Welcome...

to our visiting dignitaries from Gwacheon, South Korea

May 20-23, 2013

On May 20, 2013 Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities welcomed to Burlington the Mayor of Gwacheon City, our Sister City in South Korea. Four other city officials accompanied the Mayor. The delegation attended several events, ranging from the official welcome at Burlington City Hall, a welcoming reception at Powell Manor, tours of Elon University, Alamance Regional Medical Center, Burlington Christian Academy. The highlight of the visit was the visit to Raleigh to meet with Lt. Governor Dan Forest, State Senator Rick Gunn, State Representative Steve Ross, and several others.

Please click here for pictures of the various events.

 


Welcome...

to our visiting students from Gwacheon, South Korea

1/08/13
"The houses are bigger, the clothes are cheaper and there are more trees in town. These are just some of the things exchange students from Gwacheon City, South Korea, said they noticed when they arrived in Burlington last Friday. And Monday, after their first day of classes at Burlington Christian Academy, several said they preferred the American school schedule to the sometimes 12-hour school days back home.
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Article and photograph courtesy of Burlington Times News, Molly McGowan (article), and Sam Roberts (photograph).

(Sam Roberts/Times-News). 1/8/13 - High school exchange students from Gwacheon City, South Korea, are visiting Burlington through the Burlington-Almance Sister Cities program, and were welcomed Monday by members of Burlington's City Council and staff at City Hall.

 

1/6/12
Burlington Alamance Sister Cities & City of Burlington welcomed 16 High school students (12 girls & 4 boys) and 2 counselors from Gwacheon, South Korea. These students will be attending a private school in Burlington for 3 weeks while staying with American families. Before returning to Korea, for the whole duration of their stay, students will fully immerse themselves into American cultures by taking classes in English, visiting universities and historical sites, and eating American foods. Please welcome them when you see them around town.

 

Welcome...

to our visiting students from Gwacheon, South Korea

1/10/12
"Everything is bigger in America, Korean exchange students are finding." It took months of planning and a 13-hour plane ride, but the students from Gwacheon City, South Korea, are finally here. The sixteen 10th-graders are the top academic performers from the four high schools in Gwacheon City, and arrived in Burlington on Friday. The Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities program coordinated with Gwacheon City leaders to begin a student exchange program when the Koreans visited Alamance County in July.
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Article and photograph courtesy of Burlington Times News, Molly McGowan (article), and Sam Roberts (photograph).

(Sam Roberts/Times-News). 1/9/12 - Sixteen Gwacheon City South Korean students are welcomed by the City of Burlington and Mayor Pro Tem David Huffman as he tells a joke on Monday evening. The students are staying with host families for two and half weeks as part of the Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities program.

 

1/6/12
Burlington Alamance Sister Cities & City of Burlington welcomed 16 High school students (12 girls & 4 boys) and 2 counselors from Gwacheon, South Korea. These students will be attending a private school in Burlington for 3 weeks while staying with American families. Before returning to Korea, for the whole duration of their stay, students will fully immerse themselves into American cultures by taking classes in English, visiting universities and historical sites, and eating American foods. Please welcome them when you see them around town.

 

Welcome...

to our new Sister City - Gwacheon, South Korea



click for larger imageThank-you letter from Vice-Mayor Oh.

 


Burlington City Council, Gwacheon City Vice-Mayor and his delegation, South Korea Consul (New York), members of Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities, and members of Burlington city government and the general public.

 

Photographs of the Gwacheon Sister Cities visit

7/27/11
Click here for photographs of the Gwacheon Sister Cities visit.

 

The Best Place to Live in South Korea

7/27/11
The best place to live in South Korea. From the blog of Madison Taylor at the Burlington Times News...

