ACTIVITIES

Quarterly Meeting Meeting

Unless otherwise noted, Quarterly Membership Meetings begin at 6:30 PM on the first Friday of March, June, September and December. The business meeting and presentations are followed by a time to socialize, with light refreshments. The December meeting is traditionally our Holiday Party and the meeting where official business and election of officers takes place. Members, guests, and interested persons are invited to attend any of our meetings. Location and details will be published in the newsletter, and provided below.

holiday party Holiday Party
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 6:00-9:00 PM
Trinity Terrace
1600 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76126
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Yes!! We will be having our annual holiday party at Trinity Terrace Retirement Center this year. As always, we'll have great food and great company.

The meal will include

Our entertainment will be Wanda Shantz, who sings a variety of her own music.

The cost will be $40.00 per person. BYOB, the corkage fee is included. Please include your entrèe request with your reservation.

This is also our annual general meeting of the club, when official business is conducted. We will be electing officers for 2022.

Your reservation must be received by November 24. Call Paula Thomson at 817-860-4441 to place your reservation. If you leave a message, make sure you include your entrèe choice. You are responsible to pay for your reservation, even if you don't attend the party.

Mail checks to Friendship Force of Fort Worth, P.O.Box 16181, Fort Worth, TX 76162-0181.

Your 2022 membership dues are also requested by December 3. Dues for 2022 are $40, which includes a $5.00 increase in FFI dues. You may submit your dues by check with your dinner reservation. Please include your new or renewal printed application with your check. If you want to be eligible for a drawing for a free membership, see the instructions mailed to members, or find them HERE.


Board Meetings Gavel

Board meetings normally are held at 4:00PM on the third Sunday of each month at the Benbrook Public Library, 1065 Mercedes St., Benbrook, TX 76126, and are open to all membership. No Board meeting is scheduled for those months with a quarterly meeting. Contact an officer or Board member for information, if you wish to attend a Board meeting.

Ethnic Dinners Food!

Ethnic dinners occur monthly, on the third Friday, except during quarterly meeting months. Meeting time is 6:00 PM, unless otherwise noted. If possible, please contact Judy Williams (817) 560-9316 by Wednesday prior to the dinner, unless otherwise noted below, in order to assist in determining a reservation count.

Restaurants have come and gone during the pandemic. Do you know of a new ethnic restaurant or and old one that we haven't visited in a while? Contact Judy Williams and let her know. She would really like to have your suggestion.

Vietnamese Food Friday, November 19, 2021
Pho Little Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
1712 Mall Circle
Fort Worth 76116
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This will be our first excursion to this cozy, family-owned, casual restaurant.

Pho Little Saigon is located in the strip on the north side of Ridgmar Mall, facing the parking lot.

Beer and wine are available.

Good food, good friends and lots of good conversation. Guests and interested non-members are welcome.


International Journeys

Host Journeys Suitcase

2022

Our friends in Sao Paulo do Reo Preto, Brazil have decided they will not be ready to travel again in 2022.

2021

All 2021 journeys have been postponed until 2022.




Ambassador Journeys Bon Voyage

2022

GuadeloupeGuadeloupe Sept/Oct 2022

Keep your fingers crossed and bone up on your French. We are scheduled to journey to the exotic French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe!

We have been working on this journey since we met their president at the New Orleans World Conference, and finally COVID permitting, we have connected. We will be visiting the Caribbean in the Friendship Force way. Stand by for more details, as plans develop.

2021

All 2021 Journeys have been postponed until 2022.



Domestic Journeys USA



Hosting

2022

PennsylvaniaHarrisburg, PA
May 18-24, 2022

We have a long standing friendship with the Harrisburg club. They visited us in 2010, and we visited them in 2017. Now, after ten years, they would like to come back to see us.

Sharon Jackson will be the hosting coordinator for Harrisburg. Please contact Sharon and give her your support, by volunteering to host or be on a hosting committee.

2021

All 2021 journeys have been postponed until 2022

Ambassador

2022

OregonOregon is back on!
Mid Willamette Valley - July 25-31, 2022

That's right. After months (year?) of working to make this journey happen, Linda Doyle has finally gotten this journey coordinated with FFI, Oregon, and San Antonio, who will join us. Linda will be the Journey Coordinator for this Journey. This journey, originally scheduled for 2020 has been postponed a second time, until 2022.

While the journey was originally intended to include two Oregon clubs, hosting and inter-club travel proved unworkable for that option. We will be journeying to the Willamette Valley, along with San Antonio, and are looking forward to a great visit to the Northwest.

Here's a taste of what you may expect on this journey.

  • Six days and seven nights in the Willamette Valley at Albany, Oregon.
  • Since San Antonio is joining us, and hosting will be limited, if you are interested in making this journey to Oregon in 2022, you will need to contact Linda soon.

    Linda has received more interest than the ten available slots on this journey. But if you are still interested, ask Linda to put you on the waiting list.

    The estimated cost of the Journey is about $575 plus air fare to Portland, Oregon.

    Day JourneysTexas

    Central TexasCentral Texas 3-day Excursion
    Spring 2022

    Due to the novel corona virus, we have postponed this excursion until Spring 2022. Check back later this year for more details, or contact Jeri Edmunds for an update.

    Join us for a 3 day, 2 night (or more at your option) excursion to Central Texas.
    The itinerary includes


    If you have an interesting place, within 150 miles, that you think our club would enjoy, contact Jeri Edmunds (682) 559-9335. We can put it on the list for 2021 or 2022.

    Virtual ExperiencesVideo Conferencing

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, FFI and other groups have been creating numerous interesting and entertaining opportunities for Friendship Force members to help us stay involved in international &quo;virtual&quo; cultural events. The latest Virtual Experiences are available HERE on the FFI website.

    To assist you in planning your schedule, here is a link to an easy to use time zone calculator.

    FFI also includes a time zone converter link on appropriate Virtual Experience blog entries.

    Special ActivitiesAnimated World

    GamesInternational Game Night
    January 8, 2022 - 6:00-9:30 PM
    Benbrook Public Library
    1065 Mercedes St.
    Benbrook, TX 76126
    (click for map)

    It's time for a repeat of our last very successful and entertaining International Game Night.

    Bring your favorite game with an international origin and share it with your FFFW friends. It's surprising how many "American" games come from other countries. If you want, share the history of your game. Also be prepared to explain the rules.

    We will join small groups of appropriate size and play the game the group chooses.

    Our last game night was several years ago, and everyone had a great time.

    Guests are welcome to join us.

    Contact contact Jeri Edmunds (682) 559-9335 for more information.