Recordings from Online Events

We had several online events in 2020 during the time we have not been able to meet in person. We hope you enjoy the recorded version.

Photo Editing Workshop

On May 17, 2020, Duncan McBride presented a dynamic interactive workshop on photo editing something we can all use whether we use our mobile phones or cameras. Duncan is the leader of our Photography group and hopes some of you may be inspired to join. View the recording of the photo editing workshop.

Global Journey to Brazil

FFNCA members participated in a Global Journey to Fortaleza and the Amazon in November 2019. Mari Clarke gave a slide presentation and led a discussion among FFNCA members who participated in the trip, along with the journey coordinator from Sao Paolo and two participants from Canada. View the recording of this visit to Brazil.

Overcoming Spiritual Myopia: Expanding our Connections toward a Universal World View

Most FF members have broadened their horizons through open-minded and open-hearted contact with other cultures. Recent FFNCA member, Margaret (Margie) Placentra Johnston will discuss ways in which our Friendship Force mission and activities actually parallel spiritual development and can in fact help us move further along on the spiritual path. As an Optometrist, Margaret has helped people see better in the physical world for the past 38 years. For the last decade, she has worked toward clearer vision about spirituality through her two award-winning books, articles, lectures and classes. More about Margie.

Margie’s books:

  • Overcoming Spiritual Myopia: A View Toward Peace Among the Religions, (WINNER Body, Mind, Spirit Book Award in Spiritual Psychology)
  • Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind,  (GOLD WINNER of the 2013 Nautilus Book Award in Religion/Spirituality.)

View the recording of the Zoom session.

Wine Tasting: New Zealand Wines

FFNCA member and Vice President, Barbara Williams  led us on a happy hour  tasting of wines  from New Zealand along with photos from her  FFNCA Journey to New Zealand (homestays in Lake Taupo and Christ Church), featuring grapes and vineyards. The two wines are:

  • 2019 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region.
  • Fern Ridge Pinot Noir, also from the Marlborough region.

View the recording of the Zoom session.

International Peace Day: Sunshine Coast, Australia Journey

We celebrated International Peace Day with members of the Long Island Friendship Force Club and members from other clubs who joined the journey plus a few members from the Sunshine Coast Australia club on Monday September 21, 2020. We showed a video of the March 2020 journey to Sunshine Coast Australia prepared by the Sunshine Coast Club as well as slides of the pre-journey travel to Brisbane, including the Koala Bear Sanctuary, and to the Great Barrier Reef.

View the recording of the Zoom session.

A roving eye…or two: through the lens of Michael Kuchinsky. Part I

 Part 1 provides some personal information about me and my interests. Part 1 takes a broad look at travel photography, and how it can be complemented by other forms or themes. Monochrome photography, street photography, naturescapes (land, sea, and sky) and changes to some perspective, and the importance of people.  What I try to do or look for with these various forms of photographs, even while traveling, is part of the narrative. Each photo shown describes some of the aspects that I found appealing.

View the recording of the Zoom session.

Calgary presentation on their journey to Kiel

A Friendship Force journey to Kiel, Germany from Calgary, Canada included some FFNCA members as well as other Friendship Force members around the country. This presentation shared some of the highlights of that journey as well as information about the clubs involved.

View the recording of the Zoom session.