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 – Tomiko Takeuchi
Vice President – Ron Ture
Secretary – MaryAnn Buck
Treasurer – Barry Busse
Board Member at Large – Donna Hanlon

Advisory Board

Gresham City Council liaison – Jerry Hinton
Ebetsu City liaison – Hideo Kobayashi
Gresham High School student rep – Anya Vandandaigue
MHCC liaison – Yoko Sato

Membership chair – Miyoko Fuse


View the GESCA ByLaws