Friendship Force is a non-profit international organization that promotes cultural understanding through personal contact. The Friendship Force of Knoxville utilizes travel as a means to meet people from different cultures and places rather than emphasizing the place itself. By being a guest in other people's homes and by inviting them to be a guest in our homes, we believe we can break barriers that divide us.
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Note from the President
Welcome to Friendship Force Knoxville 2024! We look forward to an exciting and busy year of journeys, programs and activities.
For those of you who are new to FFK, and as a reminder to all of us, the mission of Friendship Force is to connect people to promote global understanding across the barriers that separate us. Primarily through home-hosting and meaningful travel experiences and sharing those experiences through our programs and activities, we learn about other cultures, develop a better understanding of our world, and discover our shared humanity. That mission is an integral part of our journeys as well as our programs and other activities.
Programs or activities open to all members are already planned for January through March. (See those programs described on page 1 and below.) Plans are underway for an inbound journey from Manitoba, Canada, in May, traveling on an outbound journey to two German clubs in August, hosting an Open World delegation of Polish Mayors in late September, and welcoming an inbound journey from St. Louis in October. Whether hosting or traveling, each journey involves a lot of planning and coordination. There is work to be done! We need your help!
You will receive a member survey in the next two weeks asking how you would like to participate in FFK's activities. We need every member to step up and contribute in some way. Please respond promptly to the survey and take an active role in making the FFK experience the best it can be for all our members. There is work to be done - and good times working together ahead!
Betsy Tonkin, President
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