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Outgoing Sacramento ExchangeOctober 15 – 21, 2014
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ED – Marian Wetjen Twelve ambassadors thoroughly enjoyed this journey with the Sacramento, Ca. club Oct 15-21. Those attending were Audrey Bradford, Lynette Nuerhring, Ellen McVey, Dave and Patty Detwiler, Bob & Bernita Pruess, Will and Karen Mickelson, Irvin & Tressa Youngbear and Marian Wetjen, ED Some of our activities included: touring the Capitol, Old Sacramento, the Railroad Museum and walking among the giant Calaveras...

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United Kingdom, Mexico, Costa Rica, and USA ExchangeSeptember 11 – 18, 2014
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Note: 2nd week with Madison, Wisconsin  What started out as a simple incoming international journey with Wessex, UK turned into a global experience with 4 from Wessex United Kingdom, 9 from Heredia Costa Rica, 4 from Tuxtia Gutierrex, Mexico, 2 from District of Columbia, USA, and one from Santa Rosa, California.  Twenty great ambassadors enjoyed the following activities with our host and members: September...

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AUGUST 17—TRI-CLUB PICNIC IN DUBUQUEHosted by Dubuque Club
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The Tri-Club Event was scheduled for August 17 at E.B. Lyons Nature Center, 8991 Bellevue Heights, Dubuque, from noon to 4:00 p.m.  A catered meal of brats, turkey and dressing sandwiches, side salads, dessert and drinks.  Over 20 of our members were able to attend. The Dubuque Club announced that they would not be renewing their charter for 2015 and the club would be...

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Outgoing Cincinnati ExchangeJuly 21-27, 2014
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Under the leadership of Steve Williams, 15 ambassadors: Bob & Benita Pruess, Tressa & Irvin Youngbear, Joe & Donna Ironside, Dianne & Mike Karal, Steve & Nancy Williams, Marian Wetjen, Marian’s sister Ellen McVey of Midland MI, Shirley Rosencrans, Esther Hudson, & Will Mickelson, traveled to Cincinnati for an journey. They had the story of the Underground Railroad opened up to them. Slaves took...

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Open World 20142/28 – 3/8
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National Grantee Organization: International Friendship Force Office, Atlanta, GA Local Host Organization: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Friendship Force Club Placement City/State: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Theme/Subtheme: Accountable Governance – Legislature Prepared By: Victor Klopfenstein Names of Delegates and Facilitator(s):    Delegates:  Naida Abdulayevna Ismatulayeva Antonina Valeryevna Skvortsova Oleg Ivanovich Tinyakev Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Grinenko Facilitator:  Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Bryukhanov Names of Host Families:   Victor & Patricia Klopfenstein Charlie...

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Open World and Friendship Day2014
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Our club hosted a Friendship Day and invited the public to hear presentations from our Russian ambassadors along with foreign journey students from Kirkwood Community College.  Refreshments were served and attendees were able to visit with our guests. ...

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2013 Annual MeetingNovember 10, 2013
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A record number of members attended this special meeting along with the family members of Pat and Vic Klopfenstein and FFI CEO & President, Joy Di Benedetto. Total of 83 people attended. After the business meeting was conducted the election of new officers was held. The new officers for the 2014-year are: Tressa Youngbear, President, Cheryl & Dale Moore – President Elects Stephanie Schulte...

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Outgoing Central Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)October 9-17, 2013
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Thirteen ambassadors boarded a train for their overnight trip to Charlottesville (C’ville.) Some really liked the train trip and others weren’t as pleased. Oct. 9 – The group arrived in Charlottesville in the evening in pouring rain. The evening was spent getting to know hosts. The warm soup tasted wonderful with the chilly rain. Oct. 10 – The CR group just hung out or...

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Incoming Fortaleza, Brazil ExchangeSeptember 21 – 28, 2013
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Fourteen ambassadors traveled from Brazil to spend a fun filled week with us before they had their 2nd week with St. Louis, MO. A charter bus and a member of the Chicago FF Club met our Brazilian ambassadors at the O’Hara Airport and transported them to Cedar Rapids to meet their host families. Sunday – The day was spent getting to know each other...

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Indonesian Global ExchangeApril 17-May 3, 2013
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Eight ambassadors from Cedar Rapids, four ambassadors from India, two ambassadors form Canada and one ambassador from Brazil made up this journey to Indonesia. April 17 – Airline delays made arrival in Jakarta on April 19, and ambassadors were welcomed by humid air and palm trees. All the ambassadors met for breakfast and then went on a guided tour of Jakarta, which was designed...

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Open World, Russian Specialists in Protection of Orphans’ Welfare and RightsApril 12 – April 20, 2013
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Five Delegates, one facilitator, and one interpreter participated in this journey. Friday, April 12 – A welcome potluck was held to meet hosts & other club members to get acquainted and start the friendships. Saturday, April 13 – The group toured going to Dubuque for a guided tour of National Mississippi River Museum and viewed the Mississippi Lock and Dam. On their way home...

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