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Korean war veteran honored, inducted into the Bob Hoover Hall of Fame

Drury Wood, one of the six delegates dispatched by Mayor Charlie Hales to represent Portland in its sister city Ulsan, South Korea, has been inducted into the Bob Hoover Hall of Honor in California. Only one person is inducted into the Hoover Hall of Honor per year. Other inductees include Neil Armonstrong, Chuck Yeager, and the late James Doolittle.

Wood was an ace pilot in World War II and the Korean War. He was the head test pilot for German's Dornier Do-31, the first vertical take-off and landing jet transport. 

In 2012, Wood became the fist American inducted into the Friends of the Dornier Museum in Friedrichschafen, Germany. 

Drury Wood receives honor

Portland Bologna sister city seeks hosts for Bologna teens

This summer the Portland Bologna Sister City Association will be welcoming a group of teens from Bologna as part of its annual youth exchange. The PBSCA is looking for families interested in hosting them. This is a great opportunity to strengthen the bond with our sister city, and a really fun experience for everyone involved. The program will take place the first two weeks of July. 

The PBSCA encourages you to take a moment to check out the attached flyer on the events page of its website. If you're interested in hosting, you'll also find the application attached. The deadline for applications is March 15th. 

Sister Cities participate in World Affairs Council showcase

World Affairs Council

On December 11, many of Portland's sister cities joined the World Affairs Young Professionals at the Olympic Mills Commerce Center to network with Portland's young, internationally-minded professionals.

The holiday party featured local non-profit organizations doing work internationally and reached over a hundred attendees.

The event featured Portland's Ashkelon, Guadalajara, Suzhou, and Bologna sister city associations. 

World Affairs Council

Sister Cities International publishes Peace Through People: 50 Years of Global Citizenship

Portland is a proud member of Sister Cities International

SCI has recently published a digital edition of its 50th anniversary book, Peace Through People: 50 Years of Global Citizenship. The book contains anecdotes and archives from SCI's first 50 years of history (1956-2006). 

CLICK HERE to read the book.

SCI sends its special thanks to historian/archivist Sharon Receveur, Butler Books, and Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge and Los Angeles Sister Cities.

Portlanders participate in sister city Sapporo Snow Festival

It was snowing in Portland and it was snowing in Sapporo too. Sapporo and Portland are celebrating their 55th anniversary of their sister city relationship this year.

Intrepid, artistic, and apparently waterproof Portlanders traveled to Sapporo, Japan, to compete in Japan's largest winter events, the Sapporo Snow Festival. Over two million people visit Sapporo to see the snow and ice sculptures along Odori Park, the grounds of the Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino.

Sapporo snow festival

The Portland Japanese Garden and the Portland Sapporo Sister City Association partnered together to field a strong team to sculpt ice. You can see the Portland influence in the subject matter!

Sapporo snow festival Portland entry