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2018 Goodwill Mission - Ritto comes to Birmingham

2018 Goodwill Mission - Ritto comes to Birmingham The 2018 Goodwill Mission marks the 50th anniversary of the Michigan-Shiga Sister State relationship and the 42nd anniversary of the sister city relationship between Birmingham and Ritto. 

The City of Birmingham is seeking host families September 7-10th, 2018, for a unique cultural experience as part of its sister city relationship with the City of Ritto in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture. Since 1976, the City of Birmingham and Ritto have enjoyed this relationship as part of the larger Sister State program between Michigan and Shiga. A central part of this program is the annual Goodwill Mission, which promotes cultural understanding and affords participants from both countries the opportunity to build life-long friendships. During the 2018 Goodwill Mission, delegates from Shiga will visit Michigan and stay with local host families from September 7-10, 2018. The 2018 hosting schedule will involve travel to either Detroit or Lansing to pickup your guest on Friday, September 7, hosting for 4 days and then travel back to Lansing on Monday, September 10th, for the farewell party.

Those interested in volunteering to host a delegate from Japan may contact Joellen Haines at (248) 530-1807 or email at: The deadline for submitting interest to be a host is May 1, 2018.