After our recent Leadership Meeting and happy hour at the Austin Terrier Bistro, we are ready for our annual Holiday Luncheon. This year we will have it on Saturday, December 11 at the Olive Garden Restaurant on 8833 Burnet Road just off US 183. We will start around 11:30. It will be wonderful to see everyone. Let's all dress festive and please wear your Friendship Force badges. We'll be sending our an Evite to try to estimate how many members will be attending, so please try to respond. Or you can send an email to if the evite isn't working or you.

This is also the time for renewal of our dues of $40 per member. We will be collecting them at the luncheon. If you find it more convenient, send your check made out to Austin Friendship Force to our treasurer Judy Ratliff at 1322 Nightingale Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613

We will also be supporting Blue Santa again this year so don't forget to bring an unwrapped new toy. It can make a world of difference.

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.

Leadership Council Members - 2021 (but will be voting on a new team at the Holiday Luncheon)

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

  • Lee Blanchard ----Membership Coordinator and Publicity

  • Carol Blanchard ----Journey Director Coordinator

  • Zosia Hunt ----General Meeting Coordinator

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

  • Carol Parsonage ----Secretary and Historian

  • Anita Knight -----Past Head of Leadership Council

Thanks to committee leaders for 2021:

  • Publicity Audrey Baker

  • Newsletter Lin Hughes

  • Policies Zosia Hunt

  • Sunshine Communications Kay Binder

  • Website/facebook Joseph Hunt

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 (

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 for her consideration.

2022 Journeys and coordinators:

  • August 26-31 Five members to Northern Illinois with San Antonio

  • 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 - 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.

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.

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