Delray Beach Sister Cities

December 2, 2004

Regular Meeting

Location: City of Delray Beach, 1st Floor Conference Room

Members Present Members Absent
Charlotte Durante Lourdes Engroff
Daisy Fulton Clovis Moodie
Nancy King Theodore Marshall, Jr.
Ngozi Mensah Morton Noble
James Mihori n’Detenga n’Gurumo
Peggy Murphy
Charles Hardiman
Beth Johnston
Becky O’Connor
Larry Rosensweig
David W. Schmidt
Bonnie Stelzer
William Wilsher
Staff Present Staff Absent
Robert Barcinski Pat Archer
Tracey Sweeney
Guest Present

Call to Order: – Meeting was called to order by Chairperson David Schmidt at 4:05 p.m.

Roll Call: – As listed above.

Approval of Minutes: – A motion was made by Peggy Murphy, seconded by Jimmy Mihori to approve the minutes of the November 4th meeting.  All voted aye.

Financial Report: - Ms. Becky O’Connor indicated that the financial report was not complete because she did not receive the bank statement for the end of the month.


Moshi Committee: -

Mr. Mensah indicated he had received the template for the grant application and needed a lot of information from Moshi.  He indicated Moshi was looking for the City to serve as advisors and to assist in developing plans for the park.  He indicated that there was a change in the process; now Sister Cities International will send all application to ICMA and ISID to see if they conformed to requirements and the proposal has been submitted.


Mr. Mensah also reported that the Committee was working on a plan to promote tourism between us and Moshi focusing on December and July for months to promote this program.  He also reported that the next Committee meeting would be held December 6, 2004 at 5:30 p.m.


Miyazu Committee: -

Mr. Mihori has a report on the impacts of the typhoon in Miyazu and indicated that they were without power for eight days and had water system problems.


Students Exchange Program – Mr. Mihori reported that host families would need to e selected and he had been told we would receive student pictures and information to better match them with a family.  It was also reported that students had been selected.  Seven were interviewed and all were excellent.  After handing out a list Mr. Schmidt indicated that all the students were impressive and requested that the Board approves the selection of six (6) one (1) alternate versus five (5) and one (1) alternate.  He also indicated that the students would be paying $250 each and that Tony Durante and Nancy King would be chaperones and that the Mayor, Mr. Mihori and himself would probably go on the trip.  A motion was made by Mr. Wilsher, seconded by Mr. Rosensweig to add the sixth student.  All voted aye.


Special Committee Reports: -

Young Artist Contest – Ms. King reported that six (6) schools have already sent in a total of 52 pieces of art work and that she would be contacting our representative in Moshi and Miyazu to again solicit their participation.

Membership Brochure – Ms. King indicated that a new brochure was completed and they would be provided for the next Art & Jazz as handouts.

President’s Report – Mr. Schmidt indicated that it was time to get the Nominating Committee together to make recommendations for Board Members and Officers for 2005.  He would set a meeting up soon.  He also indicated he would contact Reiko Nishioka to see if she would serve as a Morikami representative since Larry Rosensweig was leaving.  He reported that the Annual Meeting has been set for 01/22/05 at 5:30 p.m. at Old School Square, but Ms. Murphy would be confirming.  He also indicated that the joint meeting between our Sister Cities Board and the Boynton Board would be held on 01/13/05 at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Golf Course.  He also reminded the group that the beer tent would be set up for Art & Jazz on December 9th at the intersection of Atlantic and NE 4th Avenue and that volunteers were needed.

Non-Agenda Items – Mr. Hardiman suggested that now that Sister Cities had their 501(c)(3) that Sister Cities should have a preserve in the Downtown Area/Pineapple Grove with the possibility of a piece of artwork or monument.  He asked the Board to think about this suggestion and see if we could come up with ideas.


Adjournment  - This being no further business the meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.