“Cuba Today and Yesterday” Presentation March 1, 2018

Presentation on (non-FFI) trip to Cuba

by FFMNTC Member Jane Norman

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Roseville Library – Community Program Room

2180 Hamline Avenue, Roseville MN

FFI 2018 Super Conference April 20-22, Cincinnati OH

New Flyer for FFI Super Conference in Cincinnati Ohio, April 20-22:



FFMNTC 40th Anniversary Celebration September 9, 2018

The Friendship Force of  Minnesota – Twin Cities

Invites you to our

40th Anniversary Celebration

Share Memories with our Long-term Members

Meet our Open World Delegates from Ukraine

Sunday, September 9, 2018

1:00 to 4:00 PM

Lafayette Club – Lakeview Room  (www.lafayetteclub.com)

2800 Northview Road, Minnetonka Beach MN 55361

Luncheon Buffet: $35 per person

Cash Bar   –    Valet Parking

Guests and Potential Members Welcome

Members are encouraged to contact friends who have been FFMNTC Members in the past and invite them to the Anniversary Celebration. RSPV Contacts to be added later.


Open World Delegation from Ukraine – September 7-15, 2018

The FFMNTC Board voted to accept another Open World delegation in September.  The delegation is from Ukraine (5 delegates, 1 facilitator and 1 interpreter). The dates in the host community are September 7-15, 2018. Open World provides funds to support the program; FFMNTC will need to provide home hosts and leaders to plan and implement the program.

FFMNTC Updates:

  • Tom Scott has agreed to be program coordinator.
  • The Delegates from Ukraine will join us at the FFMNTC 40th Anniversary Celebration on September 9, 2018.
Here is the description of this theme:
Health Care Management and Quality Assurance Rationale: Ukraine is in the midst of undergoing significant reform of its healthcare system. One of the main goals of this reform is an efficient allocation of funds. Therefore through late 2017– early 2018 the Ministry of Health of Ukraine plans to introduce a new National Health Service, which will focus specifically on procurement. The current reforms envision a healthcare system that reforms primary, emergency, and palliative care simultaneously. The new National Health Service would be an independent body in the executive branch under the Cabinet of Ministers. The new reforms also aim to introduce medical insurance into the daily life of Ukrainians. Such a radical transformation of the healthcare system in Ukraine will benefit if healthcare managers and practitioners have an opportunity to learn from the American experience and current health care debate to see what works best for Ukraine.

Board of Directors Update 1-1-18


Thank you to our returning and new Board members and important volunteers –  Rita Mays (President), Jane Bardon (Vice-President), Buck MacDonald (Treasurer), Tom Scott (secretary), Mary Cunningham (Journey Coordinator) , Ben Szypinski (Member-At-Large), John Christensen and Jane Norman (new Activities Co-Chairs), Barb Emer (Newsletter Editor), Vicki Palmer (40th Anniversary), Jan Lanyk (Historian), Val Hessburg (Sunshine Contact), Gene Selchow and Roseann Foreman (current outgoing Journey Ambassador Coordinators) and Cindy Cauble and Jane Bardon (Rostov-on Don Co-Chairs).

Susanne Wolter Bids Us Farewell

I am sure you may know or will remember seeing Susanne Wolter at a Friendship Force event. She has been a member of Friendship Force for a long time – Read more