Fortifying the future of Friendship Force

Dear Club Presidents, Club Boards, Club Leaders and Members everywhere,

Warm greetings from the FFI staff and board of directors.

Here at FFI Headquarters, we have all been working hard to create a substantial 2018-2021 Strategic Plan that will enrich the future of our programs and bring to clubs, everywhere, a new sense of buoyancy.

Following the generosity of clubs and members everywhere during the “I’m In!” campaign, our new data system is up and running beautifully – opening doors we hardly dared to dream of before. Now, of course, our challenge is to institute those options, one at a time, as finances allow.

What we are hoping for now is a concerted effort for renewal throughout Friendship Force. Retaining our beloved long-term members, gaining new members, developing new programs, and a real sense of optimism for what we can achieve together.

We can assure you that we are all doing everything we can to provide the platforms for you and your members to enjoy a rich future, and we are trusting that leadership in our clubs will do everything they can to support our efforts. What we know is that achievement, on the level we envisage, will not be accomplished without the acceptance of a level of change.

At this most interesting juncture in the life of Friendship Force, we are compelled to face a whole new realm of challenges, most particularly in the way the generations communicate. People have not changed – just the way we do things – and this concept needs to be at the center of how Friendship Force, at all levels of leadership, moves forward. In this, we ask for your collaboration.

While your program and membership fees support the organization as it exists now, we need your help to grow and evolve. Large donations are not possible for many of us, but there are other small ways to give. For the price of a take-out coffee, movie ticket, new book, or dinner out each month, you can make a donation to the organization which has provided such unique friendship-building experiences for each of us.

Please consider how much you might be able to set aside each month to donate to the FFI Annual Fund and support initiatives such as:
New Club Development and Club Support
Scholarships and Leadership Development
Language Translation Services
There is so much more we could say about the efforts under way to fortify Friendship Force’s future. So stay tuned, stay connected, and please, carefully digest the Strategic Plan when it arrives, being prepared to adopt and support proposed concepts.

In warmest friendship,

Jyotsna (Jo) Custead
Board Chair — Saskatoon, Canada

Bobbie Mulholland
Board Vice Chair — Adelaide, Australia

Invitation to visit the Cape of Good Hope

Dear Friends,

Have you always wanted to go to Africa but never had the right opportunity? This coming March could be your time to take a trip of a lifetime to visit FF Cape of Good Hope in South Africa!

I am Mary Williams of FF Dallas, Texas, and last summer I hosted a couple from the Cape of Good Hope club who were traveling in the US. As Friendship Force members are prone to do, we developed a quick friendship and hoped to meet again. Our wishes have come true with this scheduled Journey. The welcoming members of this club have put together a great itinerary for our stay in the Cape Town area with lots of variety and interesting things to see and do. And of course –- parties and dinners with members.

We will get a broad look at Cape Town, including the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade, City Hall where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990, and the Castle of Good Hope. Out along the coast we will visit Boulder Beach, Kalkbay, and Cape Point with its native penguin colony. Other stops will include the top of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town and the coast; a walk around the colorful Bo-Kaap region, settled by Malay slaves; the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; and the Stellenbosch Wine Estate and beautiful hill country.

And if this great week weren’t enough, we are following it with an optional eight-day/seven-night safari to Northern Botswana with one night at Victoria Falls; or you may book your own extension to other destinations of your choice.

There are only 6 spaces remaining on this Journey to South Africa from March 21 to 27, 2019. If you or someone you know would like to join us, please let me know of your interest. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!

In friendship,
Mary Williams
Journey Coordinator

October social event

Dear FFNM Friends –- Our social event this month is to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday 10/6 for a fun day to enjoy the beauty of our NM culture and enjoy a lovely autumn day together. Please see details below and if you will join us please call or text Mark Vaughan @ 505-379-3191 or Julie McGaharan @ 505-263-3046. We look forward to sharing this event with you.

El Rancho De Las Golondrinas

Harvest Festival

Autumn is a vibrant time to visit the Rancho! Taste syrup from our burro-driven sorghum mill, help make cider by cranking a traditional apple press, and pick a pumpkin from our scarecrow-guarded patch. Children can stomp grapes by foot, make cornhusk dolls or roll their own delicious tortilla by hand. There’s a lot to do at this long-running and acclaimed event!

Voted #2 Best Fall Harvest Festival in the nation by readers of USA Today.

Saturday, October 6th
& Sunday, October 7th

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Adult Admission: $8
Seniors (62+), teens (13–18): $6
12 and under: FREE!

Free webinar

Growing Membership in Friendship Force Through Effective News Media Relations & Public Relations

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10 a.m.-11 a.m EDT (8 a.m. MDT)

After attending this free webinar, Lisa and Katie, FF Greater Harrisburg, told their community about Friendship Force on their local news, and Dennis, FF Brisbane, discussed Friendship Force on a local radio station!

How will YOU spread the positive mission of Friendship Force through the local media in your community?

Please Note: Registration link will update based upon your time zone. Those who register for this webinar will also receive a recording, slides, and materials via email afterwards (in case you cannot attend it live).

Register Now

Vancouver journey farewell

Nancy Covalt & Ginger Grossetete, Co -Journey Coordinators, would like to invite all members to join them in farewelling the Ambassadors, after having spent a week showing off the Duke City to them! Home hosts do not need to RSVP. Please note Ginger’s address – SE not SW

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Address: 805 Suzanne Lane, SE (Four Hills)
Cost: $15.00 per person, please make check payable to FFNM and mail check to PO Box 66775, Albuquerque NM 87193

RSVP: Call Berta Wagstaff (710-4448) no later than Monday, September 24, 2018
Space is limited – first come basis.

Let’s have a great turn out!!!
Berta Wagstaff

September journey catalog

Fortaleza and the Amazon Village, Brazil
November 7 to November 19, 2018
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Utah National Parks
April 28 to May 10, 2019
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Moscow and the Cities of the Golden Ring, Russia
September 7 to September 21, 2019
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Quarterly eNewsletter

> Crossing Borders in My Grandparents’ Footsteps
> FF Surabaya, Featured Club of the Quarter
> Members on Screen and Over the Airwaves

“Being from a small town, I’ve realized that the world is pretty big.” Travel can be transformative at any age, but immersion and exposure to new cultures, places, and faces as a teenager can particularly affect one’s perspective on life.
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FF Surabaya steps up to help when nature made it impossible for scheduled club to host incoming ambassadors.
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Friendship Force would like to thank all of our 40th Anniversary Campaign, Annual Fund, and Monthly Donors!
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We’re excited to be planning Journeys for 2020 already! Members — make sure to attend club meetings that will focus on outbound destination requests for 2020!

Is your club wanting additional weeks of travel or hosting for 2019? If so, email!

Members on the Screen and Over the Airwaves
Andy Bowen’s News Media Relations webinars have inspired clubs around the world to promote the positive message of Friendship Force to their local media!
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FFI Recognized by GuideStar with Gold Seal of Transparency

We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.
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Crossing Borders in My Grandparents’ Footsteps
Natalie Duggan, the granddaughter of long-time FF members, reflects on a recent trip recreating the journey of her grandparents years ago.
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eFlyer: United States

The U.S. eFlyer is a place to find information about domestic Journeys within the United States, undersubscribed U.S. outbound Journeys, and occasional regional conferences and special events. The Journeys listed in the U.S. eFlyer are open to all ambassadors, representing some of the many places where you can experience new cultures and expand your global circle of friends.
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