Hope you all are having a relaxing summer – either in Dallas or somewhere cooler! My family and I recently vacationed in Seattle and the San Juan Islands, and enjoyed the cool temperatures, sunshine, delicious seafood, and beautiful vistas. It was a nice break from the Texas heat.
Our club has been busy this summer, following the new tag line: Explore, Understand, &
Serve. We had several wonderful programs and exchanges, including a presentation by John Whaley on his experience with the Humanitarian Exchange to Costa Rica, an outbound domestic exchange to Harrisburg, led by Frits
Andeweg, small group dinners in members’ homes, and a multi-media show on Morocco by Ken Walker and Peggy Benton. We had a record breaking attendance at our last meeting that also included eleven guests! Hope you are planning on attending the September meeting that will focus on our election of officers, a program on Egypt, and a
short slide show from the Harrisburg exchange.
The nominating committee has recommended a slate of officers for 2009, which was approved by the FFD board on August 11th. Other nominees, if any, will be considered at the September 13th meeting.
The 2009 officer nominees are:
President – Wendy Whaley
1st VP – Teresa Wilkin
2nd VP/Membership – Sandy Kaiser
Program Coordinator – Dora Stahl
Treasurer – edward perez
Secretary – Ruth Barrow
FFD is also busy planning the next SW Regional Conference on Feb. 6-8, 2009. It will be held at the Crowne Plaza Dallas (near the Galleria) and we are expecting over 100 members from clubs in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas.
It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend, so please plan on attending. Registration packets will be available next month.
We are excited about the upcoming exchanges in 2009, including an outbound to Romania in May/June, an inbound in April from San Francisco, an inbound from
Taupo, New Zealand in October, an outbound Discover China in September, and
a Spanish language school outbound to Colombia in fall.
I hope that you will take part in one or more of these events.
By Paula Rose, Program Coordinator
Sunday September 14th, 5pm
Oasis Palace Mediterranean Buffet
327 Spring Valley Rd (about 5 blocks east of Central on Spring Valley) 972-235-6111
Buffet - $13 in advance (plus tip at restaurant)
Check for $13 per person to Paula Rose by Sept 7 -
1) Election of 2009 FFD officers
2) PowerPoint report on Harrisburg PA Outbound Exchange: Frits Andeweg ED – report; Mary Williams - photos
3) PowerPoint presentation by Zia Shamsy: 50th Anniversary of Sister Cities in Egypt
|Sunday October 12th
Your choice of three times / locations / food types:
• Madras Pavillion -101 S. Coit (SE corner Coit and Belt Line) Dal Rich Center. 972-671-3672
Indian vegetarian buffet. $12 plus drink and tip. Pay restaurant at the restaurant.
Group will meet with host Lee Latham at 1:30 pm
• Andreas Italian -101 S. Coit (SE corner Coit and Belt Line) Dal Rich Center. 972-234-6814
Soup OR salad, entree, dessert, drink, tip - $12. Entree choices: eggs benedict florentine with fruit and potatoes; pan seared tilapia and vegetables; pork loin with vegetables; chicken penne pasta. Beer/wine available (separate checks for these).
$12 check payable to FFD to be given to host Wendy Whaley before or at restaurant.
Group will meet with host Wendy Whaley at 1:30 pm
• Tukta Thai - 9625 Plano Road Dallas 75238 - SW corner Plano and Walnut Hill just S of LBJ (Plano Rd. exit). 214 342 0121
About$12 for entrée, drink, tax, tip (depending on entree). Pay at restaurant (separate checks); BYOB if you desire wine or beer.
This group will meet with host Mary Williams at 5 pm
Reserve by e-mail or phone to Annette Dempsey by Oct 5th –
Give your 1st and 2nd choice; Annette will confirm your reservation.
