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  November, 2018  
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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 friends.

I received our 25th anniversary certificate a few weeks ago and felt it important to share with all of you. We’re considered one of the most energetic clubs in the USA thanks to all the work put forth by our volunteers. I feel we should all pat ourselves on the back! However, we can’t remain energetic if we don’t have more members step up to help.

Now is the time for your membership renewal and you’ll find areas on the form to indicate your volunteer interests …… let me assure you, offers of help will never be turned down!

Well – it’s already November and in just a couple of weeks we will all be preparing for Thanksgiving and the Holidays in December. The year has gone by fast; our club’s been very busy. In 2018 we enjoyed several successful Journeys: Outbound to Australia, inbound Global, outbound to Lake Tahoe and outbound to Israel plus our interesting monthly programs. We are, now, readying for 2019.

Several members plan to go on the Friendship at Sea cruise in February and Mary Williams will lead a group of members to Cape of Good Hope in March.

July 23-26, 2019 will be the FFI Leadership and Business World Conference in Boulder, Colorado to which all are invited. We were given the opportunity to participate by offering a mini Journey and the board decided to invite up to 10 Ambassadors to come to Dallas July 19th for 4 nights until the conference starts on the 23rd as we feel it would be a good opportunity to make new friendships and show them our great city. More information to follow.

The next meeting will be on November 10th at 1pm at the Outback Restaurant, Plano; this will include the annual Business meeting and Election of officers. Mary Williams will give a presentation about her FF Journey to New Mexico which provided a focus on the Ancestral Puebloans of that area. It’ll be quite illuminating, so I hope many people will be able to attend.

Julia Cooper, President




Presentation on Ancestral Puebloans
Date/Time: Saturday Nov 10, 1 pm
Place: Outback Plano, 1509 N. Central @ 15th St, Plano
Cost: $15
Program: Presentation on Ancestral Puebloan Journey to New Mexico
   Presenter: Mary Williams
Annual Business Meeting and election of officers
Reserve to Paula Rose - paularose2000@hotmail.com



Holiday Party
Date/Time: Sunday Dec 9, 3-5 pm
Place: Chimneyhill Clubhouse - 9223 Emberglow, Dallas
Cost: Free. Bring snacks. Club will provide drinks.
Trixie Tincher - entertainer
No reservations needed


January, 2019

Israel Outbound
Date/Time: Sunday January 13, 1 pm
Place: Outback Plano, 1509 N. Central @ 15th St, Plano
Cost: $16
Program: Presentation: Israel Outbound Journey
   Presenter: Gerry Arens
Reserve to Paula Rose - paularose2000@hotmail.com


Past Meetings


We enjoyed seeing a presentation on Turkey and Batumi, Rep of Georgia given by Gerry Arens that he and Isabella took earlier this year. The group had dinner afterwards at Nazca Kitchens down the street from Tree House. Gerry’s photography of Istanbul, Cappadocia and other areas inspires!



This meeting’s topic was about the Dallas FF trip to Gold Coast and Sydney, Australia presented by Carolyn McMurray. Mary Williams prepared the slides but was in Israel at meeting time.

Thank you, Carolyn and thanks to Paula Rose for her coordination and to edward perez for bringing the required equipment for the presentation.


Completed Journeys

Outbound to Central Israel
October 4 – 10
Journey coordinators – Michael Wald & Haiya Feder-Naftali

On October 4th, 13 members of Friendship Force Dallas and 9 Friendship Force members from other US clubs met up in Israel for 6 nights with the Friendship Force club of Central Israel. Most members lived in or around Netanya, a town just north of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea.

Netanya – homestay city

We learned about the memorials many Israeli town have for their fallen comrades, the Atlit Detention camp developed during the British Mandate of the 1930’s to manage the enormous influx of immigrants to Israel during the late 30s and early 40s and visited an organic seaweed farm (the only one in the world), an underground factory which produced bullets during the struggle for the establishment of the State of Israel and a kibbutz and much more.

Ship at Atlit    
Seaweed Production

Tel Aviv Theater  

It was an action packed week! After our stay with Friendship Force of Central Israel, several of us went on an extended tour of Israel and Jordan.

This was such a memorable trip and we’d like to thank our coordinators, Michael Wald and Haiya Feder-Naftali for all their hard work and organization – they make a great team.

Gerry Arens will make a presentation on this Journey early next year at one of our meetings – I suspect he’ll be hard pressed to decide which photos to choose. We visited so many interesting places.

Israeli food was delicious and we partook of it generously.


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

Our 2019 outbound Journey is Journey #15039 to the  Cape of Good Hope club, South Africa is on schedule for March 21-27, 2019 with 16 ambassadors from Dallas and distant places anticipating a wonderful experience with the CGH club in Cape Town. Eight people will also participate in the safari to Botswana following it.

Anyone wanting to be on a wait list for this Journey (yes, stuff happens!) should contact Mary Williams at mwilliamstxtravel@yahoo.com. For more information click for the pdf files on the homestay and safari.

Note: Mary no longer has a land line. Use cell phone for calls.

