Monday 1 October 2001

Chairperson's Report 2000/01 - John Richards

Your committee has continued in its efforts to raise the profile of the Association and to engender community interest in the Sister City Link.

The delegation that attended the Australian Sister Cities Association (ASCA) Conference in Adelaide last year came away very pleased that our Association again won a national award.

October 2000 was our turn to host a Japanese Fair in Frankston and it was successful beyond our expectations in number of people attending, the range of cultural and Japanese related business activities on display and the large delegation from Susono. In October 2001 it is our turn to send a delegation to the Australian Fair in Susono and I am pleased to report that it will consist of nearly 40 delegates.

It is most gratifying that student music groups from Karingal Park Secondary College and Frankston High School will be in the visiting group and will take part in the Australian Fair. Their attendance was made possible by generous support from The Susono Overseas Friendship Association, Frankston City Council, Yakult and both schools. We wish them well on this unique opportunity.

This year we have two exchange students Yukiko Yamasaki and Maiko Masuda from Susono and they have both settled very well into Australian life. The only disappointing aspect is the difficulty in obtaining families to host the students. Your assistance in this area would be much appreciated by the students' counsellors.

The Japanese Speech Contest was very well supported by schools and early indications are that it will be even better supported this year on September 7th.

My thanks go to members of the committee for their active participation and support over the year - they really are a very enthusiastic bunch and worthy of your support.

Finally, I wish to thank Frankston Council for their continued support and in particular Councillor Barry Priestley who is Council representative on our committee and Council Officer Beverley Parsons who has provided support to FSFA in the form of minutes and other administrative tasks and increasingly in helping to run the Association.

In the coming year I would like to see all members of the Association become more involved in our activities.