Friendship Force of Lake Hartwell


FFOLH has 80 members from both Georgia and South Carolina. The club was organized in 1994 to promote friendships throughout the world. The club has hosted groups from Germany, Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, England and other US cities.




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  FFOLH Meetings

Friendship Force of Lake Hartwell meet on Monday of each month at 6:30PM located at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Founders Hall, 1009 Benson Street Hartwell, Ga. 30643
(Friendship Force is not affilated with the Catholic or any religious organization) Directions

 I Can Make a Difference 

By Dave Leverette

That?s what we pledge at every meeting. I?d like to describe a few instances when I believe a Friendship Force experience did that. And that will make my case for urging us to aggressively seek the Indonesian Student program.

Mary Lou and I attended the FF King Arthur Festival in England several years ago. It was a wonderful event, but the most poignant memory is two young Korean girls, probably ten or twelve years old, who were in tears when we all said goodbye. I believe they will carry a positive impression of the English, Australians, Americans, and all the others who were there. They will remember foreigners as good people. We probably made a difference.

Several years ago Paula and Pete were the Exchange Directors for a South African group. Their ages ranged from an elderly gentleman (who loved to sing and dance) to several teenagers. They were terrified when they discovered that they were to stay with white people. One even gave Carol Ford all her money because she knew it would be stolen. Ask Carol about her response! They left with a different opinion on how things can be. I think we made a difference.

Dave Pursell headed our Open World Project. We put on a week long series of seminars on economic development for promising up-and-coming Russian entrepreneurs. It was exhausting. But those young Russians were so enthusiastic and so surprised to find that we can and do operate in an open and relatively corrupt free business environment (as compared to theirs). I think they left with a different appreciation for free enterprise. I hope we made a difference.

Our club hosted, on short notice, a group of English teachers from Indonesia. They came expecting to find a ?super power? inhabited by Michael Jackson clones, who all lived in apartments in large cities, and were involved in their third or fourth marriages. They believed we practiced apartheid. They were shocked to find out that we live in country settings, that we cherish our families, and that in many ways ?we?re just like them?. I?m sure they are giving their students a more realistic view of the USA. Now one of them wants to return to show her students what she saw. I know we made a difference.

The common theme in the above experiences is that they involved young people. They have their life ahead of them and they may be able to use their experiences in ways that we can not even imagine. When they do, we will have made a difference.

That?s why I firmly believe that we need aggressively pursue Indonesian Student Exchange!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 2017 Board Members 

 

 President: Bill Schafer

 Vice President: Richard Brister

 Treasurer: Marti Reckdenwald

Secretary: Merilee Brister

  Parliamentarian........Marti Reckdenwald

Web Coordinator.. Tom Christman

 

 2017 Committees

Hospitality............Judy Sanfilippo

Membership..........Rich Reckdenwald

Newsletter...........Jeanne Andrews

Publicity Georgia......

Publicity South Carolina....

Sunshine....Mary Lou Leverette

Ways&Means...Jo Fritsch

SPECIAL ORGANIZERS

Golf.......................Tom Komatz

            

 

? Nov. 22 ? 25 FFI International Conference in New Orleans, LA
? Nov. 26 ? Dec. 2 Post Conference Special home hosting by volunteers
? Dec. 7, Friday 6 PM?Christmas Party
CALENDAR 2014
? FFOLH visits Niagara about Sept. 5 NEED ED
? Las Vegas NV visits FFOLH Oct. 1 ? 8 NEED ED

CALENDAR 2017

Outgoing

Calgary, Alberta - June 19-25

Incoming

Montreal - September

Raleigh, NC - May 1-5


Ottawa Canada is hoping to come in April 2015 
for a visit. Marti and I are listed as the contacts 
for now, but time is drawing near for plans to be ttawa Canada is hoping to come in April 2015 
for a visit. Marti and I are listed as the contacts 
for now, but time is drawing near for plans to be 
confirmed.  2015 INCOMING EXCHANGE FROM OTTAWA CANADA -  ED 
Ottawa Canada is hoping to come in April 2015 
for a visit. Marti and I are listed as the contacts 
for now, but time is drawing near for plans to be 
Ottawa Canada is hoping to come in April 2015 
for a visit. Marti and I are listed as the contacts 
for now, but time is drawing near for plans to be 
confirmed. 
Ottawa Canada is hoping to come in April 2015 
for a visit. Marti and I are listed as the contacts 
for now, but time is drawing near for plans to be 
confirmed. 
Per the last Board Meeting, there is an incentive program for the ED of Incoming
? April 26 Baseball in Greenville
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May 4th Kentucky Derby Party at Schafer?s
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Sept. 21-29 FFOLH to Hamburg, Germany, Gayle Reynolds, ED
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Nov. 7-14 Australia visits FFOLH , Bobbie Jones, ED
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Nov. 22 ? 25 FFI International Conference in New Orleans, LA
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Post Conference Special home hosting by volunteers
CALENDAR 2014
? FFOLH visits Niagara Oct.
?
Las Vegas NV visits FFOLH

 Exchange Experiences

Want to know what you may see or learn from exchanges? Well just take a photo journey of the wonderful times shared with various clubs throughout the world. (click here and view the slide show).

Previous Exchanges  by FFOLH:

Incoming from Niagara, Canada

Outgoing Australia

Incoming from Cheyenne, Wyoming

Incoming from Santa Barbara, California

Incoming Baku, Azerbaijan Teachers visit

Incoming from Sydney, Australia.

Incoming Auckland, New Zealand.

Mini Exchange to Knoxville.

Outgoing to Great Falls Montana

Outgoing to Cornwall & New Castle, England

Outgoing to Curitiba and Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  

Outgoing  NAPA CA and SACRAMENTO.

And many many more.

Friendship Force Pledge

Members of the Friendship Force subscribe to the following pledge:

As a member of The Friendship Force,

I recognise that I have a mission.

I recognise that I can make a difference

That mission is to be a friend to the people of the world.

As I embark on this adventure,

I know that others will be watching me.

I know that through my example to my fellow citizens

and the people of other nations,

the cause of friendship, love and peace can be furthered

I can make a difference!