Quarterly Meetings Meeting

Unless otherwise noted, quarterly meetings begin with a social period at 6:30 PM followed by the formal meeting at 7:00 PM on the first Friday of March, June, September and December. 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. Location and details will be published in the newsletter, and provided below.

Friday, March 2, 2017
Benbrook Public Library 1065 Mercedes St.
Benbrook, TX 76126
(click for map)

Presentations will include

There will be a brief business meeting to approve minor changes to the Bylaws.

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 meeting time and place confirmation 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 Betty Mappes (817) 467-7039 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)? Contact Betty and let her know. She would really like to have your suggestion.

Friday, April 20, 6:00PM

Check back in early April to find out where our next Ethnic Dinner will be held.

Come join us for good food and good fellowship. Bring along a guest who might be interested in Friendship Force (or not). Ethnic dinners are always a lot of fun for everyone who comes.

International Journeys

Host Journeys Suitcase


New ZealandThames - Coramandel, New Zealand
May 8-15, 2018

Unfortunately, the Thames - Coramandel Ambassador Journey was cancelled by the ambassador group.

Ambassador Journeys Bon Voyage


November 1 - 15, 2018

This is exciting! We have been assigned an Ambassador Journey to Morocco on November 1 - 15, 2018.

This Journey will be a little different, in that it will be a tour of Morocco with a few home stays along the way. It will be similar to the tour that Randy and Jo Thomson took prior to the World Conference in Marrakesh in 2016, only more. Jo says, "This was one of my best Friendship Force experiences, ever!" Ask them about their experiences.

The Journey will consist of two parts, a tour and two two-day homestays, one in Rabat and one in Azrou, interspersed within the tour.

More information is available at the following links:

Linda Doyle is Journey Coordinator. There is no doubt that this Journey will generate interest, world-wide. So get your application in early! Contact Linda Doyle at (254) 918-5211 or email by clicking here.

Domestic Journeys USA



We currently do not have a Domestic Hosting Journey for 2018.



IowaCentral Iowa
August 16 - 19

Sharon Jackson will host this reciprocal visit to our friends in Ames, Iowa.

We really enjoyed having the group from Ames with us last year, and they are eager to reciprocate with a fun visit to the plains of Iowa.

Here are a few of the things our hosts are considering for activities during our visit:

Contact Sharon Jackson if you are interested in participating in the Journey. Domestic Journeys are a great first step into the Ambassador Journey experience, before you take on an International Ambassador Journey.

Day JourneysTexas

TrainEast Texas
March 22-23, 2018

Our next "Day Trip" is an overnight visit to the East Texas.

We'll drive to Palestine, TX on Thursday, March 22, where we'll tour the Museum of East Texas Culture and the Davey Dogwood Park. That evening we'll attend the Dulcimer Concert Festival at the museum.

On Friday, March 23, we'll go to Rusk and take a ride through the Piney Woods and Dogwood blossoms on the Texas State Railroad. We'll lunch at the Palestine Depot.

Total cost (not including meals, hotel and transportation) is $74.95. Reservation deadline is noon, Saturday, March 3. Contact Jeri Edmunds (682-559-9335) to reserve you place.


If you have an interesting place, within 150 miles, that you think our club would enjoy, contact Jeri Edmunds and pass on your suggestion.

Special ActivitiesAnimated World

Great Lakes, Midwest, and Southwest Joint Regional Conference
Covington, KY
April 20-21, 2018

Since there is no International Conference this year, regions are joining up to hold "super" regional conferences. Our conference looks like it will in fact really be super.

Clubs from the Great Lakes, Midwest, and our own Southwest Regions will be meeting together in Covington, KY. The conference will be hosted by the Friendship Force of Greater Cincinnati.

You can get more information at the CONFERENCE WEBSITE and on the REGISTRATION FLYER.

Hope to see you there.

Foreign FilmsFilms

“KinoMondo”, a foreign film series, is sponsored by the Office of International Student Services at Texas Christian University each year. Admission is free, and refreshments are served. The public is invited, every Wednesday at 6:30PM through the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Films are shown in Lecture Hall #4 of the Sid Richardson Physical Sciences Building, on the TCU campus. Lecture Hall #4 is on the lowest floor.