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This picture is one of the many beautiful waterfalls from the Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan, China. It highlights the vibrant green colors and peaceful ambiances that decorate southwestern China. Unfortunately, last year(2017–after this picture was taken) the park was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake which polluted its waters and dried up most of the lakes and waterfalls. This picture may be one of the final remnants of its immense natural allure.
(Picture and narrative provided by Nathan Greenlee – 2017 Youth Ambassador to Leshan, China)
Our Annual 2018 East to West Dinner Was A Huge Success ——-
We found out that a Dragon is very long and usually used in Parades. The Lion is not as long and used at smaller gatherings.
Every one enjoyed the Lion as it danced and swayed to the drum beat. There was an occasion or two where an unfortunate victim was swallowed whole. It’s amazing that everyone survived.
After the Lion finished, we all filled our plates with a scrumptious feast provided by the Dragon Wok of Gilbert.
A great big Thank You for all that attended.
Can you believe a car wash in January? That’s what happened when the Youth Ambassador Candidates gathered for our annual Car Wash fund Riser.
On Saturday, January 27, we all gathered at the Chevron station on the corner of Higley and Guadalupe. 7:45 in the morning is very early and also cold (cold by Arizona standards). At 8am we had our first customer and the steady flow of cars lasted until 11:50am.
At one point, we had a lull so all but one of the candidates went to the corner with signs. We Had To Call Them Back. They worked their magic so well that we almost instantly had 3 cars to wash. We needed help back at the hoses and buckets.
Many cars became clean and more importantly a comradery was built among everyone.
We have a NEW Logo!
We have updated our Logo to better characterize who Gilbert Sister Cities is today. This logo symbolizes our goals and commitment to further relationships, education and trade with our Sister Cities.
The Sister City Concept
City affiliations between the United States and other countries became a national effort when President Eisenhower proposed the People-to-People program at a White House Conference in 1956. To date, 800 American cities representing all 50 states have affiliated with 2,600 cities in 126 countries around the world. The objective of the program is to create goodwill and further international understanding at the community level on a continuing, long-term basis. It is not a movement to convert others to our democratic ideals, but rather a way to help learn about the people of other countries, their customs, their similarities as well as the differences, and help chart a better road to understanding in the world.
Gilbert Sister Cities began in June 1995 to establish cultural and economic ties with other regions of the world. Our first Sister City relationship was formed with Newtownabbey (now known as Antrim and Newtownabbey), Northern Ireland, on November 17, 1998. Our second Sister City partnership was formalized with Leshan, China on June 4, 2002. With each of these partnerships have come new programs, mission opportunities and enriching delegation exchanges. The summer of 2016 will be the seventeenth year of our student exchange program with Antrim-Newtownabbey and the seventh with Leshan!
Gilbert Sister Cities is a community supported, non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and stimulating economic development opportunities for the youth, adults, businesses and organizations of the Town of Gilbert through mutually beneficial international partnerships.