We have booked an optional extension after the Homestay to Botswana - See Safari Flyer for safari details. Since we have already booked our space, a place on the safari would not be guaranteed at this point.
Ambassador and Agreement Application

See pdf flyer for Homestay: Cape of Good Hope Journey.

See pdf file for Botswana safari:

Northern Botswana: Okavango Delta - Pom pom Camp, Kwando Lebala Camp and Phenzulu Guest Lodge in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe


Taichung, Taiwan Inbound
Taiwan has canceled. FF Dallas will go on a wait list at FFI for a possible Inbound from another club.


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 all the time. Call Sherry Riggs at 1-502-420-4615. While there are 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.

We will be needing Host Coordinators for two short Inbound Journeys - one from July 19-23 before the International Conference in Boulder, and one weekend welcoming San Antonio on a fall weekend in 2019 - TBD.

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 Gatherings
by edward perez, Membership Chair

In 2019 I'll 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 and either on weekdays or weekends. If you know of a restaurant than can accommodate 10-20 in a separate space, please let me know.

If you know about wine tastings, arts performances, or other events, let me know at erperez54@acm.org and I'll share appropriate ones to the club.


Wine Tastings Update

A BIG THANKS to Barbara Taylor and Julia Cooper for planning and hosting our first "Wine Tastings with Friends". Eight members attended, blind-tasted some California Reds, enjoyed some tasty appetizers, and shared stories about our journeys, our lives, and more.

Plans are underway for another tasting or two either in November or early December. You sign up, pay the host a fee, and bring an appetizer or snack to share. The host will purchase the wine and we'll enjoy the wine and visit with our friends. You may invite non-members, but the host will have discretion as to how many people they can accommodate.

We plan to offer these tastings every month or two so, if you'd like to be a wine tasting coordinator or a host or attend one of these tastings, let edward know at erperez54@gmail.com.


Friendship Force of Dallas "Taming Tech Event"

On Saturday September 22nd, edward perez conducted a technical workshop at Chimneyhill, where members having communication problems with their devices found some good advice on maintaining equipment and solving problems. About 20 were in attendance.

Thanks to edward for sharing his techie expertise with us.



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.

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, November, 12th at 1:30 pm at Julia Cooper’s house. All members are welcome to attend.

Nominating Committee

Ray Enstam, Ruth Barrow and Martha Marin made up the Nominating Committee. They have selected a slate of officers for 2019 which will be voted on at the November meeting. The officers from last year have agreed to serve another year.


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.

Sunshine Report
By Cathy Ignatin, Sunshine Chair

Galen King has had more hospitalization for ongoing problems

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

Time flies when we are building friendships, furthering the cause of Friendship Force, and having fun!!!

Membership Renewal

It's that time of year again - membership renewal.
Our FF of Dallas club is a vital organization with a wide variety of people who share a common vision. 27 members joined 15 or more years ago and 67 have joined within the last 15 years. Without your support of time, energy, and money, FF of Dallas wouldn't exist. We create & nurture our club and it creates & nurtures us.

When you get your renewal form by email, please complete it (especially if you have new contact info), let us know how you'd like to help out your club (lots of ways to do so), and then send a check for $35 per person payable to Friendship Force of Dallas to edward perez, 9511 Liptonshire, Dallas TX 75238. Or give check and form to me at the Nov or Dec meeting.

This year, I'll hold all checks until just after January 1, 2019. Then, at the January meeting, I will have new FFD yearbooks with list of officers and committee chairs, member info, bylaws, policies and more.

DUES ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 15, 2018 (we pay our club affiliation fee to FF International in early January). Thanks for being a member of our club!

Click for a 2019 Membership Renewal Form. Print it and mail it to edward with your check.

Membership Updates

With the following new members, we are currently at 94 members - 82 in the Dallas-area, 6 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!!

Our seven new members since August are
Noah Coad (friend of Martha Marin; going on S. Africa journey)
Judith Self (rejoined)
Sandra Stuart (friend of Isabella & Gerry)
Beth & Randy Tetzlaff (recently moved from Wisconsin, knew of FFI from there)

Contact Info Updates

Sandy Kaiser's new email is coachsandykaiser@gmail.com.

Mary Williams no longer has a land line. Use the cell phone # in the Yearbook.

If you move or change your contact information (phone number, email address(es) or need a replacement badge $14), let me know via email to erperez@acm.org. I'll update the records and let others know (telephone tree, email list manager, etc). Since we are so close to the end of the year and a new yearbook in January 2019, I'll just send out updates via email.

Doris Rodriguez (who joined our club last year) leads our telephone tree - she and her team contact members prior to monthly events. If you haven't been receiving calls, contact me so I 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.

Experience different views      Discover common ground!


Time to Register! - 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.

Registration information is now available on the FFI website: www.friendshipforce.org. Early registartion runs through the end of November, so if you plan to go, register now for a price break.

If you are on the FFI mailing list, you should have received information this past week.

Dallas is one of the hosting cities prior to the Conference. Many people will not be able to host as they will be at the Conference or other travel locations. If you are able to host, please let President Julia Cooper know. We are also looking for a Coordinator for this 3-day homesay.

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:

RoamRight - 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.