Denver Sister Cities International - Sparking the New Global Conversation
The Envoy: News & Events from DSCI
May 9, 2016
In This Issue
Volunteer of the Year - Brest
WWF 2016
Charlene Thai in the news
Featured Article
John Yee Receives Award
Colorado Sister Cities Conference
City of Takayama Park Clean-Up
Bocce Tournament
Upcoming Trips
Kunming Student Exchange
Brest Student Exchange
Committee Meetings
New & Returning Members
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 Volunteer of the Year 2015
Denver - Brest Committee
Christian Roche
Christian accepts his award from Brest Chair Laurette Heppell and Executive Director Beth Hendrix
Christian has been one of the biggest supporters of the Denver-Brest student exchange program. He has played an active role since the program began. Christian has led four exchange trips to France, including this year's trip.  
Beyond taking students to France, Christian has started a certificate and award program for the student travelers. He has set guidelines for the student delegates to follow; if they are successful, they will receive a citizen diplomat award.  So far all of the students he has chaperoned have received this award! He is also working on a guidebook for the student travelers so they can be better prepared for their life changing experience. 

Christian also attends most committee meetings, attends committee events and helps with visitors and exchange students from France.  He is a huge asset to the Brest committee!
A great big THANK YOU to Christian!
Metro State University Denver
Tivoli Student Union and Commons

The festival will be kicked off with a Gala, Saturday, August 27th, 2016.  More details coming soon!

Now accepting early bird vendor registrations!
Vendors can register here now!
In the News

Member Charlene Thai, owner of Asahi Foods and fundraiser extraordinaire, was recently featured in a Denver Post 
article written by fellow member Gil Asakawa.
Charlene on a recent DSCI Takayama trip.
Read the article here
Board of Directors
Michael Frank, President
Brian Powers, Vice-President
Reggie Vegliante, Treasurer
Jessica Skibo, Historian
Jim Aubrey, At-Large
Debbie Kacik, At-Large
Tesla Miller, At-Large
Manuel Moreno, At-Large
Jason Nagy, At-Large
Derek Okubo, At-Large
Tyler Rauert, At-Large
Steve Sander, At-Large
Gayle Stallings, Liaison
Christopher Teed, At-Large
Beth Hendrix, Executive Director

City Leadership Advisory Council
France Addington-Lee, Kunming Co-Chair
Maria Allen, Potenza Chair
Steve Comstock, Takayama Chair
Laurette Heppell, Brest Chair
Jeanie Johnson, Kunming Co-Chair
Chuck Kreiman, Axum Chair
Joseph Odhiambo, Nairobi Chair
Gayle Stallings, Liaison
Jim Wagenlander, Ulaanbaatar Chair
Aaron and Lacey Walker, Akureyri Co-Chairs


Long-time Member, John Yee, Receives Award
I recently became aware of a very prestigious medal awarded to John by the Central Government of the People's Republic of China, Department of Military Affairs.   John actually received the medal late last fall.  It was sent via the Chinese Consul General in Chicago.  Ms. Ju Hua Qin, Attache to the Consul General, personally visited with John to make the presentation.   She was accompanied by several of her colleagues. The photograph is courtesy of Mimi Tu of the Chinese American Post.

The Medal was presented to honor John for his service as a Flying Tiger in Kunming during the early 1940's.  It was explained to John that the Medal is similar in China to the Congressional Medal of Honor in the U.S.  It is also rare for it to be presented to someone not living in China.  When I visited with John last week and he was reflecting on the importance of the Flying Tigers he said that he thought Winston Churchill's quote about the fight for the Battle of Britain is applicable:  "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

- Jeanie Johnson, Co-Chair, Kunming Committee  
Colorado Sister Cities 
State Conference
Adam Kaplan, vice-president, SCI, presented at the conference
Our first Colorado Sister City Conference in many years was held April 29th at Geotech, attended by approximately 50 representatives from Sister City agencies across the state. The day began with the Sister City Day at the Capitol celebration hosted by Representative Paul Rosenthal. Attendees then traveled to Geotech for a day of panel discussions and sharing of experiences, concerns and ideas about improving our state's Sister City programs. The day ended with a reception including members of the Colorado Consular Corps and state legislators. It was great to meet the dedicated volunteers of sister city programs in Colorado.  We all have so much to share. 

