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  March, 2021  
  Quick Look  
Journeys 2021 President's Notes Membership News
Festival at Sea Upcoming Meetings Club News
FFI-Virtual Experiences Past Meetings Member News
3rd Thursdays FFI Video and News Shuttle Service
Travel Book Club Friendship Force International Info Badge Replacement
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  Hilda Klosterman  

President's Notes

Dear Friends,

We know that if we don’t like the weather here in Texas, it will soon change. And change if did, from the official -2 and snow to over 70 degrees and sunshine in a week. Hopefully you came through this winter “challenge” without too much discomfort. As I write this, the temperature is over 80 degrees and it feels like spring and new beginnings are just around the corner.

Friendship Force International is having “New Beginnings”. It is in the process of ‘refreshing the FFI Brand’ and updating the website. There are newer color hues on the logo, slightly different fonts and pictures portraying our concept. FFI has brought back an old tag line – “A World of Friends is a World of Peace” which summarizes our mission.

Journeys are still on hold until 2022. Hopefully, by then, we can enjoy the physical togetherness with our Friendship Force friends near and far. In the meantime, please join our monthly Zoom meetings every second Saturday at 3:00pm with interesting programs, every third Thursday at 3:00pm with different discussions and every fourth Tuesday at 2:00pm for the book club. I look forward to seeing you on Zoom.

In Friendship,

Isabella Iverson, President


Past Meetings

Meetings coordinator – Paula Rose: paularose2000@hotmail.com
Recordings of other past meetings are on the Meetings page or our website:
www.friendshipforcedalla.org. Or you can see these and other past presentations on our YouTube page:

January – Romania

In January, Mary gave us a descriptive summary of the FFD Journey to Romania in 2009 as a follow up to a visit by the Brasov club to us. They travelled, primarily, in the beautiful area of Transylvania and, to the left, is a list of the places they travelled to, visiting with members of the Brasov club and hearing about what came of some of the orphans incarcerated in orphanages under Nicolae Ceausescu.

Below is a link to information about fallout from the orphanages:


February – Valley House Gallery and Gardens

In February, Cheryl Vogel of the Valley House Gallery on Spring Valley gave a presentation about the history and development of this gallery which is thriving despite being north of the generally accepted ‘Arts District’ area of Dallas.

This gallery is great fun to visit, very eclectic in its offerings and is situated on beautiful grounds.


Upcoming Meetings

Meetings coordinator – Paula Rose paularose2000@hotmail.com

Members will receive a Zoom link 2 weeks and 1 week prior to each meeting and the day of the meeting.
Guests, for the link, please contact edward perez at erperez54@gmail.org

No reservation is needed. For information contact Paula Rose at paularose2000@hotmail.com

A full calendar of the meeting schedule for 2021 can be seen  on the Meetings.page.

March special event
A joint meeting between Dallas and Dayton, OH

Date: Sat, March 6th
Time: 10am CST, 11am EST
Edward perez will open the Zoom session 15 minutes prior to the meeting to allow time to sign in.
Location: Zoom

Zoom links will be sent to members on a regular basis prior to the meeting. If you’d like to attend this meeting as a guest, contact edward perez : erperez54@gmail.com

Program: Take a short virtual journey with another Friendship Force club! Following a visit to Dayton in 2018 as an extension to the Regional Conference in Cincinnati by Felicity Sentance, she has organized a joint meeting with that club. Time will be allowed for short introductions, questions and chat along with a short presentation about each club.

For further information, please email Felicity Sentance: fsentance@gmail.com

FFD March Meeting
Date & time: Saturday, March 13, 3-5pm
Location: Zoom online

Program: Spain – especially Malaga
Presenters: Janis and Bruce Robinson (FF Knoxville)
Members will receive an invitation 2 weeks, 1 week before and the day of the meeting with a link to click to access the program.

