Welcome to the Killeen, Texas – Osan, Korea Subcommittee

Killeen Sister Cities, Inc. (KSCI) was formed in 1993 by direction of the Killeen City Council, under the auspices of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. Lisa Humphreys was selected as President by Charlie Watts, who was the GKCC Chairman at the time.  The initial members were then selected by Ms. Humphreys with recommendations from Mr. Watts and Mayor Villaronga.  Subsequent members were then approved by the Board of Directors.  Officers were elected for either two or three year terms once the organization was established as a corporation and had created its bylaws.  Membership in KSCI is open to the public upon receipt of the annual membership application. 

The focus of KSCI from 1993-1995 was the foundation of paperwork necessary to secure the non-profit status, 501© (3), and the establishment of the bylaws.  The focus from 1995-1996 was the search for and establishment of the actual Sister City relationship with another country.  These efforts were successful with the creation of a Sister City relationship with Osan, Korea, in August, 1996.

History

The sister city idea was envisioned by President Eisenhower in 1956 through citizen diplomacy.  His idea was to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.   Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities, striving for diplomacy at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.  The belief of sister city programs involve two-way communication and should mutually benefit partnering communities.

Goals are to:

  • Develop mutual partnerships between U.S. cities, countries, and states and similar jurisdictions in other nations.
  • Provide opportunities for city officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships.
  • Create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened.
  • Stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects.
  • Collaborate with organizations in the United States and other countries which share similar goals.
For more information about Sister Cities International, go to: www.sister-cities.org
 
Mission Statement

Killeen Sister Cities, Inc.  (KSCI) is a member of Sister Cities International.   KSCI is a non-profit organization established through the joint efforts of the City of Killeen and the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce.
KSCI works to foster and encourage mutual understanding, friendship, and peace through communication by cultural, social, educational, and economic exchanges between people of the greater Killeen area and the people of similar cities of other nations.
International partnerships offer a forum for the exchange of culture, ideas, information, and commerce.  It also helps create an aura of goodwill and cooperation between cities all over the world by showcasing the greater Killeen area as an international city.
Any citizen, business, or organization interested in furthering the purpose of KSCI may become a member upon approval of the Board of Directors and payment of annual dues.