Sign up for June journey to Saskatoon

Come join Friendship Force New Mexico’s Journey to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada from June 18th to June 25th. Come and discover the charms of what some people call the “Paris of the prairies.”
The flyer below has information you will need to know about this journey.
We hope you will be a part of this journey to Saskatoon, a city that made the New York Times 2018 list of 52 Best Places to Visit.
In Friendship
Dianne Rand, Phil Moskal, Lori Enright
  • Friendship Force New Mexico
    Journey to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada June 18-June 25, 2020
    Come join us as we journey to Saskatoon, known as the “City of Bridges” for its seven bridges that span
    the South Saskatchewan River linking east to west. Saskatoon is home to the University of Saskatchewan
    where leading-edge technology such as the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron draws the best minds
    from around the world. The Meewasin Valley Trails are a hiker’s delight. The city’s vitality and cultural
    richness are evident in every neighborhood. Saskatoon made the New York Times 52 Best Places to Visit
    in 2018.
    Friendship Force Saskatoon, will host us for an activity filled week. Some of the places we may visit
    include Wanaskawyn, a First Nations Cultural Centre, soon to become a UNESCO site; the Western
    Development Museum, highlighting the early years of Saskatoon’s development; Manitou Springs
    Mineral Spa, which is known as The Dead Sea of Canada, legendary for its natural buoyancy and mineral
    rich properties and curative powers.
    We may enjoy a river boat ride on the Prairie Lily, go on a nature or river walk, visit a farm and explore
    some shops and restaurants outside of the city. We will enjoy touring this culturally rich city which
    houses a world renowned art gallery, a Ukrainian Museum, and innovative and plentiful restaurants.
  • All activities would require a moderate mobility level.9
    The temperature in June averages in the mid-70s providing a welcome respite from the usually high June
    temperatures in Albuquerque.
    The approximate cost of the journey would be $420 not including air fare. A deposit of $170 will be due
    on March 15th.
    There are flights from Albuquerque and Phoenix to Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker International
    Airport located 3 miles northwest of Saskatoon.
    If you are interested in taking part in this interesting journey please call one of the Journey Coordinators,
    Dianne Rand 505-800-8026 or Phil Moskal 505-410-8337
    Applications for this Journey can be found on the FFI website.
    content/uploads/2018/02/AmbassadorApplicationand-Agreement1.pdf . Please complete an
    application asap and send it to Phil Moskal at so we know how many ambassadors
    will be going. This club can host up to 10-12 persons.
    For those going on the Journey to Saskatoon a meeting will be held on March 15 at 3 p.m. at the Casa
    Clara Community Room, 1408 Vassar Dr. NE, Albuquerque 87106, to collect a deposit of $170 and
    provide further information about the Journey.

New FFI board members

Dear friends,

As you may all know, the governance of our wonderful organization is overseen by a group of dedicated, enthusiastic individuals whose one goal is to keep Friendship Force healthy so that it continues to thrive and expand well into the future.

Each year, several members step down from the board and new ones are appointed. We are proud to announce this year’s two new appointees: Tracy Mirembe of Kampala, Uganda; and Atiek Widjajanti of Solo-Surakarta, Indonesia.

With these exciting new additions, we must also say goodbye to our three departing board members: Thérèse Vilovar, Jyotsna (Jo) Custead, and Hiroshi Onishi. Thank you for serving the board tirelessly for the last three years!

Please visit the Board of Directors page of our website and take a moment or two to read the biographies of our new members — and the other eight Board of Directors members, too.

Don’t be afraid to make yourselves known to us at conferences or on Journeys –- we need to know what you are thinking.

In friendship,
Bobbie Mulholland
Adelaide, Australia
2020 Board Chair

February social event: Tokyo Hana Inn

Tokyo Hana Inn!
January is almost over and our first social event is next month!
An International Restaurant was one of the top 5 requests made for social events and so in February we are going West to Tokyo Hana Inn!
It is fairly new in Albuquerque, good food, great entertainment and reasonable too!
We will have a private room but we need a minimum of 20 members to make this happen!
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time:  11:30 – 1:30
Place:  Tokyo Hana Inn – 505-886-6188
             10001 Coors Blvd NW
Cost: Based on what you order!  Hibachi Lunch entrees start as low as $9 for Hibachi Vegetable and up to $19 for Hibachi Lobster and it is served with clear soup, salad, fried rice or white rice with mixed vegetables!!!
RSVP:  Please make your reservations no later than Wednesday, February 5, by calling or texting Berta Wagstaff at 505-710-4448 or emailing her at
Let’s make our first social event a success with your attendance!!  You are welcome to bring a guest(s) who may be interested in Friendship Force!!!
Thank you for your support!

