Dear Friendship Force International,
It is hard to believe I have only been working with you for eight months. This feeling is partly due to the many exciting projects currently underway that have consumed my time. But although it was my first time traveling to visit Friendship Force clubs around the world, I feel as though I've known you for years. This is something that many of you have experienced many times and it is, simply put, the power of the Friendship Force!
In addition to the generosity of so many members who financially supported the “I’m In” campaign for a new database and website, you’ve also given hundreds of hours through leading exchanges, served as a club officer and experimented with new ideas and approaches to our mission. When someone recently asked me what the biggest take-away has been since joining Friendship Force, I immediately pointed to the deep-seated passion of our members, in wanting to see a world transformed through citizen ambassadorship.
A tremendous amount of work is currently underway to promote the mission of Friendship Force, starting with the website, but continuing with a significant re-investment in marketing and communications. Much of this will be shared in greater detail at the World Conference in Morocco this September. But connected to this work is a strong conviction about where we need to go as an organization. How do we open our mission up to more people? How else might we realize success in our mission? In a world still full of division, where can Friendship Force do the most good?
Henry Ford once said, “if everyone is moving forward together, then success will take care of itself.” We have a bright future ahead and much important work to do. Thank you for serving as citizen ambassadors. Thank you for making a difference in the world.