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January 21, 2014 > World Friendship Fair

World Friendship Fair

Submitted By Karen Mccready

Interested in other cultures? Want to meet the local people when you travel? At this special event in Fremont on January 25, Friendship Force members will present a virtual tour of their hosting and traveling plans for 2014. The World Friendship Fair will showcase their upcoming travel to Australia in February, their hosting of international visitors for a program on ÒHow Gold and Silver Built the WestÓ in June, and their Bay Area reunion with former hosts from Biarritz, France in September.

This program will show the life enhancing Friendship Force way of bringing guests into membersÕ homes for a week, immersing them in the hostsÕ daily lives, and escorting them on group events to enjoy the highlights of their region together. These weeklong programs involve a majority of the clubÕs members in various planning and hosting roles, giving them multiple opportunities to interact with the international visitors.

At the ÒFair,Ó members will describe the lifelong friendships that have developed from these shared experiences. Besides the one outbound cultural exchange to Australia, the international organization promotes many other home hosted opportunities around the world. Guests can learn how to apply for these home hosted travel programs.

Besides traveling and hosting, The Friendship Force of the San Francisco Bay Area has planned a wide variety of social and cultural events throughout the year. Everyone will be able to sign up for these activities at the Fair.

To prepare for their French visitors in September, members are forming French conversation groups in Fremont to meet weekly with a highly qualified teacher. With local lessons and field trips to Bay Area petanque (pronounced Òpay-tonkÓ) clubs, members may learn to play this popular French form of boules, similar to bocce ball. Other activities will include a trip to Pier 39 for Tulipmania, a St. PatrickÕs celebration, cultural programs about countries the club will be hosting or visiting, dining out to sample international cuisine, and much more.

The public is invited to learn about this organization, founded in 1977, that has quietly established more than 350 clubs in 60 countries. The San Francisco Bay Area chapter is eager to share these experiences that have so enriched their lives. Join us as we celebrate 37 years of World Friendship and kick off a dynamic year of local and worldwide activities.

Friendship Force World Friendship Fair
Saturday, Jan 25
2 p.m.
First United Methodist ChurchÕs Cole Hall (behind the church)
2950 Washington Blvd. (at Olive Avenue), Fremont
(510) 794-6844

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