Trip to CC - 2008
City of Great Falls
All about us:
Patriotism * Commitment = Results!
Join us to promote friendship, peace and understanding
among people from different countries in a people to people organization
of goodwill and understanding.
The sister-city movement was begun by the late president Dwight D. Eisenhower
of the United States. There was a need for greater contact between people
with different views and cultures to lower world tension to bring about
a world peace based on mutual understanding, respect and friendship.
This need continues today. Another name for "Sister-City" is "Twin City".
Either term is acceptable and can be used interchangeably.
The Lethbridge Twinning Society is a non-profit grass-roots citizens
organization dedicated to promote friendship and understanding between
Lethbridge and its "Twin Cities". It is not an extension of the City of Lethbridge
administration, but it does receive their endorsement.
Press about us
The new article on Global Undestanding in the Lethbridge Living Magazine, 2008:
"The Lethbridge Twinning Society, deducated to promoting friendship and understanding between Lethbridge and its three twin cities".
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Offer for sale, the lapel pin (please, see the lapel pin on the right).
The cost of the lapel pin is $5.00 CDN (Includes shipping and handling).
For ordering, please, e-mail us.
Some of the major activities of the Lethbridge Twinning Society:
City, California, USA
Hosted a group of 37 members of the Culver City California Sister
City Society in an official twinning ceremony in 1989. The "welcome to
Lethbridge" was a bus "holdup" staged for us by the desperado's of the
Lethbridge Black Powder Gun Club. Mayor Carpenter was able to negotiate
their release by promising the desperado's that the visitors would be treated
to warm Lethbridge hospitality.
Hosted members of the Culver City California Sister City Society again
in 1994 and in 1998 and most recently in 2000 when a delegation came to
Lethbridge to celebrate the grand opening of our new City Hall!
Visits to Culver City by members in 1990, 1996 & 2002.
- In 2005 we will be hosting our friends from Culver City. We have an interesting program planned. We will be spending some time on a guest ranch in the foothills of the fabulous
Rocky Mountains. This visit will be even more special, as we will also be celebrating
the Centennial of Alberta in 2005!
Gathered, packed, and raised funds to send 5 tonnes of used clothing and medical supplies to Timashevsk,
Russia, in 1992. Eight members of our society paid their own expenses to accompany this shipment and to
extend a hand of friendship and good will. Timashevsk was selected because during World War II, the
City of Lethbridge assisted in their recovery.
The visit resulted in inviting a young girl with a hearing problem, and her mother, to Lethbridge in 1994
to have the girl examined by several professionals. Our society, with assistance from friends, paid for
the pair's airfare and all expenses during their stay in Alberta. The visit resulted in having the
girl fitted with a hearing aid and given nutritional advice to try and correct the hearing problem.
Today we understand this young lady is attended the University of Krasnodar and is excelling in her
area of study, Law.
Presently we are engaged in a shoe box project in which we will be filling shoe boxes and shipping them
to students at School No. 11 in Timashevsk! We will be shipping the shoe boxes in September so that
they arrive time for New Years. This project is aimed at rewarding students who have been identified
by their Principal, Evgeni Guyduk as been exceptional students who have achieved well above average
in their studies
The City of Great Falls, Montana, USA
The newly formed relationship with Towada City, (2001) has taken off like a rocket ship!
Already a number of delegations have visited both ways! This year, the Lethbridge
Twinning Society will be hosting a delegation from Towada, Japan in August.
HIS WORSHIP, Mayor Haruo Nakanowatari together with the President of the
Towada Association for International Relations join a delegation of ten.
In September, 2004 a delegation from Lethbridge will travel to Japan and enjoy the
Annual Fall Festival in Towada!
Carol, Director to Towada, Japan and President Harold attend the Alberta Twinned Municipalities
Conference in Hinton, Alberta in 2003. They met with many representatives and had an opportunity
of discussing our twinning relationship with Towada City with Hon. Halvar Jonson, Minister of
International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Traditonal Japanese Taiko Drumming has "arrived" in Lethbridge. The Lethbridge
Twinning Society has formed a Taiko Drumming Group. The group began actual
practice on June 5th and 6th , 2004 when members of the Kita No Taiko Japanese
Drumming Group came to provide a workshop. An over whelming response from
individuals expressing an interest in learning Taiko drumming has met with the
approval and has confirmed that Lethbridge is ready for and is able to sustain
an active Taiko Drumming Group. Taiko drumming is such a focal point
of the Towada community, and in 2003 the Lethbridge Twinning Society
Director for Public Relations visited Towada and participated in an intense workshop
for Taiko drumming and actually performed by drumming in their local festival parade!
The City of Great falls, Montana is situated 296 kilometers (185 miles) directly south of Lethbridge.
The City of Great Falls is the last city in the USA going north on the Can-Mex Highway while
Lethbridge is the first city in Canada along this same route.
Quite by chance members of the Lethbridge Twinning Society and the City of Great Falls of Advisory Commission on
International Relations (ACIR) became acquainted.
Please, visit the City of Great Falls Advisory Commission on International Relationships
site for information about upcoming events.
On April 24, 2004 three members
of the Lethbridge Twinning Society traveled to the City of Great Falls and met with the ACIR.
We enjoyed a wonderful brunch at the newly renovated the City of Great Falls Airport. We had
the opportunity of exchanging ideas and information relating to our respective,
"Twin Cities" in particular our relations with Timashevsk, Russia, and the ACIR
"Twin City" Scharla, Russia. In conclusion, we all felt that the City of Great Falls and
Lethbridge are just too close to each other geographically that we should design to
be close as well in relations! We came back to Lethbridge and our membership is
supportive and excited to promote and maintain friendship with the City of Great Falls. We
have invited members of ACIR together with residents of the City of Great Falls to come to
Lethbridge in the Summer of 2004 to take sites and activities in our lovely city and
the surrounding areas.
Members of ACIR expressed that due to logistics they have had difficulty and minimal
success in communication with their Russian Twin City. We shared the same frustration,
however it appears our contact with Timashevsk, Russia has met with just a little more
positive results. Our two organizations are considering working in tandem towards
a project with our Russian Twin Cities!
You are welcome and encouraged to join the Lethbridge Twinning
Society and become a part of the global people to people movement.
Enjoy the feeling of being part of the global goodwill and understanding
movement. Annual family dues are $25.00 annual single dues are $15.00.
For more information, e-mail us or write to us at this address:
The Lethbridge Twinning Society
129 Riverwood Manor West
Attention: Carol Kensley (Director of Public Relations)