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, September 7, 2018
Benbrook Public Library
1065 Mercedes St.
Benbrook, TX 76126
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Sharon Jackson, Journey Coordinator, will give a presentation on our recent journey to Ames, Iowa.

Also, Erica Richardson will give a presentation on travel apps for your smartphone that may save you time and money. Make sure you bring your smartphone along, so you can install and learn to use these apps which will provide a lot of assistance in planning future journeys.

Light refreshments will be served.

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

holiday partySaturday, December 1, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Trinity Terrace
1600 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76126
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Our annual holiday party will be at Trinity Terrace Retirement Center again this year. As always, we'll have great food and entertainment.

Check back for more details later

This is also our annual general meeting of the club, when officers are elected for the coming year, and other official business is conducted.

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, August 17
Shrimp and Gator Papadeaux
2708 West Freeway (I-30)
Fort Worth, TX 76102

(817) 877-8843
11:30 AM
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Once again we celebrate the diversity of American culture. This time with a luncheon trip to Papadeaux for some seafood and cajun-style cuisine.

This will be one of our occasional breaks with the evening meal norm as we will gather for lunch at 11:30 AM.

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


We do not have an International Hosting Journey for 2018

Ambassador Journeys Bon Voyage


CanadaGreater Hamilton and Burlington

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.

Would you like to be a Journey Coordinator? Journey Coordinators provide a needed service for our club, and receive some compensation for their efforts.

If you would like to be Journey Coordinator for this International Journey to Canada, please contact Linda Doyle by clicking here.


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.



Oregon has cancelled our journey there. We will be looking for another opportunity for a journey in 2019.

Check back for more details, later.


IowaCentral Iowa
August 15 - 21

Sharon Jackson is the Journey Coordinator for 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:

Our ambassadors are excited about this journey, as we will be leaving soon.

Day JourneysTexas

Glen Rose
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Jeri is cooking up a really fun outing to Glen Rose in October. Visualize Bluegrass music, dinosaur footprints and more.

Here's how the plans are shaping up:

Special ActivitiesAnimated World

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.