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.
COVID permitting, in September we will be back at our regular meeting place at the Benbrook Public Library.
Our speaker will be Edward Perez. Edward is the FFI Regional Field Representative for the Southwest Region. He will update us on a number of topics related to Friendship Force beyond our local club.
Come join us for a meeting that will prove to be very enjoyable and enlightening.
Light refreshments will be served.
Guests and non-members are welcome to join us and find out more about Friendship Force, provided they have been vaccinated.
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 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) 370-5500 by Wednesday prior to the dinner, unless otherwise noted below, in order to assist in determining a reservation count.
Do you have an ethnic restaurant you like that we haven't visited in awhile (or never)? 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, so she can plan a dinner there when we are once again able to gather together. She would really like to have your suggestion.
The buffet which is $17.54 + tax (from 4PM Fri through Sunday) includes a wide variety of Mediterranean soups, salads, dips, vegetables, meats and desserts.
Our first post-COVID ethnic dinner, at Little Germany, was a great success, with over twenty people, including two guests, in attendance. Come join us at Dimassi's for another enjoyable evening.
Good food, good friends and lots of good conversation. Guests and interested non-members are welcome.
Our friends in Sao Paulo do Reo Preto, Brazil have decided they will not be ready to travel again in 2022.
All 2021 journeys have been postponed until 2022.
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. No cruise ship here. We will be visiting a different part of the Caribbean in the Friendship Force way. Stand by for more details, as plans develop.
All 2021 Journeys have been postponed until 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.
All 2021 journeys have been postponed until 2022
That's right. After months (year?) of working to make this journey happen, Linda Doyle has finally gotten this journey coordinated, with FFI, two Oregon clubs, 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.
Here's a taste of what you may expect on this journey. More details, including exact dates will be added soon.
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 as soon as it is formally announced through a club eblast.
Linda has received more interest than there are slots available on this journey. But if you are still interested, ask Linda to put you on the waiting list.
Linda is also exploring possibilities for those who won't be able to make the cut for Oregon to be offered another domestic journey option, with friends from another club.
The board is planning a one-day journey to Dallas on Friday, Oct. 1.
Preliminary plans include:
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.
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.
FFI also includes a time zone converter link on appropriate Virtual Experience blog entries.
No special activities are currently planned. Do you have an idea for a virtual or face-to-face special activity? Contact any board member.