Preparing to write this report I have glanced back over Executive Meeting Minutes, Newsletters etc. to the same time 12 months earlier when I reflected then on the bitterness felt with the Council not proceeding with the long-awaited
. On a more positive note was the
anticipation and preparation for a visit of a delegation from Susono, to be led
by Mayor Ichikawa, and an expected party of 27. This, as all will recall,
occurred late in August and was a short but fruitful trip for both the visitors
and ourselves as their hosts. Japanese Garden
Katrina Larsen and Leanne Johnston have subsequently completed their sojourn to
stay being cut short by her father's ill health and unfortunate death. Japan
Despite a number of applicants and the choosing of two suitable participants, the boy changed his mind, withdrew, and so only Joanne Walters is representing us in
f or this
At the other end, three Japanese students were chosen and are now eagerly in our midst. Miss Rika Muramatsu is attending
, Miss Chiharu
Suzuki is at Frankston
High School and the only
boy Jun Katsumata is continuing our involvement with Karingal
High School .
We are about to embark on choosing students to go to
in 1990 and there appears to
be very keen interest with an expected six applicants. Japan
Donna Saville and Rod Johnston have joined the ranks of Counsellors to our student visitors and with the support and assistance of the longer serving stalwart Bev Hannan, are seemingly enjoying the experience of an extended family.
Sister City Symposium
Our Mayor, Cr. Val Ogier, Chief Executive (and our Secretary), Adrian Butler and my wife, Lorraine and I attended this activity in August, 1988, along with Mayor lchikawa, Mr. Yamaguchi and Mr. Sugiyama. This actually proceeded the later visit by the Japanese who joined up with others from Susono and formed the delegation referred to earlier. Apart from the attendance of many imminent people and with some high calibre key-note speakers the outstanding highlight of this event was the address given to the attendees, from all over Australia and Japan, by Mayor lchikawa who showed unknown and hidden talent and delivered his speech entirely in English.
Late last year we were expecting the opening of a new Japanese restaurant where we hoped we could hold a suitable function. Most will probably be aware of the new buildings on
adjoining Frankston House, and to be named Susono House in recognition of our
sister-city relationship, where the restaurant will be located. The building is
only now finished and the restaurant soon to be opened - with supreme optimism
we expect to hold a function there very soon.
The annual Ajana Lane sports and entertainment day was held again in February this year and in view of the excellent weather was very well attended. A welcome home was given to Kate and Leanne and Joanne wished bon voyage.
The most recent event was the obviously enjoyable night held at Yazaki on Saturday 24th June where good attendance reflected the support of many members for such occasions. Some students from
, who are in
the party to visit Frankston
in September/October this year, had a chance to broaden their knowledge and
begin to accustom their taste buds to Japanese food. Japan
In May/June 1989 Mayor Cr. Valerie Ogier visited Susono.
In September 1989 a party of 18 students and 3 teachers from
visited their sister school, Frankston High School . The party spent two days in Susono and
was given a civic reception by the Susono Overseas Friendship Association. Kawaguchi