Media relations webinar

Take part in an exciting, free online webinar for Friendship Force clubs, members, and leaders to learn ways to strengthen your club through Media Relations!

Join us for a free workshop – Marketing FFI Through the News Media to Grow Membership – on January 30, 2018 from 10:00 AM EST – 11:00 AM EST. Be sure to include your club name in the First Name field as well, please. Space is limited to 50, so reserve your spot now!

Register for the seminar here:

This workshop will be educational and relevant for club presidents, PR directors, and club members in general who seek to strengthen their marketing, public relations, and media relations skills to expand placement of FFI news in traditional and social media in their communities in order to grow FFI membership.

Your workshop leader is Andrew Bowen, APR, career journalist, former political press secretary, founder and senior counsel with his own international marketing/PR firm, Clearview Communications & Public Relations Inc. Andy, who has been working with FFI for more than a decade, presented two popular media relations/marketing workshops in Manchester, England, during the 40th Anniversary World Conference in September. Space is limited to 50 participants, so register early!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We hope you’ll join us virtually on January 30th! Can’t make this one? Stay tuned for emails from Friendship Force for additional dates and times!

Questions? Email us at

Chinese New Year

February will be our first Social Event and it will be a
Chinese New Year’s Banquet! 

There will be a delicious SIX (6) course meal, live entertainment, educational presentation (you will learn about the history and the Year of the Dog); there will be a Lion’s dance, and a raffle to support the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Albuquerque Lodge (CACA-ABQ) Scholarship program and as in the past, quite festive!

Tickets go fast!!; however, special arrangements were made and 20 tickets were reserved for our Club. It will be on a first come basis as to who gets to attend. It is therefore important to let me know, “the check is in the mail” so that I know to anticipate receipt and know when we have reached our limit.

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Time: Noon
Place: Ho-Lo-Mai Restaurant
Address: 8624 Menaul Blvd NE

Luncheon Price: To Be Determined (It was $22 last year)
Menu includes tax, tip & hot tea.
Iced tea, soft drinks, beer and wine are additional.
If you leave hungry, it is your own fault; there will be lots of food!!!

Checks Payable to: CACA-ABQ Lodge

Mail to: Berta Wagstaff
PO Box 66775
Albuquerque, NM 87193

DEADLINE: February 9, 2016 – NO refunds

Berta Wagstaff
Membership Development Chairperson

January Journey Catalogue

‎Jan‎ ‎17 at ‎7‎:‎06‎ ‎AM

Check out the January Journey Catalog!

Travel the world. Be welcomed into someone’s home. Immerse yourself in their local culture. Invite travelers from other places into your own home and proudly share your culture with them.


Nor Peru, Peru — April 7 to April 13, 2018

Indonesia, Vietnam, and China — April 25 to May 25, 2018

Western Washington Outdoor Adventure — July 23 to July 30, 2018

Art, Culture, and Gastronomy of Brazil — May 29 to June 9, 2018

Discover Jordan — October 30 to November 8, 2018

Don’t see what you’re looking for in the catalog entry?

Don’t forget to click on the “Itinerary” and “Details” tabs at the top of each entry, underneath the main photo!

View all of our available Journeys here!


Western Regional Super Conference

DATE: January 17, 2018

Western Regional Super Conference

May 3 to 5, 2018

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Elk Grove, California

Dear Friendship Force Member:

The FF Club of Sacramento is pleased and privileged to be coordinating a Super Regional Conference for the 37 clubs within the Western US and Canada.

As you are a member of one of those clubs, we would like to encourage you to consider joining us for this unique experience. We hope our theme, Citizens of a Global Community, will motivate you and your club to move forward to serve within your local communities.

Staff from FFI headquarters will be presenting workshops addressing the issues and future plans of FFI. Our workshops include: Insurance and Mobility Issues; Websites; Journey Coordinator Training; Multigenerational Journeys; Building and Maintaining Membership; Community Involvement – Conducted by our Keynote Speaker; Vetting, Pitfalls and Planning of Global Journeys; Photo Clusters, Using Google Docs and Thinking Outside the Box!

We close the conference with a GALA Mexican style dinner, appropriately on Cinco de Mayo, May 5th. You will be overwhelmed with our dinner presentation by two FF members who sailed their boat from San Francisco to Australia over a two-year period. They stopped along the way to learn about the cultures, provide eyeglasses to island inhabitants, teach, and make friends in every port!

The Presidents’ meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 1 PM, where we hope you can send your President or someone to represent your President. This is a wonderful time for bonding, finding out more about what other clubs are doing, perhaps openings for upcoming Journeys, and just having fun!

Please join us!
Marty McKnew & Pat Ghiglieri
Western Region Field Representatives

Sue Palmer
Mountain States Field Representative

Judy Smith
Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest Field Representative

Mavis Grant
Western Canada Field Representative

Report on January 13 luncheon

Friendship Force – Report on January 13 Luncheon

‎Jan‎ ‎14 at ‎2‎:‎41‎ ‎PM

In an effort to keep everyone updated on club activities, dates and upcoming events, we are sending this report with information discussed at yesterday’s luncheon.

Minutes from New Mexico Friendship Force Lunch Meeting 1/13/18

Thank you to the 36 members who attended today’s luncheon at the Elegante. We welcomed 4 guests and 3 new members and we missed those unable to join us. Following are the key points of the meeting:

Welcome and pledges by Mark Vaughan – our 2018 President

Round of appreciations for so much active participation in 2017

We will be alternating monthly luncheon meetings social gatherings. Berta Wagstaff spoke regarding ideas for social events. In February, we will hold a social event instead of our luncheon. On February 18, we will join in a celebration of Chinese New Year at a local restaurant. We have openings for 20 members. Please contact Berta @ 505-710-4448 if you are interested in attending.

Incoming exchange May 3-10 – 18 members from Western North Carolina. A team of five members will be coordinating efforts to plan for this exchange and will be contacting you for your support as well. Cheryl Lehmberg will be the point of contact.

Sign-up sheets and descriptions were available for our out-going exchange to Cedar Rapids in Central Iowa for June 13 – 19. Contact Cheryl Lehmberg @ 972-658-4241 for further information and she will send you a description of the visit.

There will be an international incoming exchange for September 20-27 from the Metro Vancouver Friendship Force Club.

And, finally, Ginger Grossetete introduced our speaker – Joseph Badal – a local author who shared some very interesting information regarding the world of publishing and introduced us to some of his books as well. There were many questions and he was very well received.

Bob and Sue Bowersock