April was a big month for Austin friendship Force as we hosted the Southwest Regional Conference for Friendship Force with 64 representatives from six states attending led by Kay Binder and had very successful inbound exchange with the San Diego Friendship Force with ED Randi Carter. Plus, we helped with the annual Rosedale ride by providing a watering station, coordinated by Errol Olson, for the riders as they participated in this worthy charitable activity.
In May we will hold the Board Meeting on May 17 at the Old Quarry Library off of Far West Blvd. at 2:45. and Then off to our monthly happy hour at 4:30 at the Galaxy Cafe at 8127 Mesa Drive in Northwest Austin. Located between Steck Rd and Spicewood Springs Rd. The Galaxy's telephone numbers is (512) 369-3488 Please contact Marilyn Scott to tell her you will be coming so they can set up our tables for the right amount of people - email@example.com.
Our next exchange is to Reno and Lake Tahoe at the end of July with Mae Scheib (512) 250-1908 as the ED. After that would be International Outbound with three clubs in Australia (Perth, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast) - the dates are from September 7 to October 4. Our seats are filling up but there still are a few available. Dori Schueller is our ED. Please call if you are interested - (512) 990-0108
The Southwest Conference was a great success with everyone having a good time. Our hospitality room was a big success, the presentations were well received and went off without any hitches, the silent auction was much more successful than we anticipated, the food provided by the hotel was great, and the Gala dinner/dance featuring the band Southtown had us dancing to central Texas beat. And to top it all, the organizer, Kay Binder, has been selected as the new Southwest Regional representative for Friendship Force.
The exchanges for this year are:
- 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 and Suncoast (NE) - 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.