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Sister City Omitama
The Sister City relationship developed from Japanese interns coming to the Harold Scanlan dairy farm. In 1984 an agreement to form a Sister City relationship between Abilene and Minori, Japan was signed. Since that time adult and student delegations have made annual visits to the others towns.

The Sister City Committee identified student exchanges/youth friendships, daily life experience and cultural experience as the main emphasis of the program. 

  • Long range plans are to continue to develop this opportunity for understanding other cultures and increase understanding of Sister City purpose and goals by continuing present programming.
  • Future plans are to appoint a Publicity Committee to publicize activities and opportunities, to solidify "Friends of Sister City Organization" and develop memberships, form a Student Committee, pursue cultural exchanges and develop professional exchanges. The committee will research Minori's expectations of the program and their interest in building a Japanese house
  • Below are a few photos from Bob Bow's meeting in Japan with Omitama Mayor Joichi Shimada, November 27, 2013, when he presented Mayor John Ray's Proclamation and photos of former Mayor Mituso Tonouchi in Abilene.

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Contact Information:

Claire Anderson, Chairman
Michael Player City Representative (785.263.2231)

Sister City Committee: Term

Ron Rein 2015
Corina Ryland 2015
Jackie Bisnette 2015
Mary Montgomery 2016
Claire Anderson 2016
Mary Anderson 2016
Mary Zey 2017
Audrey Biggs 2017
Andrea Taylor 2017
Jerry Rankin 2017

Omitama Visit 2013


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Abilene, Kansas 67410
Phone: 785-263-2550
Fax: 785-263-2532
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