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  January, 2020  
  Quick Look  
Journeys President's Letter Membership News and Updates
Kaohsiung, Taiwan Inbound Upcoming Meetings Club News
Super RegionalConference Past Meetings Shuttle Service
Opportunities with Other Clubs 2020 Officers Friendship Gatherings
2020 Festival at Sea Cruise FFI News  

President's Notes

Hi friends,

Happy New Year to all! May you have good health, happiness and new travel adventures in the coming year. 2020 brings some changes in our board. Many thanks to Julia Cooper, President and to Pat Andeweg, Secretary who have served for the last 2 years. Both have completed their terms of office and are moving on to other roles with FFD. I’m happy to be the incoming President and delighted that Barbara Taylor will be our new Secretary.

2019 was a busy year with Festival at Sea, a 15 day cruise in February, an outbound journey to Cape of Good Hope and a safari led by Mary Williams in March; the International Conference in Boulder, CO in July; and visits with clubs in Madison, WI and Cedar Rapids, IA with Edward Perez as coordinator in September.
In 2020, we will be hosting ambassadors from Taiwan in August or September. We do not have any outbound journeys scheduled yet, but Julia Cooper is working on domestic journeys and Sandy Kaiser is looking into international journeys for us.

Our next meeting is on January 11 from 3 to 5 pm at the Renner Frankford Library. I hope to see you there.
Remember, Friendship Force is a volunteer organization and we need everyone to participate as they can. There will be many opportunities to contribute in 2020 so please make participation one of your New Year’s Resolutions.

Carolyn McMurray, President


Past Meetings

Meetings coordinator – Paula Rose: paularose2000@hotmail.com

November Meeting - Brazil

Our November meeting featured Jackie Wald, who traveled with Michael and the Baton Rouge club, Vickie Vance - Journey coordinator, to Salvador de Bahia and Sao Paolo, Brazil this past year. She showed slides of a very colorful culture.

Highlights included seaside fish meals, local dance groups, city tours, market places, welcoming and farewell parties with local foods and music,a Brazilian cooking class with a nationally known chef and FF Sao Paolo member, and a Sao Paolo symphony performance.
Thank you, Jackie!
Walds with street chef in Salvador >

                                     Mural in Sao Paolo                                                             Two girls in Bahia


December Party

On December 9th Dallas Friendship Force celebrated the holidays with a potluck lunch and entertainment at Chimneyhill Clubhouse.

New officers were introduced (left to right) – Secretary, Barbara Taylor; Vice-president, Isabella Iverson; President, Carolyn McMurray; Treasurer, Lou Ann King: Membership, edward perez.

A gift of thanks was given to outgoing President Julia Cooper.

Edward Perez introduced new members and guests.

Food was excellent, as usual, and following the lunch and meeting we were treated to a variety of old-time and country music, with the occasional Christmas jingly songs by Johnnie Tincher. A few dancers took advantage of some of the songs.

Mary Williams still has a cake server left after the December party. She will bring it to the upcoming meeting on Saturday, Jan, 11th.


Upcoming Meetings

January Meeting - Utah Canyonlands

Date/Time: Saturday January 11, 3-5 pm
Place: Renner-Frankford Library, 6400 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252
 (just east of Preston Rd.)
Program: Presentation on FF Journey to Utah - Canyonlands
    Presenters: Beth and Randy Tezlaff
Cost: Free. No reservations needed
Dinner afterwards at Banana Leaf (Thai) - on your own
Info: Paula Rose - paularose2000@hotmail.com


February Meeting - Romania

Date/Time: Saturday February 8, 3-5 pm
Place: Renner-Frankford Library, 6400 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252 (just east of Preston Rd.)
Program: Presentation on FF / Habitat for Humanity Romanian Building Project
   Presenter: Felicity Sentance
Cost: Free / Dinner afterwards on your own
No reservation needed.
Info: Paula Rose - paularose2000@hotmail.com

A full calendar of the meetings in 2020 can be seen in your 2020 yearbook and on our Meetings page.



2020 International Journeys

International Journey Coordinator - Sandy Kaiser, coachsandykaiser@gmail.com

We did not receive any international outbound journey for 2020. We remain on the waiting list should anything becomes available.

