Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation
6th Century BC - area of
Ashgabat Turkmenistan what is now Turkmenistan
forms part of the Persian
Committee Celebrates Empire of Cyrus the Great.
4th Century BC - Alexander
On October melon); the Great conquers Central
28, 2006 the and for Asia, including Turk-
ASCF Ashga- dessert menistan.
bat, Turk- hvorost 7th Century AD - Arabs
menistan ( fr ie d conquer Central Asia, in-
committee dough) cluding Turkmenistan and
celebrated and hot introduce Islam.
T u r k - green tea. 10th - 13th Centuries - No-
menistan’s 15 D o o r madic Otghuz Seljuk tribes
years of inde- prizes (ancestors of present-day
pendence were tra- Turkmen) and Mongols im-
from the So- ditional migrate from the northeast.
viet Union. T u r kmen Genghis Khan conquers the
Oguljan Hal- handi- region, including Turk-
liyeva and her crafts. menistan.
h u s b a n d Some of 15th-17th Centuries - south-
Nathan Young the guests ern part of Turkmenistan
hosted a fes- who had comes under Persian rule,
Richard Buckler, while the northern part is
tive gathering, Nathan Young and vi sit e d
which featured T u r k - dominated by Uzbek-ruled
Ogulijan Halliyeva states of Khiva and
Turkmen cuisine menistan be-
and door prizes. The party fore talked about the hospi- Bukhara.
was planned in detail and it tality of the Turkmen peo- 1881 - area of present-day
was easy for guests to ple and how they felt the Turkmenistan incorporated
imagine what it would be same hospitality in Oguljan into Russian Turkestan after
like to be in someone’s and Nathan’s house. the Battle of Gok Tepe.
house in Turkmenistan. Elle Tesche presented each 1921 - Turkmenistan forms
There were several pictures attendee with an original part of the Turkestan Au-
on the walls from handmade bookmark of tonomous Soviet Socialist
“Tolkuchka”, the largest dried flowers. Conversa- Republic.
WE DO NOT RE- 1991 - Turkmenistan de-
MEMBER DAYS, bazaar in Central Asia. The tion flowed easily at the
guests were “seated” in tra- gathering and naturally it clares independence just be-
BUT MOMENTS. fore the collapse of the
LIFE MOVES ditional Turkmen style - turned to Ashgabat.
colorful cushions on the Richard Buckler, Commit- USSR.
TOO FAST, SO Ashgabat was largely de-
ENJOY YOUR floor. The menu included a tee Chair, said the group is
salad of cucumbers, toma- planning a visit to Ashgabat stroyed by an earthquake in
PRECIOUS MO- 1948. Over 100,000 people
MENTS. toes, green onion and pars- in October 2007. He also
ley; palov (rice and carrots) gave each a copy of a were killed. Today show-
with both beef and chicken; chronology of key events in piece buildings dominate
fresh fruits (persimmon, Turkmenistan, which was the skyline and the popula-
pear, pomegranate, apple, put together by Nathan. A tion numbers 605,000.
canteloupe and water- few of the events are:
ALBUQUERQUE SISTER CITIES
hosted the second Fiesta del Glo-
From the President’s Desk bos (Festival of Hot Air Balloons).
This balloon rally has become an
important part of the partnership
Our plan to develop school-to-school re- studies project on our sister cities.
between our two cities, and it’s a
lationships and provide Youth Cultural They’ve also asked for pen pals
wonderful way to blend our similar
Exchanges with our sister cities is pro- (or e-pals) in several of our sister
cultures. Our balloon crew had a
gressing. Albuquerque Academy plans cities. We’re trying to arrange
great time at this rally and we’ll
to send a group of students to Colegio that now.
sign up for next year’s event.
