Our History

.: 1995

January, 1995
Marvin Campbell and John McNeer present the "OPEN Cares" project to local service clubs, groups, churches, granges and schools in an effort to promote aid to the poorest of Smila society.

April, 1995
Katerina Serebriakova of the newspaper Smila Horizons arrives for a one-month internship with The Newton Daily News.

May 1, 1995
The fruits of the "OPEN Cares" project--1,174 boxes filled with health care items and letters and photos from Jasper County families and groups--depart Newton for Smila.

June, 1995
The second official delegation from Newton leaves for Smila. Marvin Campbell, Jane Ann Cotton, Barry Hurto, Tom Mott and Victoria Reynolds are the representatives who assist with the distribution of the "OPEN Cares" packages with the assistance of Smila's Department of Social Security.

August, 1995
Paul Bell and Dennis Black represent Newton on the first official visit to Wu Chi Town. Five Ukrainian girls arrive to study for one year in Newton, Baxter and Sully schools. They are Ksenia Yarmish and Svitlana Gurinenko of Smila; Viktoria Kravchenko and Natalia Rudas of Shpola; and, Viktoria Prudska of Cherkassy.

November, 1995
The fourth annual meeting of OPEN is held. This meeting was attended by Victor Kirik, Consul General, Ukraine. A special dinner was held the evening before for the Consul General.

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