On July 11, 1995 we planted a tree native to Turkey in honor of the visiting ambassadors from Izmir, Turkey. That tree, a Carob, or St. John's Bread, was the beginning of our Friendship Forest. For each of these visiting clubs from other countries, we have planted another tree that would flourish in their homeland. We view the Forest as a living, growing symbol of friendship among nations. Each tree planted is identified by a plaque stating that the tree is: "Planted in honor of the visit to the San Francisco Bay Area of the
chapter of the Friendship Force. May our friendship grow!"