ABOUT THE CLUB
The Friendship Force of Lincoln (FFL) is one of the largest and oldest clubs in the world. Our members have traveled every year to hundreds of different locations and met people from many different cultures while also entertaining people from other clubs with the “great plains” enthusiasm and friendliness of Nebraskans. Besides traveling, we have monthly local activities for the entire membership to participate in such as breakfast and dinner meetings along with picnics, cultural learning, and entertainment times. There is a range of views, ages, and educational backgrounds among the membership; and we really enjoy our associations with each other as well as with our visitors. Many long-term friendships have developed among our members and their guests from other states and countries.
ABOUT THE REGION
The State of Nebraska is in the middle of the U.S.A. Lincoln, its second largest city, has a population of 268,738 (2013). A visit to Lincoln is a unique combination of urban and rural experiences. While agriculture is the State’s main economy, Lincoln’s economy is built on government, education and business as it houses the University of Nebraska and the State Capitol, home to the only one-house legislature in the country. Lincoln’s 90 parks cover more acres per capita than do parks in any other U.S. city. The historic market district has antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and nightspots.
TYPICAL JOURNEY PROGRAM AND COSTS
The closest major airport is Eppley Airport (OMA) in Omaha. It is 50 miles from Lincoln with a shuttle service that costs about $50 per person. The Lincoln airport (LNK), although smaller is actually more convenient for host pick up and farewells.
There is no “typical” trip to Lincoln since we try to keep the activities up to date with not only the interests of the visitors; but the constant changes happening in our environment. We do take every group to the State Capitol and usually a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion. Lincoln has a variety of museums including the unique UNL tractor museum and the National Quilt Museum. Small group dinners held during the week in member’s homes are excellent chat times with Nebraska hosts.
Depending on the time of year, we may take visitors to see the Sand hill Cranes that land on Nebraska’s Platte River every Spring, or we might visit the world famous Boys Town founded by Father Flanagan. This visit is usually prefaced with the film about the school. The Oregon Trail is also represented across Nebraska with specific memorials.
Other day excursions from Lincoln include the Beatrice Homestead Monument, site of the nation’s first homestead of “free land” from the federal government; Nebraska City where Arbor Day originated and where you can take a hayrack ride through an apple orchard; or Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo which has become the largest and most visited Zoo in the United States.
Our Welcome and Farewell dinners are held at various venues in the city including the Holmes Lake Clubhouse or one of our Country clubs or business facilities. We try to include Nebraska beef as well as many other home-grown foods. The cost of your trip to Lincoln usually runs around $150 per ambassador plus your transportation.