from England a Success
Ray Enstam, Exchange Director
Our visitors from Cleveland County, United
Kingdom have come and gone. And with them, our only inbound
international exchange for 2004. On Saturday evening, October 9, our
twelve visitors arrived at DFW airport and were greeted by their hosts.
The week’s events started Sunday and took a turn for the doubtful when
a good English rain set in. However, Friendship Force of Dallas
responded as resourcefully as always.
The Sunday morning Eat and Greet
breakfast at my house was successfully moved indoors and a great event
welcome it turned out to be. The Welcome Dinner at Jim Bourn’s house
that evening also had to move indoors due to the constant drizzle.
Again, great food and great friends.
Rootin' Tootin' Antonia McDonald
Margaret and Bill Docherty Bob Douglas -
the singing cowboy
Pam Varney Terrell
and Alan Fletcher
By Monday, the weather had cleared
enough for a visit to the Arboretum, which was enjoyed by the visitors
who included many gardeners.
The weather cleared Tuesday for a walking
tour of downtown Dallas, including a guided tour of the Arts District
and later a walk to the West End. Wednesday was a day to visit our
sister city of Fort Worth, and Thursday was a day at the State Fair.
ended up Friday with a wonderful Farewell Party at the House of Darwin
and Myra Smith. The next morning our guests left from DFW to continue on
for another week of visits with the Friendship Force Club of Tuxtla-Gutierrez,
I thank all of the members and friends of
Friendship Force of Dallas who helped make this exchange a success by
participating in the many events. In particular, I thank the Exchange
Committee members: Paula Rose, Home Hosts; Lee Latham, Day Hosts; Pam
Varney, Welcome Package; Ana Marie Lee, Exchange Treasurer; Mary Helen
Lyons, Small Group Dinners; Mary Williams, Publications; Myrna Ridings,
Publicity; Jim Bourn, Welcome Party; Darwin and Myra Smith, Farewell
Party; Brud Kisner, Entertainment; Edward Perez, Technical Support;
Susan Cooper, General Coordinator.
A special thanks to the home hosts
who are always key to making the guests feel welcome and cared for: Lee
and Mary Latham, Jerry and Jackie Bluhm, Paula Rose and Edward
Perez, Marty and Diana Behannesey, LaNell Koch and Jim Naughton,
Susan Cooper, Bob and Doris Langford, and Pat Peters and Betty
Mayeur. Also, thanks to those who participated as Day Hosts, Greeters at
events, helpers in many ways at each event, and those who helped make
each a event a success by your attendance to make our guests feel
10th Anniversary Celebration
Approximately 80 FFD members, friends and guests
enjoyed a BBQ dinner, displays of memorabilia (including PowerPoint
presentations, lots of pictures, scrapbooks and music) and a super
program presented, organized and emceed by Brud Kisner and Ed Edgren. Brud talked about many of the founding, charter and early
members, while Ed called on past Exchange Directors to relate some
memories from past exchanges.
LaNell Koch spoke in remembrance of
Bob Stone, another founding member.
Several early members (whom we haven’t seen for a
while) – Opal Cooper, Mark and Virginia Bryant, Dolores Nudds,
Margie Tareilo and Helen-Marie Al Haddad – joined in the
festivities. Mary Suther did a great job finding these folks and
producing formal invitations.
Jim Bourn worked very hard, as usual,
bringing the BBQ, drinks, sound system and providing extra tables and
chairs (hauled to the event by hardworking Edward Perez). Mary
Williams reserved the clubhouse for us, provided extra tables and
chairs, and stayed to the end cleaning up. Jackie and Jerry Bluhm
loaned us their treasured international flags for decorations.
Mary Williams, Ana Marie Lee and
guests Fred and Nancy Stine, from Maine
Edward Perez created the event program, posters for memorabilia displays
and the certificates given to the founding and charter members, EDs
and presidents. Lilliana Hollister and her friends Charles
McNatt and Maggie Cardona also helped setup. Mary and Lee Latham, Wendy and John Whaley, Ray Enstam, Gary
Paramore and Pat Peters completed the setup crew. Betty
Mayeur and Martha and; Leo Durst checked everyone in. And
everyone helped clean up!
Thanks to all of you!
Rose, event coordinator.
and Dora Stahl, Al and Nancy Hicks and I represented the club at
the 2004 Friendship Force International 28th annual Conference.
14countries and over 300 people attended. A great time was had by all -
greeting old friends and making new contacts.
The FFI staff, led by
George Brown, arranged interesting and informative sessions. All were
instructed on how to more effectively plan and lead exchanges. The FFI
exchanges were very successful this year. George, with the help of the
FFI Staff, board and the FF Los Angeles club, kept the meetings fun as
they told us about new programs to many new places.
