About Friends of Switzerland, Inc.

 

ABOUT FRIENDS OF SWITZERLAND, INC.

Our organization was established in 1964 when our founders decided to create a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering friendship, understanding, and enjoyment between the Swiss and Americans in New England.  Friends of Switzerland, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable corporation.

Friends of Switzerland (FOSI) includes expatriate Swiss, Americans who have travelled or lived in Switzerland, and others interested in the multicultural society and traditions of Switzerland. Our members represent a broad spectrum of professional and cultural backgrounds and interests in finance, health, law, travel, science, the arts and education.

PURPOSES

FOSI is dedicated to friendship among people who wish to express their interest in and admiration for Switzerland.

There are many reasons for the warm feelings of friendship of these Americans. Some have gone to Swiss schools, others have travelled on vacation to Switzerland, and some have business interests there. Others admire Switzerland for her uniqueness, her history and the characteristics of her people.

For each of us, FOSI gives the chance to ‘connect’ from time to time, to share our experiences, and hear from a series of distinguished speakers.

In a more formal vein, FOSI furthers Swiss-American cultural relations through its Julius Adams Stratton Prizes and Fellowships established to honor the late Dr. Stratton, former MIT President and a long-term FOSI member.

FUNCTIONS

FOSI Stammtisch luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month from October through April (except for January and March), at the ‘uptown’ Harvard Club of Boston (374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA02215). Members receive a monthly invitation advising them of upcoming luncheons and speakers. Reservations should be made by Monday prior to each luncheon.

The annual business meeting of FOSI is held at the March Stammtisch luncheon.

A special luncheon for the business community is held in April at the downtown Harvard Club at One Federal Street. This event is named for the late founder of FOSI, Dr. Charles E. Mongan.

An annual formal dinner is traditionally held in May and features the award of the Julius Adams Stratton Prize for Intercultural Achievement.

FOSI is also informed about activities of the Swiss Society of Boston (SSB), the swissnexBoston Consulate, SwissLinkBoston, and other area Swiss associations, and all are welcome at FOSI functions..

Please follow these links for our downloadable membership brochure and new member application in PDF format for information on how to become a member.

Please contact us for more information or for an invitation to one of our meetings. Guests are welcomed upon prior notice.


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