Welcome to Friendship Force of Austin - April 2020

So here we are waiting out the Corona Virus like the rest of the world. In early April Austin has some cases but hopefully the excellent way this city has responded to the threat will reduce the amount of cases we will have until they figure out how to take control. Please take care of yourself and stay away from others. Our members are such nice people we surely don't want and of us to get sick. 

We did have our March 13 Friendship Force quarterly meeting and party where 20 people attended. We all kept good distance as the city was just about to shut things down. It was a St Patrick's day theme and we had a silent auction. Several members said they were already staying at home. After the party most of us went home to be isolated for the duration. We will have a virtual Leadership Council meeting on April 23 and, I guess, a virtual happy hour afterwards. A club enote will come out with details. 

We had to cancel the Baton Rouge journey (April 1-8) and the Brazil journey in June. And as you can imagine most of the Journeys around the world are cancelled. The Friendship Force International with its paid employees that keep the club alive and functioning are in deep financial trouble.   They have sent out an appeal for donations to keep them afloat. They are finding it difficult to take advantage of government assistance programs announced last week. So please consider helping out as the Friendship Force is jewel of goodness in a somewhat confusing world. If you would like to help them and are not sure how, please send Joseph Hunt a note (joshunt@sbcglobal.net) and he will help you. 

In February 24-29 we have an inbound Journey with Southington, Connecticut. The Host Coordinator is Karen Hamm and she hopes we will have good Participation with the Welcome and Goodbye parties as well as the rest of the events. Try to make it to the events and celebrate with our Ambassadors. 

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
  •            April 1-7                   Outbound to Baton Rouge - Anita Knight
  •            June 17-30              Outbound to Brazil - Carol Parsonage
  •            September 26-30   Inbound from Montreal - Gloria Mungia
  •           November 3-8         Inbound from Lower Colombia River, Washington - Lin Hughes
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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