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Membership Renewal 

FFLA Membership dues are renewed yearly.  Your renewal date is one year from your last renewal. 

You will receive automated notices beginning two months before your membership is due to be renewed.  

Please consider renewing On-line. It is quick and easy. 

When paying on-line please be sure to update you profile if you have phone, address or email changes.

If paying by check be sure to make check payable to Friendship Force Los Angeles (do not abbreviate to FFLA.) And please send application form with check so that we have your most current information.


The FFLA Leadership Team is looking for volunteers to help plan, organize  and execute club events and activities.

We want to grow FFLA's membership! We welcome your input and help.

Check out our Unhosted Events page, and check back frequently for updates.  

Find information on local cultural programs and events throughout the Los Angeles area.   Let Pat Gomez know if there are events you would like to see listed. And consider being a host for an event.

If you are not already receiving email communications from FFLA and would like to be added to our email list click here

"The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

Announcing the return of the FFLA Newsletter

After a long hiatus FFLA once again has a newsletter. 
Take a look at the
 May 2024 edition.

North American Regional Conference

October 7 - 10, 2024

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Registration is now open!

To learn more about the conference, or to register, go to: 

2024 is the Year of the Dragon!


Dragons are often larger than life, quick-witted, and charming.  They have hearts full of adventure and romance, but they can come across a little mysterious.  Dragons can seem lazy at times, but once they put their mind to something, they'll be more ambitious and vigorous than anyone else.

Dragons are confident, intelligent, and enthusiastic.

The Chinese Zodiac animals and order are based on a folk tale known as the Great Race.  One of the most important gods in Chinese tradition, Jade Emperor, invited animals to participate in the race and 12 different species turned up.  As a reward for turning up, years are named in the order in which each animal finished the race.

Both large and small animals had to cross the course, which included a river.  In first place was the Rat who cunningly rode on the back of the Ox as he crossed the river and proceeded to shoot off to the finish line. The Ox settled into second place.  So the Chinese Zodiac begins with the rat and follows the order in which the animals finished the race:  rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat/sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, boar. What’s your sign/animal?

Hoping 2023 was a wonderful year for you and yours!  Life resumed to some normalcy as we welcomed ambassadors from Winnipeg in March and then in August, we ventured to Brazil, hosted by the Nova Lima and Ribierao Preto Clubs.  We had several in person events, renewing friendships while making new ones.  Thank you for your continued support and participation!  Many thanks to all who hosted, helped, planned and executed activities/events this past year.  My heartfelt gratitude to former Leadership Team members Mona Gifford and Pat Gomez, and to the current FFLA Leadership Team members: Laura Clines, Carol Garvey, Caren Niewisch and Sharon Lavenberg for keeping our club together.

We are looking forward to 2024!  We’re in the planning stages of a journey to the FF Atlanta Club and possibly hosting the Nashik Riverside Club (India).  Please mark your calendars for the North American Regional Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 7 to 10) with possible home stay opportunities.  The Leadership Team will continue encouraging bimonthly events/activities.  Please share any suggestions you have for our club and we welcome your participation!

Wishing you a fabulous New Year!

Sumi Arnheim, FFLA Leadership Team Chair 

FFLA's Covid Policy

FFLA strongly recommends those who wish to participate in group events keep current with the latest bivalent boosters. This is a recommendation, not a requirement. Masks are optional.  If you are feeling ill, please stay home.

Upcoming events


See Upcoming Journeys page for details



Greater Atlanta

  • OCTOBER - exact dates TBD


    Nashik, India 

    NOVEMBER 8, 2024 to NOVEMBER 15, 2024

    “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” Tim Cahill

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