About the Club

The Friendship Force of Knoxville was chartered on May 16, 1981.  We have approximately 50 members who live in Knoxville, and in surrounding communities (Farragut, Maryville and Oak Ridge.)  We welcome at least two incoming journeys each year and send out at least one outgoing journey. 

See below for a list of officers, club PDF documents and board meeting minutes.

2019 Club Officers & Board

President :  Diana Lopez

Vice- President: Kaye Bultemeier

Secretary: Jean Mayer

Treasurer:  Bruce Robinson

Past President: Panos Ioannides


Activity Chair: Sandy Kehne

​Ambassador Coordinator: Ron Mayer

​Club Concerns: Renee Ioannides

Historians: Jeana Johnson,  Jonathan Hash

Membership Chair: Kaye Bultemeier

Newsletter Editor: Don Dougall  

Program Chair: Janis Robinson

Webmaster: Ray Simko

Past Club Presidents

1981-82: Aileen Caldwell

1983: Claude Haws 

1984: William Grieve

1985-86: Robert Ebinger 

1986-88: Robert Young

1988-89: Gordon Ford 

1990-91: Byrl Logan 

1992: Letha Dixon 

1993: Betty Rose 

1994: Hugh Sells 

1995: William Grieve 

1996-97: Fritzie Logan 

1998: Thomas Bush 

1999-00: James Dennis 

2001-02: Roger Frye 

2003-04: Grant Stradley 

2005-07: Joanne Schuetz 

2008-09: Phyllis Driver 

2010-13: Joanne Schuetz 

2014 -15: Panos Ioannides  

2016-19: Diana Lopez

About the Journeys

Our primary emphasis is for the Host Family and Ambassadors to get to know each other and share cultures. We take pride in giving our Ambassadors a chance to enjoy our Southern hospitality, picturesque countryside, mountains and friendly people.  

A typical "Journey" will include an opening reception hosted by our Mayor and a gala farewell party. Non-hosting FFK members also join in the festivities. Each stay is tailored to the Ambassadors' interests.  These activities may include visiting museums, hiking in the mountains, shopping for local crafts, attending sporting events, exploring the Civil War sites, and participating in local festivals. 

Through such activities, we bond with our Ambassadors, establishing long and lasting friendships, and hope they take a fond memory of our beautiful East Tennessee and friendly people back home with them.