Sister Cities Meeting

Thursday, May 7, 2009 @ 4:30 p.m.

City Hall, First Floor Conference Room


Call to Order

Roll Call

Agenda Approval

Financial Report

Approval of Minutes:  April 2, 2009

Continuing Committee Reports



Sister Schools

Young Artist Competition

New Business

Non-Agenda Items


  Delray Beach Sister Cities

May 7, 2009

Regular Meeting Minutes

Location:  City Hall, First Floor Conference Room

Members Present

Members Absent

Charlotte Durante

Barbara Dilthey

n’Detenga n’Gurumo

Daisy Fulton

Charles Hardiman

Beth Johnston

Nancy King

Ted Marshall

Ngozi Mensah

Lourdes Martinez

Reiko Nishioka

Rhonda Mensah

Bill Wilsher

Chieko Mihori


Jimmy Mihori

Staff Present      

Clovis Moodie

Donna Beldowicz

Peggy Murphy


Becky O’Connor


Beverly Ouckama

Tony Durante

David Schmidt

Yoshiko Shiratori


Richard Feldman


Shelley Weil


Danielle Trubow


Robert A. Weil III


Jacqui Lowell


Matthew Kondziela


Matthew Feldman


Sofia Ellingsworth


Chelsea Brandt




Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 4:35 p.m. by Vice President Oz Mensah.

Roll Call:  As listed above.

Agenda Approval:  A motion was made to approve the agenda by Bill Wilsher and seconded by Charlotte Durante.  All voted aye.

Financial Report:   The financial report was given by Donna Beldowicz in Becky O’Connor’s absence for the month April 2009.  Donna reported revenue of $17,164 and expenses of $16,500 with a net income of $664 to date.  The cash bank balance was reported as $45,700 with $15,220 of the balance reserved for Moshi and $30,480 for Miyazu as of April 30, 2009.  Becky is still waiting on information from Mark Vincent on Hatsume.  Becky also prepared an income statement for the Safari Dinner; with the $5,000 grant from the County, the net income was $4,296.  A motion to accept the financial report was made by n’Detenga n’Gurumo and seconded by Bill Wilsher.  All voted aye.   

Approval of Minutes:  A motion to accept the April 2, 2009 minutes was made by Nancy King and seconded by Bill Wilsher.  All voted aye.

Continuing Committee Reports:

*Tony speaks Japanese only during their lessons
*Students can write their names in Japanese
*As our student ambassadors, they had to learn about Delray Beach and interview someone at a place they visited in Delray
*Visit the Morikami Museum; Hatsume and a tea ceremony
*Learned about the Japanese religion and cultures
*Designed their uniforms for the trip; khaki pants & shirts, blue polo shirts


Sister Schools:  A proclamation will be made for Sister Schools at the May 19th Commission Meeting.  Oz reported that schools here are very interested in getting started but they have not been given the names of the schools to link up with yet.

Young Artist Competition:  Nancy King reported that the winner was Cole Garner from Unity School.  The exhibit will be at the Crest Theatre until Monday, May 11th.

New Business: 

Non-Agenda Item:  Next meeting will be the Thursday, June 4, 2009 @ 4:30 p.m., in the First Floor Conference Room.

Adjournment:   Motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:18 p.m., was made by Bill Wilsher and seconded by Charlotte Durante.  All voted aye.