Interactive discussion with host member
An election, for new FFDallas officers, will be conducted at the annual meeting on Sept. 14th, 5pm, at the Oasis Palace Mediterranean Buffet. See meeting
The Nominating Committee presented the following recommendations for FFDallas officers at the 11 Aug. board meeting. The recommendations were approved by the board.
FFD members may present other nominees, with the consent of the nominee, at the annual meeting.
Proposed 2009 FF Dallas officers:
President – Wendy Whaley
1st VP – Teresa Wilkin
2nd VP/Membership – Sandy Kaiser
Program Coordinator – Dora Stahl
Treasurer – Edward Perez
Secretary – Ruth Barrow
From the FFDallas By-Laws:
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
At least five (5) weeks prior to the date of the annual meeting, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee. This Committee shall consist of five (5) members. The duties of this committee shall be to make nominations, with the consent of those nominated, and present the nominees to the membership in writing within fifteen (15) days before the annual meeting. Nominees will be reported to the general body at the annual meeting. At the annual meeting, the President shall receive from the floor any further nominations with the consent of the nominees.
The election of officers shall be held at the annual meeting. Voting for officers shall be by ballot. Each member shall have one vote for each office. Only members present and in good standing may vote. There shall be no voting by proxy. In the event of a tie vote another ballot must be taken. If a quorum is present, the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present and voting shall be required to elect each officer. If there is only one nominee for an office, voting for that office may be by voice vote.
Candidates for elective Club office shall be members in good standing and shall be elected for a term of one year. The elected officers shall assume office January 1. An officer may succeed himself/herself one time in that office.
By Edward Perez, Treasurer
As of August 9, 2008, the club's finances are still in great shape. We have sufficient funds in our Bridge Builder account [funded by the auction Ed Edgren led a couple of years ago], a certificate of deposit [funded by surpluses several years ago], club checking account, and exchange account.
In our club checking account, several people have taken advantage of our FF Dallas airport shuttle service. Scheduling rides to/from the airport and making donations to our club have totaled close to $400 so far this year.
This is a great way to learn more about your fellow members and an easy way to help support our club. The major unbudgeted, but board approved, expenses this year include a) a computer, computer software, computer projector, and projection screen [for use at club meetings and the upcoming southwest region conference in Feb 2009] and b) new FFD lapel pins [due to arrive any day now]. The remaining major club income/expenses will be the membership dues and printing/mailing costs.
With regards to the Southwest Regional Conference, we have placed a deposit with the Crowne Plaza Hotel and for entertainment. We anticipate registration fees coming in during November and December. No other major expenses for the conference are expected until next year.
In our exchange account, we collected fees for the Harrisburg and Turrialba outbound
exchanges and tour extension and we distributed those fees to FFI, the FF clubs, and the extension travel agency. There may be refunds due to Turriabla ambassadors if all of the contingency funds are not needed.
Let me know if you have any questions or need specific info about our accounts, income, or expenses.
Treasurer, Friendship Force Dallas
Dues Collection - 2009
As you know, we must collect dues annually from those FF Dallas members who want to remain members for the following calendar year. The past problems we have experienced in accomplishing this were discussed at the 11 Aug board meeting. The details are still being worked out, but the basis of our membership renewal policy this year follows. All members are urged to renew their membership as early as possible.
We will be sending a dues application form in October.
1. Your membership must be renewed, and your dues payment must be received, by Dec 15th.
2. The first renewal notice will be emailed/mailed to FFD members in mid-October.
3. A second, and final, renewal notice will be emailed/mailed in mid-November.
4. It will be the personal responsibility of each FFD member, if they intend to continue their membership, to pay their 2009 dues by
Dec. 15th 2008. There will be no individual phone calls or emails this year to members who are late in paying their dues.
Any FFD member who feels that they may be unable to comply with the new policy may voice their concerns at the next board meeting, Monday, Sept. 15th. Please contact Wendy Whaley, or any board member, for time and place of this board meeting.
