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January 13, 2010 > Celebrate city sisterhood and Chinese Lunar New Year

Celebrate city sisterhood and Chinese Lunar New Year

Submitted By Dr. Hal Gin

The Hayward-Yixing Sister City Formation Committee was formed in December 2008 to explore ways to establish formal ties between the cities of Hayward (California) and Yixing (Jiangsu Province), in China, under the Sister Cities program which was initiated in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower. In September 2009, Hayward City Council and Mayor Michael Sweeney officially recognized and approved the requests.

The Hayward-Yixing Sister City Committee, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-religious organization committed to maintaining, promoting and enhancing the sister-city relationship between Hayward and Yixing. The Committee's activities focus on the engagement and exploration of educational, scientific, social, literary, historical, and charitable pursuits that promote friendship and mutual benefit for both cities.

Hayward, known as the "Heart of the Bay" for its concerns for all its citizens and its central location in the San Francisco Bay Area, has more than 150,000 residents. Hayward is a thriving community surrounded by the natural beauties of verdant hills to the east and the San Francisco shoreline to the west. The city is home to California State University East Bay, Chabot College and other educational institutions. As a major regional business center, Hayward's many industries and businesses contribute to the community's economic vitality.

Yixing, about 180 miles north-west of Shanghai in Jiangsu Province, is a progressive and well-planned city of 1.06 million residents. Yixing is known as the pottery capital of China. The quality and uniqueness of it clay tea ware and ceramics are famed worldwide. Yixing's proximity to Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou makes it an important commercial center for the region. The city is also the location of many green-energy industries and initiatives. The region's rich soils and climate make Yixing a major bamboo-producing and tea-growing area. Tourism is one of the city's fastest growing industries. The natural beauty surrounding Yixing makes it a "people friendly" garden-like city.

The Hayward-Yixing Sister City Committee, Inc. meets monthly to plan programs and fund-raising events to enhance, promote and foster a collaborative relationship with Yixing. Meetings are held in the evenings and the public is encouraged to attend. Contact Committee Chair Marita Cheng for meeting dates and locations.

Membership of the Hayward-Yixing Sister City Committee is open to all interested individuals. There are three types and annual dues - Individual Membership ($60), Charter Membership ($150) and Organization Membership ($250).

To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and the cities' sisterhood, the Committee will host the Hayward-Yixing Sister City Gala on Saturday, February 6 at Skywest Golf Course Restaurant, Hayward. Enjoy an evening of fine wine, gourmet food, entertainment and a silent auction.

To order tickets or for more information, membership enquiries and sponsorship opportunities, email HaywardYixingSisterCity@gmail.com or contact the following committee members:

Marita Cheng (Chair)
(510) 331-4785
maritaycheng@gmail.com

Hal Gin (Vice Chair)
(510) 481 5077
drhgin@yahoo.com

Kathleen Ratto (Secretary)
(510) 538 6420
kathleen_ratto@comcast.net

Hayward-Yixing Sister City Gala
Saturday, February 6
6-9 p.m.
Skywest Golf Course Restaurant
1401 Golf Course Road, Hayward

Tickets: $50 per person ($65 per person after February 1).

Please make checks payable to "Hayward-Yixing Sister City Committee" and mail to 22568 Mission Boulevard, Suite 527, Hayward, CA 94541.

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