The Friendship Force, a non-profit multi-cultural exchange organization, was founded by Wayne Smith and introduced on March 1, 1977, by President Jimmy Carter. Rosalyn Carter served as Honorary Chairperson until 2002.
As a result of its initiatives, the Friendship Force was nominated in 1992 for The Nobel Peace Prize.
Since its founding, The Friendship Force has brought together millions of people. Today we are active in 60 countries, promoting friendship and goodwill through an extensive program of home hosting, or journeys. In addition to its annual series of journeys between established Friendship Force clubs, Friendship Force conducts a variety of specialized programs. These are designed to introduce members to new countries and cultures, humanitarian and educational journeys, and Friendship Festivals that include participants from many countries.
The Friendship Force of Greater Milwaukee chapter is celebrated the 25th anniversary in 2015 and has been one of the leading chapters of this international organization.