August is bringing in the heat, but in another six weeks or so and it will cool off. We have a couple of indoor activities we hope you all can attend. First, this is a good time to come to a board meeting. It will be held at the North Villiage Library at 2505 Steck Ave, just off of Burnett road 2:45PM on Tuesday, August  16. The library is always cool inside. Then right afterwards, we have happy hour at new place - Mangia's Pizza at 8012 Mesa Drive, starting at 4:30.  their phone is 512 349-2126. Please email or call Marilyn Scott to tell her you will be coming so they can set up our tables for the right amount of people - dmscott1949@gmail.com. 

Our recent exchange was to Reno and Lake Tahoe at the end of July with Mae Scheib as the ED. Come to the Board Meeting or Happy Hour to hear how that went. This September we will do our International Outbound with three clubs in Australia (Perth, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast) - the dates are from September 7 to October 4. We have the maximum of 15 participants ready to go.  Dori Schueller is our ED and has done 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 and Suncoast (NE) - 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 - joshunt@sbcglobal.net 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.


Can't wait for our next trip? Visit Friendship Force International and join another club on their trip.  http://catalog.thefriendshipforce.org/

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.

For more information on the Austin Club or to receive a membership application

eMail us at FFAustin@gmail.com

Learn more about Friendship Force International at http://www.thefriendshipforce.org

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