Our nine Ambassadors have returned from a fun filled trip to the Tampa Bay area. The activities were well coordinated with their 80-member club. The welcome and farewell dinners were well attended. Shortly afterwards we hosting the Baton Rouge club here in Austin. It was a relatively small set of Ambassadors, but we had a lively and representative journey to show off Austin. We had 35 for the farewell luncheon at Rudy's Bar-b-que as this is also the March Social event. On May 18 we are having a social luncheon at The Grove at 6317 Bee Caves Road. It will be great to see each other socially. Thank you Carol Blanchard for setting it up and using Evite to communicate. Get ready for our quarterly meeting on June 4 at Mitzi's poolside. Look for the invitation and Evite.
Leadership Council Members - 2022
Carol Parsonage ----Coordinator of the Leadership Council
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
If you have not renewed your membership for 2022 send your check for $40 made out to Austin Friendship Force to our treasurer Judy Ratliff at 1322 Nightingale Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613
We anticipate a return to more normal living this 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Winter 2022 newsletter was distributed by email and it is also found here. Press this link to view. The Spring Newsletter will be available in April. The deadline for articles for the Spring newsletter is March 21. Thank you Lisa Judge 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 Lisa at email@example.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 - Judy Ratliff
If you are a member and not receiving our Google Group communications, please send a note to Joseph Hunt - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com or download this link
Learn more about Friendship Force International at http://www.thefriendshipforce.org