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Greater Omaha   ,
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Date Founded: 6/1/1979
  Members: 49
Website: www.friendshipforcegreateromaha.org
Club History

Founded in Omaha

Club Highlights


v      Official club name: The Friendship Force of Greater Omaha (formerly The Friendship Force of Eastern Nebraska)


v      Closest major airport: Omaha Airport at Eppley Airfield, which is inside the city limits and only minutes from downtown. Omaha is served by all major airline, with connections to major hub airports. FFGO will pick up and drop off Ambassadors from the airport.


v      Cost of transportation between the airport and our city (based on 20 people): by private car, if Hosts meet the Ambassadors at the airport: $0


v      The maximum number of Ambassadors our club can host: 20


v      About the club: Friendship Force of Greater Omaha, established in 1989, has about 60 active members. The club serves not only the Omaha metropolitan area in Nebraska, but also includes the Council Bluffs metro across the river in Iowa. Our members are from diverse educational and sociological backgrounds. Along with the exchanges, we schedule local events throughout the year for club members and any guests that they care to invite. 


v      About the region:

    Omaha is situated on rolling wooded hills on the western bank of the Missouri River, famous for the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803 that opened up the West to the eastern half of the United States.  Pioneer landmarks and history abound in this region, along with the cultural richness of Native American nations such as the Ponca, Omaha, Winnebago.  Council Bluffs lies just across the river, nestled in the wooded and picturesque Loess Hills area.  Collectively, the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area is the 60th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with a population of about 865,000 according to the 2010 census.

 Culturally, Omaha blends the best of the maturity of the eastern U.S. with the more rough and ready western culture.  A flourishing arts environment, including symphony, ballet and opera coexist well with a growing indie music scene.  Theaters such as the Orpheum and Rose have been restored to their earlier elegance thrive next to a state-of-the-art performance center.  The nations largest community playhouse serves up live theater throughout the year.  Other venues include the weekly Jazz on the Green program during the summer, and Shakespeare on the Green on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus.  Omaha has played host, for the last 50 years, and the next 25, to the College World Series each June, a two-to-three week feast for lovers of college baseball in a brand new $125 million dollar stadium.  Our major event venue, the CenturyLink Center has hosted events from Olympic swim trials to the nation's second biggest rodeo, as well as major concerts and events from rodeos to

 Omaha is home to one of the top five zoos in the U.S., the Henry Doorly Zoo.  This long time fan favorite includes the nation's largest indoor rain forest and display of five desert ecosystems under a magnificent dome, and a just-reinvented aquarium.  Just a bit north of the zoo is the beautiful Lauritzen Gardens botanical gardens, 100 acres of  beauty overlooking the Missouri River.  Omaha boasts many museums, including two Art Deco beauties, the Durham Western Heritage Museum in the old Union Station, and the pink marble Joslyn Art Museum.

 We are a cultural melting pot with just about any ethnic group you could think of represented.  We find ways of celebrating our combined heritage whenever possible, with a Santa Lucia festival, Greek festival, Cinco de Mayo celebrations.  Join us, perhaps during one of these festivals, or perhaps the Omaha Nations or Winnebago Powwow, memorable showcases of Plains Native American dress, songs and dances.  And don't miss world-famous Boys Town.

 We enjoy all four seasons.  Summers are warm and sometimes humid averaging 78-87° (F) / 25-32° (C), leading to crisp Autumn days around 65-45° (F) / 18-8° (C); Winters which can be chilly with snow averaging 33-38° (F) / 0-3° (C); and finally Spring with its showers  and temperatures averaging 51-74° (F) / 10-23° (C). 

v      About the exchange:

     We strive to have at least one outbound exchange per year and at least one or two inbound exchanges, including exchanges with Open World groups.

 Typically for an inbound exchange we meet our visitors at a pre-arranged location such as the airport and escort them to our homes.  We like to assign our visitors to home hosts based upon any biographical information provided.  We believe that this enhances the home stays and the visit by matching personalities and personal backgrounds.  Our guests are treated planned activities to allow them to get a feel for the great Central Plains and to feel the warmth of the people of Omaha.  We include tours and arrange visits according to the theme of the exchange, or an event that is occurring during their stay.  At the same time, we make sure that there is plenty of time, governed by each guest's desires, for shopping, and maybe just some relaxing "down" time.  We want each guest to feel welcome and have the chance to get to know their hosts.  And most of all, we want them to experience the very unique atmosphere of a place that has been characterized as a "very large small town."  There are friendly faces wherever you go.


  v       Updated 5/2012






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