Upcoming events

    • 02 Jun 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (MDT)
    • ZOOM Virtual Meeting

    • 09 Jun 2020
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM (MDT)
    • ZOOM Virtual Meeting

    June Monthly Zoom Meeting

    Gerry Forney will speak on his experiences on the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel.

    Kalmar Nyckel, The Tall Ship of Delaware is a full-scale replica of the 17th-Century Dutch-built armed merchant ship that brought Swedish settlers to North America in 1638, to found the first European settlement in the Delaware valley. Launched in 1997, Kalmar Nyckel serves as a floating classroom and an inspirational platform that offers day, evening, and pirate sails plus private parties, tours, and educational programs onboard or dockside. Today’s ship is docked on the historic riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware, just 200 yards from original 1638 landing site.

    CLUB MEMBERS will receive a Zoom link in an email before the meeting.

    NON-MEMBERS should send an email to request a Zoom link.  Send to:



    Picture Credit:  Wikipedia

    • 17 Jun 2020
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • 22 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Denver, Colorado

    Friendship Force Shizuoka Japan

    Shizuoka is a town on the east coast of Japan, about 120 miles south of Tokyo. In September of 2016, a group from Friendship Force Denver spent a week as guests of the Friendship Force of Shizuoka. Nine of the ambassadors were members of the Denver Club. They included Ilene Americus, Carl and Lynn Dawson, Les Eckstat, Gerry Forney, Irene Ludwig, and Tuti Tierney. Two of the ambassadors (Rona Baer and Phyllis Scott) were from the Northern Colorado Club. The Denver group had a wonderful week of hospitality in Shizuoka, including visits to Mount Fuji, a famous pine grove, a tuna port, and several groups of traditional houses. We learned about Japanese culture and traditions such as calligraphy, ikebana, kimono, origami, and tai chi. And of course, we sampled and enjoyed delicious Japanese meals and snacks. Friendship Force is truly an exchange program, and now is the time to pay back some of the exceptional hospitality that we received three years ago in Japan. The incoming ambassadors include the people who hosted Ilene Americus and Tuti Tierney, along with the woman who hosted the two people from Northern Colorado. We are looking forward to meeting old friends and making new acquaintances. We have been chosen as the Host Coordinators, and we are currently in the process of recruiting the volunteers that will make this exchange a success. We need day hosts, home hosts, small dinner hosts, and help with planning and organizing. Please let us know if you would like to help.

    • 13 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • 18 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Salem, Oregon

    We have confirmed the Journey dates for our combined Journeys to the Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon and San Francisco Bay Area, California. They are Monday through Saturday, July 13 -18, for the Oregon portion and Saturday through Friday July 18 – 24, for the California portion of the trip. We will fly into Eugene, Oregon, on Monday, July 13, because this is the easiest place for them to pick us up. Train travel between Oregon and San Francisco is not very appealing; it would be a long overnight trip with no sightseeing, so we will fly from Eugene into San Francisco on July 18th. We do not have specific itineraries for either location; however, we do have some general information that sounds exciting. In Oregon, typical activities include visits to the State Capitol in Salem, seeing local hand carved carousels, visiting a winery, visiting the Oregon Garden, seeing Silver Falls State Park, museums, and a day trip to the beach. We may also have the option of a day trip eastward to Central Oregon, which is a high desert area. 

    If you are interested, please contact Pat Kaplan (patia51@gmail.com or 303-241-4379) or Lynn Dawson (LynnLDawson@comcast.net or 303-888-5922) with any questions or to sign up, as soon as you can, since we are moving forward with confirming plans for these Journeys. 

    Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

    • 18 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • 24 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • San Francisco, California


    The San Francisco Bay Area Club wants to provide us with an absolutely memorable week. Usually they try to give Ambassadors a feel for the San Francisco Bay Area. As you may know from their visit with us, they have very few members who actually live in the city of San Francisco. They do, however, plan on having one or maybe two days in the city itself. They said that they also will try to give us a taste of the redwoods, the ocean and, of course, California wine. These are going to be great Journeys. It is not easy to get Journeys with West Coast clubs, since they are so popular (Lynn arranged the Journey to Oregon in 2016.). This will be your last chance for a while to head west.

    If you are interested, please contact Pat Kaplan (patia51@gmail.com or 303-241-4379) or Lynn Dawson (LynnLDawson@comcast.net or 303-888-5922) with any questions or to sign up, as soon as you can, since we are moving forward with confirming plans for these Journeys.

Friendship Force Denver, Colorado  USA

501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization

Copyright (c) January 2016

Contact: FFDBoard@gmail.com

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software