FFI: The Friendship Connection

August 17, 2020

In this issue…

  • 2021 Board Nominations
  • Gaining and Keeping a Global Perspective
  • 2020 Guidelines for Planning a Virtual Journey
  • 2020 Pen Pals Initiative Guidelines with Translations
  • Planning for 2022
  • Upcoming Friendship Force Virtual Experiences
In case you missed it…
  • Recordings of Previous Friendship Force Virtual Experiences
FEATURED
2021 Board Nominations

With our immediate future assured thanks to the amazing generosity of our members, the Board of Directors is looking to elect two individuals to fill vacancies for a term to begin in 2021.

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Gaining and Keeping a Global Perspective

A short list of some reputable news resources from around the world.

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2020 Guidelines for Planning a Virtual Journey

A Virtual Journey is a FF Virtual Experience that takes place over the course of several weeks, and allows clubs to “visit” one another virtually, using tools like Zoom, email, written letters, video chats, and phone calls. 

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2020 Pen Pals Initiative Guidelines with Translations

All you need is a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, and a stamp. (Translations are linked directly below the document title.)

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Planning for 2022

A list of key dates for the 2022 Journey Matching process. The process will be a little different this year due to the impact of COVID-19 and postponed Journeys.

Read More…

Upcoming FF Virtual Experiences:
Faces and Places: Japan

Sunday, August 23, 2020, 9:00 p.m. JST
(
CONVERT TO LOCAL TIME)

Hosts: Ms. Ono Kazue, FF Setouchi・Hiroshima & Mr. Ryotaro Sakurai, FF Sendai Miyagi

Register here…

FF Sacramento: Community Garden Presentation

Sunday, August 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m. PDT
(CONVERT TO LOCAL TIME)

Host: Pat Ghiglieri, FF Sacramento

Register here…

Trivia Quiz

Monday, September 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m. CEST
(CONVERT TO LOCAL TIME)

Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Register here…

India Through the Eyes
of a Friendship Force
Member: Delhi to Mumbai

Monday, September 14, 2020, 8:00 p.m. CEST
(CONVERT TO LOCAL TIME)

Host: Ina Bornheim, FFI Lübeck

Register here…

In Case You Missed It…
Don’t forget: you can scroll down to the bottom of the Friendship Force Virtual Experiences page to find recordings of previous presentations!
Friendship Force has a NEW mailing address!


279 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046 USA

The Friendship Connection is a new periodical email newsletter focused on keeping our members informed with up-to-date happenings from the organization. 

FFI: August Journey Catalog

July 28, 2020

 

AUGUST JOURNEY CATALOG
NEW JOURNEYS
Grand Tour of Italy
April 10 to April 24, 2021
Click for Details >
Best of Scotland
August 29 to September 8, 2021
Click for Details >
We understand that the impact of COVID-19 on 2021 international travel remains uncertain. At the same time, it is important to support clubs looking optimistically towards the future. Please indicate your interest in any Friendship Force Journey, safe in the knowledge that we will keep you updated as we learn more about the global travel situation.
Feeling adventurous? Ready to travel soon?
Journey Coordinator seeks indications of interest for May 2021 Global Journey to Armenia and Azerbaijan. 
In order to begin preliminary planning, it’s only fair to our two hosting clubs, FF Baku & FF Yerevan, (both of whom are very keen to host us,) that we have an idea of whether or not we will be able to recruit enough ambassadors to fill this Journey. Please email Journey Coordinator, Bobbie Mulholland, mulholland.bobbie1@gmail.comto register your interest.
It is well understood that this Journey will only proceed if the COVID19 situation has improved enough to permit travel.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES
For more information, or to register for any of the options below,
visit the
 FFI Virtual Experiences page.

