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Dinner Hosting with the Summerhays

Sandy Lee and Dan Ortiz (Sacramento home hosts)with Jacob Summerhays (dinner host),
and Big Canoe residents Bob and Peggy Anderson enjoy dinner together. PHOTO BY
AMBYR SUMMERHAYS.

Friendship Forces to schedule small group dinners

The Friendship Force is one of the many clubs available for residents of Big Canoe to join. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Friendship Force club, we are scheduling small group dinners and an informational meeting about Friendship Force in the homes of Big Canoe club members on Sunday Sept. 17.

Our Big Canoe/North Georgia Club has 60 members (including singles and couples) and meets monthly (usually the third Sunday) at various locations in North Georgia for dinner, a short business meeting and program. If you would like to sign up for one of these dinners, or find out more about our club, please contact Bob Anderson at 706-579-1708 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is no cost to join for 2017 and the registration fee will cover the 2018 year.

In October, our club is hosting members from the Mid-Willamette Valley in Oregon. For 2018, we have tentatively planned a two-week journey to Eastern Europe with clubs from Sacramento, Japan, New Zealand and Canada scheduled to visit us here in North Georgia next year.

A way to bridge barriers

The Friendship Force was the creation of the late Rev. Wayne Smith, a Presbyterian minister, former missionary to Brazil and an associate pastor at the Big Canoe Chapel. The organization was originally chartered on March 17, 1977.

The Friendship Force was conceptualized to be a vehicle for bridging the barriers that separate people—barriers like language, religion, race, politics, culture, fear and ignorance.

Members who travel to other Friendship Force clubs are called “ambassadors” and their travels are called “journeys.” These journeys may be international or domestic; as ambassadors of goodwill we are hosted in private homes and treated like family. Many of the exchanges are reciprocated.

From one idea hatched here in the mountains of North Georgia, there are now 15,000 active members in over 300 clubs in 60 countries worldwide!

You can find more information about our club at www.ffbcng.org or Friendship Force International at www.friendshipforce.org . If you like travel and meeting new people from around the world, joining Friendship Force just may be your ticket!

Submitted by the Big Canoe Friendship Force club

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