Guests: Please contact edward perez for a link to the meeting at: erperez54@gmail.com
No reservation needed.
Info: Paula Rose at paularose2000@hotmail.com

April Meeting
Date & time: Saturday, April 10, 3-5pm
Location: Zoom online

Program: What’s New at the Zoo?
Presenter: Marti Copeland
– Dallas Zoo
Members will receive an
invitation 2 weeks, 1 week
before and the day of the
meeting with a link to click to access the program.
Guests: Please contact edward perez for a link to the meeting at: erperez54@gmail.com

No reservation needed.
Info: Paula Rose at paularose2000@hotmail.com

There will also be Member Connections get-togethers on Third Thursday and Book Club on Fourth Tuesday of each month. See Member Connections.


Journeys 2021

Because of the pandemic, all journeys, both international and domestic, continue to be pended for 2021. The journeys below are pending Covid-19 trends and, now, the possible availability of vaccines.

International Journeys
Coordinator Sandy Kaiser, coachsandykaiser@gmail.com

Outbound – October, 2021 - Dallas TX to Coatepec, Mexico
Inbound – Date TBD – Central Israel (postponed from 2020)

Domestic Journeys
Coordinator – Julia Cooper acjc1804@hotmail.com

Inbound – May, 2021 - Wisconsin-Madison to Dallas
Outbound - May, 2021 - Dallas to Charleston WVa

Don’t forget to check the FFI website for other possible adventures for 2021 as travel begins to open up https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/.

Beaver’s Bend State Park
April, 14 - 17 While not an official domestic Journey, about 12 of us plan to visit and stay in Beaver’s Bend in April. Emails have been sent to all members about this. Should you feel you’d like to join our group send an email to Felicity Sentance: fsentance@gmail.com

Don’t foget to check the FFI website for Virtual Experiences now and other possible adventures for 2021 as travel begins to open up https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/

UPDATE: See COVID regulations on the Journeys page.


FFI Tours

Remember, we won’t be stuck here forever (although it feels like it at times) so, looking to 2021, Friendship Force International has several Journeys on their website for which you can express interest with the caveat that we have no idea if we’ll be able to go on them. The Journey Coordinator for each Journey is ‘testing the waters’ to check interest.

Grand Tour of Italy
April 10 to April 24, 2021
Helcio Lanzoni, FF Ribeirao Preto, Journey Coordinator
Click for Details > https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/grand-tour-of-italy/?utm_source=Friendship+Force+Members+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=3d0a58ecd9-MARCH_JOURNEY_CATALOG_2020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-3d0a58ecd9-86901893

Croatia & Slovenia: The Old-World Adriatic
July 10 to July 21, 2021
Click for Details > https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/croatia-slovenia-the-old-world-adriatic/?utm_source=Friendship+Force+Members+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=3d0a58ecd9-MARCH_JOURNEY_CATALOG_2020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-3d0a58ecd9-86901893

Best of Scotland
August 29 to September 8, 2021
Click for Details > https://www.friendshipforce.org/journeys/best-of-scotland-2/?utm_source=Friendship+Force+Members+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=3d0a58ecd9-MARCH_JOURNEY_CATALOG_2020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5feca96946-3d0a58ecd9-86901893

Festival at Sea Cruise: Northern Europe
August 28 to September 12, 2021
From Amsterdam to Northern Scotland to Iceland - return to Amsterdam

More details on the Journey page.

Click FFI website for complete information and registration:


Virtual Experiences

FFI – Virtual Journeys

And if actually traveling is still in the future for you, try a Virtual Experience – a class, a part of the world, a lecture. Here’s a direct link to the Virtual Experiences page:


Virtual Experiences
Here are a few available soon. To make sure you have the correct starting time for your time zone, it's easiest to visit our FF Virtual Experience Page. You can see a time zone converter under each event. Just click on it and it'll show you the starting time in your time zone automatically.
Time Zone converter: https://blog.friendshipforce.org/virtual-experiences/

Northern Germany Part 1
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 8:00 p.m. CET
Hosts: FF Varel, FF Hamburg and FF Norderstedt

Come with us on a virtual journey through Northern Germany! Representatives from six Friendship Force clubs will share sights, culture and food of their region and introduce you ttheir clubs. Here in Part 1, FF Varel, FF Hamburg and FF Norderstedt invite you to hear about the place they call home. Stay tuned for Part 2 in April, with FF Kiel, FF Lübeck and FF Schwerin.

