May is one of the finest months here in Austin with festivals every week. Normally it is the start of our hot summer, but so far it is more like the Northwest with rain each day. Our next outward bound trip is to the Twin-cities and Des Moines in September, but we need more people to want to go. If you have considered this and would like to go, please contact Marilyn Scott our Exchange Director.  Also, we still have slots on our November 2-21 outward bound exchange to Brazil. We have arranged a very good group flight rate which makes this an exceptionally reasonable trip to visit Sao Paulo, Maringa, Iguazu Falls, and Rio. We will have to open this up to other clubs soon.

Zosia Hunt, director of Exchanges is holding a Exchange Director Workshop on May 12. 12 people are expected to attend. 

If you are not receiving our Yahoo Group communications, please send a note to Joseph                                     Hunt - joshunt@sbcglobal.net and you will be added.

Coming up in April  - Board meeting on May 19  at 3:00 at the Old Quarry Library. Come and get involve and then join everyone for the happy hour at 4:30 at the Z Tejas, 9400 Arboretum Blvd, Northwest Location, (512) 346-3506. Martha Schumacher will need to tell them how many are expected so please email or call her to RSVP.

Board Members
  • Mae Scheib   Board Meetings Coordinator
  • Sally Scott General Meetings Coordinator
  • Zosia Hunt Exchange Director Coordinator
  • Dorie Schueller Membership Coordinator
  • Joseph Hunt Secretary
  • Anita Knight Treasurer

Get ready for 2015 exchanges - first we had inbound the Twin Cities coming to see us and escape the cold in February 11-17. Our planning paid off making it memorable for both the Ambassadors and hosts. In April we had the New Zealanders coming in for the week of April 13-19. That was real fun.  Outbound to Twin Cities/Des Moines in September, and then an Inbound from Napa/Sonoma Valleys in October.


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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