February is a great time to be in Austin and part of the Friendship Force. We have wonderful new members, four exchanges this year, and we are hosting the Southwest Regional Conference in April. It is a great time to get involved.
We have elected a new Leadership Council and they are hoping you can join February's board meeting to be held at the Old Quarry Library off of Far West Blvd. It will start at 3:00 on Tuesday February 23rd. We'll be setting plans for all of this years activities and your participation is welcomed.
Immediately following the board meeting will be the happy hour (February 23) get together at Z-Tejas, an Austin original, at 1110 West 6th Street, phone number (512) 478-5355. There is parking in the back. It will be begin at 4:30 and we request that you email Marilyn Scott at DMSCOTT1949@GMAIL.COM or call her (512) 433-6898 to tell her you are coming so the restaurant can set up appropriately.
The exchanges for this year are:
- Inbound San Diego - April 24-30 and we need more hosts.
- Outbound Reno and Lake Tahoe at the end of our very hot July
- Outbound to Australia - Perth and Suncoast (NE) - mid-September
- Inbound County Durham, UK in November
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
- Mae Scheib Head of the Leadership Council
- Sally Scott Membership Coordinator
- Zosia Hunt Exchange Director Coordinator
- Linda Buelhmann Secretary
- Joseph Hunt General Meeting Coordinator
- Anita Knight 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.