Bursa, Turkey
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 9:00 p.m. TRT
Hosts: Sait Tosun, FF Bursa

Come with us on a virtual visit to Bursa, an amazing city in beautiful Turkey, and get ideas for your next trip! You will hear about the very best of Bursa from Sait Tosun, a member of the FF
Bursa club. Sait will introduce you to his hometown lifestyle and some of the most attractive sights. In fact, the members of FF Bursa invite you to Bursa at your first opportunity to enjoy traditional Turkish hospitality, taste the world-famous Turkish coffee, and to explore the 4th largest city of a unique country bridging two continents, Europe and Asia.

Café Virtuel en Français:
La gastronomie de nos pays et régions
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST
Host: Valerie Malfara, FF Staff

A l’occasion de la semaine de la francophonie, rejoignez-nous pour célébrer la langue française en compagnie d’amis francophones des quatre coins du monde!

Lors de ce café virtuel en Français, nous célébrerons la gastronomie et échangerons sur les différentes spécialités de nos régions : Connaissez-vous les origines de la fameuse poutine au Québec, ou du colombo en Guadeloupe ? Un tour virtuel des saveurs et des plats typiques de nos régions francophones vous sera proposé, et nous vous invitons à nous présenter une spécialité culinaire de votre pays ou de votre région!

Trivia Quiz
Monday, March 22, 2021, 8:30 p.m. CET
Host: Kerstin Hogan, FF Staff

Friendship Force members around the world are invited to join this entertaining trivia quiz with a new set of questions every month! It’s not all about knowing the answers though, it’s about connecting with old and new friends. After a short introduction to meet you all, we will put you in virtual rooms in small teams for four rounds of questions. There will also be plenty of time for chit-chat. You’ll need a separate mobile phone to take pictures during the quiz.

Successful Global Journey Planning
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 2:00 p.m. CST
Host: Vicki Vance, FF Baton Rouge

Vicki Vance is a very experienced Global Journey Coordinator who will share exciting moments from Journeys she has led and give some tips on how to successfully plan a Global Journey. Join us for this nostalgic and learning Virtual Experience.

Host: Vicki joined the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1994 and held numerous club positions on the board and as a Journey coordinator. She began leading Global Journeys for FFI in 1999 starting off with gardening Journeys, then expanding to other themes including ecological, language learning, nature, and humanitarian Journeys. She has focused on Journeys in Latin America over the past thirteen years and loves the many connections that she has made with friends throughout the world.

Friendship Force Virtual Experience Recordings:

Including Virtual Travel Experiences in many countries, cooking, Zoom training, languages, crafts, photography and more.

Access Virtual Experiences Catalog Here!


Club News

The Travel Book Club
Chair: Barbara Taylor - be_taylor@verizon.net

Our February selection was Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman, a remarkably interesting memoir of a woman who traveled without many plans or money and often stayed with indigenous peoples in remote areas of the world. Thanks to our discussion leader Mary Latham, we discussed our thoughts about Rita’s actions, discoveries and whether we would embark on similar adventures.

"I move throughout the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities." -- From the Preface

March Book Club takes us along the fabled Silk Road with another intrepid woman, this time on an extensive and intensive bike trip. Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road, by Kate Harris has won several awards and Ms. Harris is deemed “one of Canada’s modern- day explorers.”
March Travel Book Club: Tuesday, March 30, 2 p.m. via Zoom

April Travel Book Club: Tuesday April 27, 2 p.m. via Zoom
My Love Affair with England, by Susan Allen Toth

If you haven’t joined us before, send me an email at be_taylor@verizon.net and I will forward the Zoom link. You do not have to read the book to join us, come and listen, or better yet, share your experiences of traveling and foster our appetites for getting back out in the world, hopefully later this year!

Thanks, Barb Taylor


Shuttle Rides
Shuttle Coordinator Aurora Madrigal - aurora487@sbcglobal.net

For those of you still doing some traveling, or for running errands, remember, use our volunteer shuttle service (see page 45 in your yearbook). Make a new friend or learn about a friend's journey/trip during that ride to/from the airport. Send an email to ffdallas-shuttle@googlegroups.com with info on date, time, and place for pickup and/or drop-off. Want to become a shuttle driver? Send an email to Aurora Madrigal aurora487@sbcglobal.net for more info.

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. https://www.facebook.com/FriendshipForceDallas/.


Board meetings are being held via Zoom. All members are welcome to attend. Please contact our new president, Isabella Iverson ( Iiverson12@sbcglobal.net ) for dates, times and a link to Zoom if you wish to attend. In March the Board meets on March 15 at 1:30 pm.


Newsletter Apprentice Wanted


Then you might like to apprentice with Felicity as editor of this newsletter sent to members every other month. The role of editor involves:

- Attend the board meeting each month via Zoom
- Keep up to date with club activities
- Obtain email updates for the upcoming newsletter
- Transfer this information to the newsletter template

If you’re interested in learning more please contact Felicity Sentance at fsentance@gmail.com.


Membership News and Updates

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

After a wild winter, hopefully spring 2021 will be filled with great colors, great weather, and great FFD meetings & events. If you have some ideas for Membership Connections topics and/or locations, please let me know. Also let me know if you'd like to volunteer to organize and/or host any sort of gathering, field trip, outing, etc.

FFI hosts Virtual Experiences presented by FFI staff and members of clubs around the world. There are several "Faces and Places" events. You can see all upcoming events at https://blog.friendshipforce.org/virtual-experiences/. Toward the bottom of that page is a list of previously recorded events. Wishing you a safe and healthy spring!
edward perez vice president, membership

New Members

No new members recently, However Al Currie and Mary Suther have rejoined. I will issue a yearbook update soon. If you have any updates to your contact info, send it so I can include it in the update. Please continue to share with your friends about Friendship Force and invite them to our meetings and events.

Membership Connections

Our "3RD THURSDAY" meetings have been rather popular. Our January and February gatherings covered current activities and, of course, status of our vaccinations. Keep an eye open for upcoming 3rd Thursday announcements. All are welcome to attend. One connection possibility is "Tulipalooza" at the Waxahachie Civic Center run by Poston Gardens (Mar 19-28). Since their gardens are currently closed, they are underwriting a Spring Festival with live entertainment, sponsor tents, food trucks, and a quarter of a million gorgeous tulips blooming from bulbs imported from Holland and planted by Dutch farmers. It's a fundraiser for 12 all-star NorthTexas charities. More info to come. If you have ideas for field trips or picnics for late March or April, send them my way!!

Let People Know About FFDallas!

THANKS to those members who have invited your friends, family, and members of other clubs to our meetings and events. Word of mouth is one of our best ways to attract new members! So, invite folks to attend an upcoming monthly meeting, an event, or an inbound or outbound journey. Just forward our emails to them about the event and/or our newsletters. And if you know of a group that might be interested in learning about FF, please contact me. 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.

Changes and Updates

If you move or change your contact information (phone number, email address(es), etc.), let eward perez know.

