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Annual Meeting, 2005

The Newton, Iowa Sister City Organization OPEN held its 14th Annual Meeting on Sunday November 13, 2005. The meeting was held at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton.

Jane Ann Cotton, Chairperson, opened the meeting and thanked those in attendance for coming. She welcomed two new board members Rose Trapp and Natasha Campbell. She reported that OPEN had sent $600 to the Smila Lyceum for the purchase of English language textbooks and that we plan to have two students for the 2006/2007 academic year.

Jane Ann gave a review of activities during the past year. She included the activities of five Ukrainians who spent one week in Newton. They were sponsored by the Open World Program.Some special guests were introduced, including Ann Buch and her daughter Bree. They will host one of the students next year. Rose Trapp who will host the second student.

The Treasurer presented the Annual Financial Report. We ended the year at slightly over $4,000 increase over the amount we started with. We also amended our Bylaws. Barbara Barr was elected to a three year term on the Board. Jane Ann recognized Carroll Bennett, the retiring Board member. Carroll is moving to Ankeny.

Carolyn and Duane Hobbs informed those present of their trip to Humenne, Slovakia to visit a lady they had hosted during the “Five Country Intern” visit. Marvin Campbell reported on his participation as an observer of the Ukrainian elections. Due to the number of votes, the first election did not produce a candidate with the required majority of votes cast. Some problems were found at the second election, which required a third election; then a clear winner was identified. These events were called the Orange revolution in that people had orange colored flags and wore orange colored clothing.

At the end of the meeting soft drinks and dessert were served.

Marvin Campbell making his report on the elections in Ukraine

Carolyn and Duane Hobbs who traveled to Slovakia

Ann Bush with her daugter Bree (next year's host family) and Gerry Phillips


Rose Trapp

Sign-in table with John McNeer and Joan Tyler

Alla Smothers, her mother Maria, and her sister Svita



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