I searched for my usual seat in the back of the room. Oddly enough, I found Burlington Police Chief Mike Williams there, too. I checked to see if I had any contraband on me before taking the chair beside him in the City Council meeting room. After all, the city didn't have its security detail stationed outside Tuesday afternoon so I wasn't searched for knives, balky cell phones or broken tape recorders - the tools of a journalist's trade. Didn't want the chief to find me in a compromising position. Never be the story yourself, that's my motto....

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Article is courtesy of the Madison Taylor and the Burlington Times-News.



Expanding the Family - Burlington Welcomes Second Sister City

7/28/11
Expanding the Family: City welcomes second sister city. From the Burlington Times News...

As Burlington and its new sister city officially joined Tuesday night at City Hall, two languages commanded the chambers. In a cultured game of verbal ping pong, representatives from Burlington and Gwacheon City, South Korea, took turns praising the other city in English and Korean, respectively. Before Mayor Ronnie Wall and Gwacheon's Vice Mayor Who-Seok Oh signed the "sistering" agreement,

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Article is courtesy of the Burlington Times-News, photographs courtesy of Scott Muthersbaugh/Burlington Times-News.

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Click here for an 8-minute introductory video on Gwacheon City, South Korea. Video link courtesy of Burlington Times-News.



New Sister Cities Plan Their Next Steps

7/27/11
New sister cities plan their next step. From the Burlington Times News...

Within a month, Gwacheon City wants Burlington to come up with a number of Korean students the city is prepared to host come January.

Establishing a student exchange program between the cities was one of the two main concerns at Wednesday's final meeting with representatives from Gwacheon City, Burlington and Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities. The other concern was getting people from Burlington to visit Korea.

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Article is courtesy of the Burlington Times-News, photographs courtesy of Scott Muthersbaugh/Burlington Times-News.

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Gwacheon Sister Cities Delegation Visits Elon University

7/26/11
Gwacheon South Korea Sister Cities delegation takes in the Chamber and Elon University. From the Burlington Times News...

On Sunday, a delegation from Gwacheon City, South Korea, arrived in Burlington. On Monday, they were escorted in a limousine by police motorcade to the local chamber of commerce to begin a day of touring the county.

Gwacheon City is Burlington's new, and second, sister city, the first being Soledad de Graciano Sanchez, in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The delegation will spend five days here. A signing ceremony that will join the two cities as sister cities is scheduled for today.

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Article is courtesy of the Burlington Times-News.

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Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities to add a second Sister City

7/3/11
Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities to add a Sister City in South Korea. From the Burlington Times News...

The city of Burlington plans to expand its international focus with another sister city, this time in the Eastern hemisphere.

Representatives from South Korea will visit Burlington later this month to sign a "sistering" agreement between the city and Gwacheon City, South Korea.

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Article is courtesy of the Burlington Times-News.



Friendship Fountain Dedicated in Burlington's City Park

Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities Fountain Dedication. A symbol of the friendship between Burlington and Soledad, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, has stood in City Park since September of last year, and was formally recognized Thursday, which was appropriately Cinco de Mayo.

Mayor Pro-Tem David Huffman welcomed the roughly 50 onlookers gathered around the fountain, which included members of the Alamance-Burlington Sister Cities group, through which ties in Soledad have been fostered for years, resulting in the recent gift to the city. "It only seems appropriate that it belongs here in what we refer to as City Park"....

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Article is courtesy of the Burlington Times-News and photos are courtesy of the Burlington Times-News (Sam Roberts, photographer).

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Burlington Sister Cities Evening Social

Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities Post-trip Social. Recently the BASC had an evening social to celebrate the successful trip to Soledad and the successful presentation to the Burlington City Council.

Please click on the thumbnail photo to see a few photographs and more information.
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Burlington Sister Cities Presentation of the Key to the City of Soledad to the Burlington City Council

Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities Presentation to the Burlington City Council. On January 18th, 2011 the BASC had a short presentation of their trip, and a presentation of the Key to the City of Soldad to the Mayor. The link below is a short power point presentation that we showed to the City Council.
Please click here for the powerpoint presentation. It should open in a new window.



