20 Years!

20 Years!

We are now working towards arranging a videoconference between the mayors of our two cities for sometime in late August, to commemorate the 20 years since the signing of the Treaty of Friendly Relations between Yakutsk and Fairbanks.  We hope to have a general meeting in early August.

In December, Lena Lukhina-Shelt will be in Yakutsk with her husband, Bruce Shelt to give a Christmas concert.  As you may remember, this couple met twenty years ago on the Sister City Exchange!  I hope to join them in Yakutsk and hope some of you will be able to travel also.  A December visit -- a true sign of friendship for people of the north.  Look to this blog for more details!

 Catching up a bit on what's been happening, last December's video conference between the school children of Hunter Elementary School and elementary school students was a huge success!  Many thanks to Fawn Jelinek and her students, Elisabeth Kruger, who organized this, and Odin Miller who was in Yakutsk at the time and appeared at the video conference.  Channel 11 did a segment on their evening news about the exchange. Soon I will find a way to integrate some pictures from this exchange into the website.  December and January were busy with finding out what we needed to do to apply for the grant from the Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation (see above).

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