2017 is here and having such a wonderful organization at Friendship Force is something to be thankful for. It is a time to greet old friends and make new ones by hosting and traveling as ambassadors to other parts of the US and the world spreading friendship and hope for the future. Last year was great as we have many wonderful new members.
We are holding our first board meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 3:00-4:30 at the Yarborough Library located at 2200 Hancock Drive. Please note this is a new location. Afterwords our happy hour coordinator, Marilyn Scott, has selected Scholz Garden (1607 San Jacento Blvd) after the board meeting (approximately 4:45-5:00 depending on traffic). Later at Sholtz' at 7:00pm the Sierra Club will hold their monthly meeting featuring a presentation on hiking in England. It may be a of great interest for those going to Manchester.
Alas, all of our exchanges for 2016 are complete, but the Austin Friendship Force has great plans for travel, hosting, and local friendship in 2017. Marilyn Scott, Exchange Director, and the planning committee are working details for the 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 - email@example.com 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.
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.