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.
In concern for the health of all our members, the Board has decided to restrict all FFFW meetings to attendees who have been vaccinated. Please do not join our meetings until you have been fully vaccinated. Masks are optional. Thank you.
Check back soon for more details.
Board meetings generally are held at 2:00PM on the third Saturday 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.
Note that Board meetings have been moved from 3:00PM to 2:00PM until further notice, to accomodate those who drive longer distances during the winter months.
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 [text, not voice] by Wednesday prior to the dinner, unless otherwise noted below, in order to assist in determining a reservation count.
Restaurants have come and gone. Do you know of a new ethnic restaurant or an 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.
The owner is first generation Italian, so you know the food is authentic.
Prima's does not serve alcoholic beverages, but you can BYOB.
Be sure to let Judy know you are coming.
Join us for good food, good friends and lots of good conversation. Guests and interested non-members are always welcome.
Fifteen ambassadors from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico will be visiting us in early June. Let's make them as welcome as they made us during our Journey there in 2006.
You can help them experience the culture of North Texas, by volunteering to assist in this Journey. Home hosts and most of the activity coordinators have been assigned, but there is always room for more envolvement. You can even assist someone else and gain experience for greater participation in our next inbound Journey.
Contact Linda Doyle and volunteer to help out.
Our journey coincided with Carnival and several of our ambassadors attended it in person. Others viewed the activities on TV.
Our hosts were very gracious, and lots of fun to be with. They gave us an extensive experience of the island, including bus tours to North Grande-Terre and both north and south Basse-Terre.
During our second week extension, we stayed in a guest house, and filled in some of the places that we didn't get a chance to see during our hosting experience, including two museums in Pointe-a-Pitre.
We will be sharing our experiences at a future Quarterly Membership Meeting.
We will travel to Montana in August 2023. This is going to be a very interesting and fun Journey.
The approximate cost of the Journey will be $625 plus round trip travel to Flat Rock, travel insurance (required) and some meals.
The Friendship Force of Flathead Valley has planned some very interesting experiences for us including
Sharon Jackson is our Journey Coordinator for this Journey. Flat Rock can only host twelve ambassadors and the list is full.
If you have an interesting place, within 150 miles or so, that you think our club would enjoy, and would be willing to help organize, contact Jeri Edmunds (682) 559-9335. We can put it on the list for this year or next.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, FFI and other groups created numerous interesting and entertaining opportunities for Friendship Force members to help us stay involved in international "virtual" cultural events. Many of these activities, including the Book Club, are still going on, post pandemic. The latest Virtual Experiences are available HERE on the FFI website, or go to your My Friendship Force member portal.
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 special activity? Contact any board member.