February 7, 2018 – White House Press Release

As the Honorary Vice Chairwoman for Sister Cities International, Second Lady Karen Pence participated in a meeting and cultural presentation of the Youth Ambassador Exchange, a program through the Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City Relationship. Mrs. Pence met with the Mayor of Chiba-city, Toshihito Kumagai, five middle school students from last year’s Youth Ambassador Exchange program, and the teacher who served as the chaperone for the exchange program.

The annual Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program is considered to be one of the most important elements of the sister city relationship. In alternating years, middle school students, along with a chaperone, visit their counterpart’s city. The meeting opened with Mayor Kumagai offering greetings from Chiba-city, Japan and Mrs. Pence offering greetings from the United States.

The meeting included a presentation by the five Japanese students who participated in the Youth Ambassador Exchange program. Mrs. Pence learned about the students’ visit to Houston last year where they met with city officials, attended classes at a Houston middle school, and toured local sights. Through the stories shared, Mrs. Pence gained an understanding of what it is was like for the students to experience home and school life in a culture different from their own.

“The Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City relationship is a 45-year relationship, bringing together cities and people to experience each other’s culture,” said Mrs. Karen Pence. “It was an honor and pleasure to visit with the Mayor, students, and their chaperone. This was a great opportunity to represent the United States and continue the cultural relationship between our country and Japan.”

After participation in the sister city presentation, Mrs. Pence visted the Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo. She was joined by Mrs. Chikako Aso, wife of Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso. Together, they enjoyed the beautiful views of the gardens. Following the tour, the Second Lady met with Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Thursday, Mrs. Pence will visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Yokota Air Base where she will meet with military spouses.

To stay updated on Mrs. Pence’s events, follow her on Twitter at, @SecondLady.

About Houston-Chiba Sister City Relationship

The Houston, Texas—Chiba City, Japan sister city relationship was established in 1972. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) invited to Japan a Houston delegation. The delegation approached the Japan Municipal League for International Friendship to ask about partnering with a Japanese city. Houston and Chiba City identified a number of shared interests and characteristics, for example, both are important port cities with strong industrial bases. After consideration and their respective municipal approvals, on October 24, 1972, the cities executed a sister-city agreement.

The official press release can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/second-lady-karen-pences-visit-japan-shines-light-sister-city-relationship/

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  • Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association – Leipzig in Houston – Oktoberfest
    5:00 pm-10:00 pm
    2016.10.02

    OKTOBERFEST

    5:00 pm | Free admission

     Christ the King Lutheran Church – 2353 Rice Boulevard

    This evening the Houston Brass Band and Saengerbund celebrate German music and dance in the 2016 Leipzig in Houston Festival grand finale.

    Leipzig in Houston is a festival celebrating both cities’ arts and cultures. The concept arose from “Little Leipzig Week”, founded by former Bach Society Houston director Albert LeDoux in 2010, as a way to honor the city in which J.S. Bach wrote his most important music. Since then, Little Leipzig Week has grown, and in 2016 will begin its first year as a full festival over 10 days, involving 10 organizations with ties to both cities.

    Leipzig in Houston – September 25th through October 2nd

    Click here for more information

  • Houston-Istanbul Sister City Association – Turkish Film Festival 2016
    5:00 pm-9:00 pm
    2016.10.02-2017.03.09

    The Turkish Film Festival will be held on September 29-October 2, 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The Festival showcases 6 new films that have entertained and intrigued audiences worldwide. Here are showtimes and key facts about the films:
    OCT 2, 5.00 pm LEMONADE by Ali Atay (Comedy about two half-brothers who meet for the first time after their father’s dead)
    OCT 2, 7.00 pm CATS OF ISTANBUL

    For showtimes, film details, venue and tickets please visit https://www.mfah.org/calendar/series/turkish-film-festival

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    5:30 pm-7:00 pm
    2016.10.25

    East West Bank/Conference Room – Each month, the Board of Directors of Sister Cities of Houston meet to discuss ongoing business and initiatives. The Board is composed of five elected members of the Executive Committee, four at large board members and one ex officio representative from each Sister City organization.

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    11:00 am-1:00 pm
    2016.10.26

    The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
    is proud to announce
    The 1st Annual Women’s Leadership Speaker Series luncheon

    “Almost every country in the world has less than five percent of its top companies run by women, including the United States and every country in Europe,” said Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg at the 2015 World Economic Forum.

    Women are an essential part of the global economy. Join the USRCC in a conversation with influential women who have achieved success and are making an impact on US-Russia trade and investment. A panel discussion will provide a unique perspective with real examples of challenges, success and opportunities. This series will explore the global private sector’s economic influence of businesswomen in the USA, Russia and CIS countries.

    Speakers

    Beth Williams
    President and CEO,
    TechTrans International Kira Begunova
    Manager of Geomodelling and Reserves Audit,
    LUKOIL
    Ellen Smith
    Managing Counsel,
    Global Trade Compliance,
    Baker Hughes

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    Four Seasons Hotel, Whitney Room
    1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010, USA
    Time: 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
    Members – $30 | Non-Members – $60

    For sponsorship opportunities please contact:

    The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
    2900 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 133, Houston, TX 77042
    Phone: 713.429.4680
    Email:
    info@usrussiacc.org
    Website:
    www.usrussiacc.org

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