Japanese Students Arrive for Harashin Program - Fort Worth Students Depart


AUGUST 2012  



Young Professional Japanese Mentorship Program, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce-Conference Room, 777 Taylor Street, Ste. 900 (76102).




Harashin students in Fort Worth.




Nominating committee meeting, Sister Cities office, 610 Grove Street (76102), 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.




25th Anniversary and Sayonara Party, Christ Chapel Bible Church-Links Building, 3701 Birchman Ave. (76107), 6:00-8:00 p.m. RSVP by Friday, August 10. Bring a side dish or a dessert for 10 people. Bring your own serving utensil.




Executive committee meeting, Murphy Mahon Keffler Farrier LLP, Tindall Square Building No. 2, 505 Pecan Street, Suite 101 (76102), 12 noon.  




Final payment due for 25th Anniversary Fall Festival Exchange.



Mayor's Dinner committee meeting, Murphy Mahon Keffler Farrier LLP, Tindall Square Building No. 2, 505 Pecan Street, Suite 101 (76102), 4:00-5:00 p.m.




Trier committee welcomes German intern Simon Kohl, Acme Brick Inc., 3101 Bryant Irvin Rd. (76132), 6:00-8:00 p.m. Bring a bottle of wine and/or your favorite German or Texan appetizer.




General Membership meeting, location TBD , 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Location will be posted on website when confirmed.




To sign-up for any of the listed events above, please email RSVP and on the subject line enter RSVP with event name or call 817.632.7100.

You may also fax to 817.632.7110.Thank you!


  • A joint meeting with Mbabane, Toluca and Guiyang committees is being planned for September to highlight our upcoming exchanges and how you can be involved.
  • Reggio Emilia committee thanks all the families for hosting the 17 participants during ILA.
  • Planning for 2013 has started that may include youth exchanges, a culinary exchange with FW Culinary School and a possible sports exchange.


  • Thank you to the host families for opening your homes to the Trier students and facilitator.
  • The Trier committee is hosting a welcome for Trier intern from Koblenz University, Simon Kohl, this month. Simon is an alum of the Fort Worth Sister Cities program. See calendar for details.

  • Thank you so much to all the wonderful host families who opened their homes to the 11 students and 2 delegation leaders from Nagaoka.
  • Harashin Scholar Fort Worth students are currently in Nagaoka, and the Japanese students arrive on August 7 for their week in Fort Worth.
  • The committee is planning a 25th anniversary and Sayonara dinner for the Harashin students and the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra will perform. See calendar for details.
  • The 8 young professionals headed to Nagaoka for the business mentorship program will be meeting this month with the Fort Worth Chamber and with board member Susan Turner for Japanese business protocol training.

  • Thank you to the host families who opened their homes to the 6 students and one teacher from Bandung, and to Paul Geisel for hosting them for a dinner and swimming party.
  • Plans are underway for an inbound exchange program between Bandung High School No. 5 and Arlington Heights High School in October.
  • Stay tuned for information on an adult exchange to Bandung possibly scheduled for this summer.


  • Many thanks to the Budapest committee volunteers for all your help during ILA.
  • Fort Worth received a special invitation to participate in Budapest World Heritage Day, which celebrates and highlights both Hungarian and Fort Worth culture.
  • The committee will help the Trier group welcome Simon Kohl this month.


  • Gracias to all the families for hosting our 33 youth and teachers from Toluca.
  • Congratulations to Trinity Valley School as we plan for them to participate in our Ambassador High school program hosting a 3 week exchange for 12 high students from Tec de Monterrey this November.
  • Our committee will be planning a joint meeting with Mbabane, Reggio Emilia and Guiyang groups. Stay tuned for upcoming details in September. 


  • Thanks to wonderful host families for welcoming our Mbabane youth and teachers during ILA program. Special thanks to BELA group for scholarships for the Mbabane youth
  • Mbabane Service Adventure delegates will showcase a great photo presentation at our September meeting. Bring a friend, we are planning an exciting Service exchange for next summer so get the details early.


  • Xiexie to our wonderful host families for welcoming our Guiyang youth and teachers during ILA program.
  • We are planning an extended youth and educator exchange for next June. Plan to attend our joint meeting in September with Italy, Mexico and Swaziland to hear about these details.

Fort Worth Youth International 

  • Thanks to all FYI members who volunteered to set up TCU dorm rooms at ILA for the international students.
  • Nathan Bowser, President, and youth board officers of FYI, are busy planning board retreat and program brainstorming session in September for 2012-2013. Youth members are invited to share ideas for programs and email to Irene@fwsistercities.org by August30th.
  • Principal letters to all middle and high schools will be sent this month to select a teacher as our liaison to promote all youth and teacher exchanges and local programs.

 Emerging Leader Network (The Net)

  • Stay tuned for applications and information for Associate Delegation Leader application on our website. They should be up by the end of this month. 
  • Fall and Spring semester internships are also open, so please see the website or speak to Beth if you are interested.



Mae Ferguson



Joseph Ramirez

Vice President/COO


Irene Chase

Vice President


Beth Weibel

Sr. Program Manager


Eva Rodriguez

Executive Assistant



Fort Worth Sister Cities International
610 Grove Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Phone: 817.632-7100 Fax: 817.632-7110





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