Club History and Highlights – Friendship Force Long Island
Date Founded: 5/10/1995
United States, New York
Official club name: The Friendship Force of Long Island
Closest major airports: Islip-MacArthur or LaGuardia for arrivals or departures from within the US; JFK for international arrivals or departures (Islip-MacArthur or JFK preferred)
Transportation between the airport and Long Island:
- Islip-MacArthur – hosts pick up, no charge; LaGuardia or JFK – private service.
- There is railroad, private bus service and private car service between JFK airport and Long Island. The cost fluctuates depending upon the number of ambassadors travelling together. Generally, it is in the $60 per person range.
The maximum number of Ambassadors our club can host: 15 (minimum 10)
ABOUT THE CLUB
Founded in April, 1995, our club currently has 47 members. We welcome one inbound international and one domestic journey annually. We also generally journey to one international and one domestic club each year.
ABOUT THE REGION
The members of our club live, primarily, in central Long Island (the largest island in the continental U.S.), approximately 40 miles east of Manhattan. Temperatures in the winter range from 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit; Spring and fall are in the 50 to 70 degree range and summer temperature ranges from 70 to 90 degrees. We try to schedule our visits to take advantage of the milder weather in the later part of spring, summer and early fall.
ABOUT OUR JOURNEYS
We schedule a variety of group activities for 6 of the 7 days of the visit. Be prepared for action-packed days and a good deal of walking. There is always one day when home hosts and their ambassadors can plan activities on their own.
The group activities include a welcome dinner, a mix-match dinner hosted by club members who are not home-hosting, and a dinner in the home of your host. Ambassadors enjoy visits to Long Island attractions, including beaches, museums & historical sights, farms and vineyards. We try to schedule activities based upon the interests of the visiting club.
We include one or an optional second full day in Manhattan, based on the wishes of the visiting club. As New York City has so much to offer, we recommend that incoming ambassadors plan to stay in Manhattan on their own for 2 to 3 days before or after their Long Island journey to see the iconic city sights. That enables us to provide unique experiences in New York City for our visitors that they may not experience on their own. If visiting clubs prefer, we will plan our days in Manhattan to include the major attractions. Typically we will then plan one day in lower Manhattan to include the Freedom Tower, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the Wall Street area; and the second day in Mid Manhattan, including a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and Times Square at night. We conclude all Manhattan days with a group dinner before heading home.