STSCA to Host Open World Tourism-Promotion Delegation
STSCA will soon host a delegation representing Uzbekistan’s tourism sector from June 1-9, 2018. The delegation is coming to Seattle through the auspices of the Open World Leadership Center, a US legislative branch agency.
The delegation of four includes Mr. Furqat Rakhimov, Mr. Bakhordirjon Rustamjonovich Susarov, Mr. Erkin Ollomovich Yakubov, and Ms. Mahliyo Karimova. The group is accompanied by Ms. Saida Chorieva, a bicultural facilitator, and Mr. Elmurad Kasym, a bilingual translator.
Prior to their arrival in Seattle, the delegates will have an orientation in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill. Delegates will also have a policy meeting with staff from Senator Maria Cantwell (WA)’s office.
In Seattle, delegates will collaborate on best practices for tourism promotion. Delegates will meet with local tourism officials and industry leaders in the greater Seattle area. Their activities will include meeting with Visit Seattle and Representative Gael Tarleton about Washington state’s new tourism bill; visiting Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Center; meetings with MIR Corporation and other local tourism companies; a visit to South Seattle College to learn about their hospitality management program; a visit to the City of Langley to meet with local officials and to learn how the city promotes Whidbey Island as a tourism destination; meeting with the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle to learn about the Seattle metro economy and to exchange information; and other activities. The delegation will stay in the homes of local residents, serving as hospitality hosts.
More than 27,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in an Open World exchange program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.
Open World Leadership Center, a US legislative branch agency, supports Congressional outreach for Members of Congress and conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts in democratic institutions. Delegates are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, civic life, and are hosted by American families. In 1999, Congress established Open World. Since then, more than 27,000 Eurasian leaders are alumni of Open World. To learn more about Open World, please visit their site here:
STSCA Members Welcome Uzbek Journalism and Forensic Delegations
STSCA members in February welcomed two, separate delegations from Uzbekistan: a group of journalists and a group of forensic experts. Both groups were in Seattle to facilitate Uzbek President Mirziyoyev’s interest in having Uzbek citizens collaborate with US citizens on different initiatives.
The journalism group conducted interviews and toured Seattle, while the forensic-experts group met with the Washington State Patrol’s Forensics Lab and discussed opportunities for collaboration. The STSCA plans to facilitate similar exchanges in upcoming months.
Tickets Now on Sale for Navruz 2018!
Please join us for the 20th annual Navruz celebration on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Vasa Park Ballroom in Bellevue. The event will be full of fun with delicious Central Asian food and entertainment! Join us for a festive meal, dancing, fashion show, and more as we usher in spring!
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 1 PM – 5:30 PM, or until the dancing ends!
Location: Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Samammish Pkwy SE, Bellevue WA 98008
Parking: There is ample parking right by the ballroom.
Please bring fruit and/or dessert to share.
The cost for this event is $30 for ages 6 and up, and free for ages 5 and under.
Tickets can be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets here:
Please purchase your ticket early to guarantee your spot. This event is very popular and has sold out the past few years, and we expect a similar turnout this year.
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $50. Your company can also reserve a VIP Table for 10 people for $500. The VIP table includes centrally located premium sitting and a specially reserved table, allowing your company to sit together without hassle. For VIP reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must present a PRINTED ticket to be admitted, so please print your ticket ahead of time and bring it with you.
We hope to see you there!
–The STSCA Board
Former STSCA President Speaks at Glasnost and Goodwill Symposium
Former STSCA President Roscius Doan spoke at the Glasnost and Goodwill Symposium on January 20 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma on his role in the early exchanges with Tashkent. He lived in Tashkent for a year with his family; as a doctor, he treated patients while his wife taught English, and his daughter studied in school.
Betsy Bell of Target Seattle also presented on her work with the early exchanges. In particular, she described her work with the STSCA to bring signed letters of peace from Americans to ordinary citizens in Tashkent.
