WHAT IS DIXON SISTER CITIES?
The Sister City concept traces its origin to shortly after World War II. A national sister city movement emerged when U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower convened a White House conference on citizen diplomacy in 1956. Originally part of the National League of Cities, the Sister City concept became a separate nonprofit organization in 1967.
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WHAT DOES DIXON SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION DO?
The Dixon Sister Cities Association is a nonprofit diplomacy organization that promotes creating and strengthening partnerships between the City of Dixon and international communities in a effort to increase global cooperation at the municipal level, to promote cultural understanding and to stimulate economic growth and development, trade and tourism. The Association advocates the movement for local community development and volunteer action by motivating and empowering private citizens, municipal officials and businesses to create and conduct long-term programs of mutual interest and benefit.
The Association receives no government funding (including local) and exists solely because of the commitment of private citizens and local businesses through membership and donations to the association.
Currently, Dixon has four sister cities, Dikson, in the Krasnoyarsk Territory in the Russian Federation; Herzberg, in the state of Brandenburg in Germany; Castlebar, in County Mayo in Ireland; and Thika, in the Central Province in Kenya.
Delegations of citizens from Dixon visit our other sister cities, and, likewise, we host delegations of citizens from those sister cities. By staying with other citizens and participating in their local activities, we all are able to experience diplomacy on an individual level by developing relationships with each other and the communities in which we live. Many wonderful friendships have resulted from these exchanges, as well as many wonderful experiences. Join us as we look forward to new adventures!
Anyone can join the Dixon Sister City Association - from the general public to small businesses and large corporations!
WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
For the general public:
- Travel opportunities
- New friendships
- Learning opportunities/total immersion
- Adventure/new experiences
- Cultural exchange
- Ancestry/heritage research
- Fun association events
- Host international guest
For small businesses and corporations:
- All of the above - plus
- Broadened tourism base
- New business opportunities
- Venue to promote products
- Corporate recognition
- Enhanced community image
- International goodwill
- Visits to our sister cities
- Visits of delegations from our sister cities
- ”Kenya Come to Dixon’s Irish Oktoberfest” - an annual event celebrating our relationship to our sister cities
- Various events and fundraisers throughout the year – To be announced
- Youth Exchange
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