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, June 1, 2018
Benbrook Public Library
1065 Mercedes St.
Benbrook, TX 76126
(click for map)

The topic will be "Close to Home". 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
Farina's Winery - Granbury
202 N. Houston St.
Granbury, TX 76048
(817) 579-5300
(Click for map)

Our ethnic dinner for April is included in the Day (evening) Journey to Granbury. Check the Day Journey Announcement below for details.

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.

Friday, May 18, 6:00PM
Piola Italian Restaurant
3700 Mattison Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 989-0007
(Click for map)

Paoli is an Italian "restaurant in a house" in the Cultural District. It's a favorite with some of our members. There may be a limited group menu, so check back later for more details.

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

MOROCCO from Nathaniel Connella on Vimeo.

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 15 - 21

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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Join us for a fun evening in Granbury for Dinner and the musical "Guys and Dolls".

Dinner at Farinas Winery and Cafe on the Square and a visit to the GRANBURY OPERA HOUSE to enjoy GUYS AND DOLLS

We will meet at Farina's 202 N. Houston St., Granbury (click for map) at 5:30 PM

Reservations for the musical must be received by APRIL 12, 2018. If you want to make a late reservation, call the Granbury Opera House directly: (817) 579-0952.

Contact Betty Mappes (817) 467-7039 by Wednesday for late dinner reservations.

Theater tickets are $25.00 for seniors and $30 for adults.

Make your check for "Guys and Dolls" to Friendship Force of Fort Worth, and mail it to
Friendship Force of Fort Worth
P.O. Box 16181
Fort Worth, TX 76162-0181

Questions? Contact Jeri Edmunds (682) 559-9335.



Jeri is planning more short trips for later in the year, so stay tuned.

If you have an interesting place, within 150 miles, that you think our club would enjoy, contact Jeri Edmunds (682) 559-9335.

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.