About Us

The Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City Association is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that develops strong bonds of friendship with its sister city Ebetsu by promoting cultural education and understanding through student exchange and cultural events.

The Gresham Sister City Association was formed in 1977 between Gresham, Oregon and Ebetsu, Japan. It expanded to add Sokcho, South Korea in 1985, and later Owerri, Nigeria in 1991. In 2014 it split into separate sister city organizations.

Mission Statement: “To foster friendships with our sister city that promote and strengthen our educational, economic and cultural ties to enrich the lives of our citizens.”

Board of Directors

President – Ron Ture
Vice President – Tomiko Takeuchi
Secretary – Byerly Woodward
Treasurer – Barry Busse
Board Member at Large – Jim Card

Advisory Board

Gresham City Council liaison – Lori Stegmann
Ebetsu city liaison – Tad Tsuneyoshi
Gresham High School student rep – Tanith Horning
Reynolds High School student rep – Hailey Freeman

Download the GESCA ByLaws