Sister City Exhibit Opens At Gilbert Historical Museum!
The Gilbert Sister Cities’ program reached a new level of community awareness on September 30 when a new exhibit dedicated to the organization was opened in a special ceremony. Gilbert Sister Cities’ Honorary Chairman, Vice Mayor Jenn Daniels, welcomed sister city members as well as Councilman Eddie Cook, members of the Historical Society and others to celebrate this momentous occasion. She recounted the 16 year history of the organization and President Greg Tilque discussed the many reasons that the members of the organization are so dedicated to the sister city mission of bringing the world closer and why he and co-founders Beccy & Andy Hlawek decided to form the organization in 1995. Special thanks to the Gilbert Historical Museum Board and their Executive Director Kayla Kolar for allowing the exhibit to have such an honored space in the museum. Please stop by the museum to see the exhibit. Check out their website for more details about the museum and their hours of operation –http://gilbertmuseum.org/
Leshan officials visit Gilbert!
Four members of Leshan’s Municipal Government visited Gilbert in early August. It was a quick visit but they were kept very busy during their short time in Gilbert. They started their trip with a visit to ON Semiconductor in Phoenix since some of their operations are located in Leshan. Tours in Gilbert consisted of the Santan Vista Water Treatment Plant, the Gilbert Police Department, Playa del Ray Elementary, ColnaTec (Gilbert-based high tech company) and a tour of the town. The visit at ColnaTec was very well received and may prove to open up some economic development opportunities for both communities. They also made a stop at Kohl’s to do a little shopping!
The officials participating in the visit were:
- Mr. Chen Kun, director of Leshan Foreign & Overseas Chinese Affairs & HK and Macao Affairs office;
- Mr. Li Zhiming, vice Secretary General of Leshan Municipal Government; director of Leshan Investment Promotion Bureau;
- Mr. Deng Guiyin, vice director of Leshan Economy & Information Committee;
- Ms. Chen Yingli (Maggie), section chief of Leshan Foreign & Overseas Chinese affairs & HK and Macao Affairs Office, interpreter
Gilbert Sister Cities member Tony Kao was gracious enough to host the delegation and guests at his restaurant, Shangri-la, for dinner. Guests included Mayor John Lewis, and Council members Victor Petersen and Eddie Cook.
Leshan delegation at Playa del Ray Elementary School
Leshan delegation visits Santan Vista Water Treatment Plant