Coming up in November - On November 18 we are having the board meeting of the Friendship Force of Austin at the Clubhouse of Mesa Village Condos at 3:00-4:00. It is located at 4159 Steck Ave. There is plenty of parking and all are invited. Come and get involved. Then at 4:30-6:30 after the board meeting we are all meeting at our monthly happy hour just around the corner at the Spicewood Tavern located at 8127 Mesa Dr. The phone number is 512 386-1464. Come and spread the friendship.
Hold the date - December 5 for the Holiday Party. This year we are having our holiday celebration at the Olive Garden, 8833 Burnet Road near US 183. The board and many members though the idea of a luncheon was great to avoid the many conflicts of holiday parties. We look forward to seeing you there.
Get ready for 2015 exchanges - first we have inbound the Twin Cities coming to see us and escape the cold in February 11-17. Our planning team is hard at work making the memorable for both the Ambassadors and hosts. There are still hosts needed, so read your emails and see if you want to get involved.
10 Members of Austin Friendship Force went for our outward Bound Exchange to Calgary, Alberta September 4-11. They were joined with 10 people from the Knoxville, Tennessee club. Calgary was our visiting club in Fall of 2013. Look for stories in our fall newsletter.
Interested in getting more involved? We have New Zealand clubs joining us in the spring and we are set to Brazil in fall 2015.
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!!
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.