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Sister city program a sucess thanks to the Wilsonville community


A delegation of 16 students and two chaperones from Kitakata, Japan, visited Wilsonville last month as part of our sister city exchange program.

This visit would not have been possible without the support and involvement of our community.

We wish to extend sincere thanks to the wonderful hosts who welcomed our guests into their homes and families: Greg and Rachel Leo, Ken and Cathy Rice, Bill and Elizabeth Payne, Diana Alexander, Greg and Lisa Sumerlin, Anastacia and Dave Dillon, Juli and David Glaess, John and Betty Hansen, Chantel and Travis Kirwan, Terri and Revis Beach, Kris Olsen and Robert Park, Shelley and James Kamikawa, Joyce and David Stillwell, and Penni and Todd Meislahn.

Thank you also to the local community members and businesses for their generous donations of goods and/or services: Paws and Tails Pet Sitting/Sue Raxter, TruckitNow/Matt Hamstreet, State Farm/Jay Puppo, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association/Glenda Hamstreet, city of Wilsonville, Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, SMART Transit/Michelle Marston, Danny Abrego/Portland Reign Photography, Jennifer Johnson/Oregon Horse Country, Domaine Serene Winery, Wilsonville High School/Aaron Downs, Wood Middle School/Barb Soisson, Lowrie Primary School/Patrick Miegs, CREST/Bob Carlson and Wilsonville Rotary.

We appreciate those who volunteered their time to help plan or assist with activities for the delegation: Ashleigh Sumerlin, Gabriela Navarro, Taylor Manni, Diane Maldonado, Cathy Rice, Rachel Leo, Lisa Sumerlin, Elizabeth Payne, Joelle Scrbacic, Jim Kamikawa, Kristin Akervall, Brandi Hayworth, Kevin Payne, Angela Handran, Mayor Tim and Melodee Knapp.

This fall marked the 25th anniversary of Wilsonville’s sister city relationship with Kitakata, Japan. The sister city relationship is possible only through community involvement and the generosity of volunteer efforts and donations.

If you would like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit tinyurl.com/wsca-97070.

Bev Schalk, president Wilsonville Sister City Association