Welcome to Friendship Force of Austin - July 2020

So here we are still waiting out the Corona Virus like the rest of the world. Many of us are not feeling too bad about staying indoors since it has been hot. We have been having our regular Leadership Meeting, though we limit them to about 30 minutes as all of the Journeys have been put off until some future date. But we do have happy hour after the leadership meeting, and then again every other weekso we can stay in touch. The last happy hour our friends from the Sunshine Coast, Australia joined us. It was so much fun we held an online reunion with their club on June 23. It was great to talk over things with our friends on the other side of the world. 

We did have our March 13 Friendship Force quarterly meeting and party where 20 people attended. But we have had to cancel the June meeting and the September meeting is still up in the air. We sincerely hope that Texas will get control of the virus and we can hold our meeting in person in the future. 

Our club has contributed generously to Friendship Force International (FFI) in response to their appeal for support. With all the journeys cancelled and the members fees returned they are stuck with no revenue and employees to pay and lots of bills.  All of the clubs and individuals have been very generous to support FFI and they are financially covered for 2020. 

Leadership Council Members - 2020
  • Joseph Hunt ----Head of the Leadership Council
  • Louann Sledge (with help from Sally Scott) ----Membership Coordinator and Publicity
  • Linda Buelhmann (with help from Carol Blanchard) ----Journey Director Coordinator
  • Zosia Hunt ----General Meeting Coordinator
  • Judy Ratliff (with help from Trisha Davis) ----Treasurer
  • Carol Parsonage ----Secretary and Historian
  • Anita Knight -----Past Head of Leadership Council
Thanks to committee leaders for 2020:
  • Happy Hours                        Kathleen Girard
  • Publicity                                Audrey Baker
  • Newsletter                            Lin Hughes
  • Policies                                Zosia Hunt
  • Sunshine Communications  Kay Binder
  • Website/facebook                Joseph Hunt

FF Austin Communications will  be coming from Google Groups where they used to be from Yahoo Groups. If you are not receiving notes, contact Joseph Hunt (joshunt@sbcglobal.net)

The November 2019 newsletter was distributed  by email and it is also found here. Press this link to download or view. The Spring Newsletter will be available soon.  The deadline for articles for the Spring newsletter is February 1. Thank you Lin Hughes for preparing this for us.  Please think about contributing your travel and Friendship Force items of interest to the next newsletter. Send a note to our editor Lin at laurel819@yahoo.com for her consideration. 

2020 Journeys and coordinators:
  •            February 24- 29         InBound from Southington Connecticut -  Karen Hamm - came off great
  •            April 1-7                   Outbound to Baton Rouge - Anita Knight - cancelled
  •            June 17-30              Outbound to Brazil - Carol Parsonage - postponed
  •            September 26-30   Inbound from Montreal - Gloria Mungia - on hold
  •           November 3-8         Inbound from Lower Colombia River, Washington - Lin Hughes - on hold
If you are a member and not receiving our Google Group communications, please send a note to Joseph Hunt - joshunt@sbcglobal.net and you will be added.

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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