San Francisco club to Oklahoma – September 24, 2017

Just a few more days until the San Francisco club will visit.  The hosts are ready and lots of fun activities are planned.  The first day they will visit the OKC National Memorial and Museum, the Botanical Gardens, tour Bricktown and a wonderful reception will be held that evening at Bob and Ann Byrne’s home, On Tuesday, they will tour the National Weather Center in Norman as well as the Sam Noble Museum and Fred Jones Art Museum. Wednesday is a flex day with their hosts. On Thursday, the group will go to Guthrie to tour the Masonic Temple and tour the Territorial Museum with a trip to Perkins to see the Grey Snow Eagles.On Friday, the National Cowboy and Western Museum, the OKC History Center and Saturday is a trip to see the Buffalo Ranch in Concho and the Express Clydesdales in Yukon, the OKC Museum of Art and a wonderful farewell dinner before they leave the next day.

San Francisco, California to visit Oklahoma – September 24-October 1, 2017

An inbound  journey from the San Francisco, California club will take place on September 24-October 1, 2017 with their club visiting Denver, Colorado after Oklahoma City.  At this time, there are 15 ambassadors.   A list of proposed activities include time in Norman, Oklahoma with tours of the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, National Weather Center and Fred Jones Art Museum, Oklahoma City with visit to National Bombing Memorial and Museum, Myriad Gardens, OKC Museum of Art, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma History Center and Banjo Museum and Guthrie to tour the Masonic Temple and downtown area.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA CLUB TO OKLAHOMA CITY – MAY 31-JUNE 7, 2017

Eleven ambassadors from the Gold Coast, Australia club visited our club on May 31-June 7, 2017 after visiting the Birmingham, Alabama club.  The welcome dinner was at the home of Art Black and the farewell dinner was held at Cattlemen’s with a good crowd of 43 attending. They especially enjoyed the entertainment. We were able to show them a lot of what Oklahoma has to offer including a tour of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the National Weather Service in Norman, OK, a hay ride to see the buffalo at the Cheyenne-Arapaho Nation buffalo ranch located in Concho, a canal ride in Bricktown OKC and many other enjoyable activities with the host families.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Oklahoma City – April 18-25, 2017

In the Spring (April) of 2017, OKC hosted eight Ambassadors from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Believe it or not, many of these delightful people were first time visitors to Oklahoma and they were amazed at how green our state was.  They all wanted to go for a horse-back ride (although none had ever ridden a horse) because they

thought “this is what you do when you come to Oklahoma.”  Although the horseback ride was rained out, we all enjoyed spending an hour in a Dragonboat on the Oklahoma River.  We all learned a great deal about the booms and busts  of the Oklahoma economy from Bob Blackburn at the Oklahoma  History Museum.  They received first-hand knowledge of Cowboys and Indians from their visit to the Cowboy Museum with tour guide

 Caroline Cannon and from a tour of the Oklahoma Supreme Court building with former Friendship Force member D. G. Smalling who shared information about the Native American Art.  Visits to the National Weather Center and The National Bombing Memorial were meaningful to all.  And a favorite day was Saturday in Guthrie for the 89er Parade.

 

All in all, in spite of torrential rain and flooding that caused rearranging of schedules, it was a wonderful week.  In addition to delicious meals in FFO member’s homes, the group was treated to Mexican and Barbeque restaurants and even to some food trucks.

The Gold Coast, Australia club will visit May 31-June 7, 2017

The Gold Coast, Australia club will visit our club May 31-June 7, 2017 after visiting the Birmingham, Alabama club.  Our inbound exchange from Australia now has 11 ambassadors and we have hosting for all of them at present. We have in place a plan of activities for them while they are here. We will have a welcome party on Wednesday, May 31 and our farewell dinner will be on Monday, June 5.  We will have entertainment as well as a very good dinner. We want to make this a memorable Journey for them to remember.  

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Club to Oklahoma City – April 18, 2017

We are excited to welcome eight ambassadors from Baton Rouge. They arrived yesterday by plane and car. A fun week of activities are planned including the Oklahoma History Center, tour of the Myriad Gardens, Dragon Boat Ride, National Bombing Memorial and Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, 89er’s Day event in Guthrie and the National Weather Center in Norman. A big farewell dinner is planned so all members and come and meet the ambassadors.

40th Anniversary Celebration – Art Contest winners announced at Reception

Friendship Force of Oklahoma sponsored an art contest/exhibition in January with the theme “My Dream of Peace” for metro area fifth grade classes. Over 200 students exhibited art works in their schools for preliminary judging with the top 20 finalists displayed in the Governor’s Gallery at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Saturday, March 4th. A reception was held in the Blue Room at the Capitol to announce the winners and to make donations to the participating schools The event was attended by approximately 115 people. Guests included the artists, their parents, grandparents and siblings, plus teachers and other guests.

Winners for the art contest were:

1st place: Amani Gaines; 2nd Place: Isis Navarette both from Stanley Hupfeld Academy and Honorable Mention went to Elijah Kipp from Apollo Elementary.

