Year in Review

November 2015
Our sister city of Gotemba welcomed Minidoka Swing Band for a performance.
Minidoka Swing Band performs in Gotemba Mrs Yasuyo Strassmaier presents Gotemba Mayor with letter from Mayor Doyle Group with Mayor Yohei Wakabayashi

We welcomed friends from Ogaki City, including Mayor Bin Ogawa. During their stay, they visited Vernier Software & Technology, with a tour led by Dave Vernier!
Vernier museum Dave Vernier with Noriyuko Takahashi Group photo at Vernier Software

Their tour of Beaverton Police Department was led by Officer Chester Lamb who just happens to be fluent in Japanese!
Officer Lamb answers questions from Mayor Bin Ogawa Mayor Bin Ogawa takes a seat in the patrol car Officer Lamb with Ogaki City visitors

In the afternoon, the Mayors met face to face for the first time at Beaverton City Hall.
Mayor Ogawa accepts gift from Mayor Doyle Mayors Bin Ogawa and Denny Doyle with staff Mayor Doyle accepts gift from Mayor Ogawa

Thanks to the gracious hosts at Cooper Mountain Vineyard for explaining the business of Oregon wine and how climate change affects yields.
Tour of the Cooper Mountain tasting room Mayor Bin Ogawa accepts gift from Steve Galvan Group photo at Cooper Mountain Vineyard

October 2015
Cheonan, Korea hosts several Beaverton residents at their Annual World Dance Festival.

Dance Festival opening ceremonies More dance festival performances
Read more about the festival at
Dance Festival performers Republic of Georgia wins the grand prize

August 2015
Beaverton resident Sheri Flynn traveled to Trossingen, Germany to attend her nephew's wedding. While there, she had the opportunity to meet with Bürgermeister Dr. Maier!

Exchanging of the embroidered caps Sheri Flynn in front of Trossingen City Hall
Modeling the embroidered caps

July 2015

The Sister Cities Advisory Board shares cultural traditions at the Celebrate Beaverton Cultural Festival on July 25. There was live music, chess, backgammon, jigsaw puzzles and trivia challenges to entertain and educate visitors to the exhibit area.

Playing chess Russian music
A game of chess on an antique chess board from China Russian folk music courtesy of Natalia
A game of backgammon Assembling the sister cities map jigsaw puzzle
A serious game of backgammon Assembling the sister cities map jigsaw puzzle

June 2015
Susan Sauter from our sister city Trossingen, Germany continues to play postmaster general for the pen pal friendship between the School of Peace Trossingen and the German International School in Beaverton.

"Relationships renewed" | "Beziehungen aufgefrischt"
"Susan Sauter plays Postman" | "Susan Sauter spielt Postbotin"

May 2015
Our sister city Cluses, France invited us to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. VE Day, celebrated annually on 8 May, is a national holiday honoring the allied troops' victory over Nazi, Germany.
Mayors of Beaverton, Trossingen and Cluses Cluses town square where ceremony was held Mayors preparing to place flowers at the monument

Children placing flowers at the commemorative monument
Several bands perform all the countries' national anthems
Childrens choir performing for the Mayors

ISing Choir's 10th anniversary concert on Sunday, May 3! The choir performed favorite highlights from their 10 year history.
ISing Choir performs to benefit Beaverton PAL
Steve Galvan with friends

April 2015
The City of Beaverton and the Sister Cities Advisory Board welcome Susan Sauter, world classical harmonica champion, and her sister Madleine as they visit Beaverton to perform in ISing Choir's 10th anniversary concert series on May 1 & 3. The beneficiary of this concert: our very own Beaverton PAL!

Susan also works in the Mayor's Office of our sister city in Trossingen, Germany!

Sister Cities Advisory Board and the City of Beaverton welcome Susan and Madleine Sauter from Trossingen, Germany

"ISing Choir readies for 10th anniversary concerts at Village Baptist Church"

February 2015
Beaverton signs Friendly City agreement with Ogaki City, Japan at The Beaverton Building on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Beaverton area high students have been participating in cultural and educational exchanges with Ogaki City for more than 25 years. It seemed appropriate to acknowledge the bond between our two cities and the wonderful opportunity it provides to our local youth.

Mayor Doyle prepares to sign Friendly City agreement Mayor Doyle signs Friendly City agreement with Ogaki City Mayor Doyle displays signed Friendly City agreement
Mayor Doyle prepares to sign Friendly City agreement Mayor Doyle signs Friendly City agreement with Ogaki City Mayor Doyle displays signed Friendly City agreement

Exchanging tokens of appreciation Mayor Doyle opens gift from Mayor of Ogaki City Mayor Doyle display fan presented to him by Ogaki City delegation

Mayor Doyle with the Ogaki City delegation Presenting Mayor Doyle with literature about Ogaki City Presenting Councilor Beaty with literature about Ogaki City

Exchanging business cards Exchanging business cards Exchanging business cards

January 2015

Newsletter from our friends in Hsinchu, Taiwan

Happy New Year, February 19 - March 5 | Celebrating the year of the goat.
Header for Hsinchu Taiwan website Red lanterns to celebrate the lunar new year

Two local newspapers in Trossingen reported on the newly established pen pal relationship between the German American School of Beaverton and the Friedensschule in Trossingen.
Pen pals from Trossingen

"Pen pals across the Atlantic" | "Brieffreunde über den Atlantik hinweg"

"New Pen Pals from the USA" | "Neue Brieffreunde aus den USA"