March 30, 2018 – Sister Cities of Houston – Youth Talent Showcase 2018

*New Deadline – Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 5:00 pm*
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Additional Information (in PDF):
Young Authors Entry Form and Guidelines

Young Artist Entry Form and Guidelines

Youth Contest Flier

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-Tyumen Sister Cities – Reception Honoring Russian Healthcare and Agricultural Delegations
    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    2018.02.28

    Join the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce and the Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities Committee as they host a reception honoring Russian Healthcare and Agricultural Delegations.

    Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Location: The St. Regis Houston, The Remington Private Dining Room
    Address: 1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027

    Cost: USRCC Members – Free/Non-Members – $30
    *Hor d’oeuvres will be served*

    More details:
    The USRCC is honored to welcome participants of the International Visitor Leadership Program.
    Russian Healthcare Delegation was invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department
    of State’s Visitor Leadership Program, February 26, 2018 – March 3, 2018.

    The Delegation Representatives Include:

    Dr. Mikhail AMELIN
    Chief, X-Ray Diagnostics Department, Federal Center of Neurosurgery, Novosibirsk

    Dr. Evgenii CHESNOKOV
    Chairman, Tyumen Regional Medical Community, Vice President, National Chamber of Medicine, Tyumen

    Dr. Aleksei KUDRIASHOV
    Head of Methodology Department, Federal Center for Neurosurgery, Tyumen

    Dr. Vitaly MOROZOV
    Head, Laboratory of Invasive Medical Technologies, Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine Institute,
    Russian Academy of Science, Novosibirsk

    Mrs. Ekaterina TRAVNIKOVA
    Chairman, Center of Social Support “Navigator”, Irkutsk

    Dr. Elena ZORKALTSEVA M.d.
    Head, TB Department, Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Vocational Education, Irkutsk

    The USRCC is proud to announce the first-time Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo participants and exhibitors from Russia Tyumen Region Agricultural Delegation Agricultural Delegation Representatives include:

    Sergey Arkhin
    President of Russian Regional Association of Agricultural Producers

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