Newport seeking volunteers for Sister City Committee


The City of Newport is seeking applications from people interested in serving on the city’s recently created Sister City Committee. The Newport City Council adopted Resolution No. 3870 on Sept. 3, which created the committee. There are six positions open for anyone interested in the Sister City program.

Newport and Mombetsu, Hokkaido, Japan, entered into a Sister City relationship on April 8, 1966. For the last 53 years, both cities have participated in many cultural exchanges of youth and adults. The city had an ad hoc committee in the past, but wished to formally create the committee to commit to and enhance future exchanges.

The Sister City Committee is charged with maintaining communications with Mombetsu and keeping city residents informed about the program. It will also identify participants for future exchanges, plan and execute fundraising events to support Newport students participating in exchanges, identify host families for future exchanges to Newport and other responsibilities as identified.

The Sister City Committee will meet quarterly and then more frequently as needed leading up to, and during exchanges.

Anyone interested in serving on this committee should apply using the committee application found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting the city manager’s office at 169 SW Coast Highway or by calling 541-574-0613. The application deadline is Sept. 23.

The mayor, subject to ratification of the city council, will make appointments to the Sister City Committee at an upcoming city council meeting. Interviews with potential committee members may be scheduled prior to appointment.

Questions should be directed to Peggy Hawker, at [email protected], or 541-574-0613.

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