Guadalajara in March. The Academy Carol Dawley organized a won-
Sidney Yen (Hualien Committee
hosted students from Guadalajara in Oc- derful African Fashion Show for
Chair) visited with Mayor Tsai in
tober 2006 and described the visit as January. Her presentation gave
January. Read the article about his
great fun and very educational. This is us not only a look at traditional
two-day trip to Hualien.
their students’ first visit to Guadalajara and casual clothing worn by peo-
and it will provide a wonderful opportu- Bob Montoya is the new chair for
ple of Ghana, formerly called the
nity to actually attend classes there for Guadalajara. Bob brings with him
Gold Coast, but also a back-
two weeks. Also, our Sasebo committee a unique background and will be
ground of this western African
is now selecting the students who will working with the city to expand our
country. This unique event was
travel to Sasebo in May-June to stay with cultural ties with Guadalajara.
so much fun that I predict we’ll
families there and learn about the Welcome Bob!
have several more, with fashion
Japanese culture. In 2003 Albuquerque Want more copies of this newslet-
presentations from other coun-
students visited Sasebo, and in 2005 ter? You’ll find them on our web-
Sasebo sent students here for an ex- site - http://www.albuquerque-
Albuquerque Sister Cities pro-
change visit. I’ve asked both groups of sister-cities.org/Newsletters.htm
vides at least four cultural events
students to give us a presentation about per year for its members to enjoy.
their experiences at our annual meeting Watch your mailbox or the calen-
in June. In addition, a 9th grade class at dar on our web site for upcoming
the Albuquerque Institute for Mathemat- events.
ics and Science at UNM is doing a social This past November, Chihuahua
Meet Your Board: Wolfram Krank, Sidney Yen and Yu-Lin Shen
The Chair of the Helmstedt, Germany city. There is touring of the sur-
committee is Wolfram Krank. Born in rounding areas. A trip to Germany
Salzburg, Austria, he immigrated to is being planned for the last two
the USA in 1965. He first went to San weeks in October. Those inter-
Diego for 6 months and then headed ested should contact Wolfram for
east. He got as far as Albuquerque and more details. The Helmstedt com-
has resided here ever since. Wolfram mittee welcomes new members
married here in the USA and his and is also seeking a Co-Chair.
daughter is now over 2 years old. She
is learning to speak in three languages
and is able to count to ten in German,
Japanese and English.
In 1973 Ruth Hashimoto convinced
Wolfram to join Albuquerque Sister
Cities. The Helmstedt, Germany affil-
iation became official in May 1983
and Wolfram has been the chair ever
since. Every other year he leads a Yu-Lin Shen & Sidney Yen
delegation to Helmstedt, with the Ger-
mans coming here in the “other” years. Story continues on page 3.
A main feature of this association is
the home hospitality being offered on
both sides of the Atlantic. While the
usual visit is about 2 weeks in length,
not all that time is spent in the host
ALBUQUERQUE SISTER CITIES
Chairs Report of My Trip to Hualien by Sidney Yen
I traveled to Taiwan January 9 by the television reporter. We turning to City Hall mid-afternoon
to January 27, 2007. While in all went to the Marshal Hotel we took more photos with the
Taiwan I spent two days visit- for lunch; after which, the three Mayor’s staff and members of the
ing our sister city, Hualien. I city officials accompanied me Hualien delegation. Back to the
flew from Taipei to Hualien on some sightseeing. We went airport and Taipei. It was truly a
and was greeted at the airport to the beach and to Taroko wonderful and unforgetable trip.
by three city officials - Mr. National Park. That evening
Tank Tan, Mr. David Chiang, we dined at a well known
and Mr. William Hsieh. All restaurant. After dinner we vis-
three were members of the ited many small shops full of
Hualien delegation to Albu- stone and jade art objects. I
querque for the tricentennial spent the night at a hotel the
celebration in July 2006. We city of Hualien had reserved for
drove to City Hall to meet with me.
