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.
President: Jayne Raparelli
Vice-President: Betsy Tonkin
Secretary: Mike McDonough
Treasurer: Bruce Robinson
Communications Committee Chair: Janis Robinson
Webmaster: Ray Simko
Newsletter Editor: Janis Robinson
Hospitality Chair: Sandy Kehne
Program Chair: Marsha Mitchell
Membership Chair: Betsy Tonkin
Club Concerns: Rene Ioannides
Journey Coordinator: Leslie Badaines
Immediate Past Journey Coordinator: Diana Lopez
Historian: Jonathan Hash
Ambassador (Outbound} Coordinators:
Lower Columbia July 6 - 11, 2022 Barbara Elder
Region in Oregon and Washington as the Columbia River flows to the Pacific.
Gold Coast October 19-26, 2022 Leslie Badaines
North Moreton October 26 - November 2, 2022 Leslie Badaines
Host (Inbound) Coordinators:
Greater Des Monies, (April 20-25, 2022) Mike McDonough
Open World from Uzbekistan (October 7 - 15. 20222) Betsy Tonkin
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
2020: Kaye Bultemeier
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.
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