Faces and Places in France
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m. CEST

Host: Valerie Malfara, FFI Staff

Trivia Quiz 
(First day/time option of two identical sessions.)
Monday, August 3, 2020, 7:30 p.m. CEST

Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Trivia Quiz 
(Different day & time, identical questions.)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 11:00 a.m. CEST

Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Faces and Places in Brazil
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9:00 p.m. Sao Paulo

Hosts: Thiago Lorena, FF Ribeirao Preto and Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

Improve Your Travel PhotographyTips, Tricks, and Gear
Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 11:00 a.m. US EDT

Hosts: Dr. Sharon Swallwood, FF Florida Suncoast and Allison Lindsey, FFI Staff

Faces and Places New Zealand
Thursday, August 13, 2020, 11:30 a.m. New Zealand Time

Hosts: John Hannah and Kimberly Fraser, FFI Staff

FFI: The Friendship Connection

July 16, 2020

In this issue…

  • A Family of Volunteers
  • Friendship Force Takes Steps Towards a New Future
  • Health and Safety Guidelines for Friendship Force Journeys after COVID-19
  • Continuing Our Journey – Now Is The Time!
  • Maximize Your FFI Virtual Experiences
In case you missed it…
  • A “Thank You” to Donors
  • “Continuing Our Journey” Campaign Update
  • 2020 & 2021 Canceled and Postponed Journeys
FEATURED
A Family of Volunteers

The Hagan family’s fascinating tale of travel and friendship-building spans forty years and three generations.

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Friendship Force Takes Steps Towards a New Future

Evolve or die: a fundamental precept for operating any business

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Health and Safety Guidelines for Friendship Force Journeys after COVID-19

Checklist to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Read more…

Maximize Your FFI Virtual Experiences!

A guide to help you make the most of the Friendship Force Virtual Experiences page

Read more…

Explore FFI Virtual Experiences

Browse the latest FFI Virtual Experiences and register for some today!

View page…

In Case You Missed It…
A “Thank You” to Donors
“Continuing Our Journey” Campaign Update
2020 & 2021 Canceled and Postponed Journeys
Friendship Force has a NEW mailing address!


279 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046 USA

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FFI: The 2021 Festival at Sea

July 6, 2020

Dear Friends,
As the world slowly opens up again for international adventures, we are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to explore northern Europe in August 2021.
Next year’s Festival at Sea, on-board the beautiful Niew Statendam ship, starts and ends in Copenhagen, Denmark. For two weeks we will sail through multiple ports in Norway, Iceland, and Scotland, and, as always, we will offer our very own Friendship Force workshops and social events, on a route that is sure to be enchanting.

Please review the schedule, pricing and sign-up details on the Festival at Sea page. Pay particular attention to Holland America’s special deal, the Have It All Sale, valid for all sign-ups prior to July 31, 2020.

Receive up to US $2,300 in extras:
• Free drinks
• Free gratuities
• Free Signature Dining Package
• Free Wi-Fi for Suites
• 50% Reduced Deposit (refundable)
Cruise lines offer different promotional deals throughout the year, so if you miss this one, don’t worry! We will be happy to work with you for the best package possible at the time you register.

Registration details are on the Festival at Sea page. If you have any other questions not covered on that page, simply email our partner agent at Total Travel Events: sherry@totaltravelevents.com

We would love for you to participate in next year’s Festival at Sea, but even if you cannot, please feel free to share this information with any friends or family that you think would like to join us!

Wishing you all the best, wherever you are, and I look forward to our next face-to-face meet-up!

In Friendship,

Jeremi Snook
President/CEO

SECURE THIS DEAL NOW WITH NO-RISK BOOKING 
Deposits are fully refundable up until April 1, 2021 

FFI: The Catalog of Virtual Experiences

July 2, 2020

 

We are pleased to introduce Friendship Force Virtual Experiencesa series of opportunities to meet friends, experience other cultures, or learn something new. With new experiences added regularly and curated by members like you, FFI staff, and special guests, the series offers something for everyone. Thanks to your recent contributions, FFI is still here and able to make all of this possible. Thank you for your generosity and for continuing this journey with us!

