PacRim 2016 Initial Planning Meeting This Wednesday, January 6th.

pacrim flagsThe Pacific Rim Yachting Challenge 2016 (PacRim 2016) is being held in Nakhodka, Russia on July 30th, 2016 through August 8th, 2016 .

This prestigious event, based on Bellingham’s Sister Cities relationships alternates between participating cities of the Pacific Rim.  It’s beginning was the result of the first post-Cold War visits of Nakhodka sailors visiting Bellingham with their sailboat “Kapitan Panaev” in 1988.

DSC_1624“PacRim is about world peace, it helped build  understanding between the Soviet Union and the US during the Cold War.”

An initial planning meeting will be held on Jan 6th, 2016, 6PM at the BYC for information, committee formation, and assignments, as well as a presentation about Nakhodka by Nina Talbot, the BSCA City Chair for Nakhodka.

Applications are now being accepted for racers and ambassadors and anyone can apply.  Team USA will be homestay hosted in Nakhodka and enjoy not only racing but many wonderful Nakhodka cultural attractions and hospitality.

Go to pacrim2016.org , download applications and enjoy this memorable opportunity.

Al and Karen Callery, Co-Chairs
PacRim 2016

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Japanese New Year’s Celebration (Shinnenkai) – January 24th!

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shinnenkai (Japanese 新年会, literally “new year gathering”) is the Japanese tradition of welcoming the arrival of the New Year.  A shinnenkai is a shinnenkaiis their way of getting together to celebrate a new year and to make promises to each other to do their best for this year while wishing each other good luck and fortune.

You are invited to attend this event where there will be Mochi-Tsuki (A Japanese new years tradition), enjoy conversation, music and the potluck dishes that everyone should bring.

For more information, you can link to the event page by clicking here.

Co-sponsored by the Bellingham Sister Cities Association (BSCA) and the Whatcom Japanese Community Association

Japanese New Years

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Dates For PacRim 2016 Set For Nakhodka, Russia!

NakhodkaThe dates for PacRim 2016 are set for July 30-August 8, 2016 in Nakhodka, Russia!

If you would like to attend and be part of Team USA, please click here to let us know you would like to help build world peace in Nakhodka, Russia in 2016!

If you would like to help sponsor Team USA, please click here to let us know you also would like to help build world peace in Nakhodka, Russia in 2016!

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Bellingham Sister Cities and the Bellingham Yacht Club Team Up For PacRim 2016

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BYC Commodore Michele Bodtke and BSCA President Karen Callery Welcome Nahodka Racer For PacRim 2014

The Bellingham Sister Cities Association (BSCA), along with the Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC), have again teamed up to develop Team USA for the 2016 Pacific Rim Regatta (PacRim 2016) to be held in next summer in Nakhodka, Russia.

The BYC and BSCA have been working together on this international regatta since its beginnings in 1988 during the Cold War when this event marked unprecedented cooperation between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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PacRim 2014 Ambassadors At Peace Arch Park

If you are interested in helping build world peace by being part of Team USA as a Racer or Ambassador, please click here.  If you are interested in helping build world peace by defraying the costs for Team USA, please click here.

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It Is Time To Register For The 2016 Wakashio Marathon

Mayor Linville at Tateyama Runners Banzai Send-Off

Mayor Linville at Tateyama Runners Banzai Send-Off

Would you like to run in our Sister City Tateyama, Japan’s 36th Wakashio Marathon/10K/2K on January 31st, 2016?

We’ve been sending folks to Tateyama for decades and this might be your year!  If so, contact us immediately as the deadline is approaching.

Challenge your running record and do some citizen diplomacy for world peace at the same time!  For just your airfare ($766 on Kayak.com 10/17/15) and a few other expenses, our friends in Tateyama will waive the race fee, pick up/drop you off at Tokyo Narita airport, and provide a home stay with a local family.  You’ll make life long memories and friends on this trip.  Our Australian sister City, Port Stephens is sending runners too! So not only will you be able to enrich yourself in Japanese culture, but you will be able to become close to a couple Australian runners as well! This year you can compete for a Sister Cities Association $1000 grant.  All runners would share the grant equally, but each of you should apply.  Click here for Grant Application:
http://bsca.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Bellingham-Sister-Cities-Peace-Grant-Application.pdf
Tentative Schedule :

  • Depart Seattle/Vancouver (Vancouver BC is cheapest) Wednesday 1-27 and arrive Narita (Tokyo) Japan Thursday 1-28.
  • 1/28  Thursday:  Arrival
  • 1/29  Friday:
  •          Courtesy call to Mayor・Course Overview
  • 1/30  Saturday:
  •          13-15 Marathon Class
  •        16-18 Eve festival
  • 1/31  Sunday:
  •          Wakashio Marathon
  • 2/1   Monday:
  •         Exchange with elementary school students
  •       Japanese cultural experience
  •       Farewell Party
  • 2/2   Tuesday:   Departure

Call/text/email Sabrina immediately at 360-595-4614. The Deadline for this is Friday 11-20-15 and we can only send 3 runners!

