March luncheon: A celebration with African instruments

Friendship Force International was founded by Wayne Smith and introduced by President Jimmy Carter on March 1, 1977!
FFI will be celebrating its 43rd year in March!
Ms. Camilla Dodson, a Chautauqua speaker, will be helping us celebrate with her African instruments.  Ms. Dodson is the daughter of a Lesotho (South Africa) chief.  For many years she lived in South Africa and Ireland.  She was one of 5 people invited to speak when Nelson Mandela returned to Cape Town after 27 years in prison!
Drums are probably the earliest musical instrument, common to all cultures.  Ms. Dodson’s presentation describes the role of music in traditional African society using drumming.
This program has been made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities for funding of the program.
Please help us celebrate 43 years of journeys and  enjoy the entertainment, history, people and culture up close and personal!!  Bring a guest!

Please make your reservations no later than Tuesday,  March 10, 2019, by calling or texting Berta Wagstaff at 710-4448 or emailing her at

PLACE:       Ramada Midtown (formerly Hotel  Eleganté )

ADDRESS:     2020 Menaul Blvd. NE

DATE:             Saturday,March 14

TIME:              11:30 am

COST:            $15 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.

Berta Wagstaff

Invitation to join journey to Brazil

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Bumba-Meu-Boi Festival and Lençóis Maranhenses with FF São Luis, Brazil
June 14 to June 22, 2020
Hello! I’m Thiago Lorena, Ambassador Journey Coordinator of Journey #20388: Bumba-Meu-Boi Festival and Lençois Maranhenses with FF São Luis Brazil!

This Journey provides ambassadors with the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Maranhão, experiencing it’s beaches, culture, cuisine, and history in the cities of São Luís and Barreirinhas, all while being hosted by members of FF São Luis! We will go on a city tour by foot through the historic center of São Luis, visit museums, a local market, a government palace, and the Artur Azevedo theater.

In Barreirinhas, we will visit Lençóis Maranhenses, where we’ll explore the dunes, bathe in the transparent waters of the rainwater lagoons, stroll along the river Preguiças, and enjoy the riparian forests. The area is a true spectacle of nature! We will also visit the lighthouse of Mandacaru and Caburé.
We will try several traditional Brazilian dishes and drinks,  including feijoada, mocotó, salads, fruits, and, of course, our most well-known drink: caipirinha.

In the evenings, we will watch folk attractions including Bumba Meu Boi, Cacuriá, and Tambor de Crioula: very traditional shows in this part of Brazil.

I want to visit these world-famous areas with you by my side! If you are interested, please contact me at my email address listed below, or view this Journey on the catalog for additional information. I look forward to hearing from you!

In friendship,
Thiago Lorena FábioAmbassador Journey Coordinator

View this Journey on the Catalog and Apply Today!
Journey dates: June 14 to June 22, 2020. Cost: $895 USD, includes FFI and host fees, welcome and farewell dinners, activities, hotel in Barreirinhas, and transportation to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. (International airfare is NOT included.) 14 spaces remaining.