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Mayor's Welcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Jeff Longwell

Honorary Chair of Wichita Area Sister Cities

 

Since 1973, we have worked diligently to strengthen our relationships with each of the four cities – Cancun, Mexico; Orleans, France, Kaifeng, China; and Tlalnepantla, Mexico. WASC continues to serve as a catalyst for educational and city-to-city exchanges that have enriched our ties abroad and I thank you for your diligence.

 

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Mayor Jeff Longwell

Wichita City Council

(316) 268-4331

 

President's Welcome

 

 

Welcome to our website.  It reflects our devotion to the mission and purpose of WASC and Sister Cities International our parent organization. Please read about our activities and if you want to join in, you can become a member online through our Square Shop.

 

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Prof. Glyn Rimmington

Wichita State University

2016 WASC President

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

 

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Sister Cities International

 

Kaifeng, P.R. China
Kaifeng, P.R. China

Kaifeng 开封, Henan 河南, P.R. China 中华人民共和国 Early in 1985, Wichita Mayor Robert Brown appointed a task force to study the desirability of establishing a Sister City relationship with a city in the Henan Province, a sister state to Kansas, People's Republic of China. The relationship became official on December 3rd and in September 1986, Mayor Brown led the first delegation to visit Mayor Zhu in Kaifeng.

Orléans, France
Orléans, France

On April 16th, 1944, the 137th Infantry of Kansas 35th Division liberated Orléans from Nazi occupation. In 1949, 1 1/7th Scale train was sent to Orléans as a gift. Orléans and Wichita became sister cities in 1974. That year, they exchanged statues of Joan of Arc and Blackbear Bosin's Keep of the Plains.

Tlalnepantla de Baz, México
Tlalnepantla de Baz, México

Wichita and Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico, became Sister Cities in 1973 when the Presidente Municipal (Mayor) Joaquin Rodriguez Lugo visited Mayor James Donnel in Wichita. A replica of Black Bear Bosin's Keeper of the Plains was presented to Tlalnepantla de Baz in 1975.

Kaifeng, P.R. China
Kaifeng, P.R. China

Kaifeng 开封, Henan 河南, P.R. China 中华人民共和国 Early in 1985, Wichita Mayor Robert Brown appointed a task force to study the desirability of establishing a Sister City relationship with a city in the Henan Province, a sister state to Kansas, People's Republic of China. The relationship became official on December 3rd and in September 1986, Mayor Brown led the first delegation to visit Mayor Zhu in Kaifeng.

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Join Sister Cities

 

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.

Int. Prof's.

Int. Prof's.

Chair Aimee Leisy Meets 1st Tuesday 6 PM Botanica

France

France

Chair Douglas Miller Meets: 1st Sat Noon Watermarks

China

China

Chair Jacque Lane Meets: 3rd Thursday 6:30PM Botanica

Mexico

Mexico

Co-chairs Claudia Amaro China Peña Meets: 2nd Monday, 5:30pm Botanica

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In 2017, we expect visits by Tlalnepantla de Baz cyclists and delegations from Orléans and Kaifeng for River Fest and then to visit Orléans in September and Kaifeng in October...

 

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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.

Annual Meeting

& Banquet

February 1st

RSVP by January 25th

Botanica

Mixer 6:00

Dinner 7:00

Program 8:00

Tickets $20

 

Entre Nous

 

Panel Discussion on Intercultural Interactions in General and with French  

Prof. Wilson Baldridge, Dr. Mara Alagic, Prof. Glyn Rimmington

 

Silent Auction, Prize Wheel & Fun

 

Light Meal $20

 

Sunday, February 11th, 6 - 9 pm

Olive Tree Banquet Hall

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