Kaohsiung, Taiwan Inbound

Patty Niemeyer will be Journey Coordinator for the International Inbound visit by Kaohsiung, Taiwan iAugust 20-26, 2020. Kaohsiung is working with a total of 4 hosting clubs (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Salvador-Bahia and Fortaleza, Brazil as well as our club) together with juggling flights. Also, of note, they will host the FFI International Conference in 2021.

We know Patty will be soliciting help from our membership as it’s, certainly, not a one-person task organizing any Journey, in or out-bound. She can be reached at peanutpatti1@gmail.com should you want to get in early on volunteering to help.

2020 Festival at Sea Cruise

There will be another cruise in 2020 to Japan from Vancouver.
This transpacific voyage sets sail from Vancouver, B.C., Canada and stops at two Alaskan port cities before spending a week at sea and ending in Yokohama, Japan. Your days at sea will be filled with social gatherings, workshops, presentations, and, of course, friendship-building opportunities!
15 Days / 14 Nights
September 27, 2020 – October 12, 2020
Two stops in Alaska, three stops in Japan
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Cost: $1399 USD includes inside cabin (double-occupancy) and FFI fees. Other cabin arrangements available at higher cost.
Activity Level: Easy
70 spaces
Contact Coordinator: Debbie Powell - debbie@friendshipforce.org

More information: https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/journeys/2020-festival-at-sea-cruise/


Domestic Journeys

Domestic Journey Coordinator – Julia Cooper
Several possible Domestic Journeys are being explored for our club.
Possible inbound from Western Michigan club (Kalamazoo) in early June. TBA


Super Regional Conference

The regional conferences are held every other year, alternating with the International Conference. The Regional Conference for our area for 2020 will be Sept 18-20, 2020 in Minneapolis at:
   Embassy Suites downtown
  12 Sixth St south, Minneapolis MN 55412
With a pre-trip to northern Lake Superior (not homestay) Sept 14-17.
See Southwest Conference or Other Clubs for more information. Registration will open March 1.


Opportunities with Other Clubs

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/ or 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. Some new opportunities are:

Madison WI club - to Christchurch, NZ
April 23-30, 2020
See detail on Other Clubs page.

Dayton OH club - to Kaohsiung, Taiwan
March 20-27, 2020
See details on Other Clubs page.

FF Oklahoma - to Gold Coast, Australia and Horowhenua, New Zealand

FF Oklahoma is looking for ambassadors for a Journey to FF Gold Coast, Australia and FF Horowhenua, NZ (north of Wellington on North Island) in May 2020.

Journey fee for both clubs is still to be determined but will be $640-740+ (FFI fee $340; Hosting fees of $300-400) plus earned seat fee, administration fee, and contingency fee. International airfare, travel/medical insurance, and any extensions/trips before or afterward are extra. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Geneva Hancock at genevahancock7@gmail.com.

FFI - to Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldovo
September 29 - October 14, 2020
Time with FF of Bucharest (Romania).
A copy of the itinerary and costs available from Jim Kerr - Judgejwkerr@gmail.com.

Traveling with other clubs

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 new openings on our Other Clubs page:

Glimpses of English History
June 3 to June 17, 2020

Global Youth Journey to Japan
Tokyo - excursion to Hiroshima

Art, Culture, and Gastronomy in Belem and Sao Paulo, Brazil
June 10 to June 21, 2020

Outdoor Adventure in Nebraska (Omaha)
July 12 to July 19, 2020

Eco-Journey in Brazil
August 7 to August 24, 2020

Escape to Wisconsin by Bike! (Madison)
September 14 to September 21, 2020 (wait list only)

2020 Festival at Sea Cruise: Vancouver to Japan (Holland America Noordam)
September 27 to October 12, 2020

You can find more information on:  https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/

If you are interested in any of these journeys, contact the Coordinator listed 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.


Club News

Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Monday, January 13th at 1:30 pm at Carolyn McMurray's clubroom. Contact Carolyn for directions. All members are welcome to attend.

