On Exchange To La Libertad, Peru
A. Enstam, Exchange Director
combined exchange of the Friendship Force of Dallas and Friendship Force
of Austin to La Libertad, Trujillo, Peru left Dallas at 5 PM on
Saturday, March 12, 2005. By the time we landed in Lima, got to the
hotel and checked in, it was 4 AM! Our valiant group of travelers was up
for breakfast the next morning, ready to leave by bus back to the Lima
airport. The exchange really began in full when we arrived at the
Trujillo airport that afternoon and saw the club waiting for us in their
green Friendship Force uniforms, with a band and a pair of excellent
dancers performing the traditional Marinera dance. We were overwhelmed
by this greeting.
next morning we had a welcome breakfast in the elegant and traditional
Club Central, a private club in the heart of Trujillo. The welcome
continued that evening at Trujillo’s city hall with a personal welcome
by the mayor. The exchange started in earnest Tuesday with a visit to
the famous Chan Chan ruins (right) of the ancient Chimu culture.
We took a short
bus ride to Huanchaco where we were treated to a demonstration of the
famous straw Caballitos de Totora boats by local caballeros.
Two of our
most intrepid and bravest members, Susan Cooper and Annette Stachowitz
[Austin], took the plunge, err, challenge and rode the caballitos as
well. After an impromptu fiesta on the beach, we enjoyed lunch at Sol y
Mar (owned by club member Dr. Berly Manrique), followed by dancing,
first by a professional troupe and then freelance by members of our two
we visited the famous Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon), a huge
Moche Indian temple that is still under excavation just outside
Trujillo. We returned for an incredible Pachamanca lunch, much like a
Texas barbecue, but with the food cooked in a pit under ground with hot
coals covered with leaves. This was followed by the traditional cutting
down of the Palo de Cilulo tree. This is a dance by all around a tree,
with couples approaching the tree, each dancer taking a machete and
rubbing on the rear end of his/her partner for luck (or to sharpen the
blade), and then taking three chops at the tree. This goes on until the
tree falls (and we danced, sang and visited until it did!). A native
ceremony from the mountains!
we went to the Tulia Herrera Leon School For the Blind. The staff and
students gave an outstanding presentation ceremony including food,
followed by delivery of the computers that we had brought with us. We
completed the morning with a tour of their school. We will continue our
interactions with them.
Friday, we arose early for an all day trip to Chiclayo (north of
Trujillo) to visit the Lord of Sipan museum, with the great gold
treasure found in an ancient royal Moche tomb in that area. After lunch
and a second museum, we returned to Trujillo, tired but amazed at the
incredible cultures and arts.
morning, many visited the heart of Trujillo on foot. That afternoon, FF
La Libertad hosted another fabulous farewell party at the house of
Floriza Ruiz de Ferrer (Exchange Director).
morning, while others went on the city tour, I went with the mayor of
the Buenos Aires district, and a five-policeman escort, to deliver to
needy women and children half the clothing we had brought as a gift.
Sunday morning, I went with Paula Rose, Edward Perez and Martha Durst to
Huanchaco to deliver the other half of the clothing. It was impressive
and I wish the whole exchange group could have gone, but logistics
we had a very emotional yet festive departure from the airport returning
to Lima. After night and day in Lima, we enjoyed a marvelous eight days
in the Andes Mountains of Peru, visiting Cuzco, Machu Picchu, the Sacred
Valley, Puno, Lake Titicaca and much, much more. But that is another
story, and this is the story of the exchange.
you were at the April meeting, you got to see some of what we did during
the exchange. A BIG thanks to Ken Walker (right) for all the work he did editing
and creating the photo presentation, assisted by M.C. Meador and Edward
the way, Juan Cardenas Carasco, our guide for the 2nd week,
was impressed with our group and Friendship Force that he asked for
information on establishing a club in Cuzco. Perhaps, one day, we’ll
have another exchange to Southern Peru.
Hello all. I’m really psyched up about FFD!!
auction was a huge success, thanks to Ed Edgren [see article below].
