October is a time for cooling down and the weekend festivals to start. We are holding a board meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at 2:45 at the Old Quarry Library on Steck Avenue, just off Burnet Rd. There will not be a Tuesday happy hour thus month; instead Sally Scott, our Membership Coordinator, is sponsoring a get acquainted dinner at Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant, 6019 N. I35, Austin 78723, at 6:30 pm. Call her at 512-453-2289 to make your reservation. Hopefully those who went to Australia will come an tell everyone how wonderful the trip was.
We have a sad note this month. One of our long-time members, Basil Phillipy Passed away on October 10. Ginny and Basil have been wonderful members for many years and have added so much to this organization. Basil's funeral will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church on Burnet Road on Monday, October 17 at 10:30. A reception will follow. We have Ginny and the family in our hearts and prayers.
Our domestic outbound exchange was to Reno and Lake Tahoe at the end of July with Mae Scheib as the ED. Our International Outbound was with three clubs in Australia (Perth, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast) - the dates were from September 7 to October 4. We had the maximum of 15 participants going one from Florida, one from Iowa, two from Houston, and one from San Antonio on the trip, and ten from Austin. Dori Schueller was our ED and did a wonderful job of organizing everything. Get ready for next year's exchanges with trips to the UK and San Diego.
The exchanges for this year are:
- Inbound San Diego - April 24-30 was very successful, thanks to all that helped.
- Outbound Reno and Lake Tahoe at the end of our very hot July
- Outbound to Australia - Perth, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast - September 7- October 4.
- Inbound County Durham was cancelled
If you are a member and not receiving our Yahoo Group communications, please send a note to Joseph Hunt - email@example.com and you will be added.
NEW Leadership Council Members
- Mae Scheib Head of the Leadership Council
- Sally Scott Membership Coordinator
- Zosia Hunt Exchange Director Coordinator
- Linda Buelhmann Secretary
- Open General Meeting Coordinator
- Anita Knight Treasurer
- Judy Ratliff Assistant Treasurer
Interested in getting more involved? Contact any board member to see how you can help. Also, we are actively seeking new members, so talk it up with your friends, neighbors, and social clubs.
We are the Austin chapter of Friendship Force International. We join others around the world who believe that "a world of friends is a world of peace". This is a people to people program to learn about each other and strengthen ties of friendship. We hope you will join us!!
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Our club was established in 1984. Our mission is to sow the seeds of friendship across the nations of the world. Since 1985 our active members have participated in Friendship Force sponsored trips to Australia, Africa, Cuba, Europe, the Far East, the Middle East and South America. In addition, Friendship Force clubs from Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, Taiwan, and some within the United States, have visited us to have the Austin Experience.
Our members are adventurers who enjoy forging new friendships as we explore places around the world. We live, work and play in Austin and the surrounding communities when we aren’t traveling.
A typical inbound/outbound exchange.
Travel to the exchange location is usually arranged by the member. Exchanges are typically one week at each club and some exchanges may go to two clubs on an exchange. The exchange begins with a welcoming party for the arriving ambassadors. Ambassadors are hosted at club member homes during their visit. During the visit ambassadors see sites of interest in the area. The exchange concludes with a farewell dinner with our new friends. Often an exchange will include an optional after exchange tour.
We are committed to the following pledge:
As a member of the Friendship Force, I recognize that I can make a difference. I recognize that I have a mission. That mission is to be a friend to the people of the world. As I embark upon this adventure, I know that others will be watching me. I know that through my own example to my own fellow citizens and the people of other countries, the cause of friendship and peace can be furthered. I can make a difference.