- Gayle Stallings,  Acting Colorado Sister Cities State Coordinator

City of Takayama Park
Clean Up

Saturday, May 21
9:00 am to noon

Some background: way back in 1967, Denver dedicated a
park to be a living reminder of the warm relationship
between Denver and Takayama (each Denver Sister City
has a Denver park named after that city).

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Please bring your own work gloves, and if you have a   
leaf rake, hand trimmer, and / or short (max. 8 ft.) ladder bring them / it along also.                    
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Chilled water and  light refreshments will be provided.  Please park in the parking lot of the Ptarmagin Place  office complex across the street from the park.

City of Takayama Park is at Colorado Blvd. and Cherry Creek Drive North


Travel as a Citizen Diplomat with DSCI

French Sejour
Featuring Brest France
June 5th - June 16, 2016
Must register by May 15th, 2016! 
Questions?  email

Silks and Spices
Featuring Chennai, India
January 19 - February 3, 2017
Must book by August 31, 2016!
Kunming Student Exchange was a Success!

For two weeks in March & April, three Denver Center for International Studies students and two DCIS Montbello students participated in a Sister Cities Exchange to Kunming, supported by the Denver Kunming Committee. The students were hosted in Kunming by the Kunming Foreign Language school and were paired with students from that school for a homestay opportunity. The students spent time participating in classes, visited schools in the surrounding areas and had the opportunity to visit many tourist destinations. At the end of the two weeks, the group was also able to spend two days in Beijing, exploring the area. Upon return, a participant reported that this exchange was the experience of a lifetime and that he anticipates his relationship with his host brother will last a lifetime! The DCIS students look forward to hosting students from the Kunming Foreign Language school in the fall.
Another successful reciprocal Denver-Brest student exchange!

This year, three Denver students traveled to Brest and Paris March 19th - April 2nd.  The travelers had a wonderful time and will be receiving a student diplomat certificate in an upcoming ceremony. 

Shortly after, 15 students and two teachers from St Anne School in Brest arrived in Denver on April 12th.  On April 24th they departed Denver with improved English skills and memorable experiences.On their last day, the students shared words of gratitude to the program and to their host family. They created a fun song about Colorado and sung a French song at the farewell potluck gathering. Their schedule was full and exciting. Thank you to all who contributed to this exchange: chaperones, host families, schools, drivers and especially coordinator Laurette Heppell, who worked so hard to make this program a huge success! 

All events listed are open to the public -- 

Monday, May 7th, 6:00 - 8:00pm:  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGDSCI at WTCD in Geotech, 2650 E 40th Ave, Denver

Wednesday, May 11th, 5:30 - 7:00:  KUNMING; DSCI at WTCD in Geotech, 2650 E 40th Ave, Denver

Friday, May 13th, 6:00 - 7:30:  BRESTDSCI at WTCD in Geotech, 2650 E 40th Ave, Denver

Tuesday, May 17th, 6:15 - 7:30 pm: TAKAYAMA; 285 Landing Restaurant, 3650 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood

Wednesday, May 18th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm: AXUM; DSCI at WTCD in Geotech Engineering, 2650 E 40th Ave, Denver

Sunday, May 21st, 9:00 am - 12:00pm: CITY OF TAKAYAMA PARK CLEANUP; City of Takayama Park, Denver

Sunday, May 21st, 4:00 - 6:00 pm: CHENNAI; Private residence, call 303-832-1336 for details

Thursday, May 26th, 6:30 - 8:00pm: POTENZA ; Bruno's, 2223 S Monaco Pkwy, Denver

Thursday, May 26th, 6:00 -7:30pm:  NAIROBI; Annie's CafĂ©, 3100 E Colfax, Denver
Reggie Coleman
Ted Toyokura
Cheryl Kobayashi
Yesenia Reyes
Constant Mandza
Alec Jo-Ten
Pantea Beigi
Katelyn Hindman
Baylene Tilahun
Saber Ahmed
Antonie Niyonshuti
Cussed Inza
Guido Umogwaneza
David Mugisha
Jeff Mugongo
John Kundts
State Rep. Paul Rosenthal
Sanford and Linda Dee
Karin Schumacher
Ron & Julie Cummings
Brenda Sabo
James Wheatley

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