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Welcome to Huntsville Area Friendship Force Club !

The Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.

THE FRIENDSHIP FORCE OF THE HUNTSVILLE AREA was founded in 1991 as a spin off of Birmingham members living in Huntsville. The club has hosted inbound Journeys from 19 worldwide locations, and has Journeyed to 33 International locations. In addition, we have hosted visitors from 13 U.S. clubs and have visited 17 U.S. clubs. We have partnered with Birmingham, Alabama and South Central, Tennessee Clubs to host ambassadors to their clubs overnight or for their clubs to host our ambassadors overnight. We have participated in four Bridgebuilder programs in our area. The club has a reputation for exceptional cohesiveness and being demonstrably appreciative. We love to host and travel together as FF Ambassadors.

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA Huntsville was settled in 1805 as a community called Twickinham. In the 1700’s this area was part of Georgia and was sought out by settlers because of the river and prized farmland. In the 1800’s and until 1950’s the area was known as cotton mercantile and transportation center. In 1950, the little community exploded from 10,000 people to 125,000 in 10 years because it became the space and rocket center for the United States. It is now the center for Research and Development of Army Aviation, Missile Defense, Missile Offense and Space Systems and Army Material Command. The area now has a metroplex population of 500,000 and the city about 225,000. It is one of three centers for biotechnology in the United States. Huntsville is one of the top ten places to retire in the USA according to Forbes annual surveys.

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Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Celebrate 75th Wedding Anniversary

Friendship Force International was unveiled on March 1, 1977, by President Jimmy Carter and Presbyterian minister Smith Wayne at a White House gathering of state governors. First Lady Rosalynn Carter served as Honorary Chairperson until 2002.

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Newsletter: June 2021

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Happy World Friendship Day !

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Request to MCC-M on ISS Crew Greetings on the 25-th HAFF Anniversary

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Inbound exchanges

The 2005 Open World home hosting of 10 women entrepreneurs from Russia, two Russian coordinators and one professional translator. This was an unusual Friendship Force experience because the rationale was to train and share our culture to support this diplomatic program established by the US congress and led by the Library of Congress.
See www.openworld.gov.

The hosting of Ambassadors from Japan was a 2006 Inbound Exchange that was a wonderful example of what a wonderful club Huntsville has and why our reputation for hospitality and club cohesiveness is well deserved and known thru the world of the 360 clubs in the 76 countries of Friendship Force International. You can see from the sample agenda that an exchange is a busy and exciting week and Huntsville is a special area. Still what counts seven years later is the friends we made and the Christmas cards and emails we exchange. Also, we look for and get news about Japan and our friends in Saitama.

Chartered as a Friendship Force Club
Hosted dinner EASTERN EUROPEANS (from B’ham)


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