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Mayor's Welcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Lily Wu

Honorary Chair of Wichita Area Sister Cities

 

Read about  Mayor Wu (click here) 

 

Mayor Lily Wu &

Wichita City Council

(316) 268-4331

 

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President's Welcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from our President (click here)

 

Teresa Molina

President 2022-2023

Wichita Area Sister Cities (WASC) 

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Mission

 

To promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time.

 

Purpose

 

Wichita Area Sister Cities (WASC) pursues exchanges with its sister cities in the following areas of interest:

 

Diplomatic - Mayor and City Council delegation visits

 

Cultural - group and individual exchanges

 

Educational - university programs for language development

 

Professional - ballet, music, chef, etc.

 

Tourism - group and individuals

 

Economic - searching business opportunities

 

Strategic Goals

 

Consistent with Sister Cities International, our strategic goals are:

 

  1. Cultural Exchange

  2. Partnership Building

  3. Business & Trade

  4. Community Development

  5. Youth & Education

 

More information from Sister Cities International

 

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Sister Cities International

 

Notice Board

- Click the following links to visit the WASC Facebook page or the pages for Mexico, China or France

- Click the following link to complete your membership form, save it, and email it to wichitaareasistercities@yahoo.com, then click the link "Pay dues & events" at the top of the page. 

Upcoming and current events

To be announced

Past events

Kansas Global Holiday Market - December 8-10, 2023 

Join Wichita Area Sister Cities (WASC) and Kansas Globe Trade Services for this three-day holiday market celebrating countries around the world with performances, activities, and vendors offering food, beverages, and gifts. Inspired by the winter Christmas markets in Europe, this inaugural family-friendly event showcases global cultures over a fun-packed weekend. WASC committees will be there so be sure to come by booth numbers 37, 38 & 39 (near the Maple Street Entrance) and support our organization by purchasing or donating. We use the funds for various cultural events around town and for university scholarships for study abroad to our various Sister Cities. 

You can purchase your tickets HERE

More information can be found on the website above on on the Facebook (FB) invite: click HERE 

Wichita Art Museum: Kaifeng Art Exhibit - Dec 1-17, 2023

The Kaifeng Art Exhibit started  December 1st at the Wichita Art Museum, on the ground floor. It will last until Dec 17th. On exhibit are: embroidery screens, embroidery paintings, Song dynasty royal porcelains, wood print paintings, and lanterns. They are worth seeing since they are authentic and exquisite Chinese art. We hope to see you there !

Click HERE for more information about the exhibit

Click HERE for Facebook video about the exhibit

 

 

The "Entre Nous" movie night hosted by the WASC France Committee is September 23rd at 5:00 pm at the LUX downtown. Click HERE for a link to the Facebook event.  

 

The Mexico Committee took a delegation to our Sister City of Tlalnepantla de Baz from July 12-20, 2023. Included in the delegation were: Teresa Molina, our Sister Cities president, 2 of our board members, 2 Wichita city council members, and a group of students from Friends University. More pictures can be found on the Mexico Committee tab or on the Wichita Area Sister Cities Facebook page. 

 

Bastille Day Lunch at La Galette in Delano on July 14, 2023. Twenty-two people attended the lunch! Thank you to those who came. 

Cyclists from our Sister City of Tlalnepantla de Baz were in Wichita from July 6-12th. See pictures below of the cyclists at the Sedgwick County Zoo and at a dinner hosted by Bike Walk Wichita on July 10, 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Brandon Whipple visited our Sister City of Orléans, France in June 2023 and the mayors of both cities signed to renew and strengthen our friendship (see picture below). Also in June, members of WASC walked in the Wichita River Festival Sundown Parade (see picture below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 8th, 2023 - 50th Anniversary Commemoration

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/wasc-50th-anniversary-commemor/1378802152916442/. PDF of program - click here.

Photo: Students from Mme. Miller's French class at Butler Community College read about Joan of Arc's life in French. For more pictures, check the "Wichita Area Sister Cities France Committee" Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2023, WASC is celebrating the 50th anniversary of our strong relationship between Wichita and Orléans, France.

In August 1944, American soldiers, including the 137th Infantry from the Kansas 35th Division, liberated the people of Orléans, France from the Nazi occupation. Thus began the friendship between our two cities and, in 1973, Wichita and Orléans formally became Sister Cities.

WSU concerts featuring Vincent Mitterrand from the Orchestre Symphonique d'Orléans:

February 19th - Vincent performed in the Faculty Artist Chamber Music Chamber recital featuring WSU French faculty for the 2nd half. Click here for the link to this concert. 

February 21st - Vincent performed the "Concerto for Trumpet" by French composer Henri Tomasi with the WSU Wind Ensemble. Click here for the link to this concert. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Wichita musicians, Gerald Scholl and Dominique Corbeil, visited Orléans, France in early February 2023 as part of our musician's exchange with Orléans in celebration of our 50th anniversary. See pictures below:


 

 

 

 

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Cities (click arrows to scroll through cities)

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France
Chair: Douglas Miller
Meets: 1st Sat Noon Watermark Books
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China
Meets: 3rd Thursday 6:30 PM
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Mexico
Meets: 2nd Monday 
5:30 PM

See our Riverfest page for more details.

Economic Value of Sister Cities

Recently, ValueIdeas LLC published a report, "Measures that Matter," for Sister Cities International on the economic value of Sister Cities nationally and for particular cities. It is well worth reading.

Download PDF.

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Meet visiting delegates from China, France or Mexico and participate in official visits to our Sister Cities; make business, cultural or educational contacts; stay informed about visits and scholarships; practice your Spanish, French or Mandarin; and much more.

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