The theme of the convention was "Reach for the
Stars". A new program was announced to honor Wayne Smith and put
FFI on a firm Financial Footing. The program, "Building on a Great
Legacy," will start March 1, 2005 with as many clubs as possible
joining in a round the world club meetings that start in New Zealand and
end 24 hours later in Hawaii. The plan is to add 30 new clubs and expand
Special sessions explained alternative exchanges,
such as chorus, youth and special fair trips. The special meeting on
March 1 will include fund raising projects to jump-start the new
programs. The last day was awards. The most enthusiastic person at the
convention was co-awarded to Pjerina Dekanovic from Croatia and an
attendee from Japan. Other awards included:
Outstanding clubs Service - Mesla Kachel, Mexico
- Greater Cincinnati FF
Programs - Itanhaem, Brazil.
Outstanding Achievement - Sue Hock of FF Southern
Your officers will brief the club on all the plans for the March 1
event. The Stahls and Hicks remained for a post-conference homestay in
Southern California. I returned with the feeling that FFI is in good
shape and making great steps to increase program to reach out to the
world in Peace and Friendship.
Meetings for 2005
Our December holiday meeting will be held Dec.
5th at Henny Houston’s home. The theme is an “Around
the World Christmas Dinner.” The menu will include foods from
Italy, USA, Spain, France, Mexico, Germany and Brazil. We will hold a
White Elephant gift exchange. Fill out and return the enclosed
reservation form with your check payable to FF Dallas to Lilliana
Hollister by Dec 1st.
Also, to help our Bridge Builders program (see
article in Club News), all members are asked to bring a donation (cash or
check; receipts issued if requested). The board has issued a
challenge to our members and will match club members’ donations, up
to a total of $250.00 for the entire club.
January 9th - Sunday
At the Gran Machu Picchu Restaurant
(Jupiter and Garland Rd). Our guest speaker will be Teresa Ocampo. Teresa is
the “Julia Child” of Peru, having hosted TV cooking programs for 30+
years. She will talk about Peruvian food and culture.
March 1st - Tuesday
Tuesday, March 1 is World Friendship Day.
Friendship Force Dallas will join hands and hearts with our friends
around the world for a global celebration. The party will begin in New
Zealand and continue around the world through each time zone for
twenty-four hours of celebrations.
To spread the message of Friendship Force to
countries that do not have clubs or resources to organize clubs, we will
raise funds for the Legacy Fund established by Friendship Force
International for this purpose (in honor of Wayne Smith, FFI founder).
You will be receiving additional information on this in future
newsletters, announcements and mailings. FFI is asking for a donation of
$10.00 from each of us but we can exceed this goal and have a great
March 1 is not our usual meeting date, so
mark your calendars now. Save the date and watch for updates on all
the activities planned for the celebration.
UPDATE: See more from FFI on the FFI page: World
Mary Latham, our incoming VP in charge of
programs, wants your input and ideas for events and meetings for
the rest of 2005. Please fill out the questionnaire sent with the
Oct-Nov newsletter and return it ASAP to Mary (contact Edward Perez
if you need a new copy sent via email or US Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
yourself at future meetings to these new members. And greet any visitors and guests!!
2005 Membership Dues
FFI has requested that all clubs send in their
membership dues and magazine subscription fees by February 1, 2005.
FFD’s annual dues are $45/family and $40/individual. This includes $15
for a subscription to the Friendship Magazine (subtract that amount from
your annual dues if you do not want the magazine).
Please plan to
bring your 2005 membership dues (checks payable to Friendship Force of
Dallas, sent to
Herb and Juli Ziev) to the January 9th meeting or mail it to the 2005
Membership co-chairs. Please note any changes in your mailing
address, phone number and/or e-mail address.
FFD Club Exchange Preference Survey
Once again, it is that time of year to start
thinking about future travel adventures. In the case of Friendship Force
International, it is time to think about 2006! FFI has started the
assignment process and they hope to make the 2006 exchange assignments
by Spring 2005. This benefits FFD because it allows us ample planning
As always, FFD gets to ask for its preferred
outbound exchange destinations, and you, the members, get to decide
which locations we will ask for. The board discussed and agreed to ask
for two inbounds and two outbounds, esp. if one of them was to Canada.
take the time to fill out the Exchange Preference Survey form included
with your last newsletter and send or give it to me prior to December
15 so that your voice may be heard.
Enstam, International Exchange Coordinator
You will be pleased to know that six computers
and a scanner have been shipped to a school for the blind in Romania. We
had provided 15 computers for Peru and Chile as our gift. Others have
been sent to Sierra Leone, Pakistan, and other places. We appreciated
the $600 gift that you made last year. It helped to replace our cost.
Two high school graduates this year from the school
for the blind in Romania got jobs because of their computer skills.
First time in the history of the school that graduates got jobs right
out of school!
Now we have shipped six more to another school for
the blind. We would appreciate a $600 gift so that we will be ready for
the next group that Ed Edgren might have in mind.
