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Welcome to Huntsville Area Friendship Force Club !

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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 major 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.

The Huntsville area is rich in history and technology. Alabama’s fourth-largest city is loaded with museums and cultural opportunities, while U.S. Space & Rocket Center and historic attractions, including Victorian-era neighborhoods and a self-guided Civil War tour are offered for visitors.The green river valley, large lakes and low-lying mountains to the west help make the city picturesque and a tourist area where Southern hospitality abounds.

THE FRIENDSHIP FORCE PLEDGE

As a member of the Friendship Force, I recognize that I can make a difference. I recognize that I have a mission. That mission is to be a friend to the people of the world. As I embark upon this adventure, I know that others will be watching me. I know that through my example to my own fellow citizens, and the people of other nations that the cause of friendship, love and peace will be furthered. I can make a difference.