October 10, 2018 | Jeremi Snook

The Language of Friendship: An Open Letter from Jeremi Snook

Our hosts intentionally shared their culture, customs, homes and families with us and were so warm, welcoming, and involved that in spite of language barriers, we felt attached and grateful to them.  – FF Minnesota-Twin Cities Ambassador on a Journey to FF West Alajuela, Costa Rica Dear Friendship Force Members, Some of the best, most […]

December 13, 2017 | Jeremi Snook

Engage Future Leaders – Part 3 of a Blog Series by Jeremi Snook

This is the third entry in a series of blog posts by CEO Jeremi Snook outlining the goals of the 40th Anniversary Campaign. Read Part One here and Part Two here. We are the world, we are the children We are the ones who make a brighter day So let’s start giving… With a gentle uncoordinated side-to-side sway, twenty-eight […]

September 8, 2017 | Jeremi Snook

Expanding Our Core – Part 2 of a Blog Series by Jeremi Snook

This is the second entry in a series of blog posts by CEO Jeremi Snook outlining the goals of the 40th Anniversary Campaign. Read Part One here. I love to garden. Well, to be more precise, I love the idea of gardening. Growing up in rural New England, in the far northeastern corner of the […]

June 19, 2017 | Jeremi Snook

An Introduction to Our Future – A Blog Series by Jeremi Snook

There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on. – Zayn Malik When I was nine, I lived in Raymond, New Hampshire, a small town with a population of […]

April 29, 2017 | Jeremi Snook

AU, NZ, NE and Beyond!

The first quarter of 2017 has not failed to be busy, full, and exciting. Perhaps like many in the Friendship Force family, the new year brings with it not only new ambitions, but a whole lot of old ambitions that got carried over. For Friendship Force Headquarters, this included the roll-out of the new website, […]

February 24, 2017 | Jeremi Snook

Same Cultural Exchanges, Different Vocabulary

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Think of the way we communicate today. If you told me as a child that someday instead of posting that letter to grandma, I would text her on my mobile phone using my thumbs and emoji I would say, “you’re crazy,” […]

November 4, 2016 | Jeremi Snook

Board of Directors Meeting Wrap-Up

Dear Friendship Force Clubs and Members, Ahead of a more formal year-end review, I wanted to share a summary of the most recent Board of Directors meeting that took place here in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, from October 14-17. This was our second meeting together since I began at FFI, and it offered both the Board […]

September 19, 2016 | Kaitlyn Ranney

Guest Post: Programs Staff Update, by Matthew Nidek, FFI Director of Operations

Hello (and Kia Ora!) It is an absolute pleasure to write to you now as the Director of Operations of FFI. In addition to looking after the Program Services Department, I now have more input and collaboration with our finance, marketing and communications, and Information Technology teams. I have fully embraced my new responsibilities here, […]

August 2, 2016 | Jeremi Snook

Mid-Year Message to the Membership

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 […]

July 12, 2016 | Jeremi Snook

The Power of Friendship

“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 […]