Sabrina Hock, BSCA Marathon Exchange Director, Bellingham Sister Cities Association, 360-595-4614

and
Ross Grier
Tateyama City Chairperson
Bellingham Sister Cities Association
Mayor’s Office, City Hall
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham,  WA  98225
USA
e-mail: tateyama@bsac.org
cell: 360-927-3687

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World Peace Happened!

7CountriesCitiesCultures-editedThank you Bellingham, Washington; Cheongju, Korea; Nakhodka, Russia; Port Stephens, Australia; Punta Arenas, Chile; Tateyama, Japan; Tsetserleg, Mongolia; and Vaasa, Finland!

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Tonight We Make World Peace Happen!

7CountriesCitiesCultures-editedTonight is the night for world peace!

Tonight, November 7th is going to be a great night for world peace.  It is not to late to join the Bellingham Sister Cities Association Board and fellow community members for our Gala and Fundraiser at Bellingham Technical College from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  

For those of you who will not be able to attend, please consider donating by clicking on the registration link RSVP and Register Here and make a donation.  Funds from this event will be used to help with the International BSCA Ski-to-Sea scholarships, the annual Peace Grant, PacRim 2016, Japanese New Year, Mongolian New Year, only a few of the regular events we put on.

So come on out and join us!

Program:

  1. 5:30-6:00 Registration & Socializing
  2. 6:00 Welcome & Introductions – Teresa Van Haalen, Mayor Kelli Linville
  3. 6:20-7:00 Hearty Appetizers, Auction
  4. 7:00-8:00 Video feeds and Live Broadcasts from Sister Cities
  5. 8:15 Auction Closes
  6. 8:30 United We Dance Presentation
  7. 9:00 End of Evening

And here is a list of some of the auction items we will have available:

  • Handwoven Table Runner
  • Gary’s Gift Certificate
  • Anders Yellow Vase
  • Glass Blowing Classes
  • Anders Glass Bowl
  • Case of 1999 Ravenswood Sonoma Blend
  • Private Violin Lessons
  • Hampton Inn Stay
  • Coffee with Mayor Kelli
  • Sunset Cruise with Wine
  • Family Portrait Session
  • Styles Salon Facial
  • Komyo Reiki Classes
  • Normandy Clarinet
  • City Gym Gift Card
  • Annie Stafford Mini Portrait Session
  • Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ Dinner for 8
  • French Horn
  • Dive Service for Boat
  • Four, Half-hour Guitar Lessons
  • Upper Box Tickets to Everett AquaSox
  • Hand Knitted Baby Sweater and Hat
  • Turning Point Power Yacht Sunset Cruise
  • Davis Marine Mark Sextant
  • Mayan Table Covering
  • Korean Silk Neck Tie
  • Boundary Bay Gift Certificate
  • Ray Ban Sunglasses – Clearview Eyecare
  • 3 Hrs House Cleaning – Maid for You
  • 2-month Novice Fencing Class
  • Jody Bergsma Illustrations
  • Bird Chair
  • Nerium Skin Care Products
  • Mid-Century Jewelry
  • Antonius StaOivarius Copy
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Come Join Bellingham Sister Cities And Help Build World Peace

7CountriesCitiesCultures-editedIt is almost time for world peace!

November 7th will be a great evening for you to be part of building  world peace in the vision of President Eisenhower who saw Sister Cities as a way to lesson the chance of future conflicts.  Join the Bellingham Sister Cities Association Board and fellow community members for our Gala and Fundraiser at Bellingham Technical College from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  It is going to be a great and unique evening!  BSCA receives no money from any source other than its members and friends, so now is the time to get registered for this event. Our fundraiser includes hearty appetizers from each of our seven sister cities, prepared by the chefs of Bellingham Technical College, as well as video greetings from each of our sister cities.

For those of you who will not be able to attend, please consider donating by clicking on the registration link RSVP and Register Here and make a donation.  Funds from this event will be used to help with the International BSCA Ski-to-Sea scholarships, the annual Peace Grant, PacRim 2016, Japanese New Year, Mongolian New Year, only a few of the regular events we put on.

Program:

  1. 5:30-6:00 Registration & Socializing
  2. 6:00 Welcome & Introductions – Teresa Van Haalen, Mayor Kelli Linville
  3. 6:20-7:00 Hearty Appetizers, Auction
  4. 7:00-8:00 Video feeds and Live Broadcasts from Sister Cities
  5. 8:15 Auction Closes
  6. 8:30 United We Dance Presentation
  7. 9:00 End of Evening

And here is a list of some of the auction items we will have available:

