The Sister City Support Organization has scheduled the annual meeting for Thursday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Robertsville Middle School cafeteria.
Buffalo Tours, the California agency that is coordinating the 25th anniversary trip to Japan in July, is sending a representative to preview the trip and take deposits. SCSO will also have a slide show of photos from the 2015 exchange with Naka shi, Japan; discuss recent developments in their relationship with Obninsk, Russia, and elect officers. A member of the Friendship Bell structure renovation committee will give a status report on this project.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Middle School Exchange with Naka shi, Japan, the Sister City Support Organization is planning a visit to Naka and tour of Japan.
“We are inviting any interested Oak Ridgers to join us,” a press release said. “It is especially important that we have representatives of the Oak Ridge city government and schools, SCSO members, previous Naka middle school travelers and host families. This is your turn to have the ‘Naka experience’ that so many students have enjoyed for 25 years.”
The group of 30 people will travel to Naka with the 2016 delegation of middle school students on July 2, 2016.
After an overnight in Tokyo, the group will go to Naka shi for a three-night homestay and the 25th anniversary celebration with their Naka friends. Leaving the middle school students in Naka, the community group will travel back to Tokyo, then on to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Mount Fuji. City tours will be included and also free time for individuals to pursue their own interests.
The group will return to Oak Ridge on July 14, 2016.
If you are interested in hearing more about this trip, attend the meeting on October 22 or contact the Sister City Support Organization Chairperson Jerry Luckmann at (865-483-3958).
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