FFI: The Friendship Connection

In this issue…

  • FEATURE: New Sri Lankan Club Makes Lasting First Impression
  • Special Message from the Chair of the FFI Board of Directors
  • FF Leicestershire Hosts Afternoon Tea!
  • Tips for a Productive Online Meeting
  • “Continuing Our Journey” Campaign Update
In case you missed it…
  • Planning for Travel in 2021: FAQ
  • Faces Not Places: Meet Your FFI Staff Members
  • Friendship Force 2020 Financial Overview
Social distancing does not require social isolation. Although we must stay two meters apart physically, this is the time to draw closer, strengthening existing global connections and building new ones. Our current shared situation reminds us that at the heart of Friendship Force is our mission “to build bridges across the barriers that separate people.” Though we may feel more separated now than ever before, we do not have to travel to build new experiences. Now is the time to retool, readjust and reimagine the possibilities. Thank you for continuing this journey with us.

–Jeremi Snook, FFI President/CEO

FEATURED
New Sri Lankan Club Makes Lasting First Impression

Doug and Les Buchanan, FF North Moreton, led 26 Australian ambassadors on a Journey to Sri Lanka

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Special Message from the Chair of the FFI Board of Directors

A video from Bobbie Mulholland, FF Adelaide

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FF Leicestershire Hosts Afternoon Tea!

Club celebrates 21st anniversary virtually with friends around the world

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Tips for a Productive Online Meeting

Resources to help you stay digitally connected

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“Continuing Our Journey” – Fundraising Campaign Update

Friendship Force members around the world have stepped up in a big way

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In Case You Missed It…
Planning For Travel in 2021: FAQs
Faces Not Places! Meet Your FFI Staff Members
Friendship Force: 2020 Financial Overview
The Friendship Connection is a new periodical email newsletter focused on keeping our members informed with up-to-date happenings from the organization. 

FFNM members — Help

Friendship Force International is asking all members of all clubs to help at this time. Because of the COVID-19 almost all activities have been cancelled or put on hold. Please take the time to read the following letter.

Friends,                                                                                                         5/7/2020

Each of you have received several e-mails from Friendship Force International (FFI) stating that FFI has been significantly impacted financially by the global pandemic.  Its life support is dependent upon Membership dues and journey fees.  With cancellation of the majority journeys this year, FFI is striving for sustainability and is hoping the Fundraising Campaign will help.  Their goal is $340,00.00 and thus far they have collected $184,456.00 as of 5/2/20.

All clubs affiliated with Friendship Force International are encouraged to make a donation to help FFI continue to operate and function as the point of contact in coordinating and assisting in all upcoming and future journeys.

The Board is asking all members to participate in this campaign.  Please donate (any amount is appreciated), recognizing how important FFI is and has been to you as a member.  Several members have already sent their contribution directly to FFI (thank you) and these will be individually acknowledged by FFI.

For those of you who wish to donate and have not yet done so, Berta Wagstaff has offered to collect your donations, consolidate them and  mail one check to FFI indicating that this a gift from FFNM members towards your fund-raising campaign.  Please be advised that a check written to FFNM is not tax deductible but one sent directly to FFI is. I am requesting that any donation be made on or before May 25, 2020

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

In Friendship

Bill Bertenshaw, President