Replacement Badges

Need to replace a lost or damaged badge? Need a replacement magnet? If so, please contact edward perez who will order a new one. Replacement badges are $14 (mailed to your home) or $11 (pickup in Richardson). Magnets are free.
edward perez vice president, membership: erperez54@gmail.com



I've helped several members get Zoom installed on their computer, get Zoom running, and learn how to share their desktop or a program. If you would like some assistance in anything Zoom, please contact me. I hope that everyone is staying healthy, safe, and upbeat in your physical distancing! It’s been good seeing folks during our online meetings. edward perez



Member News

Hilda Natalie (Rohwedder) Klosterman of Richardson, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the age of 79. (August 17, 1941 - February 14, 2021) You can leave condolences and share memories on this website: http://WWW.northdallasfuneralhome.com
Hilda and her husband Dale were longtime members of FFD. Hilda, despite her many medical problems, was always upbeat and fun. They participated in many journeys and hosted in many inbounds.

Hilda was born in East Germany during WWII and had many interesting and historical stories that she shared with us all. She will be missed. Contact the webmaster for an address for Dale.


Mary Williams

In the interest of promoting Friendship Force with other folks interested in meeting new friends, traveling and hosting, Mary Williams has been sharing some of her presentations with the Evergreen Club - a bed and breakfast club. Mary has been a member of the Evergreen Club for the past 21 years, obtaining low-cost hosting as she drives around the country, and hosting members who are doing the same.

Since travel has ground to a halt, Evergreeners have been meeting Sunday evenings at 6 pm CST on Zoom to chat, share travel experiences, recipes and crafts. Mary has given presentations on Petra, Wadi Ram and the Bahai Gardens: Cincinnati (an FFD trip); American Gardens; Birmingham AL (an FFD trip); Vancouver; and Romania (an FFD trip).

She will continue to be the speaker on the first Sunday of the next few months with Cedar Rapids, IA (an FFD trip); Croatia; Hawaii; and Colonial Mexico. Visitors are welcome to the Sunday Virtual Travel Experiences (VTEs), so if you are interested in seeing any of these upcoming presentations, contact Mary for a link - txtravel@flash.net.

She also presented Romania to the Knoxville Friendship Force club on Feb 23 as an exchange with speakers Janis and Bruce Robinson from Knoxville who will present a program on Spain to the Dallas club in March.


Michael Wald

Several years ago Michael, and his wife Jackie, spent two years in Panama with the Peace Corps. He’s written of their experiences and his book has been accepted for publication later this year. Watch this spot for further information after its publication.


Friendship Force International

Don’t forget you can keep up with what’s going on at FFI by clicking on the link below. FRIENDSHIP CONNECTION - if you’re are not receiving it or other emails from FFI, you can go to the FFI home page https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/ then go to the bottom, put your email address in the "email address" box under "Newsletter", then click Subscribe.

Check the FFI website for other possible adventures for 2021 as travel begins to open up. Go to the FFI home page https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/ and click on "News & Updates" for the Blog page and "Virtual Experiences" for the Virtual Experiences page.

Here's a direct link to the FFI Blog which has links to the Friendship Connection newsletters.


New Board Members

Friendship Force International is delighted to report that four new members are joining its international Board of Directors! With strong backgrounds in finance, fund-raising, technology, and marketing these new board members bring years of experience and leadership to help address the challenges of today and identify new opportunities for our future.

Two of the new board members are from Belgium and Belarus but all four currently reside in the US. They all have extensive experience living, working, and traveling around the world. Please join us in welcoming to the FFI Board of Directors (left to right) Amber Kelleher, Ingrid Russell, Bart Van de Vel, and Khrystsina Willis.

FFI is announcing the election of officers for new terms on the board. These include:
• Chair: James Permana, Chicago, USA
• Vice-Chair: Marilyn Peterson, Mid-Willamette Valley, USA
• Treasurer: Christiane Beaupre, Montreal, Canada
• Secretary: Atik Wijayanti. Solo-Surakarta, Indonesia


 Looking to 2021, Friendship Force International has several Journeys on their website for which you can express interest with the caveat that we have no idea if we’ll be able to go on them.
Anticipate that we will travel again!

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/

Our new mailing address is:
Friendship Force International
279 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046