The Bridge Builder Program is having a
significant effect upon an increasing number of persons.
Bob Langford, Ph D.
President, Texas Center for the Physically Impaired
From a recent Microsoft Regional Newsletter:
"Computers for the Blind!” Sounds like an
oxymoron? Not so. Thanks to The Texas Center for the Physically
Impaired, computers are changing the lives of visually impaired people
around the world. By updating obsolete computers and retrofitting them
with a synthesized voice program, TCPI is opening the door to a world
The process begins with the donation of used
computers. Volunteers from the North Texas PC Users Group refurbish the
donated computers by installing the new software, which includes a
screen-reader demo and a computer-training tutorial.
A visually impaired person who is serious about
learning and is willing to listen to several audiocassettes to learn the
basic steps for using a computer is eligible to receive one of these
computers. The CPU, keyboard, monitor and software are free to the user.
There is a $100 charge to cover packing, shipping, and replacement
The critical part of this program is the
supply of used computers to refurbish and equip for use by the visually
impaired. Texas Center for the Physically Impaired is a 501c3 nonprofit
organization and provides donors a receipt so that they may obtain a tax
A call to Bob Langford will arrange timely pickup of your used
FFD 2005 Board
The following members will assume their
respective FFD board officer position starting Jan 2005. Thanks
to all of you for committing your time and efforts to our club! If you
would like to help out in any way, contact any of the officers.
Committee chairs will be announced in the next newsletter.
1st Vice President: Mary Suther
2nd Vice President (Membership): Herb & Juli Ziev
Vice President (Programs): Mary Latham
Betty Mayeur and Pat Peters
The next meeting will be Dec 6th -
the 1st Monday in December, not the 2nd
Monday, as is usual.
All 2004 and 2005 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.
The FFD Board usually meets the 2nd
Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Richardson YMCA (821 Custer Road,
just south of Arapaho and west of US 75 Central Expwy).
UPDATE: From now on, the Board will meet at Marilyn McRae's clubhouse.
The January meeting will be Jan. 10.
We publish our
newsletter bi-monthly. Please send all articles, news items, photos,
etc. to Edward Perez by Dec. 20th for the next newsletter
issue. Send via email to email@example.com or by fax to 214-553-4547.
If you know of any FFD member or friend who could
use some sunshine, contact Mary Helen Lyons: MHLTX@mymailstation.com
If you know of a group who would like to know about FFD and wants a
speaker, contact Jim Bourn: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to volunteer for any of the
committees, contact Brud Kisner or any of the officers: email@example.com
Southwest Region Conference
Dear Friendship Force Members and Friends,
We invite you to make plans now to attend
the 2005 Southwest Regional Conference Fri. & Sat., February
11 & 12, 2005 at the Clarion Hotel, in the heart of downtown Fort
The theme is “Extending Our Reach”. The
Fort Worth club is preparing a very special program for you. Debbie
Powell, FFI Program Services Coordinator for SW Region, will join us
Friday night and Saturday. She will update us on what’s happening at
FFI and will answer questions submitted in advance by our clubs. Our
Keynote speaker is
Anne Marie Weiss-Armush, a noted speaker and editor
of DFW International http://www.dfwinternational.org. She will lead a session on cultural
There will also be breakout sessions with
presenters from various clubs. Some of the topics under consideration
are club data base management, club websites, newsletters, club gift
ideas, club city monument ideas, and making inbound exchanges easier.
Registration fees are $55/person by Jan. 25th;
$65/person after Jan 25th. Saturday night dinner $15 for
guests. Special hotel rate of $79/night (up to 4 per room). The
registration form is available
on the FF Ft Worth website http://www.fffw.org. Save
We’ll see you in February. Please contact us if you have questions.
Friendship Force Exchange Opportunities
As of August, FFI and various clubs have confirmed
305 exchanges for 2005! Visit the “Find an Exchange” section on
FFI's website or the “Exchanges” section of FFD's website for info
on the exchanges. You can browse/search for exchanges by region, club,
Whether you are a Friendship Force club member in
Accra, Ghana, Singapore, Newcastle, England, Sacramento, California, USA
or anywhere else in the world, pack your bags and join in the fun of
renewing old friendships and making new ones while visiting fascinating
Festivals feature hotel stays, with tours of the
area and programs highlighting local history and cultural interests.
Many are organized to tie in with local celebrations or events. The
hotel stay is usually followed by hosting in club members’ homes in
the same or nearby area for two nights or more. Festival participants
register individually, rather than being a part of a club exchange.
the FFI website (http://www.friendshipforce.org/Events/festivals.html
)for more info on these upcoming exchanges:
May 8-12, 2005, Asia Pacific:
Featuring Wine and Waves in Newcastle, Australia. Friends around the
world are invited to join with the Asia Pacific clubs for a festival of
fun, friendship and culture.
July 2005, Chicago/Midwest: