Date: May 20th (3rd Sunday because of Mother’s Day) – 5 PM
What: Pot Luck Picnic
Where: Home of Kathy Morris, 13425 Mill Grove, Dallas
Bring: A dish that will serve 8 & a $5 donation to cover drinks
Also: Chairs and a table if you have one
Program: Demonstration of Columbian Dancing & Social Time
Reserve: Please call Paula Rose: email@example.com
Date: June 10th, 2007 - 5pm
What: Small Group Dinners in Members' Homes
Where: Various Members' Homes
Bring: The host will coordinate
Reserve: If you would like to host or attend a dinner, contact Henny
or Ruth Barrow firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you're interested.
With the flowers and trees in full bloom/growth and the incredible
thunderstorms crossing our part of the world, there's no doubt that spring has
arrived. And, with two inbounds in the record books, there's no doubt that more
friendships have been formed, ideas exchanged, and goodwill spread from the
Dallas area to southeastern Alberta, Canada and to central Romania.
A BIG THANKS to Gary Paramore and to Ed Egren for coordinating and leading the Medicine Hat and the Sibiu & Brasov, Romania inbounds,
respectively. I heard from many of the Canadian and Romanian ambassadors that the home
hosts and day hosts were incredibly matched, the events interesting and fun,
and the friendships fulfulling. That's a big part of our mission - to promote
international friendship and understanding across barriers. At both farewell
parties, Ed and Gary thanked their committee chairs and members for their
efforts and time. On behalf of the FFD Board, to those of you where were
involved in either or both exchanges - thanks, gracias, danke schoen, obrigado!! As we can always involve more of our members, let's keep
this spirit alive and ready for our next group of ambassadors from Lima and
Tarapoto, Peru (in mid-September).
With those inbounds completed, let's spend some time extending friendship and understanding within our club. Paula Rose, our program chair, has
scheduled some great events for the next few months where we can learn more about
each other. This month, we'll have a picnic at Kathy Morris' home (see Events
page). In June, we'll meet in members' homes for small group dinners. And in
July, we'll meet in local restaurants for small group dinners (a new venue but
the same friendship). Be sure to respond to the announcements and come attend.
Meet veteran members, meet new members, and meet our guests (invite your
Also, at the May meeting, we will hold a short business meeting to catch up on the progress and status of our club and get an update on the
outbound to Columbia (if you're still interested, contact Ray Enstam for info or
see our Columbia exchange information
page. Wendy Whaley is planning some entertainment to get us in the mood as we send our
ambassadors to Bogota.
Inbound from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, February 19-20th, 2007
By the time everyone reads this our inbound exchange with the visitors from
Canada will be pleasant history. Many thanks to Gary Paramore for all of his hard work,
and to the home hosts and members who accompanied the ambassadors during the
week. See photos from the exchange by clicking here: Photos
Inbound from Romania, April 1-8, 2007
By the time you read this the visitors from Romania will also be back home.
Ed Edgren did a wonderful job. Ed shared the following letter from ED Azota
describes feelings regarding the great time that everyone had.
Dear Ed: The Romanian Group from Friendship Force International has
alreadymade it back to Romania. Everyone is very happy about the trip to the
U.S. Now we all know what it means to be a member of this organization. I
thank you for your confidence in me.
I thank you for the computers that have already been delivered to the “Blind
Children’s Center.” Without you I could never have done it. For your’s and
your wife’s efforts I thank you again. I hope to see you again next
year with the people from Dallas.
Sincerely yours, Azota Popescu.
See a few photos from the exchange by clicking Photos.
Inbound from Lima & Taropoto, Peru, September 15-22, 2007. After a week in Dallas, they will spend a week in houston. The
exchange director is Pam Varney-Terrell. If you can serve as a home host or in
any other capacity, please contact her at email@example.com.
Our only outbound this year is to Bogota, Columbia, June 4 through 11, 2007. Ray Enstam is the ED, so
if you are interested in going please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bogota exchange director, Cuqui
Ardila, thinks they can host up to 30 ambassadors between the two clubs, Dallas and
Houston. Cuqui also suggests an optional trip for 2 nights to Cartagena.
Bogota is a well-preserved old city that dates from 1536, and it has 42 museums
to illustrate its history. It is located at 8500 feet above sea level on the
Andes Mountains, and the capital has a population of about 8,000,000. The
weather is wonderful, like spring all year around. The members of the club are
relatively young and many still work. Some own their own businesses.
Click on Columbia to read more about it.
The exchange to Bogota is offering a two day extension to Cartagena, not the coffee country or the Amazon.
The inbound from Lima and Tarapoto is shared with Houston club. The
previously planned stop in Mexico was cancelled.
Dallas’ Inbound & Outbound Exchanges for 2008
Both exchanges for 2008 have now been confirmed. We will welcome
Australia in May 2008, and the Dallas and Austin clubs will travel together to
Tarrialba, Costa Rica in November 2008.
