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Newsletter August and September 2014

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                   Ice Cream

  

Mark your calendar for 3 PM, Sunday, August 10th at ? Place!  It's our annual Ice Cream Social.  It's free with nothing to bring!  You'll have a great time catching up with everyone while you partake of the delicious frozen treats.  Unfortunately, Pam is under the weather and cannot do it.  So, if you can host it at your place, let me know ASAP.  We'll get the word out via email. Don't forget to let us know if you are coming and please feel free to bring a prospective club member along!

 

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  2015 SW Florida to Belgium Outbound 

  

Lou Rizk was chosen by the Board to be the Exchange Director for the Belgium Outbound which is tentatively scheduled for May or June 2015.   Lou is in discussion with their ED to firm up the dates and begin the planning process.

 

The Belgium Club stipulates that each ambassador must be able to easily walk at least 3 miles touring the city with their club member guides and have an interest in the history and culture of the area.  The club is a small one and can accommodate 12-14 people.  We already have quite an interest in this exchange and hope to have great participation. 

Friendship Force

  

          Mission

  

To promote global understanding across barriers that separate people

  

          Values

  

   Mutual Respect   

  Cultural Diversity   Cultural Exploration 

        Service

  

  Tell Your Friends

  

Your friends and the public are always welcome at our meetings.  Keep your friends informed about our happenings by forwarding this newsletter to them.

  Elected Board

 

President

      Joanne Collins

  

1st VP       

      Pam LaFontaine

  

2nd VP

      Dennis Yemma

  

Treasurer

      Rob Linehan

  

Secretary

      Jule Yemma



Lincoln, Nebraska Inbound Exchange  Nov 16-22, 2014

Sue and Rob Linehan, the EDs for the Nebraska exchange, recently traveled to Nebraska to celebrate her Dad's 102nd birthday. Since they were in the vicinity, they detoured to Lincoln to talk to them about their upcoming visit in November.  Sue said they were a great bunch and we are sure to enjoy them.  She has lots of fun events planned including a catamaran cruise on Charlotte Harbor. To date, we could use a few more home hosts.

 

Please open your home up to some wonderful Nebraskans. Email or call Sue and Rob if you can participate soon!

Denver, Colorado Inbound Exchange -  Early 2015

We committed to host a group from Denver, Colorado Friendship Force in  early 2015 (final date to be determined).   This exchange happened as a result of Cecilia Bridge's contact at the National Meeting in New Orleans.  The Coloradans are ready to get out of the snow and soak up SW Florida's great "winter" weather.  In return, they will host our group in 2016 (date to be determined).  Cecilia Bridge volunteered to be the ED and Jonnie Sprimont will help her.  Of course, we'll need home hosts and help with the parties.  Please think about what you can do and let them know.

Brazil in Punta Gorda happened June 20th

  

What a nice turnout we had for Sarasota's Travel Exchange Talk in Punta Gorda!  Bob Joyce, one of their members, entertained us with fabulous pictures and information about his experience in Brazil with Friendship Force.  Sue Linehan  and I prepared authentic Brazilian desserts for samplings.  Afterwards, we had quite a crowd at Jack's, for their delicious early-bird specials, Check out the pictures below!

FF Crowd for Brazil Talk

On the Horizon ... info from Joanne Collins, President

FYI - Save these dates...

  • September 6th - All Florida Conference in Orlando - I'm going as well as Lou and Cheryle.  Everyone is welcome to join us!
  • September 19th - Board Meeting at 10:15 AM and General Meeting at 11:00 at Robb & Stucky, 13170 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers.  Please, no entrance before 10 AM.  Lunch to follow!
  • October 4th - Japan Program by Dennis & Jule Yemma - Details forthcoming via email.

Parting thoughts...

 

It was wonderful to see Linda Sadler, who visited us from Pennsylvania and attended the Brazil Talk.  She related that she loves her new home and is enjoying all the activities that her new residence has to offer.

 

Richard and I just returned from French Polynesia, where we chartered a 44 ft catamaran with three other couples  Here we are with Bora Bora in the distance.  Just awesome! 

 

Send me an email and let me know what you are doing this summer, any interesting news in your life, etc. and I will publish it next time!  Pictures welcome in jpeg format.

 

 

Do you like our newsletter?  If you've read it to the end, email me at eagleswingsj@yahoo.com  with your comments and suggestions.   For those who do so, I will put your name in a bowl and draw for a prize at the Ice Cream Social.  Winners must be present to win. Hope to hear from you soon!

 

 

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    Announcing....

    General Meeting - this Friday, 5/16/14

    11 AM

    Robb & Stucky Community Room

    13170 S Cleveland Ave

    Fort Myers, FL

    Lunch to follow

    Costa Rican Inbound Exchange

    Add a descriptionJohn Jensen, ED, receives Costa Rica Flag at Farewell Party

      

    Thirteen Costa Rican Ambassadors plus 2 Japanese guests (visitors from our Japanese Outbound Exchange last year) were hosted in style by our club from March 30-April 4.  The festivities began in Bonita Springs with a sensational Welcome Party hosted by Luvvy Kovacik.  It continued at Lovers Key Beach, then onto Shark Valley, a tree planting in their honor at Freedom Park, Naples - and even a pizza party hosted at the Yemmas home.  It concluded at Lakes Fairways Community Clubhouse (thanks Judy Carson!) at a memorable Farewell Event.   