Newsletter Editor/Board Member
Peggy and Ken are planning to spend most of next year traveling the US in their RV. To replace them during this period, we will need
a new Newsletter Editor after February 2009. Contact Wendy
Whaley if you are interested in publishing the newsletter - 6 issues per year. There is
help from others on e-mailing and mailing.
If you have traveled somewhere (especially if it was an FF trip with another
club) and would like to share your experiences in this newsletter, please send an article and
HELP WANTED -- FROM YOU
Help get the word out. Help build our membership.
Our best source of new members is word of mouth.
Spread the word about the great experiences you have had with FFD.
Spread the word about our next meeting.
(Martha Durst would like your ideas for good places to publicize FFD events)
A recent joint venture with the Oklahoma club resulting in another computer and Braille
paper being donated to the Tulio Herrera School for the Blind in Trujillo, Peru, were we
have donated computers before. The computer, a voice-synthesized CPU for use by blind children, was prepared by Bob Langford's organization, Texas Center for the Visually Impaired,
and paid for by the Oklahoma club. The ten cartons of Braille printer paper were a donation Paula Rose obtained from the producer, Freedom Scientific.
Peggy Benton and Ken Walker are taking the last two cartons of this paper to Peru this
month. Ed Edgren and Bob Langford are the co-chairs of BridgeBuilders, the charitable projects arm of FFDallas, which was started in 1996 by Ray Enstam and Bob Langford. For more information, see
Bob's article about computers for the blind on the Articles page
and articles on other BridgeBuilder activities in past newsletters.
The following "thank you" to FFDallas was received from the director of the Tulio Herrera School. (Sent to Ray Enstam, who had told them the gifts were coming.)
Estimado amigo Raymond Enstam
Recibe mis saludos con mucho cariño y muchas gracias por los regalos para el colegio de ciegos hemos recibido papel braille, un cpu para la computadora, y 10 calculadoras parlante y pilas, que Dios bendiga tu generosidad.
Esteemed friend Raymond Enstam
Greetings and much affection, and many thanks for the gifts for the school for the blind. We received braille paper, a CPU for the computer and 10 talking calculators with batteries. May God bless your generosity.
The following is reprinted (with editorial corrections) from the July Friendship Force Oklahoma newsletter.
FF-Oklahoma & FF-Dallas Joint Effort - Trujillo, Peru
FFI members love to network and share experiences about their international exchanges. The Tulio Herrera School for disabled children in Trujillo, Peru has received donations for the last ten years from FFI clubs around the world as a result of this network of friends.
On a recent trip to Peru, member Beth Allen-Eden and her grandson, Eric, made a side trip to friends in the Trujillo Amistad FF club to deliver donated items from FFO and FF Dallas. The directors and children of the school gave them a warm reception and tour of the school demonstrating how the donated computer for the blind, Braille paper and ten
Spanish-speaking calculators would be utilized.
Many thanks to Paula Rose of FF Dallas and Bob Langford of the Texas Center for the Visually Impaired in helping to coordinate the above donated items. Many thanks
to Eric for carrying the heavy Braille paper through several airports.
See Bridgebuilder photos and article.
|2009 Southwest Conference
Friendship Force SW Regional Conference Dallas Club is hosting the best conference ever!
See how we can put into practice FFI goals to
Explore • Understand • Serve
More on SW
Conference 09 page NEW!
including flyer, registration form,
directions to hotel, Discover China flyer
UPDATE received September 4: John Funk has passed away after fighting a blood disease for
many years. The funeral will be private but, a memorial service will be held at 2:00
PM on Friday, September 5, at the
Northwest Bible Church, 8505
Douglas Ave, Dallas. The family is in mourning, but I am certain a card sent to
Betty Funk would be appreciated if you cannot make the service.
John - we will miss you!
The following exchanges are in the planning stage for 2009.
