The Board of Trustees sponsored the event which celebrated the
anniversary of the official start of the TSCI in 1993 as a
non-profit organization. TSCI received community support from
Lyden, a Platinum Sponsor and Presenting Company. Gold Sponsors
include John and Yolanda Szuch, and Galloway Family. Silver
sponsors are The Sisters of St. Francis, Lourdes University, The
University of Toledo Pharmacy Program, Jim Hauden of Root, Inc.,
Dick and Dolly Flasck, and Scott Savage.
TSCI is made up of ten Sister City committees that serve
northwest Ohio as a bridge to global sister cities.
“We have the oldest Sister City partnership with Toledo, Spain,
since 1931. A second long-standing agreement was established in
1985 with Qinhuangdao, China. However, it wasn’t until 1993 that
we incorporated as a non-profit organization. That’s when our
real on-going efforts started,” said
Sister Klimkowski. “This year we remembered the past,
celebrated the present, and connected to the future.”
Guests included the children of Ann Galloway, a TSCI founding
board, as well as Gerry Gill, another founding board member.
There were representatives for each of the ten Sister Cities
organizations. Some of the others who joined in the festivities
included Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur; City of Toledo Mayor, Wade
Kapszukiewicz; Toledo City Councilmember, Peter Ujvagi; Tim
Greenwood; Jim and Anna Hartung; Norman and Ora Bell; Judd
Johnson; Eric Bergman; Susie Nowak; Asif Bhatti; Stan Machosky;
Cynthia Izsak; Elizabeth Balint; Genevieve Kirkbride; Breck
Davis; and Samir Abu-Absi.
Sister Klimkowski said the guests were treated to gourmet
grazing and cocktails, and feature performances by the Chamber
Ensemble with the Greater Toledo International Youth
Orchestra directed by Yang Kun Song. There were
silent auctions of Sister City treasures as well as review of
the past 25 years.
Guests received a program highlighting the development and
growth of the TSCI which includes a more than 85-year history of
the association with Toledo, Spain; as well as the 30-year
history with Qinhuangdao, China and the new relationship with
Nanchong, China; the 25-year history of respectively Szeged,
Hungary, and Poznan, Poland; and the new Friendship City
relationship with Coburg, Germany.
Congresswoman Kaptur presented a copy of the history of Toledo
Sister Cities International that she read into the Congressional
Record. She said, “I had the privilege of initiating the concept
of the Toledo Sister Cities International in the early 1990s
when the sister city movement expanded greatly in Toledo. Our
relationship with Toledo, Spain began in 1931 long before
President Eisenhower conceived the idea that world peace would
be advanced by citizen diplomacy. The work goes on and is
worthy of support.”
TSCI will now turn its attention the 10th Annual
Toledo Sister Cities International Festival which will be held
on April 13, 2019 at the Toledo SeaGate Centre.
Participating countries include: Spain, China, Hungary, Poland,
Japan, Tanzania, Germany, Lebanon, Pakistan, and India. The
festival kicks off with The Parade of Nations and includes a
day-long celebration of cultures from around the world with live
performances representing ethnic groups from Sister Cities and
the local community.