Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Committees

 

Board of Directors     The Board of Directors determines and carries out Phoenix Sister Cities (PSC) policies and programs. It makes sure that the PSC Board of Directors and its various Sister Cities, Program Committee, and Standing Committees operate consistently with established PSC policies and procedures. Members also oversee the operating funds and capital assets of PSC for the use and benefit of the organization. They also approve programs, activities, and financial commitments of PSC and its Committees.
       
       
Executive Committee     The Executive Committee is composed of the Immediate Past President, President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, chairpersons of the Membership and Strategic Planning Committees, one City Committee Chairperson representing the City Committees, and one member-at-large appointed by the President and serving as a Commission Member, and any such other officers determined necessary for conducting the business of the Corporation. Its function is to review financials, policies, and procedures for presentation to the Board of Directors for their consideration and approval.
       
       
Disability Awareness Committee    

 The Phoenix sister Cities Disability Awareness Committee was the first such sister city committee developed in the United States and Phoenix Sister Cities remains the only local program with a committee that focuses on disabilities issues. The Committee promotes awareness of this issue throughout the Phoenix sister Cities network. The Phoenix Sister Cities Disability Awareness Committee has been recognized for excellence by the National Organization on Disabilities by receiving its sister cities award five out of the last seven years.

The Disability Awareness Committee explores how Phoenix Sister Cities can fully incorporate people with disabilities into all programs and activities as well as create opportunities to share information and build disabilities awareness among the Sister Cities. The Committee exchanges information about accessibility issues, arts programs and adaptive recreation for people with disabilities and professionals who work with various special needs on an individual basis and community setting. The Committee has worked with both the Hermosillo  and Grenoble Committees to produce unique experiences for disabled athletes and community leaders. The Disability Awareness Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.

       
       
Economic Relations Committee      The mission of the Phoenix Sister Cities Economic Relations Committee is to develop, maintain and grow productive economic relationships between Phoenix business enterprises and Phoenix's nine international sister cities. The Economic Relations Committee achieves this by promoting Phoenix, Phoenix Sister Cities and new business relationships that educate local businesses on international trends and practices while strengthening the economic ties that bind Phoenix to the progressive global economy. The Economic Relations Committee (ERC), helps Phoenix Sister Cities (PSC) with economic planning, financial goals and constant review and development of economic relations criteria for evaluation of current and future sister city relationships. The ERC seeks to support local businesses by holding talks and seminars to share ainformation about global markets; most notable is the Global Links Business Luncheon speaker series. The ERC further supporsts the local business community by conducting local events and visiting government and business representatives from PSC's sister cities and organizing and leading delegations of Phoenix businesses to the PSC sister cities.
       
       

Calgary Committee

    The Calgary Committee is dedicated to creating exceptional people-to-people opportunities for citizens, businesses, and organizations in both communities. The Committee supports student exchanges and actively promotes business opportunities through the organization of trade missions and business forums. The Committee organizes the Great Canadian Picnic which attracts thousands of winter Canadians to the all day event. The Committee facilitates the participation of Calgary youth who have suffered burns by bringing them to Phoenix each year to attend Camp Courage, a local burn camp. The Calgary Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
       
       

Catania Committee

    The Catania Committee promotes and encourages activities and exchanges to promote art, culture, education and business opportunities between Catania and Phoenix. The Committee welcomes new ideas and projects that will help it achieve its long-term goal of bringing the cultures of these two important urban centers closer. The Catania Committee actively supports the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program and seeks out business opportunities that are beneficial to each city. It also participates in hosting visiting delegations and has a role in all major events produced by Phoenix Sister Cities. The Catania Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
       
       

Chengdu Committee

     The Chengdu Committee fosters and encourages mutual understanding, friendship, and a higher quality of life for the people of Phoenix and Chengdu. At the heart of the Committee is the commitment to exchange, partnership, and expertise which translates into long-term benefits for citizens, organizations, businesses, and schools, both in Phoenix and Chengdu. Volunteer committee members work to promote activities including Chinese Week, trade delegations, youth and education programs, arts  and cultural exchanges, teacher training, and municipal training. The Chengdu Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
       