Mayor Tsai. Upon entering The next morning the three city
City Hall, I was welcomed by officials accompanied me to
the mayor, all the employees visit more tourist attractions in-
and the local media. I was cluding Farglory Hotel, Far-
really overwhelmed by their glory Ocean Park, Dreamland
warm friendly reception. I recreational village, sea shell
presented Mayor Chavez’s per- Sidney Yen presents Mayor Tsai
and fish farms and Amis abo- with a personal letter from
sonal letter to Mayor Tsai. riginal villages. For the first
Mayor Tsai spoke to the media Mayor Chavez.
time I tasted the food prepared
about the sister city relation- by the Amis aboriginals. Re-
ship and I was also interviewed
Research Society, the Minerals,
Meet Your Board Cont. Metals and Materials Society;
and Sigma Xi - the Scientific
CAR FACTS Sidney Yen is the Chair of the related article.) This trip was Research Society. He lives a
Hualien Committee. Born in Sidney’s first trip back to Tai- busy life engaging in teaching,
Pound for Taiyun, China (located in wan since he left 34 years ago. research and various kinds of
pound, a north central China), he moved professional and community
hamburger to Taiwan in 1949. In 1963 he Yu-Lin Shen, PhD. is the Co- service activities. He likes to
costs more came to the USA and settled in Chair for the Hualien Commit- spend his spare time with his
than a new Albuquerque in 1966. He was tee. Born in Taiwan, he came family and studying histories
car. a librarian at the University of to the USA in 1990. In 1996 about 20th century military war-
New Mexico for thirty years he moved to Albuquerque to fare.
Next time before retiring in 1996. join the faculty of the Univer-
you fill your In 1988 he was President of the sity of New Mexico. Currently
You Know When You Are Get-
gas tank, con- New Mexico Chinese Associa- he is a Professor and the Direc-
ting Older When:
sider this: tion. As was then the custom, tor of Graduate Programs in
You get winded playing check-
The Model T the year after the presidency, the Department of Mechanical
ers - You order Geritol on the
Ford got 25 the person became Chair of the Engineering. For the past 10
rocks - You look forward to a
mpg, which is Hualien Committee of the Al- years he has been a member of
dull evening - You pray for a
better buquerque Sister Cities. He the New Mexico Chinese As-
good prune harvest - A fortune
mileage than did just that. Since 1989 there sociation and is currently on its
teller wants to read your face -
today’s aver- have been other chairs of this board. In addition to Albu-
Your knees buckle, but your belt
age new car committee. The custom has querque Sister Cities and New
won’t - You stop to think and
gets. changed and Sidney is back as Mexico Chinese Association,
forget to start again - Your pace-
Chair. January 9 - 27, 2007 he is a member of several pro-
maker opens the garage door
Sidney traveled to Taiwan to fessional societies including
whenever a cute gal goes by -
visit with his mother. While the American Society of Me-
You need your glasses to find
there he visited Haulien. (See chanical Engineers; Materials
ALBUQUERQUE SISTER CITIES
African Fashion Show
The first general meting of the year for Albu-
querque Sister Cities Foundation members was
held Sunday, January 28, 2007. It featured an
African fashion show with styles from Ghana.
Male, female and children outfits were worn.
Some Ghanian folk arts and photos were on
display. Guests were treated to refreshments of
hot beverages and delicious cake.
Speical thank you to Andra McClung for moder-
ating and to the models: Judith Kaiper, Marcia
Koschmann, Heather Tanner, Dave Bagley, Kim
Buckler, Koren Stewart, Beth Shroff, Robbie
Dawley, Pamela & Ryan Suazo, Kate & Anna Nana Ekua I, Queen Mother of Kwaprow, Ghana seated
Suazo, Carol Von Soosten. with the fashion show models.
Dave Bagley Marcia Koschmann
Judith Kaiper Heather Tanner & Robbie Dawley
Kim Buckler Koren Stewart Beth Shroff Andra McClung & Sean Dawley Pam & Ryan
ALBUQUERQUE SISTER CITIES
EVENTS Sister Cities International Horse Race Is Your Passport
MARCH Lordsburg in Hildalgo County, horse race. Because the horses Current???
