Announcements: Sunday, April 22, 2018
- The Culver City Sister City Committee has coordinated several opportunities to meet and cheer on our Kaizuka City, Japan marathon runners! DOWNLOAD DETAILS!
Culver City resident Jessica Dorsey won the open Women’s Division at the 25th annual Senshu Marathon in Osaka, Japan on February 18, 2018. Ms. Dorsey, as part of the Culver City Sister City Marathon Exchange with Kaizuka, Japan, ran an outstanding race. She completed the 26.2 mile course in 3:06.19 hours, seven minutes ahead of the nearest female competitor. Ms. Dorsey, a mother of two children, recently broke the three-hour marathon barrier in December at the California International Marathon in Sacramento. “I had a tough day out there and was in more pain than usual, much earlier in the race. The incredible support of our hosts, the Mayor and City Council, as well the residents lining the streets along the course with signs, noisemakers, and chants of “ganbatte!” made the discomfort bearable, and motivated me to not give up. I 100% owe the win to my new forever friends in Kaizuka.” said Jessica.
The Culver City-Kaizuka Marathon Exchange each year sends two Culver City runners to Kaizuka City to participate in the KIX Senshu Marathon. Kaizuka City reciprocates by sending two runners to the Los Angeles Marathon. Ms. Dorsey is the first exchange participant to win the race. Last year, Kaizuka runner Shogo Uraguchi placed 61st (out of over 30,000 runners) at the LA Marathon.
Ms. Dorsey was joined in Kaizuka by Iyob Tessema. Mr. Tessema has completed over 65 marathons, and enjoyed the hospitality and sights of the race, but had medical issues at mile 18. Both runners enjoyed meeting Kaizuka City Mayor Fujihara and the City Council. They spent two days before the marathon visiting historical temples and shrines in and around Kaizuka City. Ms. Dorsey and Mr. Tessema also toured Kyoto with the Kaizuka International Friendship Association (KAIFA). "Japan is a beautiful country with many historical sites that are very well maintained. During our tour I observed how meticulously hard working the people, and was especially impressed how their senior citizens take pride in keeping their streets & recreational parks very clean," said Mr. Tessema.
The Culver City Sister Committee is holding a “Meet-and-Greet” potluck dinner for our marathon participants and the Kaizuka runners on Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at the Winslow’s home at 11074 Rhoda Way, at 6 pm. Additionally you can meet the runners on Tuesday, March 20th from 6:30-9:00 pm at Menchies Yogurt on Sawtelle Ave. This will also be a fundraiser for the Culver City Sister Committee.
If you are interested in participating the marathon exchange next year and can complete a full marathon in under 4 hours and 10 seconds, please contact the Culver City Sister Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CCSCC Board Meeting: Wednesday, May 2, 7 pm. Patacchia Room - City Hall.
The Culver City Sister City Committee's mission is to:
Cultivate and maintain relationships with our four sister cities; Kaizuka, Japan; Uruapan, Mexico; Iksan, South Korea; and Lethbridge, Canada.
Undertake community based programs that foster international and intercultural understanding with our sister cities.
Leverage our contacts to promote the interests of Culver City in tourism, education, the environment, humanitarian assistance, culture and art.
Vocalize our common values through inter-city governmental dialogue.
Encourage active and direct youth involvement at the elementary, middle and high school levels, through annual student exchanges.
Reach out with cultural, educational and commercial programs and exchanges of people, ideas and materials, within and between Culver City and our sister cities.
Create grass root level friendships with the citizens of our international counterparts, such as the annual exchange of marathon runners with Kaizuka, Japan.
Invest in our youths by showing them the beauty of a multicultural world and the benefits that can be achieved through international cooperation.
Teach people of all ages about the diverse communities that are our sister cities and show how we can help others, such as supporting two orphanages in Mexico.
Yearn to make the world a better place.
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Dear Culver City Sister City Committee members,
As you know, we have a group of wonderful volunteers on our CCSCC Board who donate their time, and energy, to continue delivering a wonderful program of Cultural Exchanges for the youths of Culver City. We could not have done it without you, our members!
In order to expand the activities of our visitors from our sister city of Iksan, S. Korea this coming summer, we would like to ask you to help us welcome our guests. We are asking for your generous donation of any amount, to help with the cost of hosting eight Korean students and three chaperones during their visit to Culver City. You can make a secure donation via our Gofundme campaign site and share the link with your friends and family.
We also have a Gofund me Campaign for Kaizuka, Japan. This program will raise money to defray the airfare costs for the families who are sending their kids to Kaizuka in July. Kaizuka Photo.
Let's make this exchange a memorable experience for our Korean guests and show them the hospitality of the people of Culver City.