 guests.

By staying involved with our club, you'll learn about other members, our club, other clubs, and Friendship Force. So, please continue to attend our programs, events and journeys. Contact others in the club and share a ride to an event (see the list of members sorted by zip code - pages 23-24). 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.

Another benefit of being a member of the Dallas club, you can apply for outbound journeys led by other clubs or by FFI. Find out who is going where by going to the FFI website. Then, you, too, will "Experience Different Views. Discover Common Ground" in the USA or elsewhere. http://friendshipforce.org/journeys/ . Click on Other Clubs.

We held our first "Friendship Gathering" on Feb 22 at Tantuni Restaurant in Richardson. Six members braved the damp and cold weather to visit with each other, learn about each other, discuss our trips, and enjoy the delicious Turkish and Mediterranean foods. I'm planning a meeting for March and April. These will be casual events, lunches or dinners. Occasionally, I let you all know about wine tastings, arts performances, and other events. Some will be held on weekdays and some on weekends. If you have ideas for places or events, please let me know – erperez@acm.org/.

Remember, if you change your mailing or emailing address or phone number(s), be sure to email me 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.

New members

A BIG Friendship Force of Dallas WELCOME to our newest members
* Randy Carsch (a friend of the Kaisers)
* Terry Gibson (a friend of Sharri McIntosh)
* Betty Levy (a friend of Elizabeth Umana)
* Beverly Weber (a friend of the Kaisers).

A BIG WELCOME BACK to Sue Priest who has rejoined.

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

Membership Updates

The 2018 yearbook includes a list of members sorted by zip code (pages 23-24) so you can see who is near you. Maybe you can carpool w/ them to events or meet for friendship. Is this useful? Let me know!

By the time you receive this newsletter, you should have received via email a one-page membership update. Let edward  know if you didn’t receive it.

Other News

The next Board meeting will be Monday, April 16th, at 1 pm at Julia Cooper’s house. All members are welcome to attend. There will not be a Board meeting in March.

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

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

FFI has published new Journey Guidelines 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.

See our new club brochure at the next meeting.

Sunshine Report
Cathy Ignatin, Sunshine Chair

Lee Latham is continuing with his treatment


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


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

Photography Cluster

FFI has introduced "Photography Club Clusters." Mary Latham is heading our Dallas group - opern to anyone who is interested in joining other club members to learn more about being a great photographer. Contact her at:  mary_m_latham@yahoo.com.

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.


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've had approximately 130 people take advantage of the Journey Coordinator Training webinars training 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

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


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.

We have received information from the Fort Worth club about their pending Journey to Morocco.
November 1- 5, 2018
Total cost for home stay, FFI fees and tour is $2,270.00.
Contact: Linda Doyle - ljdoyle@wildblue.net

If you are interested, here is where you find out more:


Medical Emergencies


Leyla Akgerman recommends this ‘medical emergency’ card. Her contact information is in our yearbook should you want to ask her about it.

Jet Lag

Kathy Jacobs shares the following hints and articles to avoid illness and jet lag when flying (just in time for those of us going to Australia!). They are from her recommended Korean Dr. Kyoung-Sun Kim, DC (of New Start Chiropractic). She will be trying these out on the Australia journey (17 hours non-stop).
To reset the body’s internal clock:
During the trip, just “eat and sleep, eat and sleep.”
Within the last hour before landing that morning:
- With your right hand, reach over under your left elbow and rub briskly up and down the outer side of your left rib cage (10 times).
- Next, with fingertips, grasp outer edges and lobe of each ear and quickly pinch/knead the lobe and upward around the outer edges of each ear to stimulate and “wake up” – (he says this process resets your internal clock for start of the new day.)
- Repeat these steps twice more (a total of 3 times).

Dr. Kim explained that energy flows from the spleen meridian which is on the left side of the body. He uses this technique to treat infants and children who have their nights and days confused. Adults can also do this “for” a child as playful fun gestures. He suggested that adults and children should limit any daytime nap to no more than 30 minutes.

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