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, September 8, 2017
Ridglea Christian Church
6720 W. Elizabeth Lane Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Silent Auction

Note that we are delaying the meeting one week because of Labor Day.

In addition to the silent auction, Linda Doyle will tell us about our very interesting journey to Harrisburg, PA. Also, Dave and Jean Frick will present their experiences on the FFI 40th Anniversary Cruise, and Sharon Jackson will relate some interesting experiences about her post cruise trip to Rome, Venice, Paris and Normandy.

You really won't want to miss this meeting. And, bring a friend.

The informal gathering and silent auction bidding will start at 6:00PM. The formal program will be from 7:00 until 8:00, at which time winning bidders will be announced.

If you have interesting items to add to the auction, contact Jean Frick.

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, August 18, 2017
Meso Maya Comida y Copas (Tanglewood)
3050 S. Hulen Street, Ste. A
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(Click for map)

This is a very tasty new Authentic Interior Mexico addition to the Hulen neighborhood.

Please note the restaurant is so popular we need to arrive no later than 6:00 PM!

Meso Maya has delicious flavors and many specialties! See the menu HERE. Wine and beer are available. We have requested the air-conditioned patio seating!

Come join us for good food and great company. Bring a friend. Visitors are welcome to join us and find out what Friendship Force is all about.

Host Journeys Suitcase


Due to a miscommunication our Host Journey with Thames-Coramandel was cancelled. They are still very interested in a reciprocal visit to Fort Worth, and we are now scheduling it for April 2018. We have notified FFI that we are available for an Host Journey in 2017, and are anticipating a response.


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

We have accepted an inbound exchange with ambassadors from Thames - Coramandel, New Zealand. Thames - Coramandel is on the peninsula, across the bay from Auckland. We had a really great exchange to their club in 2008. Let's make this a fantastic exchange for our New Zealand friends, old and new.

This would be a great opportunity for a newer member, with mentoring, to gain experience as a Journey Coordinator, as there are no language issues.

Ambassador Journeys Bon Voyage


Global Journeys

We have not been assigned an Ambassador Journey for 2017. However, we are invited to participate in one or more Global Journeys.

Go to the FFI website and see some of the interesting and exoctic Global Journey offerings.

Domestic Journeys USA



November 8 - 14

Sharon Jackson will be the Host Coordinator for this visit from our friends in Iowa. Sharon will be contacting members to assist here in making that an outstanding experience for the ambassadors. The best way to enjoy a Journey is to participate as much as you can, so contact Sharon and let her know you are available to help.


None currently planned. See Past Exchanges for our last journey, to Harrisburg, PA.

Special ActivitiesAnimated World

World Conference ManchesterFFI 2017 40th Anniversary World Conference
Manchester, England
August 2017

Visit the place it all started. Manchester was the very first Friendship Force exchange, with a plane full of folks from the Atlanta area visting there, while a plane full of British ambassadors simultaneously visited the Atlanta area.

Click here for more information

Day JourneysAuto

We are planning some interesting day trips for the coming months. Some will be local, some will be in the area, and some will entail an overnight stay.

More information will be coming soon.

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

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.