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 : Kaye Bultemeier
Vice- President & Membership: Jayne Raparelli
Secretary: Barbara Elder
Treasurer: Bruce Robinson
Past President: Diana Lopez
Communications Committee Chair: Don Dougall
Newsletter Editor: Don Dougall
Webmasters: Jonathan Hash and Ray Simko
Activity Chair: Sandy Kehne
Program Chair: Janis Robinson
Club Concerns: Renee Ioannides
Interim Club Journey Director: Ron Mayer
Host Coordinator Des Moines - Diana Lopez
Journey Coordinators: Jayne Raparelli
and Mike McDonough
Host Coordinator: Open World:
Uzbekistan Judicial: Betsy Tonkin
Journey Coordinator Australia: Leslie Badaines
Public Relations Chair: Carolyn Dougall
Publicity Committee Chair: Carolyn Dougall
Historian: Jonathan Hash
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
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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