Sister Cities Commission seeks members

June 7, 2011

The municipal Sister Cities Commission is seeking members to help foster relationships among Issaquah and sister cities Sunndal, Norway, and Chefchaouen, Morocco.

The commission’s objective is to increase knowledge, goodwill and understanding through people-to-people diplomacy, education, cultural exchanges, economic exchanges and humanitarian assistance.

The commission has three openings. People can pick up application packets at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, during regular business hours. Submit a completed packet and volunteer service agreement by noon June 24.

After commission members and city staffers interview candidates, Mayor Ava Frisinger recommends appointees and the City Council confirms the appointments.

City Council confirms, lauds municipal board appointees

May 3, 2011

Onetime City Council finalist Paul Winterstein is going to continue serving the city on the Human Services Commission, the liaison between social service groups and municipal government.

The council appointed Winterstein and 35 other people as members and alternates to city boards and commissions April 18. Terms on the 11 affected boards start May 1. The city does not pay members.

“I am continually amazed at the number of people — and their qualifications — that stepped forward to fill our boards and commissions,” Councilman Fred Butler said before the unanimous decision to appoint the members. “It seems to me in going through the applications and the qualifications of folks, we’ve got an especially strong group of people filling some critical holes on our boards and commissions again this year.”

The city put out a call for board and commission applicants in January. Then, Mayor Ava Frisinger and board officers narrowed the applicant pool, and recommended appointees to the council for approval.

The city is continuing the interview process for alternates to serve on the Sister Cities and Urban Village Development commissions.

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Match wits at Trivia Night to foster sister-city ties

April 8, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. April 8, 2011

The popular Trivia Night launched by the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange to promote ties to Morocco returns April 20.

Proceeds from the event fund programs to further strengthen the relationship between Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco. Sister Cities Commission and AMIE members work promote to international goodwill and understanding through people-to-people diplomacy, education and cultural exchanges.

Trivia Night is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Trivia Night teams match wits for fun and prizes. The entry fee is $20 for each team of up to four people.

The event has no pre-registration for the event, and the brewhouse remains open during Trivia Night.

Issaquah and Chefchaouen inked a sister-city agreement in 2007.

Issaquah poker tournament fosters sister city ties

March 29, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. March 29, 2011

Pull up a chair at the poker table and help foster the sister-city bond between Issaquah and Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Members of the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, alongside the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the nonprofit American Moroccan International Exchange, host a Texas Hold ‘em poker fundraiser at 6 p.m. April 8 at the lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N.

Proceeds from the poker tournament benefit Sister Cities Commission activities, such as helping to bring artists to Issaquah from Chefchaouen to share art and culture in local schools and at the Salmon Days Festival.

Registration starts at 5 p.m. April 8 and all participants must be registered before the 6 p.m. start time. The buy-in is a $50 donation. The awards include donated prizes and cash. Call 837-3000 to learn more.

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All in the family: Discover Issaquah’s sister cities

February 15, 2011

Issaquah sister-city bond fosters cross-cultural understanding in Morocco — and at home

The dominant color in Chefchaouen, Morocco — Issaquah’s sister city since April 2007 — is a dreamy shade of blue. Contributed

The grand and imposing door, set amid brick buildings and evergreens in downtown Issaquah, offers clues from a far-off place.

The door is as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar and built to endure for ages. The place is ancient.

The door is painted in the same soothing blue as a summer sky over the Mediterranean. The place is exotic.

The door is a gateway. The place is Chefchaouen, Morocco.

The door on the Issaquah City Hall grounds is a gift from Chefchaouen, a sister city almost 6,000 miles from the Cascade foothills.

The relationship is a study in contrasts.

Suburban Issaquah is perched on the outer rim of Greater Seattle. Chefchaouen is isolated in mountainous terrain, 100 miles from the nearest major city, Tangier. Chefchaouen is in Muslim-majority Morocco. Issaquah is in the secular United States.

Issaquah and Chefchaouen inked a sister-city agreement in 2007.

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Students snap photos to strengthen sister-city ties

January 18, 2011

Sarah Cluff snapped a photo of ducks and a toddler for a sister cities photo contest. By Sarah Cluff

Students snapped photos of a mountain panorama, football practice and “Copper Clad” — the metal horse sculpture downtown — to showcase Issaquah in a recent sister-cities photo contest.

The inaugural photo contest included students in Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, in a transatlantic effort to foster cultural ties between students in both places. Read more

City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 11, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Read more

City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 6, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 6, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents.

Candidates can pick up the application at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, during regular business hours.

Applicants must submit signed and completed applications and city forms by noon Jan. 31.

In the weeks ahead, city staffers contact applicants and schedule interviews for February.

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Trivia Night comes to Zeeks Pizza

July 20, 2010

The popular Trivia Night launched last year by the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange returns July 26.

Proceeds from the event will be used for programs that will further strengthen the relationship between Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Sister Cities Commission members work to promote international goodwill and understanding through people-to-people diplomacy, education and cultural exchanges.

Trivia Night will be hosted at Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive, in the Issaquah Highlands. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Trivia Night teams will match wits for fun and prizes. The entry fee is $20 for each team of up to four people. Participants should arrive early in order to secure a table.

There is no pre-registration for the event, and Zeeks will remain open during Trivia Night.

Council confirms board and commission appointments

May 11, 2010

Former City Council candidates Nathan Perea and Vincent Ippolito will serve the city in a different capacity in the years ahead: as volunteer members of a city commission.

City Council members confirmed 35 appointees to city boards and commissions May 3. The appointees — selected by board officers and Mayor Ava Frisinger — advise officials about everything including development, the environment and the arts.

The mayor reappointed 18 members and chose 20 people for other positions. Some appointees, like former Councilman Joe Forkner, serve on multiple boards.

“Congratulations, and welcome to the many volunteers who will be helping the city with a wide array of issues and important work,” Frisinger said after the council OK’d the appointments.

Rules do not require appointees to live in Issaquah, but officials said most of the members reside in the city. The council praised members for donating time and expertise to the myriad boards and commissions.

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