Leaders of the Arlington Sister City Association hope that creation of a modernized Website will aid the organization as it moves into a post-COVID environment.
The non-profit organization received a grant from Arlington Economic Development that supported a consultative relationship with business-coaching firm Revby and development of the new Website by Nub8.
The plan to revamp the Website – www.arlingtonsistercities.org – already was in the works, so “the timing was perfect,” said Hannah Eun, who has entered her second year as chair of the organization.
“We are trilled to have a Website that better represents who we are to Arlingtonians,” said Eun, expressing the hope that the site will be up and running sometime this month.
At the Sister Cities annual meeting on June 27, the organization welcomed Carole Lieber, Mary Tang and Daniel Vasquez as new board members.
Continuing with Eun in leadership roles are vice chair Stephanie Benefield, treasurer Gijs de Leed, secretary Daphne Lathouras and immediate past chair Elizabeth Schollaert.
In coming months, executive director Christy Walika will lead a strategic effort which will “engage the membership and community to create a roadmap” for the organization’s future. Plans also were announced to re-start student-exchange programs, which were put on hold in 2020 due to COVID, in the coming year.
The Arlington Sister City Association was founded in 1993 and has grown to have five partnerships: Reims, France; Aachen, Germany; Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine; San Miguel, El Salvador; and Coyoacan, Mexico. Currently, the San Miguel and Coyoacan Sister City partnerships are in “emeritus” status, but could be brought back as pandemic conditions ease.