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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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President's Notes

Dear Friends,

I hope everyone is enjoying the warm spring weather and all of the beautiful, blooming spring flowers. Many people are getting out and taking advantage of the sunny days.

Friendship Force International has planned a 2021 Festival at Sea Cruise in Northern Europe August 28 – September 12, 2021. Visit the website to view all Featured Journeys. As a Dallas club member you can join other clubs if there is room.

If you haven’t already signed up with: www.my.friendshipforce.org (Member Login) please do so. It is easy. If you have any problems, feel free to contact one of our Board members.

Our Dallas Friendship Force Club is on hold for Journeys this year. Plans are in progress to, hopefully, have an outbound to Brazil next year and two inbounds; Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Madison, WI.
I look forward to seeing you on Zoom at our next meeting.In Friendship,

Isabella Iverson, President


Past Meetings

Meetings coordinator – Paula Rose: paularose2000@hotmail.com

Were you unable to attend a past meeting? Want to "re-attend" a past meeting? You can view recordings of our prior meetings at our club's YouTube webpage (click on "Videos" or "Playlists"). Recordings run between 50 minutes and just over an hour. You can always "rewind" or "fast forward" sections. You can watch them on your computer, tablet, smartphone or smart TV.

- FF Dallas' YouTube Channel at https://tinyurl.com/FFD-YouTubeChannel

- or search YouTube for "FFDallas Texas" (include the quotation marks!)

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

Sat, March 6
Edward perez opened the Zoom session prior to the meeting to allow time to sign in and visit.

We took 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 was allowed for short introductions, questions and chat along with a short presentation about each club.


FFD March Meeting – Spain
Sat March 13
presented by Janis and Bruce Robinson (FF Knoxville)

This month we were able to witness Janis and Bruce eat, drink and walk their way around Spain during the Christmas Holidays. They’ve been there several times and show an obvious love of the country. They showed us a tapas and wine tours, along with a smattering of history and a description of the components of the Spanish flag.

If you missed this program, you can catch up by watching the recording on YouTube.


April Meeting
Saturday, April 10
Program: What’s New at the Zoo?
Presenter: Marti Copeland of the Dallas Zoo

Marti was introduced to us by our member, Julia Cooper, who had volunteered at the zoo, in the elephant area, for 5 years prior to the beginning of Covid 19 pandemic. The zoo was opened in the 1930s on just 36 acres of land and has expanded to 106 acres. It’s a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and participates in the Species Survival Plan.

Marti is extremely knowledgeable and had some super photos to make the program particularly interesting.
If you missed this program, you can catch up by watching the recording on YouTube.



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.

May Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday May 8, 3-5 pm
Location: Zoom online
Program: Colombia Journey
Presenter: Gerry Arens

Members will receive an invitation 2 weeks, 1 week before and the day of the meeting with a link that you will simply need to click to access the program.
Guests: please contact edward perez to be invited to join this meeting.

No reservation needed.
IMore infor from Paula Rose - paularose2000@hotmail.com


June Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, June 12th at 3 – 5pm
Location: Zoom online
Progaram: Easter Island
Presenter: Mary Latham

FFD members will receive several invitations to the meeting.
Guests are very welcome – please contact edward perez at erperez54@gmail.com for an invitation.

No reservation needed.

More infor from Paula Rose: 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/.

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.

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/

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 book for April was My Love Affair with England by Susan Toth. Marie Beck, our Sarasota book club member, started the conversation and everyone expressed their thoughts on the book. In general, we all enjoyed the descriptions of the towns, people, and gardens of England. The discussion quickly moved to sharing where we have been and what we have enjoyed in our own travels through England. A very enjoyable hour!

Our book for May is My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir. It shares Yosemite’s magic from the eyes of John Muir. 120 pages.
In the summer of 1869, John Muir, a young Scottish immigrant, joined a crew of shepherds in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. The diary he kept while tending sheep formed the heart of this book and eventually lured thousands of Americans to visit Yosemite country.

