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Sister Cities Conference

On Saturday, June 8, 2024, in the lovely village of Hoffman States, Volunteer Program Manager, Jacob Jenkins gave the keynote address at the Illinois Sister Cities Association Annual Conference.

The Illinois Sister Cities Association prides itself on being a leader. According to their website, "Today, Illinois is a leader in the sister cities movement. We have vibrant sister city programs at the grassroots levels including the winners of state, national, and international awards."

This year's conference was co-hosted by the Hoffman Estates Sister Cities Committee, led by Lilian Mosier. The theme was "Connecting Cultures and Communities”, promoting the importance of organizations across Illinois making a difference in communities internationally. The conference’s focus was to inspire, motivate, and educate members of their respective chapters on the continuance of the Sister Cities International humanitarian mission and its importance.

The weekend also included a group tour of historical landmarks in the area, networking opportunities, workshops, and panel discussions. The activities introduced concepts that inspired new ideas to enhance various Illinois Sister Cities brands, outreach, and future marketing strategies.

The keynote address by Jacob Jenkins focused on "Knowing Your Big Why" and the "Power of Yes". Serve Illinois would like to congratulate the many wonderful volunteers from the winning Illinois Sister Cities of Handover Park and Hoffman Estates. Thank you for the work you are doing both locally and globally to impact the lives of members of your community!