40th Anniversary Celebration – March 4, 2017

FRIENDSHIP FORCE OKLAHOMA – The Friendship Force Club of Oklahoma in 2017 will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of Friendship Force International (“FFI”), a non-profit organization that has brought together more than 1 million people in homestays since 1977 to share different views and discover common ground, in a quest for global understanding and peace.
Through Friendship Force’s signature program of home hospitality, local families and international visitors share meals, conversation and the routines of daily life, creating a unique cultural encounter and lasting friendships.
Geneva Hancock, President of Friendship Force Oklahoma, announced that the local club will be celebrating FFI’s 40th anniversary in 2017 with an art project to engage youth in artistic expression of the concept that “A World of Friends is a World of Peace” and that each individual can promote peace. Fifth grade students from four schools participated in the event that was recently judged. The artwork was displayed at the school and addressed the theme “My Dream of Peace.” The first and second place winners will compete with other 5th grade students in three other schools. Selected winners (and family) from each school will be invited to a reception in the Blue Room at the State Capitol in celebration of Friendship Force International’s 40th anniversary to be held at 1:00 p.m. on March 4, 2017.
Beth Allen-Eden said the reception will be open to non-members of The Friendship Force who may want to join and take part in international travel or home-hosting with a purpose.
“In these times of international tension and political rhetoric, it is more important than ever for people to reach out to one another to develop bonds of understanding across the barriers that separate us,” commented Jeremi Snook, President and CEO of Friendship Force International. “Our 40th anniversary is a joyous occasion for Friendship Force members, and we want to take this opportunity to extend the offer to people everywhere to join us in this movement for better understanding that can lead to a more peaceful world.”

The host city for the international celebration of Friendship Force’s 40th anniversary will be Manchester, England, in August. For information or to register to attend, please visit Friendship Force International’s website.

ABOUT FRIENDSHIP FORCE INTERNATIONAL
With more than 15,000 members in Friendship Force clubs in 66 countries worldwide, FFI provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level.
Founded in 1977 by Wayne Smith with support from then-American President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Friendship Force has brought together more than 1 million average people in homestay and cultural immersion experiences that have helped to promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people.
To learn more about how Friendship Force International can enrich your life, please visit http://friendshipforce.org/index.php/who_we_are
Friendship Force International (FFI) is the official headquarters office and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit:wwwthefriendshipforce.org.

Members and friends gather for Christmas Luncheon on December 10, 2016

The Christmas lunch was attended by 43 people, including members, past members and several guests. The lunch was held in the RedBud Room at Epworth Villa and was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Darry and Edith Carlstone, who live at Epworth Villa.

Friendship Force Christmas 2016

Friendship Force Christmas 2016

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The entertainment was provided by the Two Nice Girls Trio which includes Friendship Force member, Joan Ackley. The selections performed included traditional Christmas songs and an original written by a member of the group. Our thanks to the talented ladies of the Trio for this entertainment.

Food was provided by the professional staff at Epworth. The food was delicious. We thank the staff for their work in making the event so pleasant.

The fellowship was a delight. It was a great time to visit with current and old friends and perhaps soon to be friends.

Friendship Force Oklahoma and Friendship Force International will celebrate their 40th Anniversary in March 2017

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Friendship Force Oklahoma is excited to announce the following:

The Friendship Force of Oklahoma has decided how we will celebrate our Anniversary.

We are inviting all fifth-grade students in the Oklahoma City metro. area to participate in an art exhibit, My Dream Of Peace.  We hope to have the winning works of art displayed in the State Capitol building.

On March 5, 2017 we will invite winners, their families and many others to a reception where we will present a small donation to their school.  The public will be invited.

We are very excited about the plan and hope it will generate a lot of local news about the Friendship Force as well as new members.

Geneva Hancock, President
FF Oklahoma

Friendship Force participants in the Annual Peace Festival on Saturday, November 12th

Friendship Force participates in the Annual Peace Festival

Saturday November 12th was the annual Peace Festival in downtown Oklahoma City. Friendship Force members Art and Rena Black, Joyce Rulon, Monika Miller, and Nelda Paden had the opportunity to talk with many people about Friendship Force and its mission.

In addition, Friendship Force volunteers learned about other organizations that are also working to make a difference by spreading understanding and friendship.peace-festival2 peace-festival1peace-festival

Gold Coast, Australia to visit our club – May or early June 2017

The Gold Coast, Australia club will visit our club May 31-June 7, 2017 after visiting the Birmingham, Alabama club.  Our inbound exchange from Australia now has 11 ambassadors and we have hosting for all of them at present. We have in place a plan of activities for them while they are here. We will have a welcome party on Wednesday, May 31 and our farewell dinner will be on Monday, June 5.  We will have entertainment as well as a very good dinner. We want to make this a memorable Journey for them to remember.

The Gold Coast, Australia club will visit our club in late May or early June 2017.  Art Black is seeking a Co-ED for this exchange.

 

Friendship Force Oklahoma will have a booth at the Fall Peace Festival – Saturday, November 12, 2016

Friendship Force Oklahoma will have a booth at the Fall Peace Festival to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Downtown Civic Center Hall of Mirrors and is free and open to the public.  Volunteers will pass out information about Friendship Force and contact anyone interested in joining our club.

Oklahoma City’s 30th annual Peace Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 12th, from 10 am to 4 pm, in the Civic Center Music Hall’s “Hall of Mirrors” in downtown in Oklahoma City, 201 N. Walker.  The event is free and open to the public.

The event is an central Oklahoma tradition, with music, dancing, food, shopping and community organizing for peace and justice always on the program.

More than 60 organizations will be represented. Visitors will find items for sale from three continents, and tables reflecting the face of human service and social justice groups in central Oklahoma.

“Together the Third Thursday” Luncheon – October 20, 2016

We are going to have our “Together the Third Thursday” luncheon on October 20, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., at The Taj Cuisine of India located at 1500 N. W. 23rd, Oklahoma City.  It is located on the south side of 23rd just east of Okla. City University.  Their number is 405-601-1888. This will be our last luncheon for the year so please join us and get to meet our members. Contact Nelda Paden at neldapaden@aol.com.