2013 Southwest Regional
Regional meetings for US club members will be held in New Orleans at 6 pm on Friday November 22, led by our regional Field Representative Bob Duncan from Baton Rouge. This is our opportunity for our regional clubs to
meet prior to the International Conference.
Regional Conference 2014
March 21-23, 2014 Albuquerque
Fun and informative – put it on your calendar!
MARCH 23-25, 2012 – Nine Dallas members attended the Southwest Conference hosted for the first time by the Kansas Club in Wichita, which joined the SW Conference several years ago.
FFI President George Brown conducted a meeting with club presidents on Friday evening and addressed the whole body addressing the Challenge of Leadership on Saturday. He also led one of the workshops on themed and global exchanges. Hearing George is always inspiring, reminding us of the good we do and looking forward to great adventures ahead of us.
The featured speaker, French transplant to Kansas Claude
Puntel, spoke on cultural differences. She noted that some language and body language differences can cause misunderstandings that perpetuate stereotypes and are unfortunate and sometimes dangerous. An example she gave was that the French tend not to smile in public settings, especially those living farther north. They are then perceived by Americans as being standoffish or rude, while the French see Americans as pushy and intruding on their privacy. Her workshop was practical and informative.
Other workshops topics included how to be an Exchange Director, recruiting new members, photography, use of Internet and social media to promote your club, and travel insurance including
A hospitality room, luncheon and banquet gave members a chance to mix, mingle and meet new people from the 10 clubs in our region. The Hotel in Oldtown was a perfect venue, in a remodeled historic building in quaint and restored old town Wichita. Conference Chair Lottie Miller and her committee did an outstanding job of making the conference run smoothly. We appreciated the work they did on it. The Stahls also stayed for an enjoyable 4-day homestay following the conference.
Stan and Taylor Parker, Jim and LaNell Naughton, Ed and Dora Stahl,
Carolyn Williams and Jim Bourn.
Southwest Conference Clubs (not up to date)
Louisiana Members: 61
New Mexico Members: 104
Oklahoma Members: 60
Kansas Members: 92
Austin Members: 58
Dallas Members: 110
Fort Worth Members: 58
Houston Members: 53
San Antonio Members: 51
Website: www.friendshipforcesa.org Not working
Rio Grand Valley - does not have a website
SW Conference hosting schedule
2002 New Mexico
2005 Ft. Worth
2007 San Antonio
2008 Baton Rouge
2010 Rio Grande Valley
2011 Skipped because of fall 2010 international in US
2013 Skipped because of fall 2013 international in US
2014 New Mexico
2017 Skipped because of fall 2016 international in US
2018 Fort Worth
2020 Skipped because of fall 2019 international in US
2021 San Antonio
|Southwest Conference 2009
hosted a successful conference in 2009.
See Conference Handouts that are available at the bottom of this page.
See a slide show of
photos taken at the 2009 SW conference and put into a PhotoDex presentation by Ken
Walker. There are two ways you can see it, and you will leave this site by clicking on
either of these links:
A high quality version of the conference slideshow can be viewed
here. You will have to register with Photodex and install a viewer
application, but that gives you access to hundreds of slideshows by users of ProShow software.
A lower quality version may be viewed by FFI Facebook members
here without installing
See video on the new Performing
Arts Center as shown by Donald Winspear at our conference.
(You will leave this site by clicking on this
From: Robert Urban <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Thanks for the wonder conference.
Bob and I wish to thank everyone for the wonderful Southwest Conference. I did not think anyone could top the one that was held in Baton Rouge but you all pulled it off.
The workshops we attended were so interesting and informative, the food was the best I have ever eaten at a hotel and the accommodations were great.
I know if takes so much work and many volunteers to put on a conference such as this, so to all....thanks for your hard work.
[erperez note: stella got us some free audio tourguide tickets for the King Tut exhibit! gave them to the 10 folks who went!]
From: Debbie Powell <email@example.com>
Subject: Sincere thanks to The Friendship Force of Dallas
Dear Wendy and members of the Dallas conference committee:
Greetings from Friendship Force International! It’s Monday morning and I’m back in the FFI office in Atlanta . I wanted to thank you all again for your warm welcome and hospitality this past weekend. I enjoyed getting to know some of you for the first time and becoming reacquainted with old friends in the southwest region. Your choice of speakers and the workshops that I personally attended were all well-prepared and very interesting. I should mention that I took extensive notes during Michael Colatrella’s talk on handling disputes and hope to present a condensed version to our staff here in the near future. His tips are something we can all benefit from.
