By: Diane Benjamin
The following Press Release was sent today by the City of Bloomington. It has a couple of problems though!
Who gave Tari the award?
Did he award himself in his hotel room? I predict a GLOWING Pantagraph article!
Date: Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 11:19 AM
Subject: Press Release: MAYOR RECEIVES AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL CITIZENSHIP AWARD
“It is my honor and privilege to accept the Ambassador of Goodwill Citizenship Award. I was especially humbled to receive the award in Asahikawa, Bloomington-Normal’s Sister City for the past 55 years,” explains Mayor Renner. “The award ceremony was one of many highlights of this trip, which benefits Bloomington greatly by creating cultural, educational, and information exchanges and promoting lifelong relationships between people and communities.”
The delegation to Asahikawa included over 35 people from a variety of backgrounds. In addition to the official anniversary ceremony, the group visited various locations and met with local officials. This trip happens approximately every ten years.
“This was a worthwhile experience for the entire group,” says Mayor Renner. “I look forward to hosting a delegation from Japan here in Bloomington-Normal at some point in the future, as we have previously. As I understand it, during the course of our Sister Cities relationship with Asahikawa, our communities have exchanged approximately 300 students for a full academic year and 1,000 for shorter stays. It truly is a wonderful partnership.”
City of Bloomington