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2015-06-25

Goodley represents Bandera & Bandera County on official trip to Poland

By Elenora Dugosh Goodley

Jozef Kampa assistant to the Burmistrz, General Bieniek, Cynthia Anderson (BCSPA Secretary), Ambassador Elenora Dugosh Goodley, and Burmistrz Tadeusz Goc celebrate special presentations made in Strzelce Opolskie.

BCSPA Texas Plaque marked the 10th anniversary of the Sister City/County partnership.

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Strzelce Opolskie Burmistrz (Mayor), Tadeusz Goc with the Eagle Trophy, a gift from the City of Bandera and Bandera County.

By Elenora Dugosh Goodley
Special Ambassador, Sister Partnership

We represented the Sister Partnership with an official visit to Strzelce Opolskie June 4 to June 9. During our stay, we joined in the annual celebration of Earth Day, marked the 25th Anniversary of Free Democratic Elections for the Strzelce Opolskie local government, and honored the 10th Anniversary of our Sister Partnership between the Province of Strzelce Opolskie, Poland, and the City and County of Bandera.
Presentations were made on June 6. We presented a Texas Plaque to NATO General Mieczyslaw Bieniek, honoring him for his service and dedication to world order, and peace and goodwill for all nations, principles of the Sister Partnership program. General Bieniek also was given a Strzelce Opolskie Honorary Citizenship. He is from the Opole Area, or state, which includes Strzelce Opolskie.
We also presented Burmistrz Tadeusz Goc, Mayor of Strzelce Opolskie Province, a Texas plaque for the people of Strzelce Opolskie Province for our 10th Sister Partnership Anniversary.
During the same session, I presented the Province of Strzelce Opolskie with an eagle trophy for their 25th Anniversary. The eagle is both the American and Polish mascot and as a symbol of our two countries supporting and helping each other work towards world order and peace.
Our partnership friends who have visited Bandera during the past 10 years put together a Texas Saloon with lots of pictures from 2004 to 2015, over 10 years of exchange visits between our two countries. They made sugar cookies shaped like Texas, boots, longhorns, and the shape of the Alamo, decorated with red, white, and blue icing.