The Sister Cities Council of the City of
Shawnee, Oklahoma was organized in 1989. Resolution No. 5541 was
adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Shawnee, Oklahoma,
U.S.A. on September 18, 1989, to invite Nikaho, Japan to become partners
in a sister city program.
Nikaho, Japan, a town of 12,400 people,
located in northern Japan on the coast of the Sea of Japan, has something
in common with the City of Shawnee wherein both communities have played a
similarly important role in the growth of the ferrite industry and
The City of Shawnee has a TDK Corporation
plant in operation and the City of Nikaho has five (5) TDK plants.
The City of Shawnee entered into an agreement with the City of Nikaho,
Japan on September 28, 1990. The purpose of this organization is
educational, economical, and charitable.
Both cities have resolved to unite as Sister
Cities in order to promote understanding and friendship among its peoples
and strengthen the bonds between the two cities. It is a mutual hope that
by becoming sister cities to make a contribution to the development of
Both parties, through this step toward a
friendly relationship, have carried on a wide range of exchanges and
cooperation for its mutual benefit in the fields of economic development,
culture, art, education, sports, science and technology and youth
exchanges as well as municipal administration and urban development in
order to contribute to a common prosperity and friendship.
The organizationís objectives are :
To cause the citizens of Shawnee and of
similar cities of foreign nations to acquire a consciousness of each
other and to understand one another as individuals, as members of
their communities, as citizens of their countries, and as a part of
the family of nations.
To foster a continuing relationship of
mutual concern between the City of Shawnee and the people of similar
cities of other nations.
To actively seek ideas for, plan, and
implement programs which will increase international awareness,
education, and understanding.
To participate as an organization in the
promoting, fostering, and publicizing of local, state, and national
programs of international municipal cooperation organizations, and
thereby to encourage other organizations and resident of American
communities to engage and participate in such programs.
To promote and promulgate a long range
economic development program
The Sister Cities Council consist of the
Committee Chairs: Fundraising, Host
Programs, Delegation, Education, Publicity, Promotion, Education
Committee Advisor (who shall be the Principal of the Shawnee Middle
The City Manager and Mayor.
The Executive Committee consists of the
Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer. Immediate Past-Chairman,
City Manager, and Mayor.
The members of the Council will be appointed
by the Executive Committee with the exception of the City Manager and
Mayor, by virtue of positions, for a one year term beginning in January.
Vacancies on the Council shall be appointed
by the Mayor, City Manager and Council Chairman.
The regular meetings of the Council are held
on the second Tuesday of each month in the downstairs Emergency Management
Center conference room located in City Hall, 9th and Broadway,