FFI Board News
Here are a few recent motions/actions from your board:
In January, Ana Marie Lee submitted her resignation as FFD's Exchange
Treasurer due to personal committments. Thanks to her for many years
in this position! At the February board meeting,
edward perez appointed and the board approved Wendy Whaley as FFD's Exchange
Treasurer in addition to her role as FFD's Treasurer. THANKS, Wendy!
In February, board voted to list FFD in the 2007 FF domestic
exchanges directory. Although we haven't been contacted by any club wanting to
plan an interclub exchange to Dallas, you never know. If you are interested in
getting a group together for an interclub exchange to another US city, contact
Ray Enstam and we'll see what we can do. Northeast or in the fall, Florida
in November, the possibilities are pretty wide open.
In March, we voted to send donation to the Hope Cottage ($100) for
use of their facility for the Romanian exchange farewell party and to Hearts
Across Romania ($100) for organizing the lunch at the Romanian Orthodox church
as well as helping get the Romanian ambassadors to Ft. Worth to catch the
Amtrak to Oklahoma City.
FFD Ways and Means
Mary Suther would like to thank everyone who participated in the Macy’s
project. Wendy Whaley reports that we made $380, an unbelievable achievement.
Thanks to Wendy Whaley for coordinating and staffing the FFD table on March
17th along with Myrna Ridings, Henny Houston, Jim Bourn, and Diana
Bosworth. Thanks also to all FFD who purchased or sold coupons.
Remember, if you need a ride to/from DFW or Love Field airport, contact edward
perez at: email@example.com
to schedule a FFD Airport shuttle [$30 one way,
$40 if you live in Plano or north of Plano]. The following members have volunteered to be your shuttle driver: Paula Rose, Lillian Fipps, Wendy
Whaley, Mary Williams,The Ridings, Ray Enstam, Ana Marie Lee, Ed Edgren, M. C.
Meador, Gary Paramore and Mary Suther. Contact edward if you would like to
If you have recently joined but forgot to order a name badge or need a replacement, please send your name and $5.00 to Brud Kisner, our
membership co-chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need a yearbook or want the recent updates, please contact Teresa
Wilkin at email@example.com.
Are you regularly looking at the Dallas website? It's at www.friendshipforcedallas.org.
Click Articles and the link for the letter that Erich Geissler sent regarding his marriage to Dallasite Yvonne Klusman that appeared in last month's Friendship magazine.
See a few photos from the Medicine Hat and Romania exchanges that are posted (Click
Exchanges and the link you want). More are always welcome - send them to Mary Williams at
Find the listing of exchanges, Discovery tours and festivals sent in the monthly e-mail from FFI (Click Exchanges,
Other Clubs). Make Friendship Force a part of your travel plans.
While you're on the website you'll find meeting information, current and past newsletters, photos, and a wealth of other articles and links to other interesting places.
In order for members of Friendship Force of Dallas to get to know each
other better, we will start a new feature telling about new, or fairly new,
Let’s start with
Frits and Patricia Andeweg. Frits was born in Indonesia and
was a prisoner of the Japanese during WW II. After his release, he went to
Holland and later to the US. He is an engineer, and worked for TI. He told
them to go into light emitting diodes (LEDs), and when they didn’t think that
was a great idea, he said, “OK, I’ll start my own company”. He did, and showed
TI how they blew it. His company made many things with LEDs, including T
shirts, but probably the most fun thing they did was a magnificent cloak for
Liberace covered with hundreds of LEDs.
Pat was born in Hampshire, UK, and trained as a nurse at Cambridge. She worked
as a nurse in many different countries, including Malaysia and Iran. She was
on her way to Australia to visit her family, but met Frits in San Francisco,
and “That was it”.
They have been active in our club, including a dinner at their home when the
Romanians were here this April.
Congratulations to LaNell and Jim Naughton on their marriage on
April 2!!! They had to skeedaddle from the Romania event in downtown Dallas
that day to get to their wedding ceremony.
Article from Erich
Our former member Yvonne Klusman's husband Erich Geissler wrote about
their meeting through Friendship Force in an article in Friendship
magazine. Read it on our Articles page.
International Conference - 30th Anniversary Celebration
by edward perez
In late February, Edward Perez, Paula Rose, Ray Enstam, Mary Williams, Mary
Suther, and Jim Bourn traveled to Atlanta, GA as FFD's official delegates to
the FFI Conference and to celebrate FFI's 30th Aniversary.
I attended a Leadership
workshop where FFI introduced the new outbound Exchange
Director training material. We will incorporate this material into our existing
material for EDs. I also attended workshops on international exchanges and
are increasing in number), exchanges that make a difference
- service programs to Tanzania and the mission exchange to Cuba were
showed my photos from that exchange (see poster above from Cuba), and publicizing Friendship Force.
attended workshops on filling exchanges, music - an international language,
travel & travel insurance, Q&A with George Brown (President, FFI
computer skills, and expansion into Asia. All of us attended the Gala Dinner and Program at the Atlanta Aquarium (very cool!!).