– Allison Lindsey, VP of Member Engagement

There are three main types of Virtual Experiences, indicated by the following icons:

Friendship Force Virtual Journeys 

A Virtual Journey is a virtual experience that would take place over the course of about a month. Clubs would be matched to “visit” one another virtually, with one club assigned as the host club and one club as the ambassador club. The members of these clubs would come together using online tools like Zoom. There would be a “welcome party” with participants from both clubs in a Zoom meeting, a period of 2 – 3 weeks when paired  hosts and ambassadors get to know one another through email, written letters, video chats and phone calls. The experience would culminate with a “Farewell Party” in which the ambassador club shares about their culture and country and participants share their experiences or impressions.


Friendship Force Learning Place 

In the “Learning Place”, you can take advantage of training materials designed to help you learn new skills and become more successful in what you do. Here you can find all kinds of resources, from best practices to help your club flourish, leadership training to support your members, technology tutorials to help you stay connected, and chances to learn about Friendship Force activities that support our mission. Connect with an online community, talk with other registrants and webinar moderators, and grow with us.


Friendship Force Members Connect 

This is where Friendship Force members come to connect to spend time online with one another, learn from our members about their home country, culture and traditions, and connect on a deeper level through interacting via Friendship Force Faces and PlacesFriendship Force Pen Pals, or Friendship Force Bridging the Gap experiences.

Friendship Force Faces and Places – In the “Faces and Places” series, you will have the opportunity to meet Friendship Force members from around the globe as they showcase their countries. These webinar-style events will give you a chance to learn firsthand about another person’s culture, community, and experience – all without leaving your home. Participants will be able to interact with hosts, ask questions, and gain more knowledge about destinations and travel options for the future.

Friendship Force Pen Pals  – FFI Pen Pals is a new way to “experience different views and discover common ground”. Get matched up with another FFI member based on your interests – shared hobbies, common interests, a specific region or city, or a foreign language you’d like to practice. Or simply be surprised and get matched randomly! Then sit down and start writing – all you need is a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope and a stamp.

Friendship Force Bridging the Gap – Bringing people together to get to know each other in spite of their differences. – Coming soon!

Access Virtual Experiences Catalog Here!
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FFI: The friendship connection

June 18, 2020

 

In this issue…

  • Virtual Events: Connecting on a Theme
  • 2019 Annual Report
  • A Heartfelt “Thank You” to Our Generous Donors
  • Planning 2022 Matching Timeline
In case you missed it…
  • Embrace This Moment
  • “Continuing Our Journey” Campaign Update
FEATURED
Virtual Events: Connecting on a Theme

If you’ve got a webcam and an internet connection, a whole world of friendship is open to you

Read more…

2019 Annual Report

A year-end snapshot of 2019 for Friendship Force International

View Report…

A Heartfelt “Thank You” to Our Generous Donors

We sincerely appreciate all who donated for Friendship Force’s future

Read more…

Planning Department’s 2022 Matching Timeline

A schedule of important dates to remember while planning for 2022 Journeys

Read more…

In Case You Missed It…
“Continuing Our Journey” Update
Embrace This Moment
Friendship Force has a NEW mailing address!


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Lawrenceville, GA 30046 USA

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FFI: Faces and Places in Brazil

June 12, 2020

Faces and Places in Brazil

FUN FACTS & MORE!

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/288774797

Please join us as we explore “Faces and Places” in Brazil! Thiago Lorena from the FF of Ribeirao Preto will take us on a virtual trip through Brazil, giving us highlights of the sights and sounds of his home country. He’ll share about his life and culture, as well as what you can expect when you visit this beautiful country.
Meet the Webinar Host:

My name is Thiago Lorena.  I’m 38 and have lived most of my life in the Southeast region of Brazil, in the São Paulo State. I teach English classes and love it! It’s the best job I’ve ever had! I have been a Member of FF Ribeirão Preto Club since 2017. In November, 2018, I coordinated a global Journey to Brazil (Fortaleza and Amazon Village) with 15 ambassadors: 10 Americans and five Canadians. It was an amazing experience to share some of the most beautiful landscapes of my country with them! In September 2019, I also led a Journey to Canada (Calgary/Toronto/Haliburton) which I really enjoyed. Some of my additional interests include nature, sports, music, art, hiking, rafting, history, and geography.