Election of 2020 Officers

These officers were elected for 2020:
- Carolyn McMurray - President
- Isabella Iverson -1st Vice-President
- Edward Perez  - 2nd Vice-President Membership
- Barbara Taylor - Secretary
- Lou Ann King - Treasurer

Shuttle Service Changes

FFD shuttle service for members and their families is staffed by several FFD members. It is mostly used to go to and from either airport with a suggested donation to the club of $30. The Board has recently decided to change the payment plan and asks that the driver be given $5 of the total donation to help defray the cost of his/her tolls and gas. Then pay the balance by check to FFDallas and send it to our Treasurer, LouAnn King. We also could use more drivers (see Yearbook).

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 and your driver.

If you need a ride, send an email to ffDallas-shuttle@googleGroups.com and all club members who are shuttle drivers will receive your request.

If you would like to be a shuttle driver, contact edward perez at erperez@gmail.com 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

FFD Business Cards

Remember - you can order your own FFD business cards from Mary Williams with your name and email address on them. Give them to people you tell 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 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/

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.

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

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.

Culture Pass

For arts lovers – the Dallas Public Library now has a Culture Pass available to members to enable them to obtain free, or greatly reduced, tickets for local performances. Further information can be obtained at https://culturepass.dallasculture.org


Membership News and Updates
by Vice-President Membership - edward perez, erperez54@gmail.com

Carolyn McMurray: Near the end of 2019 our club lost two long-standing members to cancer: Lee Latham and Nancy Hicks. Below you’ll find the link to the obituary for Nancy and a note of thanks to our club from Mary Latham, Lee’s wife.

                                 Nancy Lee Hicks                                                                  Lee Latham


Our family thanks all of you for kind wishes, visits and support for Lee and all of us during his illness and on his passing. We think of Friendship Force for making new friends and working for world peace but your kindness as we traveled this recent journey really showed the true meaning of friendship as you were there for Lee and all of our family.

Thank you,
Mary Latham


Membership Updates and News

THANKS to the 79 members who renewed their membership (including 3 emeritus and 2 associate members). We have members who joined in 2019 and those who joined back in 1994! Regardless of when we joined, each of us have great experiences, history, and stories to share. Meet your fellow members and learn from and share with them. They might have grown up in the same city or state, visited the same city or country, had a similar career or employer, or have a similar hobby or interest.

New and Anniversary Members

Thanks to Sandy & Roger Kaiser and Leslie Parker for inviting FF of Dallas to Fairview residents. And thanks to those who invited your friends to join us. At an upcoming meeting or event, extend your hand of friendship to these members who joined in 2019:

Tonia Biggs
Marilyn Caperton
Carolyn Cole
Mary Driver
Sally Dyer
Launa Fackrell & Becky Price
Rebecca Fogel
Andy & Margaret Lepine
Sheila & Tony Levatino
Aurora & Felix Madrigal
Cathy & George Mangarelli
Barbara Reyes
Jodi Rothwell
Lisa Stripling
Sandy Stromberg
Anne & Jack Young

Also, meet or re-introduce yourself to these special anniversary members!
> 15 years
    Ruth Barrow
    Gerda Kreyer
> 24 years (3rd most senior original members)
    Ray Enstam
    Mary Williams
> 25 years (2nd most senior original member)
    Elizabeth Umana
> 26 years (most senior original member)
    Ana-Marie Grundner Lee
> Emeritus (joined in 1993 and 1994)
    Diana Bosworth (lives in Tyler, TX)
    Jackie Bluhm (lives in Plano, TX)
    Brud Kisner (lives in Temple, TX)


Help us get the word out about FF of Dallas

THANKS to those members who have invited your friends and family to meetings and events.

Word of mouth is one of our best ways to attract new members! So, invite your friends and family to attend an upcoming monthly meeting, an event, or an inbound or outbound journey. Just forward our emails to them about an upcoming meeting and/or our newsletters.

Or share your experiences on your social media account(s). 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/

If you know of a group or organization to which we can present info about Friendship Force of Dallas, or if you know of any advertising media where we can get out the word on Friendship Force, please let me know (see contact info below).


Friendship Gatherings

Gatherings are smaller group meetings that allow more time to visit and catch up with other FFD members, as well as introduce your friends to FF. Dates, times, and costs to be announced.

Meals with Friends

Enjoy visiting with your friends while enjoying a delicious meal? Throughout the year, we will meet at a local restaurant for a weekday or weekend lunch (each pays at the restaurant).

