The General Membership Meeting of the Friendship Force
of Greater Lansing was opened at 7:30 P.M. by President Jill Murphy. Items on
the agenda were:
Change annual meeting time
Discuss annual Friendship Force International 30th birthday and annual meeting in Atlanta in March
3) In-bound and out-bound exchanges
5) In-bound and outbound exchanges
The minutes of the last board meeting
were read and approved. Treasurer passed out treasurer’s report showing
a balance of $1,889.86.
The Interlochen regional meeting
in October has been cancelled due to conflict with International meeting in Ireland.
FFI 30th anniversary
celebration takes place in Atlanta in the fall with home hosting—information
will be provided in a forthcoming newsletter from Jill.
Requests for in- and out-bound exchanges
must be in by November of each year. All-Michigan out-bound exchange to New Zealand will take place in October, 2007, and in-bound exchange to Lansing
from Mt. Barker and Casterton, New Zealand has been approved
for suggested date of August, 2007. More details to follow.
Ron Parsons made motion in favor
of organizing a FF of Greater Lansing
out-bound exchange in 2008 and to get information on most likely available places that membership is interested in participating.
Motion seconded. Much discussion. Passed.
All reimbursements and receipts
should be given to Diane or Bob.
Diane shared the results of the
Chinese survey on the exchange. Ranking of activities were: 1) Farewell dinner,
2) State Capitol and Museum, 3) Country Buffet, 4) Gilmore Car Museum, Other
activities not able to fit in: More time on MSU campus, talk with teachers, observe classrooms, work places, Lake Michigan.
Rose Mary shared E-mail from Chinese translator, Tong Haldong, who felt that home-visit was the “most
interesting and memorable part” of their trip.
Jill thanked everyone for participating
in the exchanges with Dayton, Mexico, and
China in such a short notice and the great
success of them all.
Seminar of the St. John’s Camera Club will take place October 22.
Anyone interested should contact Bob Sheap.
Last item on the agenda, changing the by-laws, was taken up. At the last board meeting, a motion was moved, seconded, and approved that Article V, Section 1 which,
in part, reads: “The annual meeting of the Club shall be the last Tuesday of January” should be changed to read:
“Annual Meeting: The annual meeting of the Club shall be the last Tuesday of October.” It was moved that this motion be reconsidered, seconded, and approved and a new motion was made to move
the annual meeting from the last Tuesday in January to October was seconded, discussed, and approved. The by-laws will now read: “The annual meeting of the Club shall be held in October.”
This change will make it easier to meet the deadlines set by Friendship
The meeting was closed at 9:00 P.M.
with a thank you to all, especially the “new faces” for participating. Refreshments
and talk about exchanges followed.
Rose Mary Hopp, Secretary