October small group lunches

Guess Who Is Coming to Lunch?!
Friends!
Due to a very favorable response to having an October social event for a meal in small groups, I am asking for RSVPs for those who will be attending.
The event is, Guess Who Is Coming to Lunch?!
There are 4 host/ess:
The first 20 who RSVP  will be participating in the event!!
Host/ess will provide the main entree (whatever you would like!)
Guests will be assigned to bring one of the following when the RSVP has been confirmed:
Appetizer, side dish, dessert, or refreshment (you decide what you will bring AFTER your RSVP has been confirmed and you have been ASSIGNED a category)
Please make enough for 6.
You will find out where you will be having lunch and who will be joining you for lunch, when you arrive at the host/ess’ home.
Date:  Saturday, October 10
Time:  11:30-1:30
RSVP:  no later than Saturday, Oct 3, to vets4vets@aol.com
             OR text/call 505-710-4448  Limited to 20.
 Let’s get reacquainted!!!  It should be fun!!
Berta
PS:  This has been done before and found to be very entertaining and successful!

FFNM virtual luncheon Sept. 12

August 30, 2020

Friends!
How’s it going?!  We have a virtual luncheon to look forward to scheduled for Saturday, September 12.
Our featured speaker is Chief Peter Heald, co-founder and co-chair of the New Mexico chapter of Climate Reality, an international organization whose mission is to engage leaders and citizens to take urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and speed the global shift to renewables.
July 2020 was the warmest month on record. Nine of the ten hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. It’s clear that climate change is  here, it is happening now!  What does it mean for us in NM? Heald will talk about what can be done on a personal, community, regional and global level. Specific climate related issues that face New Mexico as well as problems that all of humanity will face will be discussed.  The presentation will focus on a range of solutions.

Please make your reservations no later than Thursday,  September 10, by calling or texting Berta Wagstaff at 505-710-4448 or emailing her at vets4vets@aol.com.

PLACE:       In the comfort of your home!

DATE:         Saturday, September 12, 2020

TIME:              11:30 am

Your support is very much appreciated!

A World of Friends is a world of PEACE

FFI: September Journey Catalog

Grand Tour of Italy
April 10 to April 24, 2021
Click for Details >
Croatia & Slovenia: The Old-World Adriatic
July 10 to July 21, 2021
Click for Details >
Best of Scotland
August 29 to September 8, 2021
Click for Details >
We understand that the impact of COVID-19 on international travel remains uncertain. At the same time, it is important to support clubs looking optimistically towards the future. Please indicate your interest in any Friendship Force Journey, safe in the knowledge that we will keep you updated as we learn more about the global travel situation.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES

For more information visit the FFI Virtual Experiences page.

FF Sacramento: Community Garden Presentation 
Sunday, August 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m. PDT
CONVERT TIME ZONE
Host: Pat Ghiglieri, FF Sacramento

Discover Australia While Improving Your English #2 
Monday, August 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. AEST
CONVERT TIME ZONE
Host: Ian Stanford, FF Adelaide

The Open World Leadership Program: History and Hosts
Thursday, September 3, 2020, 1:00 p.m. EDT
CONVERT TIME ZONE
Host: Britton Holmes, FFI Staff with Sherry Wileman, FF Big Canoe & Rick Thomas, FF Memphis

Trivia Quiz
Monday, September 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m. CEST
CONVERT TIME ZONE
Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

“Let’s Paint” Party
Saturday, September 12, 2020, 11:00 a.m. PDT
CONVERT TIME ZONE
Hosts: Kathy Hart, FF Sacramento

India Through the Eyes of a Friendship Force Member – Delhi to Mumbai
Monday, September 14, 2020, 8:00 p.m. CEST
CONVERT TIME ZONE
Host: Ina Bornheim, FFI Lübeck

FFNM: Elections and luncheon

August 21, 2020

Friends!

