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MEETS: Once a month in Room 106 of the Penland Administration Building at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

MEMBERS: There is no official membership, but 40 to 50 people who have lived abroad, are from other countries or are interested in foreign cultures and travel meet regularly. Five directors organize the 45-minute sessions each month.

MISSION: Increase understanding of people who are different because of nationality, customs, religion, race or ethnicity, and promote tolerance and respect of other cultures.

QUOTE: "The key is to be interested in learning about others and culture." - Sandy Hochel, co-director.

SUBMIT YOUR ORGANIZATION: To submit an organization to be featured, send the information to the Carolina Chronicle, 123 Pendleton St. N.W., Aiken, SC 29802. Nominations also can be e-mailed to

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