17 - 31 New Mexico is sister cities with from Mexico cannot enter the
Youth Cultural Janos, Chihuahua, Mexico. USA and visa versa, the race is Upcoming ASCF Trips
Exchange Their fourth Annual Sister held on the border. The Mexi-
(Albuquerque Cities celebration was held Oc- can horses race on their side of October 2007 - last 2
Academy ) to tober 21, 2006 at the interna- the border and the USA horses weeks - Helmstedt, Ger-
Guadalajara, tional border of El Berrendo and on the New Mexican side of the many - contact Wolfram
Mexico - con- Antelope Wells. The purpose border. Lordsburg first forged a Krank for more info.
tact Dave was to exhibit each other’s cul- sister city relationshp with
Bagley for ture, exchange goods and im- Janos, Mexico in 2002. Since October 2007 - Ashga-
more info prove the relationship between then a good relationshp has bat, Turkmenistan -
the two countries. Large crowds grown between the two cities. contact Richard Buckler
MARCH 21 of people from both the USA The long-term goal is to promote for more info.
ASCF Board and Mexico came to the reunion the Hildago County port of entry
Meeting - 5:15 to enjoy the music and dancing, which will, in the long run, boost
pm -Compass sample a wide variety of items travel, tourism and economic de-
Bank- 505 from the food and craft booths velopment in the area on both
Marquette NW and to watch the international sides of the border.
- 14th floor - all
welcome Bridge. Ms. Naomi Takeguchi,
Sasebo, Japan Visit the Sasebo Sister City official Bring on the Youth!
MAY 16 who accompanied last year’s
ASCF Board youth to NM, graciously hosted
In October 2006, two members The benfits on having youth mem-
Meeting Michael and Jeremie and ar-
of the ASCF , Michael and bers in an organization are many.
ranged most of their itinerary. They attract younger volunteers.
MAY 25 - Jeremie Sare, volunteers on
Their schedule included an af- They bring fresh ideas and wel-
JUNE 3 the Sasebo committee, had the come new activities. It provides
ternoon tea with several of the
Youth Cultural opportunity to visit Sasebo. for an intergenerational setting.
exchange students. One of the
Exchange Their visit was received with They help build community in-
trip highlights was the opportu-
(APS) to extraordinary hospitality and volvement and awareness and
nity to pay a courtesy call on
Sasebo, Japan - goodwill by city officials and expand the support for your activ-
Sasebo’s Mayor Mitsutake and ity. And they help to build a
contact Kazumi citizens alike. Building on
his helpful staff. Even though foundation for future volunteers.
Kawakubo for friendships established during
the Sares were not traveling in The youth also receive benefits -
more info 2005 Sasebo youth visit to NM
an official capacity, the mayor they get credit for volunteering;
and the recent Albuquerque
was kind enough to receive develop connection with other
JUNE 24 Tricentennial celebration, students; are elgible for scholar-
them. The Sares returned to the
Annual ASCF Michael and Jeremie were de- ships; and get an opportunity to
USA with great memories, hun-
Membership lighted to have the opportunity view potential career paths.
drds of photos and the hope of
Meeting - 12- to reunite with several Sasebo
returning to fabulous Sasebo. It
4pm - food, folk and to visit a variety of
is a unique city of beautiful
entertainment, famous sights - the famous 99
scenery, interesting sights and
elections islands; the Dutch village of
history, delicious food, and most “Look at a day when you are
Huis Ten Bosch (which houses
notably, warm, cordial people supremely satisfied at the
JULY 18 an extraordinary teddy bear
who share the spirit of friendship end. It’s not a day when you
ASCF Board museum and beautiful gar-
promoted by the Sister City part- lounge around doing noth-
Meeting dens); a firehouse and the
nership. ing; it’s when you’ve had
central 119 Emergency Re-
sponse Center (We dial 911, in everything to do and you’ve
SEPTEMBER done it.” - Margaret
Sasebo, they dial 119); Sasebo “A diplomat is a man who
Naval Base; a Japanese naval always remembers a woman’s
history museum. They birthday but never remembers
trasversed and photographed her age.” - Robert Frost
the “famous” Albuquerque
Ballooning in Chihuahua, Fiesta del Globos 2006
by Dave Bagley
The second annual Fiesta del Globos or balloons thrilled the crowd for
(Festival of Hot Air Balloons) was held about 90 minutes.
