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A Wonderful Canadian Journey
From May 23 to May 30, 2017, the Lethbridge AB Canada Friendship Force hosted thirteen FFMNTC members and nine members of the Great Falls Montana Friendship Force.
Lethbridge is the fourth largest city by population and the third largest in area in the Alberta Province. It began its existence as real wild west town involved in the whiskey trade. Lethbridge has continued to successfully evolve over time from coal mining to an important agricultural and educational center. It is home to the University of Lethbridge, now expanding and poised to become an important Science and Technology center. Many job opportunities in the city make this an attractive place for the graduates to stay. Lethbridge has a growing population of 87,000 citizens and a rich ethnic culture that makes it an attractive home to both retirees and young families.
The 50-member Lethbridge Friendship Force was the first club chartered in Canada. They are a very active club recognized and involved within their beautiful city. They designed an enjoyable and memorable Journey packed with a wealth of experiences and impressive scenery.
Activities included club potluck welcome and official civic welcomes; completion of the tree planting commemorating our visit to Lethbridge at Henderson Lake Park, the informative guided tour of the beautiful Nikka Yukko Garden Tour; Coyote Flats commemorative village (Picture Butte) complete with a history lesson and tractor pull; a visit to the University of Lethbridge, the Agricultural Research Station; a Birds of Prey tour; Crowsnest Pass Day Trip, tours of Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo Jump; and Frank Slide Pass, coffee and dessert at homes of several non-hosting members; dinner potlucks at various hosts’ homes; a club farewell Steak BBQ, and a last Waterton Park Day Trip including the Remington Carriage Museum.
Our club donated $100 to the Lethbridge club which they designated to the Friendship Force International’s Legacy Fund.
Great Falls extended an invitation to our club for a future Journey to Montana and we’ve returned one to them and to Lethbridge as well.
Eleven club members took a post trip to Banff that included a private 10-hour tour to the Lake Louise area and Ice Fields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies. We all managed to see wildlife and Banff parks during this part of our experience.
Thanks to the ambassadors from Lethbridge, Montana and our Twin Cities Clubs who made this an enjoyable and great experience for everyone involved. Everyone who joined this journey communicated well and met deadlines perfectly. There were lots of new friendships, smiles, laughter and appreciation shared throughout this successful Journey.
DUE JANUARY 1, 2018
For a printable 2017 Calendar of Events click here
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