Kudos again to everyone who participated in the organizing of the SW regional conference, or presented or moderated a workshop. It was certainly a real success.
My only regret, of course, is that we ran out of time Saturday afternoon for further Q&A from the attendees. I do hope that anyone with questions for the Friendship Force International staff will contact me, or one of my colleagues, anytime by email or phone. As always, we look forward to hearing from you and assisting you.
Director of Program Planning and Development
From: Jim Young and Berry Bock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Great Conference
Congratulations on a great conference. We appreciate all the work that you and so many to the Dallas club did to make it such a success.
Did the SMU professor who presented the conflict resolution material leave a copy of his presentation? If he did, I would like to have a copy if possible. I would also like a copy if his hand-out which I missed. This would be very good for us to
NOTE: See below.
When: Friday - Sunday, February 6-8,
Crowne Plaza Hotel North Dallas-Addison
Midway Road, Dallas, TX 75244. 972-980-8877
Hotel rate $79+tax
Thanks for coming!
edward perez: email@example.com.
Registrar, Friendship Force 2009 Southwest Conference
Treasurer, Friendship Force Dallas
We had three sessions running simultaneously in the morning and three in the afternoon. Each of our three rooms
was dedicated to one theme or subject matter during both sessions.
They follow FFI's theme of explore, understand, and serve - exchanges, communication, club administration.
We are excited about the quality of the presenters and relevance of the topics.
Handouts received are available at the bottom of
this page and on request.
10:45 AM Room 1, Communications
It’s One World After All
Sue Jones, guest presenter from Richland College-DAL – Cultural Sensitivity Workshop: interactive activity
Moderator: Teresa Wilkin
10:45 AM Room 2, Exchange Management If You Build It, They Will Come
Ed Edgren-DAL – Domestic exchanges; Jerry Tuttle-FW - Outgoing exchanges; Joyce Rulon-OK – Recruiting ambassadors; Randy Thomson-FW – Directing an inbound exchange
Moderator: Jim Bourn
10:45 AM Room 3, Club Administration Moving Into the 21st Century
Mary Suther-DAL and Ray Enstam-DAL – Tax update for non-profits and new 501(c)(3) regulations; Ken Walker-DAL – Slideshow presentations; edward perez-DAL – Finance record keeping and software
Moderator: John Whaley
1:30 PM Room 1, Communications
Ben Franklin Would Love It
Ken Walker-DAL – Newsletters; Mary Williams-DAL - Designing websites
Moderator: Chris Michalek
1:30 PM Room 2, Special Exchanges We’re Off to See the Wizard
Ed Edgren-DAL – Planning a special exchange; Dave Kalan-Wis – Eco-adventure tours; Peggy Benton-DAL – Discovery trips
Moderator: Ray Enstam
1:30 PM Room 3, Club Administration The Rocky Factor: Building Strong Clubs
Jim Young-FW and Brud Kisner-DAL – Recruiting, care and keeping of new members; Recruiting and training new officers; edward perez-DAL
– Database management
Moderator: Wendy Whaley
* We had two keynote speakers -
Donald Winspear from the
new Dallas Performing Arts Center and Michael Colatrella from the SMU Dispute Resolution program,
plus Debbie Powell from FFI and Jim Young, our Southwest Regional Rep.
* We enjoyed an optional Chinese New Year Brunch
Banquet on Sunday noon to introduce the Discover China Exchange led by Teresa Wilkin in fall
Chinese New Year Brunch Banquet
Welcomed the Year of The Ox!
Contact: Teresa Wilkin, firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information
The Olympic Games of 2008 gave us a ringside seat on 21st century China. Now, six months
later, join us for another great opportunity to learn about Chinese culture. We ushered in the Year of the Ox, a year traditionally devoted to the hard work aimed at
consolidating the glitzy progress of the outgoing Year of the Rat. There was a presentation on
China and the growth in that country, a preview of sights on the upcoming trip, and the Chinese zodiac and what it can tell us about the year ahead as China builds
on its new image as an Olympic host.
Teresa Wilkin, Discover China Exchange Director for the September 2009 FFI visit,
was presenter. If you are thinking about visiting China, contact Teresa about the upcoming FFI exchange.