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-Karachi Sister City Association – Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce – 2017 Plan of Work 4th International Conference & 1st Awards Gala
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    Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce – 2017 Plan of Work 4th International Conference and 1st Awards Gala

    Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, President of the Houston Karachi Sister City Association received the “2017 Sylvester Turner Perseverance Top Ten Honoree Award” at the Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce 2017 Plan of Work 4th International Conference & 1st Awards Gala.

    Tri- County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce held its 2017 Plan of Work 4th International Conference & 1st Awards Gala on February 23, 2017 at the Bayou City Event Center. Prominent Community Volunteer and President of the Houston Karachi Sister City Association, Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, was publicly nominated and received the “2017 Sylvester Turner Perseverance Top Ten Honorees Award” along with United States Congress Recognition by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Muhammad Saeed Sheikh became the first Pakistani American honored by the Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce.

    Congratulations to Muhammad Saeed Sheikh!

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  • Sister Cities of Houston’s – 14th Networking Dinner Series
    6:00 pm-9:30 pm
    2017.02.27

    Sister Cities of Houston’s 14th Networking Dinner Series

    Please join Sister Cities of Houston for our 14th Networking Dinner with Special Guests:

    Ms. Ashley Turner, First Daughter of the City of Houston

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    T.H. Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston

    Date:
    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Place:
    Ouisie’s Table
    3939 San Felipe St, Houston, Texas 77027
    6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

    RSVP through Eventbrite:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sister-cities-of-houston-14th-networking-dinner-series-tickets-32036369644

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    $48.00

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    First Course:
    Ouisie’s Soup du Jour
    House Salad
    Romaine & green leaf lettuces, house citrus vinaigrette, red onions, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, and house made croutons

    Entrees:
    Ouisie’s Grilled Salmon
    Chopped broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, roasted yellow corn, and warm orzo pasta salad with e.v.o.o.

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    Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast
    Mushrooms, artichokes, lemon butter & sriracha sauce, mashed potatoes, and sautéed green beans

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    Vegetable Paella
    Zucchini, squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, green peas and saffron rice

    Dessert:
    Chef’s Dessert Trio
    One chocolate, vanilla and lemon petit four

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  • Sister Cities of Houston – February Board Meeting
    5:30 pm-7:00 pm
    2017.02.28

    East West Bank/Conference Room – On the last Tuesday of 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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