The symposium, which was put on by the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington, marked the end of a successful exhibit of the same name that showcased the work of the early citizen diplomats who created peaceful bridges of understanding between people in Seattle and the Soviet Union. The exhibit and symposium remind us that citizen diplomacy, our efforts as volunteers and individual citizens, have a huge impact and create lasting change!
Join Us for Our Annual Meeting!
Everyone is invited to the Seattle-Tashkent Sister Association Annual Meeting on Tuesday, December 5, from 7 to 8:30 PM, in the North Star Dining Room at North Seattle College.
Next year will mark the 45th Anniversary of the STSCA, and we plan on sending a delegation to Tashkent in September 2018 in honor of the anniversary. If you are interested in joining the delegation, we encourage you to attend the meeting! Former STSCA President Dan Peterson will present a slideshow on past Seattle-Tashkent exchanges, and we will discuss plans for next year’s exchanges in honor of our 45th anniversary.
Come join us to meet the Board of Directors, hear about our activities for the past year, nominate yourself to join the Board, help elect new Directors, and enjoy light refreshments. See you there!
STSCA Featured in “Glasnost and Goodwill” Exhibit
The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma currently has an outstanding exhibit about citizen diplomacy and the many efforts of multiple groups in the Pacific Northwest that worked to promote peace during the Cold War, including the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association (STSCA), which is one of the featured organizations in the exhibit. The exhibit reminds us all that citizen diplomacy, our efforts as volunteers and individual citizens, have a huge impact and create lasting change!
The STSCA was the first Soviet-American sister city, established in 1973, and is proud to be celebrating our 45th anniversary next year. We continue the work of those who created the sister city and maintained its role for all these years to promote peace and understanding between the peoples of Central Asia and the United States.
We encourage you to visit the Glasnost and Goodwill: Citizen Diplomacy in the Northwest exhibit, which runs until January 21, 2018. More information on the exhibit is available here:
Remembering Past STSCA President, Gary Furlong
A memorial service was held on September 16 at the Seattle City Hall for past STSCA President, Gary Furlong, who passed away over the summer in Las Vegas. Friends, family members, and dignitaries gathered to pay their respects to Gary and to honor the memory of his rich and impactful life.
Gary was devoted to humanitarian causes and to serving local and international communities. He was a past President of the STSCA and also served for many years as the Honorary Consul of Uzbekistan, contributing greatly to the development of people-to people diplomacy between Uzbekistan and the United States. His other accomplishments include putting together the Pacific Rim Disaster Team, which traveled to Armenia in 1988 to provide relief to the victims of the Spitak earthquake that claimed the lives of over 25,000 people. Throughout his legal and community service careers, Gary helped many people, including a young girl, Madina Rasulova, whom he brought to the United States from Uzbekistan for a surgery that saved her life. She now has three children of her own. Gary is survived by his children, Katya and Albert, and his siblings, Grady, Barbara, Linda, and Rhonda. He is predeceased by his parents and grandparents.
Gary loved life. He cherished his family and friends, and enjoyed reading and helping people. May his memory be a blessing to all those he knew!
Board Member Gives Successful Talk on STSCA to Retirement Home
STSCA Board Member Fred Lundahl gave a successful talk recently on the history and mission of the STSCA to the Judson Park Retirement Center in Des Moines, WA. The talk was well-attended by approximately 70 people, who expressed their interest in the work of our organization. Thank you to Fred for presenting and to the Judson Park Center for hosting him!
Get Your Tickets for Our Annual Summer Picnic!
Tickets are now on sale for our annual summer picnic on Sunday, September 24. As in years past, the picnic will feature authentic Uzbek plov, games, good music, and fun for both kids and adults! This year’s picnic will be held from 2-6 PM at the North Shelter in Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd N., Renton, WA.
Tickets are now available–get yours before they sell out! The cost is $10 for ages 12 and up, and free for under 12. You can purchase tickets here:
We hope to see you there!
–The STSCA Board
Navruz Featured in Video by Local Online News Site
This year’s Navruz celebration was featured in a video by the local online news site, Whats Up Northwest–thanks to Eugene Sarigumba for creating it! You can watch the video here: