An introduction to our Executive Committee members:
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Peter Patterson - Chairperson
Peter is FSFA's long standing Chairperson with a deep love of all things about Japan. He has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to promote the sister city relationship throughout Frankston and the greater Melbourne area. He has also established strong links with the Japanese Community in Melbourne. Peter has travelled to Japan many times and loves showing others the special parts of the country.
Simon Hast - Vice Chairperson
Simon first travelled to Japan in 1995 and was blown away by the sights and sounds of this amazing country, plus the generosity and hospitality of its people. His involvement in FSFA helps to maintain and promote contact with the Japanese language and culture.
Executive Committee Members:
Julie was one of the first exchange students to Susono in 1983. She has kept in contact with her host families and taken her own family, including her four children, to Japan many times.
Therese is a Japanese language teacher who completed her student exchange to Susono in 1986. After more than 30 years she has maintained a strong connection to the city and thinks of Susono as her "second home"!
Margaret has a long standing involvement in the sister city relationship, has travelled to Japan many times, and has home hosted many of the exchange students visiting from Susono city.
Bev is the longest serving member of our executive committee and currently performs the role of Treasurer. She has a great love of travel and particularly enjoys her trips to Japan and our sister city Susono. Bev's past roles have also included serving as a counsellor to the many students who have come to Frankston on long term exchanges.
Rosalind first travelled to Japan as part of her school exchange at Frankston High School in 1993. Since then her love of Japan has blossomed. She studied the language throughout high school and also later in life as part of her mastery of the Japanese language. Her family have hosted over 15 Japanese exchange students. She has a keen interest in improving her Japanese language proficiency and also continues to study for her black belt in karate. As Rosalind's appreciation for Japanese culture extends to her young family, she has decided this is her time to give back and to continue to foster the strong relationship between Frankston and Susono into the future, continuing the great work by the members of the Frankston Susono committee.