Tastings with Friends
Enjoy sampling wines, beer, or beverages along with savory and sweet appetizers/snacks? Throughout the year, we will meet in a member's home or a local business (cost will be split among attendees).
First one of the year will be in late February.

Explorations with Friends
Want to check out a new small business, visit nature preserves/gardens, learn some local history? Let's explore our local area (either in Dallas or an easy day-trip to and from). We have some good ideas for this spring.

How Can I Help?

If you
• know of a restaurant that has a separate space or room, can accommodate 10-30 folks, and has reasonable prices
• would like to host a wine tasting in your home or clubhouse, or know of a local winery, brewhouse, or tea room that can accommodate up to 30 folks and has reasonable prices
• know of a place that we can visit and has reasonable prices then, please let me know and we'll arranging a "Gathering with Friends."
Let us know about a restaurant or beverage place.

• Host a "Meals with Friends" or a "Tastings with Friends."
• Suggest a different kind of friendship gathering (food tasting, arts event, festival, etc.).
• Coordinate one of these events.
• Start a book club or service project.
• Contribute/serve on a committee or on our board


Changes and Updates

If you move or change your contact information (phone number, email address(es), etc., let edward perez know via email to erperez54@gmail.com or via phone at 214-675-3063. Wishing you a happy new year with friends and fun!
edward perez

Friends Meet

Recently long-time FF friends had lunch and a great visit in Dallas.
Mary Williams (computer Mary), Mary Suther (nurse Mary); Mary Latham (lawyer Mary) Paula Rose

Mary Suther is doing well living in FL with husband Dean. She has recently won a great lifetime award from the Visiting Nurses Association.



As a volunteer organization, the planning, coordinating, and carrying out of our events, meetings, and activities depend on US. Over the last few months, your board members have been communicating with members about how you can help support our club. Thanks to those members who spent some time visiting with a board member.

And THANKS to the 70% of our households who volunteered to help with one or more roles or activities. Your time and energy will be appreciated!!! Over the next few months, the respective board officer and/or committee chair will contact you about helping out.

If you have not been contacted by a board member, are interested in helping out, or have ideas for our club, please contact any of us and let us know how YOU can support YOUR club and the Friendship Force Mission (see list of board members in front of the new 2020 yearbook, available at the January 11 meeting).

On behalf of your board,
edward perez
Friendship Force International (FFI)


FFI News

Check out the new video. This one is in English, but there are links to other languages on the video.

Link to Video

Need information about Friendship Force International (FFI)?
Go to their website at https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/





2020 Journey Fee Announcement

After nearly a year-long discussion about the rising cost of doing business, the International Board of Directors unanimously approved a small increase to FFI Journey fees starting in January 2020.

It has been five years since Journey fees have increased, and in that time, global inflation has increased nearly 8%. Friendship Force International continues to use both Journey fees and donations in efficient, cost-effective ways. These funds support existing clubs, create and sustain exceptional friendship-building programs, and help establish new opportunities to encourage peace through friendship around the globe. This small increase in Journey fees will help us to remain in step with rising business costs worldwide and better support our mission now and for years to come.

The Board is optimistic about the upcoming launch of FFI’s new strategic plan as well as several new clubs that are currently in development. Although we cannot avoid fee increases from time to time, our greatest strength remains the sustainability of our clubs and growth of new ones to carry us into the future. Thank you for your continued involvement and support of Friendship Force!


Additional Address for FFI

In an effort to expedite mailed checks, letters, and other items to FFI Headquarters, we have acquired a P.O. box designated for immediate receipt of mail. Please use this mailing address for any and all payments or other mailings that you need us to receive immediately:

Friendship Force International
Attn: Finance Department
P.O. Box 570
Asheville, NC 28802

Please note that our current mailing address is still active and open for use; this new P.O. box is just to supplement that. Be sure to have both addresses in your address book! Our current mailing address is still:

Friendship Force International
400 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite #4-980, Atlanta, GA 30308



As an alternative form of payment, FFI has introduced e-checks for 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/

If you have any questions, please contact finance@friendshipforce.org.

Member Resources

The Member Resources page is here to help make your involvement with Friendship Force easier!
If you have any questions, please contact finance@friendshipforce.org.

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/