Pocatello’s Sister City committee host eleven delegates from Japan

August 10, 2018

Pocatello’s Sister City committee recently hosted 11 delegates and one chaperone from our Sister City in Iwamizawa, Japan. Activities this week included a horse ride at the fairground, a visit to the Wellness Center and a shooting activity.

Local horsemen who organized the ride or provided horses were Jeff Greenwell, Brett and Joan Sayer, Charlotte Vaughn, John Knight and Steve Hadley.

Pocatello police Maj. Roger Schei, Lt. Chad Higbee, and Emma Schei provided firearm instruction and shooting at the 2 ½ mile gun range. Each of the delegates was allowed to fire handguns and AR15s under the close supervision of the officers. SWAT team members Tracy Marshall and Jordan Johnson demonstrated a door breaching activity using live explosives.

Other activities for the delegates have included a barbeque at Mayor Blad’s, followed by trips to Lagoon, City of Rocks, and Yellowstone National Park, with overnight stays at the Ken Corbridge cabin in Island Park. The delegates were also introduced to local historical sites, schools, local cuisine, and numerous activities provided by the individual host families.

The Sister City program was started in 1985 and has provided a cultural experience for hundreds of delegates both from Pocatello and Iwamizawa, Japan. This year Pocatello had 10 delegates and their chaperone Joan Sayer who traveled to Iwamizawa from July 1 to 16. The Japanese delegates returned home Thursday.

Teens ages 14 to 18 who are interested in an equally exciting visit to Japan, with a two-week visit hosted by Japanese families, are encouraged to apply by going to the Pocatello city website. Applicants are interviewed in the fall, and 10 are chosen for the coming year. Thanks to all the committee members, host families and volunteers for their efforts in making this program a success.

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