Grand Rapids Sister Cities International

aka GRSCI   |   Grand Rapids, MI   |  http://grsistercities.org

Mission

Grand Rapids Sister Cities International's mission is to build relationships between Grand Rapids and its sister cities by promoting understanding and mutual respect through exchanges in culture, art, education, and community and economic development.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Ms. Marcy Yanus

Main address

300 Monroe Ave

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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EIN

38-3218889

NTEE code info

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Japanese Culinary Exchange

Grand Rapids Sister Cities International Programs are volunteer based and designed. We were the initiator in bringing the renowned Master Chef Akihiro Kotani from Omihachiman, Japan to Grand Rapids, MI.  In this exchange, the Master Chef taught a class at the local Culinary Institute, participated in a networking breakfast for area asian business owners, performed demonstrations at an open-to-the public food & beverage convention and prepared a traditional Japanese 6 course meal, also open to the public.  Citizens in Grand Rapids had a unique experience since traditional Japanese cuisine and cooking is not available here.  Cultural lessons were a component of each event.

Population(s) Served

This program is organized by the Omihachiman, Japan sister city committee.  It meets on a monthly basis to allow citizen of Grand Rapids to learn and practice spoken Japanese language.  This is a free program offered to anyone who is interested.  Each month topics change and help to education participants about Japanese culture, people and our Sister City.  It is lead by volunteers who are native speakers.

Population(s) Served

The Student Scholarship Program is supported by our Perugia Sister City committee.  This committee works with our community to raise funds to send two college students to the local university in Perugia, Italy for a summer sememster.  The competitive application process encourages high quality participants in the program.  Students return to the U.S. changed in their language skills but also in their understanding of other people and cultures.

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Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2007

Sister Cities International 2010

Financials

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Grand Rapids Sister Cities International

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Marcy Ann Yanus

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

Term: July 2009 - June 2011

Marcy Yanus President

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

Louis Berra Vice-President

HUD

Heather Gluszewski Treasurer

Huntington Bank

Adam Rogalski Member

All Children Matter

Benjamin Amponsah Ga Districts, Committee Chair

Metro Hospital

Jennifer Brown Omihachiman, Japan Committee Chair

Bank of America

Carlos Sanchez Zapopan, Mexico Committee Chair

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Michael Jasperse Bielsko-Biala, Poland Committee Chair

Brightview Lighting

Priscilla Boike Perugia, Italy Acting Committee Chair

No Affiliation

Jean Silbar Member

Comprehensive Theraphy Center

Monica Sparks Member

iTIS Group