Welcome to new Student Delegates from Jefferson High School, Christine Ha and Kyle Johnson. They join Ben Paul, Student Delegate from Kennedy High School.
With the focus the BSCO has always had on student exchanges, the Board ratified a change in the by-laws to allow for a 3rd Student Delegate on the board.
The Izumi International Exchange Association (IIEA--our sister organization in Japan) hosted four runners who competed in the Senshu Marathon held in Izumi City, Japan on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.
Congratulations to Jennifer Johnson, Jaclyn Swords, Brian Melendez and Kelly Brinkman. Check out pictures and race results here.
The Bloomington Sister City Organization is currently accepting applications for the upcoming student delegation trip to Izumi City, Japan this summer. Ten students will be selected who will travel with two chaperones from June 18 - July 2, 2013.
The student delegation to Japan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Japanese culture first hand. Students will stay with host families, visit historic sites, and tour high schools and colleges.
Students who live in Bloomington or attend high school or college in Bloomington are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2013. The trip is estimated to cost each student $1,500.
Visit the Student Delegations web page for more information.
The Bloomington Sister City Organization will host its annual Taste of Japan fundraiser on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, 3900 American Blvd. W.
The event will feature a silent auction and Japanese themed dinner with live entertainment by Leo Hansen – an authentic Japanese flute player, Sansei Yonsei Kai dance group and St. Olaf College’s Taiko Drum group.
Proceeds from the Taste of Japan fundraiser will help sponsor student and marathon runner delegates traveling to Izumi City, Japan. These experiences have helped foster life-long connections to Japan and the promotion of peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for students (22 yrs. & under). Tickets can be reserved or purchased online at: http://www.bloomington-izumi.org/taste-of-japan
The Bloomington Sister City Organization has recently appointed three new board members: Steven Hage, Sara Sengpanya and Gary Mattson. For more details about these new members visit the Board Members web page on our site.
BSCO would also like to extend a great ‘Thank You’ to outgoing Board Members: Alison Abrams, Steve Hill and Josh Ramirez. Their leadership and knowledge will be missed. The Board wishes them well in their future endeavors.
A year ago this week, a tsunami wave crashed over a seawall in the city of Miyako, Japan, shortly after a devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the region.
Sunday, March 11, 2012 marked the first anniversary of the devastating quake, which triggered a monster tsunami that left many of Japan's coastal towns in ruins and sparked a nuclear disaster at the country's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The twin disasters claimed more than 19,000 lives, and thousands of victims are still unaccounted for.
See National Geographic News's complete Japan earthquake and tsunami coverage.
The Overseas Brats organization convened their Silver Anniversary Gathering in Bloomington this October and graciously raised over $2,000 for the disaster relief in Japan. The funds raised were donated to the BSCO, who in turn, forwarded the donation on to the Japanese Red Cross.
Overseas Brats is an organization of former students and educators who attended school abroad.
The delegation left Minneapolis on June 15th. This is the first posting:
Today (6/16/11), we visited Ikegami Sone Yayoi Cultural Workshop and the students made their own necklaces there.
According the staff there, this is one of the very rare groups who are so talented to finish the project in such a short time with high quality.
For lunch the group went to Kaiten Sushi; sushi floats on a river by and you pick the ones you like):
After the lunch, we divided into 3 groups and visited high schools in Izumi. Most participated in the Japanese class at each school and interacted with the students there. They got back in the bus with huge smiles and told me how fun it was to talk to them and spend time together doing some activities.
The meeting with Izumi Mayor Tsuji was scheduled after the high school visits. Everybody has been introducing themselves using only Japanese; their Japanese skill has improved so much already.
Finally, Izumi hosted a very nice welcome dinner and the students from last year’s Izumi delegation were there and enjoyed reconnecting with the BSCO delegates.
It was a full first day but the students enjoyed every moment despite the jetlag! Please stop back for further updates and pictures from the delegation. (Thanks to Yukari, the chaperone for the delegation for this and future updates).
The Minnesota Sister Cities International Conference is being held in Shoreview this year. Keynotes are Mary Jean Eisenhower, President of People to People International and youngest granddaughter of U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower.
All registrations and payments are required in advance and should be made to Minnesota Sister Cities Internationa. See more information in the attachments below including conference information and registration form. RSVP Deadline is April 23rd.
The situation in Izumi City
Bloomington Sister City Organization (BSCO) has received several inquires regarding the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We have been in contact with the officials at the City of Izumi, our sister city. We have been assured that all is well. The disaster did not affect the region surrounding Izumi City. We join our friends in Izumi City in hoping for the best for their fellow countrymen affected by the catastrophe.
How you can help the greater devastation in Japan
BSCO has also received several questions on how individuals can help support the relief effort in Japan. In order to direct interested individuals to the most up-to-date resources BSCO is linking up with the Japan American Society of Minnesota (JASM) who lists several organizations accepting donations. JASM also lists information for several fund raisers.
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