As a result, we were able to donate $1500 to the FFI “Great Legacy
Campaign” which will work to establish new clubs, expand leadership
training and teacher exchange programs, and “push back international
barriers through the force of friendship” in several regions of the
world. FFD will be listed in the honor circle (twice!) in the next
just back from my first outbound exchange – a great home stay and tour
to Peru so beautifully run by Ray Enstam. Thank you Ray!! Then a great
meeting on the trip – attended by over 85 members and guests with a
fantastic photo/narrative presentation by techies Ken Walker, M.C.
Meador, and Edward Perez that incorporated photos from many of the
ambassadors who went on the exchange.
more could I ask for?? Well, how about plans for the Tottori, Japan
inbound Sept-Oct headed by Jim Bourn [see article on Exchanges
page]? Or the accepted outbound in May 2006 to Croatia followed by an
inbound from Fortaleza, Brazil?
(see UPDATE in Exchanges.)
It’s been and is shaping up to be a great year for FFD. And none of
this would be possible without your participation. What a great group
you are! Thanks to every one of you.
We participated in the World Friendship
Day with a dinner and auction. Seventy members and friends attended a
catered dinner at King Of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas followed by a
silent and live auction. Of the 93 silent auction items, 76 were sold in
bidding (items not auctioned were donated to the Plano Salvation Army).
In the live auction, we sold 41 of 46 unique items. The winning bidders
obtained many outstanding values. The most
interesting bidding occurred
when Paula Rose successfully outbid Edward Perez, her only competitor.
That family REALLY wanted that item. A great time
was had by all while
the club grossed over $5800. After our Great Legacy Campaign
to FFI, food, wine and printing expenses, FFD now has over $3400
for future Bridge Builder projects, mainly purchasing refurbished
computers for overseas blind schools. Our thanks to all who donated so
many valuable and interesting items and especially to those of you who
bid the prices up in obtaining them.
out our World Friendship Dallas page.
The buffet meeting at Indian restaurant Pasand featured speaker
Dagmar Fleming from the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas
speaking about recent events at the Council and the upcoming Community
Connections programs (10 people from Novosibirsk, Siberia coming to
Dallas to learn about business practices).
you are interested in hosting one of the Novosibirskis from June 8 -
June 30, 2005, please contact Dagmar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The welcome reception for the visiting Russians is on Thursday, June 9
from 7-9 pm at the Radisson Hotel in Dallas, 6060 N. Central Expwy, just
north of Mockingbird. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar
will be available. No reservations are need. Direct questions to Diana
Genung - email@example.com.
12, 5 pm – Summer picnic at a private home.
For more information on the location and for reservations, please
Paula Rose, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
bring: a lawn chair and a dish to serve 10 (casserole, vegetable,
salad, meat dish, etc. We are not supplying meat.)
Drinks, dessert, plates, silverware
Program: Business meeting and Share a FF exchange moment (time: one minute @)
November, average attendance at our meetings is up, way up! It’s now
in the 70s with over 85 at the April meeting. Glad you all are
participating, getting involved and inviting friends and guests. As more
and more folks are attending, we’ll need larger places in which to
meet. So, if you know of a restaurant, clubhouse or meeting place that
can easily accommodate such a large and friendly group, contact Mary
Latham, our Program Coordinator (email@example.com).
– Dinner for 8 or 10-in home dinners. If you would like to
volunteer to be a host, contact Mary Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 – Program and Location TBD. Have an idea?? Let Mary L. know!
11 – Preparation for Japanese Inbound [Location TBD]
– Japanese Inbound parties and dinners [Location TBD]
13 – Program and location TBD
11 – Winter Gala [Location TBD]
to our Newest Members!!
of April 26th, we now have 101 members and 9 associates from
74 households, including our newest members listed below.
Introduce yourself at future meetings. And remember to greet
visitors and guests!!
and Dale Klosterman
following folks have renewed their membership after our initial
membership drive in January. Refer to your 2004 Yearbook for contact
information, or contact the webmaster at email@example.com.