Best of all, for me, was meeting FF members from all corners of our globe - Tanzania, US, Japan, Ghana, Colombia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Burundi,
Indonesia, Thailand, Kenya, Germany, Canada - some veterans members (20 years+)
and some brand new members (Yvonne from FF Ghana had just joined in January!).
And after talking with them, even for a brief time, realizing that we are all
one big family, all working to improve relations between peoples around the
world, one person, one exchange at a time.
If you have never been to a regional or an international conference (the next ones will be in Baton Rogue, LA and Gold Coast, Australia,
respectively), I promise you will be enlightened and inspired. Note - Dallas hosted
the international conference with Ft. Worth in Nov 2002 and will host the
SW Regional Conference in 2009!!
FFI Board members, with our own Mary Suther on the left. Dallas/Florida
member Mac Mckenzie is Board President.
Several items today for your info.
FF pen and pen/pencil sets now available
In March, your board voted to purchase some more of those great wood
pen and pen/pencil sets, engraved with "The Friendship Force." Big THANKS to
Jim Bourn for ordering them and picking them up! They are now available for purchase by members and guests - they make
great gifts for inbound ambassadors or for hosts on outbounds. We'll also use
them as gifts for speakers at our meetings. Contact Ray Enstam or edward perez
to purchase yours!
A few more of our newest members are Gerda Kreyer and Jim Rutherford.
Gerda was born near Berlin. She and her family escaped to West Berlin in 1949,
where they lived in a refugee camp. When Gerda was in her teens, some American GIs
gave a Christmas party, and Gerda married one of the GIs. How’s that for a
new Prince Charming story? They came to the US. and lived in many locations, as
military families usually do.
Gerda then worked ten years for the army in Fort Benning, Georgia, and
for 20 years as a Federal Agent in the Office of The Inspector General in
Dallas. She has taught German in the Goethe Center in Dallas. In June, Gerda will
go on her first outbound with the Dallas club to Bogota, Columbia.
Gerda’s husband, Jim Rutherford, is a mechanical engineer. He started
with Texas Precision in Houston, designing and manufacturing equipment and
systems for oil exploration and drilling companies. In the 1982 oil bust, he
moved to Chaparral Steel Co. in Midlothian as manager of design, maintenance,
At this time, the PC was born, and Jim used his mechanical skills in
repairing PCs for people in and out of the company. This led to building and
repairing computers for customers all over the country. He runs his present
company, Eagle Pro Computer, Inc., from his home. He does everything you can imagine with computers, including new, repair, software, and digital picture
Jeff graduates !!
A Big CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff Cornell on completing all course
work to receive a Bachelors of Science in Finance from University of Texas at
Dallas. He recently started work at Baker and McKenzie [the world's largest law
firm; more than 80% of its lawyers practice outside the US, come from 60
countries, and speak more than 75 languages] and will be heading to SMU law school
in the fall.
FF SW events
Two of our region's clubs are hosting "Open Doors" - long weekend
* FF Fort Worth will host an "Open Doors" from September 6-9, 2007.
There is no initial club limit to this invitation, so if any club wants to bring a
group of 4-6 people they will be welcome, until we hit our maximum of about
18-20 people. If you are interested, contact edward perez, who will forward
your info to FF Ft Worth.
* FF Oklahoma will host an "Open Doors" from November 15-18, 2007 in
conjunction with the Celebration of the Oklahoma State Centennial (the
weekend that includes the day of statehood). There will be many exciting events
from which to chose including a parade, concert at the Ford Center,
reenactments, and historical reviews. They look forward to this opportunity to build
friendships within the Friendship Force Southwest Region. Arrive
Thursday November 15, great activities and friendship building November 16-17,
depart on Sunday, November 18.
To register, send your name and contact info to Beth Allen-Eden, President FFO
firstname.lastname@example.org [Copy Ray Enstam and/or edward
perez. Two members per club until FFO opens it up further]
FF Oklahoma is also planning an outbound to Belarus Sept 8-17, 2007
[maybe one week earlier]. If you would like to join them, they need your
deposit by June 10!! The proposed cost is $450 exchange only or $1850 with air
from OKC or DFW. If interested, send your name and contact info to Beth Allen-Eden, President FFO[she can send
you an itinerary.
Lots of great upcoming exchanges. For a complete listing of upcoming
Friendship Force exchanges, visit Other
edited from the sources at FFI (http://ffido.friendshipforce.org/test/exchange/tabletest_exch.asp)
Some Upcoming Exchange Destinations -
St. Petersburg & Rostov on Don, Russia
Ulyanovsk & Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Central & South America:
Mundo Maya, De Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico
Itanhaem & Belem, Brazil
Ribeirao Preto, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Bogota, Colombia
Osaka and Yamagata, Japan
Gwangju, South Korea & Taipei, Taiwan
Sydney, Bundaberg and the Gold Coast, Australia
Perth & Gold Coast, Australia & Gisborne, New Zealand
Discover Programs, Bridgebuilder Exchanges & Festivals
Discover Singapore/Malaysia, China Again, New Zealand, Slovakia, Chile
South Africa Festival
Uganda Study Tour
New Mexico Balloon Festival