Quarterly Meetings Meeting

Unless otherwise noted, quarterly 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.

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

Check back later for program information.

Light refreshments will be served.

Guests and non-members are welcome to join us and find out more about Friendship Force.

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 to confirm the meeting time and place 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, January 18
Sushi Tokyo Cafe
5121 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107

(817) 737-8568
Click for a menu.
(Click for map)

Tokyo Cafe has been back, in a new building at its old location for a couple of years, now, and it's about the best Japanese food you'll find in the area.

Not into sushi? Not to worry. They have lots of other options and in January, a nice hot bowl ramen, a teriyaki chicken bowl or something from a wok may be just what you need. Check out the menu at the link above.

Saki and other beverages are available.

Good food, good fun and good fellowship. It's hard to beat. Bring your friends and introduce them to Friendship Force.

International Journeys

Host Journeys Suitcase


None scheduled for 2019

Ambassador Journeys Bon Voyage


CanadaGreater Hamilton and Burlington
June 18-24, 2019

Hamilton is at the western tip of Lake Ontario, 40 miles SW of Toronto, on the northern shore, and 40 miles NW of Niagara Falls, on the US/Canada border.

Check back for more details as this trip develops, but anticipate a day trip to Niagara Falls will be on the agenda.

Berry Bock is the Journey Coordinator for this Journey to this beautiful part of Canada, and Sharon Jackson will be assisting her. Contact either Berry or Sharon if you are interested in the Journey. All Southwest Region members are invited to join us.

Domestic Journeys USA



Louisville, KY
April 3-8, 2019

We have been trying to coordinate reciprocal journeys with Louisville for several years. Finally, Louisville will be visiting us in 2019, with an anticipated reciprocal journey to Louisville in 2020.

Jeri Edmunds has volunteered to be the Journey Coordinator for Louisville's visit to Fort Worth.

Jeri will need lots of help to plan and execute this event, including home hosts, day hosts, event coordinators and more. Contact Jeri and let her know you are willing to assist.



Willamette and Southern Oregon
Spring 2020

We have been invited to be hosted by the Willamette and Southern Oregon clubs, but they were concerned about the bronchial effects of smoke from forest fires in the fall. We are in the process of rescheduling from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020. Check back for more details soon.

Willamette is a small town, about 15 miles south of Portland, on the Willamette River. Southern Oregon is located in Rogue Valley, near Medford, OR.

Dave Frick will be the Journey Coordinator for our journey to Willamette, Oregon.

Day JourneysTexas

More Day Journeys are being planned for next year. Check back in 2019 for more information.

Special ActivitiesAnimated World

World Conference 2019
Boulder, CO
July 23-27, 2019

The conference was originally scheduled for Puerto Rico, but has been relocated due to the lasting impact of Hurricane Maria. Boulder and other Colorado clubs have stepped up to the task of hosting the conference in 2019, and it looks to be a good one.

World Conference attendees meet new friends, get reacquainted with old friends, and learn more about the views of clubs from other parts of the world. In addition, attendees are among the first to know what is on the agenda for future Friendship Force International activities.

World Conferences are also a great way to boost your enthusiasm for FFI and FFFW.

This will be the ideal opportunity for FFFW members to experience a World Conference, since it's the first World Conference to be held in the US since the 2013 New Orleans World Conference.

You can get more information at the FFI website.

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.