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Sarasota News Leader January 10, 2014 Page 61 FRIENDSHIP FORCE TO BE FOCUS OF JAN. 11 PROGRAM On Jan. 11 at 10 a.m., the Women's Interfaith including welcome and farewell dinners and Network (WIN) of Sarasota-Bradenton will visits to various venues, the release adds. present a program on the Friendship Force. Individual local FF members serve as day hosts for individuals or small groups, or they The event will be held at the North Sarasota hold small dinner gatherings for visitors Library, located at 2801 Newtown Blvd. in and the FF members hosting guests in their homes. Sarasota. Friendship Force (FF) International is a nonprofit cultural exchange organization with more than 360 local clubs in 57 countries, a news release notes. Members are people of all ages who want to better understand other cultures and develop friendships around the world, the release explains. The Sarasota club has more than 100 members. The presentation to WIN, by Peggy Hayden, will summarize a number of inbound and outbound exchange visits over the years, with a special focus on the Sarasota club's September 2012 week-long exchange in Albania, "a country that prides itself on religious tolerance" and is home to Muslims, Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox "and other groups that live in harmony," the release continues. During an exchange, visiting club members For more information on the Friendship stay in the homes of local FF hosts. The host Force, go to www.womensinterfaithnetwork. club organizes various large group activities, org and click on WIN. Sarasota's Friendship Force shows off the Mote Marine Aquarium to visiting Peruvians. Contributed photo

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