The Austin Friendship Force will have the Leadership Council meeting on the second Tuesday, February 13 at 2:30 at the old Quarry library located off of Far West Blvd (7051 Village Center Dr,). All are welcome to attend and it is a good time to get more involved.   The meeting will end in time for all to make the 5:00 happy hour at Cover 3 - a nice restaurant found at 2700 W. Anderson Lane. Our happy hour coordinator, Louann Sledge, has arranged for a nice meeting area under her's and the Friendship Force's name.Hope to see you there. 

On Sunday the membership committee is inviting all members to bring their interested (and interesting) friends to an information brunch at the Black Walnut Cafe, on 11101 Burnet Road, at 1:00pm on Sunday February 11th. This should be a fun get together. RSVP to Sally Scott at                                                                    512-453-2289.

Please hold the date for the spring quarterly meeting to be held on March 17 at the Lakewood Clubhouse. This will be combined with the farewell party for the Reno inbound journey (exchange). We should have a wonderful time as it is also St Partick's day so put on your green. 

The Fall newsletter was distributed  by email and it is also found here. Press this link to download or view of Fall Newsletter. The Winter edition will be coming out out this month. Thank you Diana Tanner 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 Diana at Dtan1480@att.net for her consideration. 

2018 Journeys and coordinators:
  •             March 13-18         InBound from Reno/Tahoe -  Judy Ratlif                        
  •             April 20-22           Regional “Super” Conference, Cincinnati, OH - Kay Binder               
  •             August 1-8            Inbound from Vietnam  - still working on this
  •             Aug 27- Sept 5     Outbound to Olympia, WA - Linda Buehlmann
  •             October 9-16        Outbound to Bogota, Colombia -   Anita & Don Knight
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 and Publicity
  • Linda Buelhmann----Exchange Director Coordinator
  • Joseph Hunt----General Meeting Coordinator
  • Judy Ratliff----Treasurer
  • Gloria Munguia----Secretary and Historian
Thanks to new committee members:
  • Happy Hours        Louann & Ed Sledge, Kathleen Girard
  • Policies                Zosia Hunt
  • Telephone            Lanna Johnson, Cecil Cole
  • Facebook             Dean Scott, Joseph Hunt
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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