  • Handwoven Table Runner
  • Gary’s Gift Certificate
  • Anders Yellow Vase
  • Glass Blowing Classes
  • Anders Glass Bowl
  • Case of 1999 Ravenswood Sonoma Blend
  • Private Violin Lessons
  • Hampton Inn Stay
  • Coffee with Mayor Kelli
  • Sunset Cruise with Wine
  • Family Portrait Session
  • Styles Salon Facial
  • Komyo Reiki Classes
  • Normandy Clarinet
  • City Gym Gift Card
  • Annie Stafford Mini Portrait Session
  • Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ Dinner for 8
  • French Horn
  • Dive Service for Boat
  • Four, Half-hour Guitar Lessons
  • Upper Box Tickets to Everett AquaSox
  • Hand Knitted Baby Sweater and Hat
  • Turning Point Power Yacht Sunset Cruise
  • Davis Marine Mark Sextant
  • Mayan Table Covering
  • Korean Silk Neck Tie
  • Boundary Bay Gift Certificate
  • Ray Ban Sunglasses – Clearview Eyecare
  • 3 Hrs House Cleaning – Maid for You
  • 2-month Novice Fencing Class
  • Jody Bergsma Illustrations
  • Bird Chair
  • Nerium Skin Care Products
  • Mid-Century Jewelry
  • Antonius StaOivarius Copy
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Seven Countries, Seven Cities, Seven Cultures Dinner & Auction

7CountriesCitiesCultures-editedRSVP and Register Here 

Mark your Calendars for November 7, 2015 and join your BSCA Board for our annual gala and fundraiser at the Bellingham Technical College from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Our fundraiser includes hearty appetizers from each of our seven sister city countries, prepared by Bellingham Technical College as well as a silent auction, and live video feeds from our sister cities.  The cost is only $65.00 per person, or $500.00 for a table of 8.

Program:

  1. 5:30-6:00 Registration & Socializing
  2. 6:00 Welcome & Introductions – Teresa Van Haalen, Mayor Kelli Linville
  3. 6:20-7:00 Hearty Appetizers, Auction
  4. 7:00-8:00 Video feeds and Live Broadcasts from Sister Cities
  5. 8:15 Auction Closes
  6. 8:30 United We Dance Presentation
  7. 9:00 End of Evening
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Ski-To-Sea 2015 Was Fantastic!

May 25, 2015- The Bellingham Sister Cities Association wrapped up another fun and exciting Ski to Sea weekend today with some of our host families, athletes, and board members attending the Beavers Tree Service annual party, hosted by Brian and Sandra Boatman. It was the perfect ending to a fantastic long weekend of building friendships, racing, and community participation.

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The BSCA Ski to Sea Committee would like to thank: Mr. Im, Mr. Kim and Mrs. Kim from Cheongju, S. Korea; Eriko Kondo and Kazuki Wada from Tateyama, Japan; Bavuugarid Batbaatar, Erdenedelger Munkhjargal, Batjargal Mishka, Tuvshintugs Chuluunbat, and Adilbish Badmaanyambuu from Tsetserleg, Mongolia; Whatcom Events and Ski to Sea for their generous support of the Sister Cities Ambassadors team; President Teresa Van Haalen and all of our board members and general members that have shown up and supported the team throughout the year and the Ski to Sea weekend;  Ross and Sharon Grier, in conjunction with the Japanese Facebook Community, for hosting a welcome party for our friends from Tateyama; Mayor Kelli Linville and Sophia Blamey for so warmly welcoming our athletes and guests Friday morning at City Hall; Boundary Bay Brewery for helping to make our visitors’ experience at the Block Party even better; the Blossomtime Parade organizers for their support of the BSCA; Setsuko and Patrick Buckley and their family for hosting our athletes and parade attendees for lunch and the pre-race team meeting on Saturday; Christine Gary for getting Mr. Im up the mountain on Sunday morning and her help and support throughout the year; Gabe Starbuck, Kyle Nelson, and Max Baker for being a part of the Sister Cities Ambassadors team, their attendance at our various functions, and Gabe’s awesome abilities as captain of the team; Jack’s Bicycle Center for their generous donation of the use of two mountain bikes for our athletes to use in the race; Hammer Nutrition for their generous discount on the order for our athletes; Bay Engraving for their generosity and beautiful craftsmanship of plaques and name plates; Brian and Sandra Boatman for their assistance in finding local athletes throughout the years and for hosting us at their annual party this year; Mike and Akiko Anderson, Brad and Sandra Hubbard, Kelly Krieger, Greg Sundberg, Bolor and Eric Smith, and Karen and Tom Stuen for their wonderful hosting of our athletes and honored guests over the last week; Jeremy and Junko Ferrera for their support and accompaniment of our international friends on various outings in the community; and Ross Grier for his spearheading the Blossomtime Parade float portion of the weekend, for his hard work throughout the days, weeks, and months leading up to the Ski to Sea weekend, and for his tireless efforts on behalf of world peace.

We are looking forward to a grand celebration of the 105th anniversary of the running of the Mount Baker Marathon during the 2016 Ski to Sea race. We will be sending out information on our plans for this within the next couple of months and we would love to have you be a part of our mission of spreading world peace, one friendship (and relay race) at a time.

If you are interested in being a part of our Ski to Sea Committee, becoming a BSCA member, hosting a guest from one of our sister cities, or have any questions, please feel free to email me at secretary@bsca.org.

Melisa Nelson

BSCA Ski to Sea Coordinator

BSCA Advisory Board Secretary

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