in Chihuahua, Mexico November 10- Saturday morning we headed back
12, 2006, with 31 US and 3 Mexican to the launch field for another mass
balloons. It was organized by volun- ascension. Kris suggested that I pi-
teers from the Albuquerque Aerostat lot the balloon today. What an op-
Ascension Association. This year, I portunity! We loaded the two local
was able to go as second pilot for passengers in and were off for a de-
“Athena,” owned by Kris Econopouly lightful 30 minute flight, landing in
of Rio Rancho. Our regular a large field. We put our two uni- “Athena” flying in Chihuahua.
crewmembers, Lori, Rich and Richard versity students in for a ride, and 45
came with us; and Alan and Christina minutes later came in for a nice
volunteered from the University in Chi- landing next to the Coca Cola plant.
huahua to help us navigate the traffic After the flight, we returned to the
and translate for us. Our convoy of launch field and distributed the re-
nine balloon trucks arrived November maining 3,000 posters to the crowd
9 after an uneventful trip of 11 hours of kids. We were on our own for the
from Rio Rancho, and were greeted by evening, enjoying a delicious dinner
Mayor Juan Blanco at a reception that at a local seafood restaurant.
evening, with lots of good food and Sunday morning we found the
drink and a live band. launch field very windy, and Scott
Early Friday morning we drove to the cancelled the final mass ascension.
launch field, about 5 miles from our This was unfortunate as more spec-
comfortable Holiday Inn Express. The tators were on the filed that day than
field was well prepared, with our the previous two. But it was an is-
launch squares marked and plenty of sue of safety and everyone under-
tents for vendors. After a pilot briefing stood when we told them demasiado
from balloonmeister Scott Appleman, viento (too much wind). Later that
the crews got busy setting up their bal- evening we ventured downtown for
loons for launch. The weather was dinner and had a wonderful meal at
good, and all 34 balloons were soon up the Cafe Calicanto. Monday we
in the air, and were able to “box” over headed home, easily re-entering the Kris and Dave dancing to the music
the field to the delight of the crowd of USA at Santa Teresa. on the field.
about 3,000. There were lots of young The cities of Albuquerque and Chi-
students from local schools present, huahua worked together for a year to
and soon after the balloons launched an put this event on for the people of
hour-long show kept the children enter- Chihuahua, and hopefully will do so
tained while we drifted away. When for years to come. We flew our bal-
the balloon trucks returned to the field, loons in the casual culture of Chi-
we had prepared a treat for the kids - huahua and we had as much fun as
handing out posters, calendars, candy the people of Mexico who watched
and give-aways for about an hour. us. Just before we left, I asked Alan
Our crew gave out about 2,000 posters if he would like to be in our Balloon
to the endless stream of youngsters. Fiesta. Oh, the look I got! “Could
During the mid-day break, we headed I?” he asked. We expect to see him
downtown on a tour, compliments of here in Albuquerque in October.
the city; returning to the field for the
evening balloon glow. I was dubious
that it would be held as the ground Balloon glow with “Athena” from Rio Rancho
wind kept increasing. However, just and Albuquerque Tricentennial balloon.
after sunset, it calmed down and 15 or
Lori handing out some 5,000 posters Crowd on launch field (it’s early morning).
to kids on the launch field.
Guests enjoying the Turkmenistan repast.
Ogulijan pours tea for Kim Buckler Ellie Tesche and her bookmarks
and Sally-Alice Thompson.
Kate Suazo Carol
Nana Ekua I, Queen Mother of
Kwaprow aka Carol Dawley
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