How’s it going?!  Lots of news to share with you!!!
I want to thank those members that replied with suggestions regarding the livelihood of our Club and even better for those that VOLUNTEERED to inject new ideas and provide support by taking on the roles of Vice President & Secretary!!!!!!!  In addition, one of our newest members has VOLUNTEERED to be in charge of our Facebook account!!  Did you know we had one?!  Well things are going to change with the help of Maguy Larochelle (mflroche@gmail.com) who lives in Santa Fe!!
Co Vice Presidents:  Dianne Rand – grandgusto@yahoo.com
                                  Phil Moskal- pgmoskal@gmail.com
Secretary:  Lori Enright – lorienright@hotmail.com
We now have a full Board of Directors for 2021!!!!
President:  Bill Bertenshaw – billbertenshaw1@gmail.com
Co Vice Presidents:  Dianne Rand ( grandgusto@yahoo.com )& Phil Moskal ( pgmoskal@gmail.com )
Secretary:  Lori Enright – lorienright@hotmail.com
Treasurer:  Lenora Pardee – lenorerp@aol.com
An official notice will be emailed to y’all and perhaps we can all vote virtually in October! More details will be forthcoming!!!
PLEASE express your appreciation to the individuals who have stepped forward to take on the challenges of injecting life into our Club and making a difference as we move forward!!!
ZOOM Luncheon
Our guest speaker for our September event was recommended by our member, Penina Ballen.
He is Chief Peter Heald,  co-founder and co-chair of the New Mexico Chapter of Climate Reality, an international organization whose mission is to engage leaders and citizens to take urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and speed the global shift to renewables.

The talk will be about the real progress being made to make things right with the planet.
What does it mean for us in NM?   Specific climate related issues that face New Mexico will be addressed.  The presentation will focus on a range of solutions, as well as enough information to enable and hopefully change concern into action!
Date:  Saturday, September 12
Time:  11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost:  FREE in the comfort of your home!
RSVP: vets4vets@aol.com OR call/text 505-710-4448
            please do so no later than Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Let’s increase our attendance!!
Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner?
It seems our interests/desires have changed since the survey was conducted in December regarding what the membership would like!!
Regrettably, there is not much interest in watching a movie with discussion to follow!  I need to know how many of you feel comfortable spending a couple of hours having a meal with no more than 6.  It wouldn’t have to be a meal, it could be wine and cheese, or dessert, or…
I need your input regarding how many would be interested in a small gathering and I need ideas that y’all would be willing to participate in.  OR
Should all our gatherings be ZOOM?!
We need to maintain contact with each other.  You are missed by me!!
May I please hear from ALL of you?!  
Berta/CARES

FFI: The Friendship Connection

August 17, 2020

In this issue…

  • 2021 Board Nominations
  • Gaining and Keeping a Global Perspective
  • 2020 Guidelines for Planning a Virtual Journey
  • 2020 Pen Pals Initiative Guidelines with Translations
  • Planning for 2022
  • Upcoming Friendship Force Virtual Experiences
In case you missed it…
  • Recordings of Previous Friendship Force Virtual Experiences
FEATURED
2021 Board Nominations

With our immediate future assured thanks to the amazing generosity of our members, the Board of Directors is looking to elect two individuals to fill vacancies for a term to begin in 2021.

Read more…

Gaining and Keeping a Global Perspective

A short list of some reputable news resources from around the world.

Read More…

2020 Guidelines for Planning a Virtual Journey

A Virtual Journey is a FF Virtual Experience that takes place over the course of several weeks, and allows clubs to “visit” one another virtually, using tools like Zoom, email, written letters, video chats, and phone calls. 

Read More…

2020 Pen Pals Initiative Guidelines with Translations

All you need is a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, and a stamp. (Translations are linked directly below the document title.)

Read More…

Planning for 2022

A list of key dates for the 2022 Journey Matching process. The process will be a little different this year due to the impact of COVID-19 and postponed Journeys.

Read More…

Upcoming FF Virtual Experiences:
Faces and Places: Japan

Sunday, August 23, 2020, 9:00 p.m. JST
(
CONVERT TO LOCAL TIME)

Hosts: Ms. Ono Kazue, FF Setouchi・Hiroshima & Mr. Ryotaro Sakurai, FF Sendai Miyagi

Register here…

FF Sacramento: Community Garden Presentation

Sunday, August 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m. PDT
(CONVERT TO LOCAL TIME)

Host: Pat Ghiglieri, FF Sacramento

Register here…

Trivia Quiz

Monday, September 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m. CEST
(CONVERT TO LOCAL TIME)

Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Register here…

India Through the Eyes
of a Friendship Force
Member: Delhi to Mumbai

Monday, September 14, 2020, 8:00 p.m. CEST
(CONVERT TO LOCAL TIME)

Host: Ina Bornheim, FFI Lübeck

Register here…

In Case You Missed It…
Don’t forget: you can scroll down to the bottom of the Friendship Force Virtual Experiences page to find recordings of previous presentations!
Friendship Force has a NEW mailing address!


