Sister City Committee
The mission of Sister Cities International is simple: To promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time.
Sister Cities International was by President Eisenhower in 1956 at the White House conference on citizen diplomacy. Eisenhower imagined this new entity that could be “the hub of peace and prosperity” by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world. By forming these relationships, President Eisenhower envisioned that people of “diverse cultures could celebrate and recognize the value of their differences.” He predicted that the building of partnerships could decrease the chance of additional conflicts.
On October 21, 1991, the City of Livingston adopted a proclamation for a "Sister City" establishing a relationship between the City of Livingston and Naganohara Japan. The purpose of this proclamation was intended to strengthen the existing bond and establish an everlasting friendship between the two cities. Naganohara and Livingston promote the interchange of education, culture, encouraging the growth of goodwill, development of character and understanding different cultures.
Current Committee Members:
- Bev Sandberg, President
- Carey Yeager, Vice President
- Donna Pace, Treasurer
- Teri Giao, Secretary
- Tami Froelich
- Rich Lund
- Sarah LaClair
- Kristi Hayes
- Jody Ogata
- Hank Poeschl
- Faith Kinnick, City Staff Representative
Board meets the 3rd Wednesday each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Bev Stevenson meeting room at the Livingston-Park Co. Library. Meetings are open to all interested parties.
From the By-laws: To be qualified as a voting member of the Board of Directors, a person must attend 3 out of 4 consecutive called board meetings. The City Manager or his designee may have a position on the Board of Directors at all times. The Chamber of Commerce shall be invited to have a non-elected representative on the Board of Directors. Returning student participants shall also be invited to apply for one non-voting student position on the Board.