First time using GoToMeeting?

Download the app now to be prepared for your first meeting:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/288774797

We know that, unfortunately, not every webinar is a convenient time for all of our members in different time zones around the world. If this one is not at a good time, check out our Events Calendar for other webinars that might work better for you!

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FFI: Continuing the journey

For subtitles, click on the “Settings” gear icon at the bottom of the video, select “Subtitles/CC”, and then choose your desired language. 

June 8, 2020

Over the past two months, members from around the world have shown amazing solidarity and support for the ongoing mission of Friendship Force beyond the pandemic. Collectively, you have raised more than $300,000 USD.  Although fundraising will continue through the end of the year, we are asking those who have been considering a monetary gift to FFI to make one in the month of June. This will give the Board of Directors a clear picture for financial planning in 2021 and beyond as we assess recovery. It will also mark a shift in communications as we retire the formal drive for donations and focus more fully on virtual activities and programs to support club cohesiveness.

For all who have given already to Friendship Force, THANK YOU! For those who have been considering a gift to FFI, I hope you consider one today!

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FFI: Embracing this moment

Embracing This Moment
A Personal Message from FFI President/CEO Jeremi Snook

Life is filled with moments. There are moments that bring so much joy to our being that just a fleeting thought of them brings a smile to our face. There are moments too that have left scars so deep that we wince at their recollection. All of these moments contributed in some way to who we are today. ‘Building bridges of understanding across the barriers that separate people’ is the call-to-action that has brought thousands of people around the world to join Friendship Force. The stories from our FF experiences continue to prove that the moments we create, the moments we embrace, change us. But change can only happen when we set our own preconceived ideas and judgements aside in order to be fully present in the moment.

While we wait for a vaccine, for international flights to resume, for our next Journey to take place, and to hear from our news and leaders what will happen next – a bigger journey continues, filled with moments that will define us. Right now is one of those moments.

The protests taking place in the United States – and indeed around the world – are a sobering reminder about why our organization remains relevant, and they are proof that you don’t need to get on an airplane to be changed by an experience. For many of us in the US, teaching our children or our grandchildren about institutional racism, health, and income disparities – and the long road ahead for our country to heal from its racist past – is a choice each of us must make. Unseating generations of prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination is a daily practice of making a conscious decision to be better today than we were yesterday.

For Friendship Force members, we know all too well the power of embracing the diversity that exists in the world. We understand that in order to expand our world view and build connections with countries and cultures different from our own, we may feel uncomfortable when faced with something new. But we embrace the discomfort, because we know in the end we will be better for it. However, our mission doesn’t start when we go through customs at the airport; it starts as soon as we open our eyes in the morning. We make a conscious decision to open our minds and our hearts so that we can better understand the world around us and allow that understanding to change us.

As a member of the Friendship Force, I recognize that I can make a difference. I recognize that I have a mission. That mission is to be a friend to the people of the world. As I embark upon this adventure, I know that others will be watching me. I know that through my example to my fellow citizens and the people of other countries, the cause of friendship and peace can be furthered.
I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

This moment in the United States is about a long unresolved undercurrent of institutional racism, sparked by the unnecessary death of George Floyd. Although what we see on the news and in cities around the world is a collective response, it is an individual choice to change the world around us. This is what Friendship Force, at its core, is about. I challenge each of us to look for ways within our own communities and countries where the mission of Friendship Force can further humanity.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and just as importantly, stay committed to the bigger journey and embrace this moment.

– Jeremi Snook
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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

Watch now…

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

Read more…

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.