279 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046 USA

The Friendship Connection is a new periodical email newsletter focused on keeping our members informed with up-to-date happenings from the organization. 

FFNM events and request for input

August 5, 2020

Friends!

May y’all be in good health and  taking advantage of the down time we are all  experiencing!
Do you get excited when there is a need to go grocery shopping or you have a medical appointment or you get an invitation?!  Little did we know that it is the simple things that have become something to look forward to!!!
Regrettably, the progressive brunch scheduled for this month has been cancelled due to the current mass gathering limited to 5!!!
Don and I were invited by Marjorie Bahm, one of our FF members, to the Amazing Albuquerque Chase promoted by The Trolley Company.  Boy!  talk about being excited to be invited to something new and different!
The event took place this past Saturday and we enjoyed it so much we would like to modify it and offer it to the FF members!!  It is a combination of  a road rally and a scavenger hunt!  All you need is a car and a mobile phone to participate!   You can have up to 5 people enjoy the event by getting out of the house and hitting the streets!
It would last about 2 hours.  If there was enough interest, we could possibly schedule it the end of August to take the place of the progressive brunch.  Saturday, August 29.
We have the potential of holding another Zoom gathering with guest speaker, Chief Pete Heald, regarding Climate Change.  This would be our September “luncheon” meeting.
Another possible event is  watching a movie virtually and then discussing the movie amongst us!  This was one of the events y’all voted on; however, this would now be virtual!!  This is tentatively scheduled for October, if there is still interest.
November, we have Ms. Camilla Dodson, a Chautauqua Speaker.  She will describe the role of music in the traditional African society using drumming!  It is hoped by then, we will be able to meet at the Ramada Midtown.
The intent is to maintain a cohesiveness within our membership and perhaps get better acquainted with one another.
Friends, your input would be very much appreciated. regarding the events briefly mentioned above.
1.  Are you interested in having an Albuquerque Chase Rally?
2.  Are the Zoom gatherings mentioned of interest to you – Climate Change & a movie with discussion
May I please hear from you by Tuesday, August 4, to help me ascertain how I move forward with events.
I am grateful for your support!!
A World of Friends Is A World of Peace!
Berta
PS:  A BIG thank you to one of our new members, Maguy Larochelle, of Santa Fe, who has volunteered to manage the Club’s facebook!!!

Memo to FFNM members

August 2, 2020
From Bill Bertenshaw, FFNM  President:
Members of FFNM

Hello Friends,

At an emergency Board meeting held on Thursday, July 30, 2020 the Board accepted the

Resignation, effective immediately, of Nancy Covalt as Secretary due to illness.  Bill will take a

leave of absence from presidential duties in order to be with Nancy.   The Board voted a club

“moratorium” until the end 2020.   Berta Wagstaff will perform as interim officer in charge  

during that period.

Stay Safe,

Bill Bertenshaw

FFI: August Journey Catalog

July 28, 2020

 

AUGUST JOURNEY CATALOG
NEW JOURNEYS
Grand Tour of Italy
April 10 to April 24, 2021
Click for Details >
Best of Scotland
August 29 to September 8, 2021
Click for Details >
We understand that the impact of COVID-19 on 2021 international travel remains uncertain. At the same time, it is important to support clubs looking optimistically towards the future. Please indicate your interest in any Friendship Force Journey, safe in the knowledge that we will keep you updated as we learn more about the global travel situation.
Feeling adventurous? Ready to travel soon?
Journey Coordinator seeks indications of interest for May 2021 Global Journey to Armenia and Azerbaijan. 
In order to begin preliminary planning, it’s only fair to our two hosting clubs, FF Baku & FF Yerevan, (both of whom are very keen to host us,) that we have an idea of whether or not we will be able to recruit enough ambassadors to fill this Journey. Please email Journey Coordinator, Bobbie Mulholland, mulholland.bobbie1@gmail.comto register your interest.
It is well understood that this Journey will only proceed if the COVID19 situation has improved enough to permit travel.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES
For more information, or to register for any of the options below,
visit the
 FFI Virtual Experiences page.