     

    John Jansen said, "having NICE people like the Costa Ricans makes the biggest difference in having a great exchange."  He's already received a gracious Thank You Letter from Maria who said that she wished they spoke better English, but everything worked out well.  Cheryle and Lou mentioned that the Translation Buddy app on their phones was used constantly - what a great asset to communication!   

     

    H U G E thanks goes to John Jansen, our ED, and to the last minute van drivers, Dennis Yemma and Reta Lanning and the hosts for their kindness in opening their homes!  It takes help from everyone and you, the membership of FF SW Florida, came through! 

    Friendship Force

      

              Mission

      

    To promote global understanding across barriers that separate people

      

              Values

      

       Mutual Respect   

      Cu ltural Diversity   Cultural Exploration 

            Service

      

      Tell Your Friends

      

    Your friends and the public are always welcome at our meetings.  Keep your friends informed about our happenings by forwarding this newsletter to them.

      Elected Board

     

    President

          Joanne Collins

      

    1st VP       

          Pam LaFontaine

      

    2nd VP

          Dennis Yemma

      

    Treasurer

          Rob Linehan

      

    Secretary

          Jule Yemma



    Welcome New Members

      


    Welcome to our newest members, Robert & Eleanor Hill, 3222 Cerrito Ct, Naples, FL 34109, phone 609-519-4198, email bobelhill@gmail.com  Their permanent residence is Lumberton, New Jersey, but they will be Associate Members with us for 5 plus months of the year.  After their other house sells, our club may be their primary.  Lou Rizk recruited them when he recently sold them a home.  They are currently in Friendship Force and look forward to participating with us when they are in Florida.

     

    We've heard from  Linda Sadler who now resides in Lancaster, PA that she wants to retain her primary membership with our club.  Her new contact info is in the directory that was recently emailed to you.

     

    Oh My - Our International Pot Luck

    Twenty-Two Friendship Force members celebrated World Friendship Day at Sibby's!  Wow what a gastronomic delight.  Some highlights follow...

    • Sue Linehan demonstrated sushi making!
    • Jules Yemma's goulash that she learned to make in Germany
    • Israel food complete with a picture of the Israel exchange courtesy of Cecilia Bridge
    • Pam LaFontaine's homemade English Trifle with pudding filling - just delish!
    • Ellen Derickson's fabulous Irish Stew
    • Cape Town Africian Delight courtesy of the Thompsons, Gloria and Frank
    • Joanne Collins' Mediterranean Greek Pastistio
    • Cheryle Phelps' chicken & rice Spanish dish - yum!
    • Sibby Yemmas' great Italian Salad
    • The best carrots I've ever tasted, courtesy of ?

     

    Sorry if I left anyone's creation(s) out.  It was A LOT to take in and we sure enjoyed dining and visiting with everyone.  Just a perfect way to spend a Sunday.  Thanks so much, Sibby, for hosting a spectacular event!

    BRAZIL - On Your Horizon

    Save the dateS - Mark your calendar for June 19 and 20th, 3 PM for a wonderful look at Brazil. Location and final date to be determined and communicated to you. Members of the Sarasota Friendship Force are visiting our club to tell us all about their recent visit to Brazil.  Bring your friends!  Let's use this to recruit some new members.  When they hear about all the FF great South American adventures, how can they resist?      

    From the President, Joanne Collins

    • I'm B A C K -  Richard and I sailed across the Gulf Stream in our 35 foot sailboat, EaglesWings, to the Abacos, Bahamas for 7 weeks. We particularily enjoyed the Sunday church services because it provided us a way to meet the locals and visit with them.  Not to mention, the sailing is great in turquoise, crystal clear water and there is nice snorkeling and fresh seafood.   

    • 2015 Outbound Exchange Info - As of today, we have not heard from Noord Netherlands as to whether they have accepted our outbound exchange.   Our Atlanta rep is checking with them and we should have an answer soon!

    • 2015 Inbound Exchange Into - It's a Match!  We will host Auckland-North Shore and Gisborne, New Zealand next fall.   We are 3rd on their stops in the US.  They will first visit Austin, Texas and then Baton Rouge, Louisiana chapters of Friendship Force.  If you are interested in being the ED for this exchange, please contact one of the members of the board.

    • Lincoln, Nebraska Inbound Exchange and Other - 

      A group of 17 Nebraskans are headed our way on November 16 - 22, 2014.  Sue and Rob Linehan will be the ED and they are looking for home hosts. (It helps to know ahead of time for planning purposes).  Also, we need 2 people to arrange activities and group meals.  Please let them know if you are "IN" for this fun exchange!

    • All Florida FF Conference - Orlando, September 6, 2014

    In conclusion...

     

    Do you like our newsletter?  If you've read it to the end, email me at eagleswingsj@yahoo.com  with your comments and suggestions.   For those who do so, I will put your name in a bowl and draw for a prize at the June meeting.  Hope to hear from you soon!

     

     

    Costa Rican Ambassadors2014 Inbound Costa Rican Ambassadors

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    Punta Gorda, FL 33950



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