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The Olathe Sister Cities Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Olathe City Council, promoting Olathe's international ties and friendships, establishing goals and objectives, and implementing plans for Olathe's sister cities programs. The Committee also serves as the governing body for the Olathe Sister Cities Association. The Committee, which meets monthly, is comprised of ten members appointed by the Mayor and City Council, including a representative of Olathe District Schools.
The Olathe Sister Cities Association is a non-profit organization which helps fund and support sister cities programs through membership dues and other fundraising projects. Members of the Association, referred to as "Olathe Sister Cities Ambassadors," form a network of citizens throughout the community who serve as goodwill ambassadors for Olathe. Sister Cities Ambassadors often have international interests and backgrounds and/or links to foreign cities through their heritage, businesses, schools, or arts and cultural connections. Ambassadors meet on a quarterly basis and may be called upon to serve on special committees or as translators, tour guides, or host families for home stays for international guests.
The Olathe Sister Cities Committee and Olathe Sister Cities Association Ambassadors seek to:
Olathe Sister Cities Committee Members
Tony Vargas, Chairman
Zeny Schmidt, Past Chairman
Rick Miller, Vice Chairman
Phouvieng Saycocie, Secretary
Ruth Nelson, Treasurer
The City of Olathe is a proud member of Sister Cities International, a non-profit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between the U.S. and international communities. For more information, visit http://www.sister-cities.org/.
c/o City of Olathe - Office of the Mayor
PO Box 768
Olathe, KS 66051-0768
Or email the Sister Cities Association staff liaison, Karen Hooven.