Ah, the wonderful weather of October. It should be just right for our 14 Ambassadors who are coming from Des Moines, Iowa October 12-17.  Several of our club members were Ambassadors that were hosted by their club in 2015.  And we have several members with Iowa in their blood.  We have wonderful things planned for their Journey - Wildflower Center, criuse on Lady Bird lake, and Esthers Follies. We encourage all to get together with our visitors so respond to the emails to RSVPs.

Our next board meeting will be on October 31 at 3:00. The place is TBD so look for an email. A happy hour will follow - should we wear costumes? 

The Friendship Force of Austin was honored when we were asked by FF International to host the Peruvian Leaders sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center - July 14-20, 2017.  When speaking with Anita Knight and Kay Binder, host and activities coordinators, they said this presented a different challenge than hosting other Friendship Force club members. Ask them about this at our social get togethers. Press this link for the full story Peru Open World Week 2017.  We continue to have a close relationship with Global Austin and several members will attend the "Diplomacy begins here" conference here in Austin. 

The Spring newsletter was distributed  by email and it is also found here. Press this link to download or view of Spring Newsletter. Thank you Diana Tanner for preparing this for us. Look for the Fall Newsletter this month. Please think about contributing your travel and Friendship Force items of interest to the next newsletter. Send a note to our editor Diana at Dtan1480@att.net for her consideration. 

Sally Scott was the Exchange Director for the San Diego, California in August  Zosia Hunt is the Exchange Director for inbound Iowa in November. The Friendship Force has now rebranded these roles. Exchange Directors are now - Ambassador Coordinator for outbound Journeys; Host Coordinators for inbound. Exchanges are now Journeys. 

The journeys for next year were:
  • Outbound Journey to Karsiyaka Bay, Turkey - May 2018
  • Inbound Viet Nam in August
  • Outbound to Bogata, Colombia - October 
  • Working on inbound from Reno and outbound domestic. 
If you are a member and not receiving our Yahoo Group communications, please send a note to Joseph Hunt - joshunt@sbcglobal.net and you will be added.

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.


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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