Welcome to Friendship Force
of Knoxville


What is Friendship Force?

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!

  • Make friends around the world
  • Stay in homes of people around the world
  • Host in your home people from around the world
  • Foster International good will
  • Enhance cross-cultural understanding

For More Information About Friendship Force International, please visit their website at 

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Note From the President


What an amazing summer and fall we’ve had so far! Small dinner parties, the international conference, a journey to Des Moines, a program on the Republic of Georgia by Ron Leadbetter, and an update on our trip to Des Moines. The inbound journey from Napa/Sonoma is almost upon us and plans are being finalized for the Open World visit with delegates from the Republic of Georgia. We gained one new member and a former member joined us for Ron’s talk. 

Now we are into our regular meetings with much work to be done. Next year we have a great outbound journey to Australia in October, another outbound journey to Napa/Sonoma and we will be hosting the club from Des Moines in April. Hopefully, another Open World will also be in our future.

The October meeting will be the welcome dinner for the folks from Napa/Sonoma on Saturday the 12th. The annual meeting will be November 19 when we will elect officers for 2020, approve changes in the Bylaws, and hear from the delegates from Georgia. Please plan to attend these two important events.

As always, if you have any suggestions or ideas for the club, please feel free to share those with me. My email is

           Diana Lopez