Revised FFNM 2019 calendar of events

January 12 – Luncheon Meeting 11:30
February 16 – Social – Getting to the Heart of FF 3:00 -5:00
March 9 – Luncheon Meeting 11:30
April 13 – Social – Nature Hike with Tom Seamon
May 11 – Luncheon Meeting 11:30
June 22 – Social – LEO’s – Let’s Eat Out 11:30 – Restaurant TBD
July 13 – Luncheon Meeting 11:30
August – Social – Wine and Cheese Party – @ Judith Meade’s Date & Time TBD
September 14 – Luncheon Meeting 11:30
October 26 – Social – Fun & Games – 3:00 – 5:00
November 9 – Luncheon Meeting 11:30
December 14 – Social – Christmas Party – Location, Time & Date TBD

As dates approach more details will be shared.

October journey catalog

White Christmas in Saskatoon, Canada
December 21 to December 26, 2018
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Rocket City Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of
Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission

July 14 to July 21, 2019
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2019 FFNM officers set

Great News from Friendship Force NM
We are not just Surviving but Thriving!

Joan Mirabal – New President Elect for 2019

Thank you Joan for stepping up to the plate to take on the role of president for FFNM 2019. Joan has lived in NM for a year but was a FF member in Dallas, Texas, for 3 years and Ames, Iowa, for 3 years – 2 of which she was their vice-president.

Julie McGaharan will take on the role of vice-president, sharing dual responsibilities with Joan.
Lenore Pardee will continue her role as treasurer.
Nancy Covalt will continue her role as secretary.
Cheryl Lehmberg will continue her role as membership chair
Berta Wagstaff will continue her role as membership development

We thank all of these people for their dedication to our Friendship Force Club.

We also send out kudos and gracias to Mark Vaughan who has served us well as president during 2018. We will miss your jokes but know we will continue to see your active participation.

The official elections will take place at our next luncheon on November 10th @ 11:30 @ the Ramada Inn – what once was Elegante. Our guest speaker is one of our active members – Denise Coleman who will dazzle us with photos and stories of Paris, France. More to come on this very soon. And thank you to Phil Moskal for his excellent presentation for the September luncheon.

Many Thanks to Ginger Grossetete and Nancy Covalt for their successful coordination of the recent Metro Vancouver Journey. And as we all know – it takes a village to raise a child and thus it took many others who gave their time as home hosts, day hosts, small dinner hosts, guides for tours, etc. etc. Your personal spirit of volunteerism is truly appreciated.

December’s Social Event is our Holiday Gathering on the 8th at the home of Chuck and Trudy Beverly. More details forthcoming regarding this event.

2019 World Conference registration


Registration Is Live!
Online registration is now available for our 2019 World Conference, which will take place from July 23rd-27th, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado (USA).  Click the link below to learn more and sign up.  We hope to see you there! 
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Official FFNM club call

Good day to everyone.

The purpose of this email is to let everyone know that as of this time we have not had a volunteer  to assume the office of president next year for our club. November 2018 is the month that I need to notify FFI in Atlanta and let them know the name and email of the person taking my place as president for 2019. If we don’t have a replacement, our club will lose its Charter Membership status, no longer qualify as a recognized club and be dissolved. Sixteen current members, as well as many past members, have held the office and have helped successfully grow our club into what it is today. This really is the last call in hopes that someone will step up and take my place to carry on.

If anyone has questions concerning what will be required of you to serve for one year, please contact me at: 505 379-3191.

In Friendship,

Mark Vaughan

October social event Saturday

A beautiful autumn day to you our Friendship Force Companions! Just a reminder that Mark and Julie will await your presence to join us as we enjoy one of our favorite festivals — see information below.

We will wait for you just after the ticket sales booth as close to 10 a.m. as possible. Our cell phone numbers are below in case you are going to be later you can call us and we can meet up with you.

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!

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