& Rudy Michalek
Hendrick & Mike Carra (Associate, Ft. Worth)
you have recently joined but forgot to order a name badge or if you need
a replacement name badge, please send your name and $5.50 per badge to
Juli Ziev, our Membership Co-Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Allen Terrell and Pam Varney-Terrell in memory of Francis L. Varney,
you sent a lovely card
sat quietly in a chair.
you sent a special bouquet
so, we saw it there.
you spoke the kindest words
any friend could say,
you were not there at all
thought of us that day.
console our hearts,
send your joys and concerns to
Mary-Helen Lyons or Jean Beler and also to Edward for publication.
recorded the 2005 membership renewals and updated the mailing &
emailing addresses, you’re looking at the first FFD newsletter ready
for email delivery! If you’re just reading the text version in your
email [and missing all the cool photos and graphics] and need help
getting Adobe Acrobat installed to see it in all its electronic glory,
contact Edward - email@example.com.
publish our newsletter bi-monthly. Please send all articles, news items,
photos, etc. to Edward Perez by June 20th for the next
newsletter issue - firstname.lastname@example.org
or by fax 214-553-4547).
next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday May 9th at Marilyn
McRae's condo clubhouse. All Board Officers and
Committee Chairs - please plan to attend so we will have a quorum for
any decision-making. These meetings are open to any member or friend who
wishes to attend. Be sure to call Marilyn for directions and to be
put on the admittance list if you wish to attend [the apt management has
a doorman who checks all guests.
a copy of past board meeting minutes, contact Pat Peters or Betty Mayeur.
information about our financial condition, contact Susan Cooper or any
you know of any FFD member or friend who could use some Sunshine,
contact Mary-Helen Lyons or Jean Beler.
you know of a group who would like a speaker about FFD, contact Jim
you would like to volunteer for any committee or project, contact
any board member.
Vice President: Mary Suther
VP, Membership: Herb & Juli Ziev
VP, Programs: Mary Latham
Pat Peters & Betty Mayeur
Parliamentarian: Mary Williams
Ways and Means: Ed Edgren
Exchange Treasurer: Ana Marie Lee
Tottori Japan Inbound: Jim Bourn
Newsletter: Edward Perez
Publicity/Communications: Myrna/Dick Ridings
Website/Yearbook: Mary Williams
Telephones: John Funk
Speakers Bureau: Jim Bourn
Bridge Builders: Bob Langford/Ed Edgren
Hospitality: Waldrons, BeHanneseys, Fipps/Anker, Whaleys
Prospects/Member Packets: Lee Latham
Sunshine: Mary-Helen Lyons, Jean Beler
of Dallas History
Historian/Photo Album/Scrapbook: Marilyn McRae
all were just paid for our efforts in sending computers to the school in
Bucharest. My friend who is trying to put a tour together for us had to
pay the import duty, as the school is too poor to pay the $9 per package
in duties. I will repay her when I return to Romania.
UPDATE from Bob Langford: We were featured again on channel 8 at 5 Sunday
This was the 3rd or 4th time that we have had the computer refurbishing program in great coverage in the last couple of weeks.
It has brought in computer donations and interested callers.
6/1/05: Ed Edgren received the following letter from his contact in Romania. We are making a
difference in several parts of the world. If you remember, delivery of
the computers we shipped was delayed since the school did not have $9/computer for customs duty.
Costela helped out.
Dear Mr Ed,
Everyone in the school is very, very happy, because today they got the computers! You must see them and to hear them to realize what means all
this for the school! And I am happy too that I helped them. I'm only sorry
that they told me so late about the money! But everything it's OK if it finishes OK!
On behalf of the school, I'm grateful for your help and kindness! The school
will send to you and to the other people who were involved in this action an
official letter, with their impressions and thanks.
Thank you again and wish you a happy and beautiful life!
God bless you all!
Trip to Romania
been a member of FFD since 1995 and am currently co-chairman of our
Bridge Builder program. Our club has been active in sending computers
for the visually impaired to overseas schools and has sent 12 to two
schools in Romania. As a volunteer with USAID (a US government program),
I have traveled to Romania three times in the last two years to assist a
company and to locate schools for the blind. Atlanta FFI and the FFD
Board have approved my effort to take a group to Romania to try to
develop the start of Friendship Force clubs in Romania; the one club in
Romania is not functioning well.
of the items I auctioned at our March 1st event was a wine
& cheese event to introduce members to a tour I am planning to
Romania. Tour members will visit Romania to initiate contacts for
potential new clubs in Bucharest and either Brasov or Buzau, Romania. We
will travel throughout the country by bus with driver and English
speaking guide to Sibiu, Cluj, Bistria, Suceava, Sighisoara, Brasov,
Dracula's Castle (just to say you've been there) and Bucharest.
