Westerners Speakers Team
Click here for more information
Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Barbara Leiss by May 13th, for reservations. Barbara's email is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number is 509-276-5927 (please do not call in the early morning hours).
Our May 16, 2019 speaker will be Margo Buckles. She will be speaking about "Let's Be Friends: 60+ Years of Sister Cities in Spokane. Margo Buckles has been involved in Spokane's Sister Cities Association since 2003 when she answered an ad for volunteers to help with the 2005 Sister Cities International Conference. Since then, as part of Sister Cities, she has helped organize dragon boat races on the Spokane River, been a member of four of the five Sister Cities societies in Spokane, and held the position of Association president and treasurer. With Sister Cities, she has traveled to Japan (Nishinomiya), Jecheon (South Korea) and Jilin City (China) where she has met citizens of those cities and learned about their cultures. Margo had held a long interest in history and the way others live, which led her to obtain an M.A. in Latin American Studies at UCLA. Her goal is to travel in the not-to-distant future to Limerick (Ireland) and Cagli (Italy) to see Spokane's two European sister cities.
The mission of Sister Cities is to foment peace through personal interaction at the community level. Since 1961, Spokane has taken this message to heart starting with the Spokane-Nishinomiya (Japan) Sister City Society, which was among the first Sister Cities relationships in the United States. Come learn about the history of the Sister Cities relationships that Spokane citizens have fostered over the last almost 60 years and how Spokane has benefited from these international relationships.
Upper images are courtesy of the Northwest Room. The image to the left is courtesy of Margo Buckles. The image above is courtesy of the Nostalgia Magazine Collection.
Sister Cities in Spokane