The Sister Cities Advisory Board advises the Mayor and all involved city departments concerning the establishment and maintenance of sister city relationships between the City of Bellingham and cities of other countries. The Board’s responsibilities include:
- Advising the Mayor in developing and maintaining relationships with sister cities.
- Assisting in the task of bringing representatives of sister cities to the community and assisting as hosts.
- Assisting in creating an atmosphere encouraging community support and participation in sister city programs.
- As appropriate, participating as delegates in visits to sister cities.
Meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Board Room on the second floor of City Hall in Bellingham. Meetings generally last approximately one and one-half hours. Time requirements outside the meetings may vary, depending on activities such as staff exchanges, Ski to Sea, cultural exchanges, anniversaries, etc.
The Board consists of no more than fourteen members, appointed by the Mayor. The term of office is three years. No compensation is paid to members of this Board. All members must be a Whatcom County resident for at least two years. The board has several ex-officio positions comprised of members of various government and educational organizations.