Burlington Sister Cities Trip to Soledad, December 2010.

In December, 2010, a group of Burlington Sister City club and local Rotarians had a visit to our sister city Soledad.

Photos of our visit to Soledad and San Luis Potosi. Photos of the trip have recently been uploaded to Picasaweb and can be viewed by clicking on the links below. Photo captions will be added this week.
Day 1 -  Click here to see photos of our arrival in Mexico City, the drive to Soledad, and our first night in Soledad.
Day 2 -  Click here to see photos of the Presentation of the Key to the City of Soledad by Soledad's Mayor, visiting the Soledad Culture House, and our visit with the Governor of the state of San Luis Potosi.
Day 3 -  Click here to see photos of our visit to the fire training facility, a great lunch, visit to the Technological University, visit to the quarry and stone workshop where our fountain was made, and a wonderful dinner.
Day 4 -  Click here to see photos of our visit to San Luis Potosi's Culture House, visit to the Center for the Arts, reception at the Soledad Fire Station, and the Up with People concert.
Day 5 -   Click here to see photos of our visit to the Hacienda de Gogorron where the Legend of Zorro was filmed, more great meals, more churches and our departure back home.



Next Tutoring Trip to Soledad - April 2-9, 2011!

We have the initial information for anyone interested in doing a service tutoring trip to Soledad/San Luis Potosi.

Please click here for the information brochure. The .pdf file will open in a new tab on your browser.

Our service trip involves five days interacting with students of English at the Superior Institute of Technology. We leave on Saturday, have Sunday for orientation and then work with students for five days. We come home on Saturday, but participants are encouraged to extend their stay and learn more about the area.

We have had five successful service trips. Everyone on both ends has been enthusiastic about the experience. This is a chance for those not comfortable with trips focused on construction, or medical activities, to perform a valued service in a foreign country.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO SPEAK SPANISH. We are usually accompanied by one or more English faculty and/or students, and some in our group will probably have a useful level of Spanish competence.



September 2010

Fire truck update from the Mayor's Office, Soledad de Graciano Sánchez
The Soledad Mayor's office informed us that the day after the fire trucks arrived in Soledad there was a large fire and both trucks responded to, and fought, the fire.

Also, Engine Amistad 1 provided the dream of a young boy aged 5 years who is suffering from leukemia, who wanted to be a fireman for a day. These are the side benefits that make these projects so worthwhile.



September 2010

Photos of Burlington's new fountain, a gift from Soledad de Graciano Sánchez, our Sister City.
Photos of the installation of Burlington's new fountain in City Park are now available on Facebook. The fountain, a gift from our Sister City, was completed just in time for Burlington's Carousel Festival.

The photos are courtesy of The New Leaf Society, which helped fund some of the landscaping around the fountain.

Click here to see the photos.



September 2010

Fire trucks arrive in Soledad de Graciano Sánchez
Photos of the Friendship Fire Trucks welcoming ceremony in Soledad de Graciano Sánchez are now on our web site. Click here to see the photos (it may open in a new window).



August 27, 2010

Fire trucks depart Burlington for Soledad de Graciano Sánchez
On Friday, Aug. 27 the two Friendship Fire Trucks departed Burlington for Soledad de Graciano Sánchez. Click here for a full description of the send-off. Links to the photographis, video, and news coverage is below.

See the send-off program listing speakers and other information here.

Watch a 45-second video of Smoky the Dalmation being loaded for her trip to Soledad de Graciano Sánchez here.

Read the front page article in the Burlington Times-News here. Our thanks to the Burlington Times-News for allowing us to link to the article.

See 34 photographs of the send-off program here. Our thanks to Graham Rotary Club member Mark Ryman for his wonderful photographs.

Watch WMFY News 2 coverage of the event here. Our special thanks to WFMY News 2 for allowing us use of their news video.





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