About BSCA


BSCA exists to provide opportunities for the citizens of Whatcom County to develop relationships and build a sense of community with the peoples of the Pacific Rim. We seek to achieve international understanding, cultural sensitivities, and encourage trade and tourism. This is accomplished through cultural exchanges, educational programs, and community events.


In 1956, in an effort to lessen the chance of future world conflicts, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a people-to-people program between the United States and other nations that would involve people and organized groups at all levels of society. The program was originally housed under the National League of Cities. This became Sister Cities International in 1967.

The Bellingham Sister Cities Association (BSCA) is a part of this international organization promoting “person-to-person” activities between countries around the world. Bellingham has four sister cities; all are port cities located around the Pacific Rim.

General Information

The B.S.C.A. is directed by a Mayor’s Sister Cities Advisory Board. The board assists with visiting delegations, finding homestays, and organizing events throughout the year. You can learn more about applying to be on the Sister Cities Advisory Board by visiting the City of Bellingham’s Boards & Commissions web page.

The BSCA is a non-profit organization which is funded solely by membership dues, business and individual support.


The B.S.C.A By Laws are available for download by clicking on the following link:  ByLaws