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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Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville Welcomes BSCA Ski-To-Sea Team

Friday, May 22, 2015- Bellingham, Washington’s Mayor, Kelli Linville, welcomed international visitors to City Hall today with the presentation of honorary citizenship certificates and warm words of greeting. The visitors are athletes and delegates from three of Bellingham’ s sister cities, here for the Ski to Sea race on Sunday, May 24. The athletes are; Eriko Kondo and Kazuki Wada of Tateyama, Japan; Bavuugarid Batbaatar from Tsetserleg, Mongolia; and Mr. Kim In-Hweon and Mr. Im Chan-Gyu from Cheongju, South Korea. In addition, Mrs. Kim Bo-Kyung from Cheongju and Mr. Erdenedelger Munkhjargal and Mr. Adilbish Badmaanyambuu from Mongolia were in attendance as honored guests. Also at the gathering this morning with our international friends were their host families, four Bellingham Sister Cities Association board members, BSCA member Jeremy Ferrera, and Malcolm Oliver, Director of Multicultural and Support Services at Bellingham Technical College.

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The BSCA believes that sports and the arts are fantastic ways to help spread world peace, and are excited to be participating in the 2015 Ski to Sea race. Already this year, Bellingham residents went to Tateyama, Japan in January for the Wakashio Marathon, and in just a couple of months, residents of Tateyama will be coming here for the Bellingham Bay Marathon in September. United We Dance, a local dance company from Bellingham, will be going to Japan this summer to spend a week in Tateyama and a week in Tokyo. Sports and the arts are just a few of the ways people can learn about new cultures while participating in something that they love and enjoy doing. The bonds between new friends that are created by these events last for many years and are some of the best kind of memories one can make.

Please consider joining the BSCA as either a corporate, and business, a family, or an individual member. In doing so, you are helping to spread world peace, one friendship at a time. You can sign up here on the website or see our membership chair, Setsuko Buckley, at any of our events.

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BSCA Ski-to-Sea Team Kick-Off Dinner

On Thursday night, Friday May 21, the Bellingham Sister Cities Association International Ski-to-Sea team met at “Tatdaddy’s” home to get to know one another and to meet many of the Bellingham Sister Cities Board.

Joining Gabe Starbuck, Kyle Nelson and Max Baker from Bellingham are Bavuugarid Batbaatar the Head of the Governor’s office for Arkhangai Province in Mongolia, Batjargal Mishka, Lieutenant Governor of Arkhangai Province, Erdenedelger Munkhjargal, the Chairman of Citizen’s Representative Khural of Erdenebulgan soum; and Tuvshintugs Chuluunbat, another member of the Tsetserleg City Council.  From Cheongju, Korea  we have Mr. Im Chan-Gyu, the Director of the Energy Division, Mr. Kim In-Hweon, Director of the International Division, and Mrs. Kim Bo-Kyung a well-respected and beloved friend of the BSCA from the Mayors office.  From Tateyama, Japan we have Eriko Kond, a medical professional and Kazuki Wada who is with the Japanese Navy.

Bellingham Sister Cities is excited to be fielding this team, and to have such a great international team!  Below are a few pictures of the evening.

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Meet the BSCA Sister Cities Ambassadors Ski to Sea Team!

Today’s installment of “Meet the BSCA Team” introduces you to our Ski to Sea racers from Bellingham and Seattle, Washington. Team Captain Gabe Starbuck, Kyle Nelson, and Maxwell Baker are looking forward to be participating in this year’s Ski to Sea on the BSCA Sister Cities Ambassador’s team on Sunday, May 24. This is the final installment of “Meet the BSCA Team.”

BH Gabe StarbuckGabe Starbuck has participated in many Ski to Sea races, and we are fortunate to have him as the team captain this year. Gabe graduated from WWU and has a MS and an MBA. He is married and works as a project manager for an educational company. He is well known in our local paddling community and spends a lot of time outdoors on bikes, in canoes, and any other way he can get out there.

BH Kyle NelsonKyle Nelson came to Bellingham 14 years ago to attend WWU and has stayed ever since, like many Hamsters do. Kyle is also married and he works for the City of Bellingham. Kyle is also a huge outdoor person and has raced in Ski to Sea seven times previously, but this year is a new leg for him. He and Gabe will be in the canoe going down the Nooksack in the canoe leg of the race. Kyle has traveled the world, with a stop in Japan, and Kyle believes, “when you meet individuals from another culture and see their goals/families/desires/fears/etc. are not a whole lot different than your won, it makes it hard to have hate for the people of that culture.” 

BH Maxwell BakerMax Baker is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle pursuing a Master’s in Urban Planning. He is originally from southeastern Michigan and came to the PNW about three years ago. This is Max’s first Ski to Sea and he is excited to be participating as the kayak leg racer for the Ambassadors. Max enjoys Bellingham’s proximity to the mountains, Puget Sound, Canada, and local farms, and believes this makes it a truly unique city.

The Bellingham Sister Cities Association is very lucky to have such fantastic local support. We would never have found Gabe and Kyle if we didn’t have such a great friend in Brian Boatman, of Beavers Tree Service. Max came to us through friends of board member and Tateyama City Chair Ross Grier. We thank all of you who support our mission of world peace, one friendship and experience at a time. 

In the next few days there will be posts about; the meeting at City Hall with Mayor Kelli and our international visitors; the Blossomtime Parade on Saturday; the race itself on Sunday; and our finish line victory party. Stay tuned for more fabulous pictures of the awesome weekend that is Ski to Sea weekend!

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Meet the BSCA Sister Cities Ambassadors Ski to Sea Team!

Today’s installment of “Meet the BSCA Team” introduces you to our Ski to Sea racer from Tsetserleg, Mongolia. We hear he is super excited to be participating in this year’s Ski to Sea race on May 24.

BavuugaridBavuugarid Batbaatar is 29, single, and the Head of the Governor’s office for Arkhangai Province in Mongolia and has his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Here’s your geography lesson for the day; Bellingham’s sister city, Tsetserleg, is a district in Arkhangai Province.Tsetserleg has quite the biking community going and so the committee decided that he would be perfect for the cross-country leg of the Ski to Sea race.

MongoliansAlong with Bavuugarid, we have three other visitors from Mongolia in Bellingham; Batjargal Mishka, Lieutenant Governor of Arkhangai Province who raced as our road biker last year; Erdenedelger Munkhjargal, the Chairman of Citizen’s Representative Khural of Erdenebulgan soum; and Tuvshintugs Chuluunbat, another member of the Tsetserleg City Council. The picture is of Adilbish, BSCA Board Member Bolor Smith’s uncle, Erdenedelger, and Bavuugarid.

The BSCA would like to thank Jack’s Bicycle Center for donating bikes for the use of our Mountain Bike and Cross-Country Bike race leg athletes, who will be coming from Tsetserleg, Mongolia and Cheongju, South Korea. You will be meeting the rest of our team, Gabe Starbuck, Kyle Nelson, and Max Baker, in the next installment here on the BSCA website and our social media pages. 

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Call Jack’s Bicycle Center!

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