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

President's Notes

Hi FFD members,

Have just returned from a wonderful Journey to Reno/Lake Tahoe an area of America I have never visited; what a lovely place. Spectacular mountains and a crystal clear blue lake. Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in America [after Crater Lake]

Our Journey hosts were great and drove us long distances around Nevada and California. Our group had people ranging from 38 years to their 80's and our hosts were 60's to the 80's. We had 36 people who were complete strangers at the beginning but fast friends by the end. And that's what Friendship Force Journeys are all about. I hope, in the coming years we can invite Reno/Lake Tahoe to come and visit us.

Everywhere we went on our Journey, we met people, from young to old, who asked about Friendship Force; they all thought it was a great concept. So who knows who may join the Reno club.......... The Friendship Force concept. We even made time to have a lovely dinner with a couple who had attended our Global Journey on our way to visit our son in Berkeley. They both raved about the Global we had in Dallas.

Next month we meet on September 8th to hear an exciting presentation from Gerry Arens all about Turkey. And our some of our club members are busy getting ready for our Journey to Israel in October. They will all be in our thoughts.

Julia Cooper, President




When: Saturday 8th 4 – 6 pm
Where: Treehouse (8021 Walnut Hill at Central Expy.)
Presentation: Turkey
Presenter: Gerry Arens
Price: Free
Dinner afterwards at Nazca almost next door (pay on your own)

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



When: Saturday 13th 4 - 6 pm
Where: Treehouse (8021 Walnut Hill at Central Expy.)
Presentation: Dallas to Gold Coast and Sydney, Australia
Presenter: Lou Ann King
Price: Free
Dinner afterwards at Nazca almost next door (pay on your own)

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


Felicity attended the picnic:  We had a good showing along with a great array of foods.

Thank you to Paula Rose who coordinated it and edward perez who provided the technical support.


Past Reno-Tahoe Club
August 14 – 21, 2018
Julia Cooper, Ambassador Coordinator

Thanks to all our friends in Reno-Tahoe Friendship Force for giving Dallas Friendship Force a week we will always remember. It was a relaxing, but at the same time, a learning experience. I had been under the impression Reno was like a mini Las Vegas – goodness, was I wrong! Much of it is very walkable, with 74 parks and the river Truckee (fed by snow melt from the Sierra Madre Mountains) running through the city from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake.

Our hosts were very knowledgeable about the area and drove us many, many miles to Lake Tahoe and Virginia City, to name just two locations. Thank you, again.

These are photos of this trip posted by Mary Latham on our Facebook page. Thank you, Mary.

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe view

Paddle wheeler to Emeral Bay

Lake Tahoe Teahouse


Art Cooper, Ruth Barrow, Sharri McIntosh,
Felicity Sentance, Kathy Jacobs, Julia Cooper, Pat Andeweg, Elizabeth Umana

Reno casino

Reno river walk
Truckee River
Taylor Bridge
The river Truckee ran by the house of my home hosts. We walked along it each morning. - Mary Latham

Reno club members plus Dallas members: Elizabeth Umana, Roger Kaiser, Julia Cooper, Mary Latham, Lee Latham, Sandy Kaiser, Sharri McIntosh, Felicity Sentance, Pat Andeweg, Art Cooper, Ruth Barrow, Martha Marin


International Outbound


Twenty-one Friendship Force members depart soon for Tel Aviv, Israel with some of us continuing on extensions around Israel and into Jordan.

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.


Discover Costa Rica - October 10 - 20
edward perez, Journey Coordinator

This Journey has, unfortunately, been cancelled.


Cape of Good Hope Outbound
March 21-27, 2019
by Mary Williams

How big is Africa? Bigger than you thought, I bet. What kind of terrain does Africa have? More diverse than you thought, I bet.

