Youth Talent Showcase – August 9, 2018

The “Youth Talent Showcase” event was a great success! More photos to come.


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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  • Sister Cities of Houston – May Board Meeting
    4:00 pm-5:30 pm
    2018.05.29

    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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  • 2018 Dialogue with Diplomat’s Dinner Series – His Excellency Elin Suleymanov
    6:30 pm-9:00 pm
    2018.05.30-2018.05.31

    Sister Cities of Houston in conjunction with the United Nations Association Houston

    Present its:

    2018 Dialogue with Diplomat’s Dinner Series

    Guest Speaker:
    His Excellency Elin Suleymanov
    Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States

    In Celebration of the Centennial of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic

    Date and Time:
    Thursday, May 31, 2018
    6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    Place and Phone Number:
    3939 San Felipe
    Houston Texas 77027
    (713) 528-2264

    Cost:
    $55 per person
    (includes lunch and water, soft drink, tea or coffee)

    About UNA-Houston:
    The mission of UNA-Houston is to educate people about the United Nations’ role in international affairs, how it impacts individuals and communities, and to strengthen U.S. support for this institution whose purpose is to promote social justice, the foundation for universal peace.

    About Sister Cities:
    The mission of Sister Cities of Houston is to promote peace through international partnerships and foster mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation between the citizens of Houston and its affiliated sister cities overseas.

    For more information contact:
    David Godwin
    2018 Dialogue with Diplomat’s Dinner’s Chair
    (713) 301-7276
    Dgodwin977@aol.com

    Sister Cities of Houston is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code.
    EIN 20-0748173.

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