Put these on your calendar and set aside time to be involved. Even if you are a new member, there are many opportunities to participate our exchanges. If you have not yet had an opportunity to be a host, sign up. If you can’t accommodate visitors, be a day host. Several committees will need assistance during the planning stage. There are many ways to get involved with our visiting ambassadors.
Outbound Exchange to Sibiu, Romania -
UPDATE: Dates May 13-27, 2009 - Ed Edgren, Exchange Director, Teresa Wilkin, Asst.
Exchange Director [UPDATE]. Tentative plans include a home stay in Sibiu (to coincide with the Performing Arts Festival),
Bucharest, Brasov, and 2-4 days of touring. There will also be a visit to Brasov, but as part of a week long add-on tour.
UPDATE: See the Exchanges page, and contact
Ed for a more information and a flyer.
Sacramento CA Inter-club Exchange -
Sometime in the first two weeks in August, 2009 [UPDATE: August 3-8] - Mary Williams, Exchange Director
Since we will be visiting only one city, members may want to also visit Reno or San Francisco in small groups before or after.
See the Exchanges page.
Inbound San Francisco, CA - April 24-30, 2009
- Dale & Hilda Klosterman, Exchange Directors.
Taupo, New Zealand - November 11-18, 2009 (tentative dates)
- Paula Rose, Exchange Director [UPDATE]. Peggy and Ken are planning to spend most of next year traveling the US in their RV. To replace them during this period, we will need
an ED for the Taupo, NZ inbound exchange.
There are many other opportunities to participate in the exchanges of other Friendship Force Clubs. Go to
www.thefriendshipforce.org. Scroll down a bit and check out the ‘Immediate Departures’ links on the left side. From ‘Daily Departures’ on the FFI
July 1-7 sixteen members of the Dallas club joined with new friends in Harrisburg to explore
the capitol city, Hershey, Gettysburg and the Amish country. Frits Andeweg (right) was the
Dallas Exchange Director, while Don Covalesi (left) was the hospitable Harrisburg ED.
See a report and photos from this fun exchange.
On August 10th
Ken Walker and Peggy Benton gave a wonderful presentation on their Morocco exchange with the Knoxville TN club.
Supported with an informative and interesting PowerPoint presentation created by Ken, Peggy
told us about the life of the Berber families that they visited and the demanding conditions
they experienced in the Morocco desert. Truly, it was an insight into another way of life.
We had a record attendance, over 70 members and guests, at the Oasis Palace Mediterranean Buffet. If you missed their outstanding buffet, you will get another chance at the
September meeting, which will be held at the same location.
Visitors included Kurt and Marty Adamson of Dallas (Paula's neighbors); Marie and Allan Lai from
Fairview, friends of Sandy and Roger Kaiser; Gabby Suezo from Chile, guest of Yolanda Lackey; Denise and George Bouhasin from
McKinney (they were at the small group dinner hosted by Ray Ensta); Virginia de la Garza of Dallas, friend of Ana Marie Lee;
and Ramona Briggans' son and daughter, who are both students.
October 25, 2008 - Noon to 10:00 p.m.
Addison Circle Park
4970 Addison Circle Drive
Addison, Texas 75001
Parking is available at the northwest corner of the Dallas Parkway and Arapaho Road. A DART transit center is adjacent to the park.
ADMISSION: $5 for ages 4 and older.
At WorldFest guests will be immersed in the culture of Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East and of course the Americas as they visit each of five continental pavilions. While traveling through the pavilions, children can participate in a special passport project that encourages and rewards as they learn about each country represented at the event. Additionally, festival guests will cheer at the Parade of Nations, dine on cuisine from around the world, play global games like Rugby and Bocce, enjoy the children’s workshops and International passport, shop in the International Marketplace, sip and learn at the International wine tasting tent, and enjoy dance and musical offerings representing our global diversity.
Addison's WorldFest is produced by the Town of Addison in partnership with DFW International Community Alliance.
For more information about these and other events, please visit www.addisontexas.net
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