Updated June 24, 2016
June 24 2016: New Photos added to the Exchanges Tab
October 1 2015: New Photos have been added: 1) from the Colombian Exchange, 2) Alaska & Vancouver highlights and 3) Our President's rousing tale of adventure. CLICK HERE
A quick tour of our internet site
A place to start where we try to tell you a little about Why we exist, What we do, When and Where we meet
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Friendship Force International and the local club in Kern County.
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News of the members of Kern Country Friendship Force members, club activities and meetings. Articles and photographs are changed frequently.
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under construction (will have events coming as well as events during the past few months
Our club publishes a monthly news letter (except for November and December). They are an excellent place to learn what is going on, to see special articles about Friendship Force and to keep up with members. Generally letters are available by mid month and we try to keep at least three previous news letters on the page.
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Read about our history and view reports, comments and photos of exchanges. The history of exchanges is on a sub page and directly accessible click here to view. These pages are growing as new photos and reports are submitted.
click here to view Exchanges (or click EXCHANGES above)
Pictorial Essay of People Smiling World Wide During the Open World and Kern Country Friendship Force exchange in 2007, Dina Kova, artist from Russia, and Greg Iger, professional photographer from Bakersfield California, originated an idea to document the obvious common characteristics of the two countries: happy, smiling people. They observed that "Despite geographic, cultural and political boundaries that separates us, our smiles show how much alike we really are". When Dina returned to Russia she solicited photos of happy smiling people and Greg did the same in the United States. They chose to pair common photos of people in various situations and the result was a pictorial essay that has been viewed in Russia and Kern County, California. You are invited to download and view "Open World Smiles"
click here to view (or click SMILES at the top of this page)
Names and email addresses of club officers, people to contact if you have questions or suggestions.