Our 2019 outbound Journey has been posted in the FFI Catalog and we hope to attract a few more people to go with the Dallas club to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa next March. If you know someone who would like to join us, please give them this information or refer them to the Catalog or me. We want to fill this soon! Limited to16 people

Journey #15039
Dallas to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
March 21, 2019 – March 27, 2019 (Depart on March 19 for overnight flight to London; then a second overnight flight to Cape Town, SA)
Cost: $480 USD - which includes FFI and host fees. Does not include transportation to get there and back, most lunches, gift and one dinner for your host, travel insurance and an optional trip to Robben Island for $25.
Application and deposit of $100 for homestay due now.
Balance due by Dec 13.
Contact Mary Williams, FF Dallas - mwilliamstxtravel@yahoo.com

There will be an optional extension after the Homestay – probably a safari in Botswana that includes six nights in camps in the Okavango Delta region of Northern Botswana, plus one night in a hotel in Victoria Falls – ending April 3. If you are interested, let me know your wishes for an optional trip. (Cost for this plan is approximately $3950/person sharing a double room depending on participant numbers) See: https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/cape-of-good-hope-south-africa/

See Botswana Safari Flyer for safari details for a safari similar to this one:  http://wetu.com/Itinerary/Landing/3f102108-12d5-4698-83f7-adc3676fd479

As we were not able to secure places for our Botswana safari with large non-refundable deposits, we had to cancel reservations for those spaces. But we will book another similar safari later in the year. Or, if you choose to go on the Homestay but not the safari – you may go somewhere else in Africa to supplement this wonderful Journey. But we do need your commitment now if you want to go to Cape of Good Hope so that we will have an assured minimum to go.

Ambassador and Agreement Application

Cape of Good Hope Homestay Schedule: (All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.)

DAY 1 - mid-day arrival
Meet the mayor
Visit Cape Town, seeing Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade, and City Hall from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990
Visit the Castle of Good Hope
Attend a welcome party

DAY 2 - Visit Cape Point and see the native penguin colony
See Boulder Beach
Walk around Kalkbay

DAY 3 - Visit Table Mountain:
take a cable car ride to the top, overlooking Cape Town and the coast
Visit the Slave Lodge
Walk around the colorful Bo-Kaap region, settled by Malay slaves

DAY 4 - Explore world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Visit the tea bag factory to learn about this local industry
Attend a potluck dinner with the members of the FF Cape of Good Hope

DAY 5 - Day with your hosts
Take an optional excursion to Robben Island – additional fee of $25 per person

DAY 6 - Visit the Stellenbosch Wine Estate and beautiful hill country for a wine tasting event
Visit a home for disabled children
Farewell dinner

DAY 7 (March 27) - Departure of the ambassadors for home, a safari (March 27 - April 2, departing April 3 from Johannesburg) or other destinations

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 href="../Images/Exchanges/SouthAfrica-out-2019/Cape-of-Good-Hope-flyer6.pdf">Cape of Good Hope Journey.

See pdf file of Cape of Good Hope Information.

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

 2019 Festival at Sea

15-Day South American Passage from Argentina to Chile aboard the 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 in 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 are signed up to go *
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.

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


Friendship Force of Dallas "Taming Tech Event"
September 22 @ 10am
Chimneyhill Clubhouse – 9223 Emberglow, Dallas 75243

* Having communication problems with your computer, table, and/or smartphone?
* Running out of storage on your computer, tablet, or phone?
* Having problems finding or managing files on your computer or tablet?
* Getting too many emails in your inbox?
* Wondering how to get photos from your phone to your computer and/or friends?
* Ready to just "toss out that hunk of junk"?

Well, fret not! Just come to the Friendship Force of Dallas Taming Tech Event.
We won’t claim that we can solve ALL your tech problems, but we will sure give it our best shot! And even if we don’t solve them, there'll be plenty of time for friendship and commiseration!

If it's a laptop, tablet or smartphone problem/issue, bring it along!
If it's just a question or usage problem/issue, bring it on! We'll have limited Wi Fi access.

WHO: You and your pesky computing device
WHEN: Sat Sept 22 from 10am-3pm (or longer if we can’t solve it)
WHERE: Chimney Hill Clubhouse @ 9223 Emberglow, Dallas TX
75243 (off Abrams, n. of LBJ/I-635)
WHY: Make friends with your pesky computing device as well as fellow FFD members

We'll have coffee & tea and snacks in the morning.