Chinese New Year dinner

Please join us for Chinese New Year!  There is still room for you!!
Chinese New Year comes early this year!
As in the past, our members Li Lee and Linda Louie have extended an invitation to join them in celebrating the Year of the Rat!!
Special arrangements have been made and 20 tickets have been reserved for our Club.  It will be on a first come basis.
Date:  Sunday, January 26, 2020
Time:  Noon
Place:  Ho-Lo-Mai Restaurant

Address:  8624 Menaul Blvd NE
Luncheon Price: $26 (adults)
                           Menu includes tax, tip & hot tea.
Iced tea, soft drinks, beer and wine are additional.
A delicious SIX (6) course meal, live entertainment, educational presentation (you will learn about the history and the Year of the Boar); 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!
                  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: Wednesday, January 22, 2020  – NO refunds
Call/text (710-4448) OR email –  Berta Wagstaff  and let me know, “the check is in the mail.”
Let’s make it a great year to have fun, get better acquainted and increase membership in our Club.
Berta Wagstaff

A Note to Members

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It seems impossible to turn on the television or your device without seeing news of natural disasters, unspeakable violence, and political divisiveness all around our world. As members of an international, friendship-building organization with social connections that span the globe, we can’t ignore what our friends might be facing on the other side of the world – or even just a short plane ride away. As ambassadors, eager to meet new friends on a planned Journey, our excitement may be dampened by concern when hearing troubling reports.

Perhaps you are traveling to Australia as they face the worst fire season in its history. Or maybe you are facing worsening divisions in your home country or in the destination of your next Journey. While these events can cause us to reevaluate our plans, now more than ever it is important that we go.

Go to a place where new friends are eagerly awaiting your arrival. Go to a place where friendship and peace are desperately needed. Go on a new adventure that will bring you expanded world views, friendships, and understanding.

As with any Journey, we encourage you to do your research and make sure your plans are safe. But also know that your friends (both old and new) want you to come. They want you to experience their culture. They want you to know them – most especially in the face of hardships.

This year, make it a point to open your home to at least one new friend, and, when the opportunity arises to explore and expand your horizons, go.

In Friendship,

Jeremi Snook, CEO & President

U.S. eFlyer forJanuary

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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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Click below to view our full catalog of available experiences.

British Columbia journey coming up

FF NM has an outbound journey, May 20-27 to the Penticton-Okanagan FF club in British Columbia, Canada.
Penticton has a climate similar to that of Napa Valley, California; there are numerous vineyards in the area and the journey includes visits to some wineries.
The NK’Mip First Nation Band has a reserve in the area and a visit to learn about their history and traditional culture is part of the journey.
The journey also includes a visit to a Japanese garden, an art museum, and a farmers’ market.
There will be sign-up sheets at the January lunch or you can indicate your interest in participating in this journey by e-mailing Cheryl Lehmberg.

January luncheon meeting

May y’all have welcomed 2020 with joy, laughter and in good health!!
A friendly reminder to please complete, mail your 2020 membership renewal form accompanied by a check payable to FFNM for your membership fee OR bring to the luncheon!
Our first meeting of the year is next Saturday already!!  With your help we can make 2020 a great year with more involvement from our members.
Our President, Bill Bertenshaw, will discuss the various committees currently available and will encourage your input regarding what you believe will help the Club grow and be able to maintain its membership.
Please join us at our first meeting of the year.  Your support, input and involvement are welcomed!!

Please make your reservations no later than Tuesday,  January 7, 2020 , by calling or texting Berta Wagstaff at 505-710-4448 or emailing her at

PLACE:          Ramada Midtown (formerly Hotel  Eleganté )

ADDRESS:     2020 Menaul Blvd. NE

DATE:             Saturday, January 11, 2020

TIME:              11:30 am

COST:            $15.00 per person (Checks, made out to FFNM, are preferred)


NOTE:  The Club must pay the hotel for all reservations.  If you make a reservation and do not attend, you will be billed $15.00 for each reservation.

See you soon!

Berta Wagstaff

Membership Development Chair