Faces and Places in France
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m. CEST

Host: Valerie Malfara, FFI Staff

Trivia Quiz 
(First day/time option of two identical sessions.)
Monday, August 3, 2020, 7:30 p.m. CEST

Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Trivia Quiz 
(Different day & time, identical questions.)
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 11:00 a.m. CEST

Host: Kerstin Hogan, FFI Staff

Faces and Places in Brazil
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9:00 p.m. Sao Paulo

Hosts: Thiago Lorena, FF Ribeirao Preto and Hemily Nogueira, FFI Staff

Improve Your Travel PhotographyTips, Tricks, and Gear
Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 11:00 a.m. US EDT

Hosts: Dr. Sharon Swallwood, FF Florida Suncoast and Allison Lindsey, FFI Staff

Faces and Places New Zealand
Thursday, August 13, 2020, 11:30 a.m. New Zealand Time

Hosts: John Hannah and Kimberly Fraser, FFI Staff

FFI: The Friendship Connection

July 16, 2020

In this issue…

  • A Family of Volunteers
  • Friendship Force Takes Steps Towards a New Future
  • Health and Safety Guidelines for Friendship Force Journeys after COVID-19
  • Continuing Our Journey – Now Is The Time!
  • Maximize Your FFI Virtual Experiences
In case you missed it…
  • A “Thank You” to Donors
  • “Continuing Our Journey” Campaign Update
  • 2020 & 2021 Canceled and Postponed Journeys
FEATURED
A Family of Volunteers

The Hagan family’s fascinating tale of travel and friendship-building spans forty years and three generations.

Read more…

Friendship Force Takes Steps Towards a New Future

Evolve or die: a fundamental precept for operating any business

Read More…

Health and Safety Guidelines for Friendship Force Journeys after COVID-19

Checklist to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Read more…

Maximize Your FFI Virtual Experiences!

A guide to help you make the most of the Friendship Force Virtual Experiences page

Read more…

Explore FFI Virtual Experiences

Browse the latest FFI Virtual Experiences and register for some today!

View page…

In Case You Missed It…
A “Thank You” to Donors
“Continuing Our Journey” Campaign Update
2020 & 2021 Canceled and Postponed Journeys
Friendship Force has a NEW mailing address!


279 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046 USA

The Friendship Connection is a new periodical email newsletter focused on keeping our members informed with up-to-date happenings from the organization. 
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FFI: The 2021 Festival at Sea

July 6, 2020

Dear Friends,
As the world slowly opens up again for international adventures, we are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to explore northern Europe in August 2021.
Next year’s Festival at Sea, on-board the beautiful Niew Statendam ship, starts and ends in Copenhagen, Denmark. For two weeks we will sail through multiple ports in Norway, Iceland, and Scotland, and, as always, we will offer our very own Friendship Force workshops and social events, on a route that is sure to be enchanting.

Please review the schedule, pricing and sign-up details on the Festival at Sea page. Pay particular attention to Holland America’s special deal, the Have It All Sale, valid for all sign-ups prior to July 31, 2020.

Receive up to US $2,300 in extras:
• Free drinks
• Free gratuities
• Free Signature Dining Package
• Free Wi-Fi for Suites
• 50% Reduced Deposit (refundable)
Cruise lines offer different promotional deals throughout the year, so if you miss this one, don’t worry! We will be happy to work with you for the best package possible at the time you register.

Registration details are on the Festival at Sea page. If you have any other questions not covered on that page, simply email our partner agent at Total Travel Events: sherry@totaltravelevents.com

We would love for you to participate in next year’s Festival at Sea, but even if you cannot, please feel free to share this information with any friends or family that you think would like to join us!

Wishing you all the best, wherever you are, and I look forward to our next face-to-face meet-up!

In Friendship,

Jeremi Snook
President/CEO

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Deposits are fully refundable up until April 1, 2021