February seems like spring this year, but don't be fooled, winter still is out there waiting to spring itself on us.  As we wait for the seasons to change, we are thankful for our Friendship Force that brings our friends and ambassadors together.  We have just said goodbye to our visitors from Turkey. Thank you to all who could participate in both home, dinner, and day hosting. Our guests hope that we will come to see them in 2018.  

Last year was great as we have many wonderful new members. We will have a new member dinner on February 15 hosted by  membership chair, Sally Scott, at the Hunt's home.  We will use this opportunity to help new members understand more about the Friendship Force. 

Press this link to download or view of January Newsletter. Thank you Diana Tanner for preparing this for us. We look forward to regular newsletters in the future.

We are holding our board meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 3:00-4:30 at the Old Quarry Library located at 7051 Village Center Dr., Just off of Far West Blvd.  Please note this is a different location than last month.  Afterwards our happy hour coordinator, Marilyn Scott, has selected the Galaxy Cafe (8127 Mesa Drive) after the board meeting. Most people arrive at 5:00 for happy hour specials, good eats, and friendship. Please plan to come to the board meeting and happy hour after. 

Marilyn Scott, Exchange Director, and the planning committee are had a successful Inbound exchange with Karsiyaka Bay, Turkey in early February. Linda Buehlmann is our Exchange Director for our Outward Bound Exchange to Manchester, England. She is getting it all together and we even have a waiting list. In addition, we will have a domestic exchange to San Diego in August. 

The exchanges for last year were:
  • 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 - joshunt@sbcglobal.net and you will be added.

NEW Leadership Council Members
  • Anita Knight ----Head of the Leadership Council
  • Sally Scott----Membership Coordinator
  • Zosia Hunt----Exchange Director Coordinator
  • Linda Buelhmann----Secretary
  • Joseph Hunt----General Meeting Coordinator
  • Judy Ratliff----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 sallyscott33@gmail.com or download this link

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

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