Now that we are all being advised to "stay at home" here is a good opportunity to travel from the comfort of your favorite chair with online videos and photos from around the USA and the world! A link to the new Travel page is available in the footer of each FFK webpage OR click here: Travel from Home
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.
Change the way you see the world!
For More Information About Friendship Force International, please visit their website at https://www.thefriendshipforce.org/
Note from the President
Friendship Force Knoxville ended 2021 with a festive 40th Anniversary and Holiday Party. I was very happy to see many of you at the in-person event. A big thank you to long-time FFK member Joanne Schuetz for her excellent presentation on Friendship Force International and FFK. Many people worked hard to make this event a success. Thank you, Betsy Tonkin, Sandy Kehne, Janis Robinson, Courtney Shea and Ray Simko.
I’d like to thank the outgoing Board members Kaye Bultemeier, Barbara Elder, and Helen Bachrach for their service. Welcome to new Board members Mike McDonough and Marsha Mitchell.
There is much to look forward to in 2022. We will have monthly travel presentations by FFK members and others. Our club will host the Greater Des Moines, Iowa, club in April. Some of the folks we met in August 2019 when Greater Des Moines hosted FFK will visit us this spring. We look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. In October, we plan to finally travel abroad! Australia is our destination. For more information about all our upcoming inbound and outbound domestic and international journeys, contact Leslie Badaines (badainesL@aol.com).
With your involvement, FFK will continue to be a strong and active club. As of January 12, we have 42 members. If you haven't renewed your membership for 2022, it's not too late. Send a $45 check per person payable to Friendship Force Knoxville to our club treasurer. Bruce Robinson PO Box 53104 Knoxville TN 37950.
Here's to living Friendship Force's mission: A World of Friends is a World of Peace
Jayne Raparelli, President