First published in 1911, My First Summer in the Sierra incorporates the lyrical accounts and sketches he produced during his four-month stay in the Yosemite River Valley and the High Sierra. His record tracks that memorable experience, describing in picturesque terms the majestic vistas, flora and fauna, and other breathtaking natural wonders of the area.

Today, Muir is recognized as one of the most important and influential naturalists and nature writers in America. This book, the most popular of the author's works, will delight environmentalists and nature lovers with its exuberant observations. Mary Williams will lead this discussion.

We also voted on the June book which will be Mud and Stars by Sara Wheeler.
With the writers of the Golden Age as her guides – Pushkin, Tolstoy, Gogol and Turgenev, among others – Wheeler travels across eight time zones, from rinsed north-western beetroot fields and fareastern Arctic tundra to the cauldron of ethnic soup that is the Caucasus. At a time of deteriorating relations between Russia and the West, Wheeler searches for a Russia not in the news – a Russia of humanity and daily struggles. She gives voice to the ‘ordinary’ people of Russia and discovers how these writers continue to represent their country today. 304 pages.

If you are interested in book club, just send me an email and I will get you set up on our mailing list for the future. Our meetings are the last Tuesday of the month from 2-3 pm.

Barb Taylor

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

While we haven't had any new members, Patty Niemeyer and Sue Priest have rejoined, bringing us to 68 members (incl 1 Emeritus) in 53 households. I will issue a yearbook update soon. If you have any updates to your contact info, send it ASAP so I can include it in the update. 

Membership Connections

We didn't hold a "3rd Thursday" in March as 14 members "journeyed" to Beavers Bend State Park in southeast Oklahoma. We had a sunny day and a cloudy rainy day, but we enjoyed walks in the park, group dinners (one night at the Cooper's cabin including cheese board, fruit trays, and roasted marshmallows; one night at the park's restaurant), and learning more about each other.   






During that Oklahoma "journey", Cathy Ignatin, Paula and Felicity visited the "Museum of the Red River" which has excellent exhibits of native peoples arts and crafts as well as ancient and contemporary items from other parts of the Americas, Asia, and Africa (check out that "compass" from 19th century China!!)

In mid-April, one group of members went up near Aubry, TX to Texas Tulips to check out that site. Another group visited the Dallas Arboretum and then had lunch at the Arboretum Cafe. Lots of colors despite rains before and after the visit.

For May's 3rd Thursday, we'll meet at the Haggard Park in Downtown Plano. Keep a watch on your
email inbox for details. All are welcome to attend.

If you have ideas for field trips or picnics for this summer, 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

Cathy Ignatin

During our short trip to Beavers Bend Cathy Ignatin, unfortunately, had a car accident. At the time it appeared she was uninjured but here’s an update from her: ‘To everyone that was with me at Beavers Bend, I want to thank you for your help and kindness. Actually, my ankle was broken. The doctor didn’t seem too concerned. He gave me a Boot and asked if I wanted to see him again. I have an appointment for May 4th just to make sure it is healing. I was fortunate that no tendons or ligaments were injured and the bone was not displaced.


Mary Jane Wilson

Members of our club has had extensive interaction with Romania in some way or another over the years and one of the authors in our membership, Mary Jane Wilson, has written a book which includes a lot of information about this club’s experiences there. She tells me this could prove really interesting for our members.

Please contact her at maryjanewilson@att.net should you be interested in obtaining it.


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; Cedar Rapids, IA (an FFD trip); Croatia - part 2 was an FFD trip (2 parts); Hawaii (2 parts);and Romania (an FFD trip).  Most have been posted on the club's YouTube site: YouTube - Evergreen Homestays. More to be posted soon.

She will continue to be a speaker on the Sunday evenings of the next few months with Dallas Arboreum on May 23, Colonial Mexico (Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo) on June 6, Montana (FFD trip to Great Falls, Glacier NP and Waterton NP) on July 11, and Hiking in Croatia on Aug 1. 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 presenteda 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.


 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