Lunch - bring your own or we'll order out

edward perez erperez@acm.org

Have super-duper tech skills and want to help out? Let me know!!!



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

Business Cards

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.


You can also let your friends and family know about Friendship Force by sharing yours experiences on your social media account(s). 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.

Thanks to Mary Latham for posting photos of our Journey to Reno/Lake Taho on this page. Look at it for lots of memories.

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.

Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Monday, September, 10th 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.

Sunshine Report
By Cathy Ignatin, Sunshine Chair

Galen King is home after recent hospitalization for evaluation of weight loss. He is home to stabilize and then be readmitted for surgery.

Marlisa Bosworth reported that her husband, Diana Bosworth’s son, died earlier this year. She said that Diana, who is one of our emeritus members, is stable.

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. cignatin@hotmail.com

Photography Cluster

We have had a member of this photo club drop out – 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 erperez@acm.org

Fall is almost here!! Time flies when we are having FUN!!

With the following new members, we are currently at 92 members - 81 in the Dallas-area, 5 out of state, 3 emeritus, and 3 associates. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE INVITED YOUR FRIENDS TO MEETINGS AND SMALL GROUP DINNERS. Word of mouth is one of our best ways to attract new members!!

* New members since June:
+ Murray & Roberta Berger - they live in the Atlanta area and are going on the Israel Journey in October
+ Anne Neal - she is a friend of Charlene Clements
+ Jacqueline & Victor Powell - edward & Paula met them at Chocolate Secrets one afternoon
+ Inge Sickfeld-Stevens - rejoined, she is a friend of Gerda Kreyer

Contact info updates since June:
+ Charlene Clements has changed her email - drccRealtor@gmail.com

If you move or change your contact information (phone number, email address(es) or need a replacement badge ($14), let edward know via email to erperez@acm.org. He will update the records and let others know (telephone tree, email list manager, etc). He publishes a list of updates every few months that you can use to update your yearbook and email address book. (all info except for the Bergers was mailed on Aug 4; let me know if you need a copy).

Our telephone tree, led by Doris Rodriguez, contacts members prior to monthly events. If you haven't been receiving calls, contact edward so he 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.

Wine Tastings
for you oenophiles (a crossword word for you)!
Coordinator – edward perez - erperez54@acm.org

Based on an idea from Katy Goodwin (one of the Arts & Architecture ambassadors from FF of Sarasota, Florida), we will begin holding "Wine Tastings with Friends" several times throughout the year. Members sign up and pay a fee to the host. The host buys the wine and holds the tasting at their home. Members bring hors d'oeuvres, snacks, desserts, etc. Everyone enjoys the wine & snacks, catches up, shares stories, etc.

If you'd like to be a wine tasting coordinator or a host, let me know. If you'd like to attend a wine tasting, be on the lookout for tastings in October and November, then sign up.

Friendship Gatherings

In 2019 (are we almost there, yet?!?!), edward perez will restart the "Friendship Gatherings" at restaurants. We'll start in eastern Dallas County on a weekend. These are casual events either at lunch or dinner time on weekdays or weekends. If you know of a restaurant than can accommodate 10-20 in a separate space, please let edward 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!


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/


Travel Insurance web sites worth checking
Felicity Sentance

I have ideas from Michael Wald, Isabella Iverson and myself below. As always, read the fine print – these insurance companies love collecting premiums but can be a little slow when paying claims; understandably so since there are many fraudulent claims:

RoamRightt - www.roamright.com

Trawick International - www.Trawickinternational.com

A travel insurance comparison site - https://www.squaremouth.com/
Trip Insurance Store - https://tripinsurancestore.com/frequent-flyer-and-free-travel-award-coverage/

Adventures on your own

Food Tours of America - Dallas https://foodtoursofamerica.com/dallas/
These tours last 2.5 - 4.5 hours, involve 3-4 restaurants, walking or DART trolley in Downtown, Uptown, West Village, or Deep Ellum and cost about $60-75/person.
hanks to Kathy Jacobs for passing this along.

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.