Dining on the 6th

Please join your friends for a private dinner party at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, overlooking the garden at the Imperial Gardens, 2039 Allen Boulevard. Imperial Gardens has been voted the “Best Chinese Restaurant in Madison.”

The extensive dinner menu at Imperial Gardens offers over ninety items which can be viewed on their website.

There are appetizers, soup, and numerous entrees of beef, pork, chicken, duck, lamb, seafood, as well as noodles and rice dishes. The menu also includes many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Most prices are in the range of $11 to $16. We will place individual orders and will receive separate checks. They also offer a full bar.

Please register by November 4 with Gail Holmes: glholmes@wisc.edu, 608-249-1846.

Second Harvest

Our service project at the Second Harvest Foodbank will be on Thursday, October 28th, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 2802 Dairy Drive.

Let leader Lois Schulz (loisschulz1942@gmail.com) know of your interest.

Book Club – “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi

The Friendship Force Book Club selection for October is the national bestseller Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. It is a deeply moving portrait of a Ghanaian family living in Alabama.

Despite the traumas experienced by this complex family, it is ultimately a novel about the intersection of faith, science, religion and love.

The book is available at the Madison library system.

Please get a copy and join us on ZOOM October 25 at 7:00 pm. Email Marian Ehrenberg at: marianeh2014@gmail.com by October 21 for the Zoom key.

Friendship Force Fall Meeting & Social

We will enjoy our Fall Meeting and Social at 2 pm on Sunday, October 24 at the Maple Bluff Beach Park Shelter.

The event will begin with a short business meeting to update members about Board activities and plans, and continue with a seasonal bonfire and s’mores, with fun pumpkin decoration and sunset over Lake Mendota.

We have requested Mother Nature to provide her best October weather.

Please use the RSVP sign-up sheet at the end of this Newsletter and return it to Doug Johnson by October 20th.


Highway Cleanup

Please join us Wednesday October 20 at 1 pm for our next highway clean up event. It’s a great way to get outside, enjoy the cool fall weather, and make our roadsides look clean and beautiful. Members and friends will meet at the Middleton Park and Ride off Hwy 12 exit 249 at 1 pm.

Direct questions to Stephanie Vanden Bush sljacobs2@gmail.com or 920-676-1441.

Dallas, Texas in Spring 2022 – Deadline

We have been invited to visit Dallas in March or April of 2022.

Please let Journey Manager Stephanie Sorensen know before the October 14 Board meeting if you are seriously interested in going to Dallas, TX in March or April 2022.

The information will help the Board determine if we should agree to a date. If a journey is agreed we will need an Ambassador Coordinator. Anyone who is interested in the Dallas journey and would be willing to do that job should volunteer now. For planning purposes, March and April 2022 are not as far away as we might imagine.

Please contact Journey Manager Stephanie Sorensen if you are interested in being an Ambassador Coordinator and/or participating in the journey. Email Stephanie at: ssorensen268@gmail.com or call 608 819-6646.

Dining on the 6th

We’re hoping for continued pleasant weather for our outdoor Dining on the 6 at Village Green in Middleton. We’ll gather at the umbrella tables on the patio at 11:30 a.m.

Apparently the Village Green is known for its “best burgers.” Their inexpensive menu choices includes many items from the fryer, including veggies, spicy chili and seafood gumbo, salads, four kinds of reubens, a variety of other sandwiches, and, of course, burgers. On  Wednesdays, their special is sloppy joes with french fries or chips for $8.50. Mixed drinks and beer are available at the full bar as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

Register by Monday, October 4, with host Gail Holmes, phone 608-249-1846, email glholmes@wisc.edu. This may be our last outdoor “hurrah” of summer/fall so don’t miss out on joining your Friendship Force friends for food and fellowship!


Second Harvest Food Bank

Our service project at the Second Harvest Foodbank will
be on Thursday, September 30, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
at 2802 Dairy Drive.

Let leader Lois Schulz (loisschulz1942@gmail.com) know of your interest by
September 29.

Susan Becker – Celebration of Life

Please join us for a memorial service celebrating the life
of Susan Becker. Bring your memories of this wonderful
sister, friend to everyone, devoted Christian, consummate
volunteer and believer in our innate goodness. If ever a
mountain seems too high, remember the mountains that
Susan climbed during her time with us.

The service will be at Christ Presbyterian Church,
944 E Gorham St, Madison, on September 18th at 2:00
p.m., Rev. Sharol Hayner presiding. The social distancing
and masking recommendations of the church will be