       

Ennis Committee

     The Ennis Committee is dedicated to promoting friendship and understanding between the cities of Phoenix and Ennis through a variety of programs. The Ennis Committee supports the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Exchange Program, the Irish Castle Banquet, the St. Patrick's Parade and Irish Faire, the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park, and other Irish cultural events. At the same time the Committee actively promotes business opportunities between the two cities. The Ennis Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
       
       

Grenoble Committee

     The Grenoble Committee is devoted to nurturing the Phoenix-Grenoble relationship by promoting and supporting a variety of opportunities that connect the two cities. These include, but are not limited to, cultural exchanges, economic development, art exhchages, and sports-for-the-disabled in the form of activities and events. The Committee also works to foster relationships between ASU and universities in Grenoble in many areas including nanotechnology. Volunteers participate in French Week, a program sponsored by the Association of French Teachers. The Grenoble Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
       
       

Hermosillo Committee

     The Hermosillo Committee supports a rich and busy friendship between Phoenix and Hermosillo, Mexico, overseeing extensive exchanges among business people, students, teachers, police and firefighters, sports enthusiasts, and many others. The Committee provides disabilities assistance to Hermosillo in a variety of ways. For example, two fully equipped vans with wheelchair lifts were presented to Hermosillo. The Committee organizes an annual Christmas toy drive for needy children in Hermosillo in cooperation with the Phoenix Police Department. Other activities include high school youth exchanges, exchange of university students and faculty, and the exchange of youth baseball teams. The Hermosillo Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
       
       

Himeji Committee

    The Himeji Committee actively supports the city of Himeji, Japan and promotes Japanese culture through its relationship and activities with the Japanese-American community of Phoenix. The Committee's main project is Matsuri, a festival of Japan held in downtown Phoenix the last weekend of February. The Committee supports the festival by working at the two-day event. The Himeji Committee supports the goal of nurturing future international leaders by sending Youth Ambassadors to Himeji. The Committee also is involved in the Teach Abroad Program that sends Phoenix teachers to Himeji to work for the Himeji Board of Education, helping Japanese youth speak and understand conversational English. The Himeji Committee meets monthly and welcomes volunteers.
       
       

Prague Committee

    The Prague Committee is an active focal point for promoting Czech culture in Phoenix. Throughout the year the Committee promotes business opportunities between Prague and Phoenix by organizing economic development forums which focus on Central Europe. The Committee also supports the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program and plays an integral role int the organization of various cultural events. Committee volunteers are actively engaged to promote the mission of Phoenix Sister Cities which is to encourage the growth of Phoenix as an international city. The Prague Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
       
       

Ramat-Gan Committee

     The Ramat-Gan Committee is dedicated to promoting art and culture, sports, education, and business opportunities between Ramat-Gan and Phoenix. The Committee seeks out and supports opportunities for the two desert cities to share technology and information that are mutually beneficial. The Ramat-Gan Committee cultivates a pluralistic, area-wide membership and is actively engaged in developing business contacts to help the Committee and Phoenix Sister Cities meet it international goals. Throughout the year, Committee volunteers support the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Program Exchange and maintain a presence at all Phoenix Sister Cities events. The Ramat-Gan Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
       
       

Taipei Committee

     The Taipei Committee is a bridge connecting the City of Phoenix and the City of Taipei, Taiwan through cultural, educational, and business exchanges. The Taipei Committee supports the Taipei-Phoenix Sister Cities relationship through Youth Ambassador and teacher exchanges. Among its many activities, Committee volunteers actively promote Phoenix Chinese Week, Taipei cultural performances and delegation visits, the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, Taipei Culture Summer Camp, and the Asian Business Expo. The Committee also provides outreach to the Phoenix community about Taipei. The Taipei Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.