Approximate cost is less than $1000 for 12 nights lodging, breakfasts
and dinners included, transportation and transfers with dedicated
minibus, entrance fees to all museums and all taxes. Airfare and
personal expenses are not included in this cost.
Mission, should you accept it (TV program in the 60's?), is to treat two
or three Romanian citizens to a group dinner and viewing of our new
Friendship Force video in PAL. We will also visit one or two Schools for
the Visually Deficient where our club has sent computers in the past.
You will also be asked to select an e-mail pal once we have visited the
cities to begin a support network effort to start up their clubs. You
will come away with a tremendous satisfaction in befriending a poor
is a national exchange. Please contact me for more info.
See Ed's e-mails from trips to Romania on our Articles
more information about the Romania trip on Exchanges.
6/2/05: Departure date is September 6th returning September 20th.
This exchange could use one more man (need a male roommate) to make
Bourn, Exchange Director
will be a big time for our club to renew our friendships with the
Friendship Force of Tottori, Japan. The group now has grown to 11 with a
few more expected. The exchange is tentatively set for Monday
September 26th thru Monday October 3rd.
the working schedule for the week:
Sept 26 - Ambassadors arrive.
Sept 27 - Welcome Brunch,
Arboretum, then free for exploring Dallas.
Sept 28 - Downtown Dallas tour
– Dallas Museum Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Asian Art
Museum, Fountain Place, Sixth Floor (Kennedy) Museum, and West End.
Small dinners in the evening.
Sept 29 - Senior day at State
Fair and/or free day.
Sept 30 - Fort Worth Tour:
Downtown, Arts district, lunch and cattle drive in the Stockyard
Oct - Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Grapevine Lake, and
lunch at Rainforest Cafe in Grapevine Mills Mall, then free day.
Oct 2 - Free day. Farewell
Party (Texas steak cook out).
Oct 3 - Ambassadors depart.
are a real team effort and we’ll need plenty of help. Gary Paramore
has agreed to be my Assistant. Please contact either of us to volunteer
for any of the activities below and help make this a great exchange that
the ambassadors will remember for years to come!
Contact Jim – email@example.com
or Gary – firstname.lastname@example.org
to volunteer for:
Day hosting coordinator
Party planning, setup, cleanup coordinator (Jim will be
& Gifts Planning
bags coordinator – Pam Varney-Terrell
booklet editor – Mary Williams
Memory CD – Jim will coordinate, but needs a photographer and
love to dance. Does someone want to take our guests dancing one night?
Southwest Regional News
Region Open Doors
Young of Fort Worth initiated this program in 2004, with Ft. Worth and
San Antonio “Opening their Doors” (hosting members of other SW
Conference clubs for a three-day weekend, possibly coinciding with a
special event in the host club's city). The FFD Board is open to hosting
one next year (as we will probably have only one inbound and one
outbound). If you are
interested in coordinating, hosting and/or volunteering, please contact
schedule for upcoming Open Doors is:
Antonio – Labor Day Weekend
Worth – Sept 16-18
Rouge LA – Feb 2006 (Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade).
Jim Young (email@example.com) for more info.
Region 2005 Outbound Exchanges
of our region’s goals is to have successful outbound exchanges for
every club in our region! One way to assist each other in doing so is to
share information about the various outbounds. Here are some of the
you may travel with any other club from our region or the US if they
have room for you; just contact the Exchange Director of that outbound.
We’ll post updates on our website [Go to “Other
Clubs” on the Exchange page].
– San Antonio To Auckland And Marlborough, New Zealand
– Houston & Rio Grande Valley To Prague, Czech Republic
. One-week home stay,
one-week tour. Bonnie Weisman (Bweisman1@houston.rr.com)
– Baton Rouge to Gardens of Australia (National Exchange)
. 16 days home stay
Queensland/New South Wales, 6 days hotels Cairns/Sydney. $3795
includes all airfare [from LAX], tour/entry fees, and gratuities.
Vicki Vance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
– New Mexico To Trujillo, Peru
- Nelle Conway (email@example.com
to November – Ft. Worth to Blumenau, Brazil
. Ending Nov 3 before the FFI
Conference in Sao Paolo. Walt McConathy (firstname.lastname@example.org)