Welcome to 2022 and the hope of the future. It has been a hard couple of years and it looks like we have a bit more pandemic to deal with, but we are looking forward to the current spike to subside. We have a new leadership council with good ideas on how to get our Friendship Force more active. Here is the new leadership council we voted for in the December 11 luncheon at the Olive Garden.

Leadership Council Members - 2022

  • Carol Parsonage ----Coordinator of the Leadership Council

  • Lee Blanchard (with the help of Joseph Hunt)----Membership Coordinator and Publicity

  • Carol Blanchard ----Journey Director Coordinator

  • Carol Parsonage ----General Meeting Coordinator

  • Judy Ratliff (with help from Trisha Davis) ----Treasurer

  • Lauren Barrett ----Secretary and Historian

  • Newsletter Editor - Lisa Judge

  • Joseph Hunt -----Past Head of Leadership Council

This is also the time for renewal of our dues of $40 per member. We will be collected them at the luncheon. If you have not renewed send your check made out to Austin Friendship Force to our treasurer Judy Ratliff at 1322 Nightingale Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Thank you everyone who brought an unwrapped new toy for the Blue Santa program. It made a world of diference for the children in our community.

We anticipate a return to more normal living next year so we have plans for both incoming and outgoing journeys. First of all we will be traveling to the Florida Suncoast in March with its beautiful beaches, museums, and wonderful hosts that live in the Tampa bay area. When we come home we'll be hosting the Baton Rouge Friendship Force here in Austin. Its a wonderful chance to show off our fabulous city and share times with our own members. Later in the fall the Lower Columbia River Friendship Force will be coming to visit. So we are back to getting back to normal.

To find out more about International and Austin Friendship Force look at our New Members Welcome Brochure.

Thanks to committee leaders for 2022:

  • Policies Anita Knight

  • Sunshine Communications Kay Binder

  • Website/Google Groups Joseph Hunt

  • Facebook Darlene Sugarek

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 Spring 2020 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 January 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.

2022 Journeys and coordinators:

  • March 2022 Inbound with Baton Rouge - Carol Parsonage

  • March 2022 Gold Coast Florida - Linda Buehlman

  • Fall 2022 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 Leadership team 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.

The Ten Commandments of Ambassadors - a must read - touch this link

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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