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City’s ‘People’ Program Plans Multiply

Ann Arbor will be represented at the national People-to-People conference in Kansas City tomorrow through Sunday by Del Coates of 1712 Traver and Carl Zwinck of 904 Packard.

They will meet with former President Harry S. Truman and officials of a number of national organizations interested international relations. There will be a special tribute to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who founded People-to-People in 1956.

Coates is vice-president — commerce and industry for the local chapter. Zwinck is a member of the local Sister-City Committee and the national Civic Committee.

Coates and Zwinck will report about the national conference at the Executive Committee meeting of Ann Arbor People-to-People at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in City Hall. Action will be taken on proposed programs with Ann Arbor's sister-city, Tuebingen, Germany, and Prof. H. J. Lang of that city will attend. Prof. Lang, Prof. Remmer, and Prof. Melchers are expected here this month.

More than 20 chapters of People-to-People are expected to send officers lo the state association meeting on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Plans for exchange musical concerts, art exhibits, and other programs will be approved, and officers will be elected.

The City Council Chambers, where the Ann Arbor chapter of People-to-People was started last spring, also will be the scene of Sister-City Charter presentations later this month. State Sen. Gilbert E. Bursley, president — government relations, will sign city partnership documents at a festival to be held in Tuebingen late in November.

It also was announced today by Richard M. Chesbrough, vice-president membership, that Nov. 21 will be the last day on which anyone joining Ann Arbor People-to-People can be considered a Charter Member. The chapter charter, presented to the city on May 21, 1965, in City Hall, now hangs in the Mayor's office. A Sister-City Charter soon will hang near it.

Mrs. Rachel Andersen, executive director of Youth For Understanding, the national program for teen-age exchanges between countries, is now traveling in South America. Later this year she will be on a similar business trip in Europe, and will visit Ann Arbor's Sister-City to arrange exchange concerts and exchanges of high school seniors.

Miss Mary Ellen Lewis, a member of the board of directors of Musical Youth International, will be in Tuebingen Dec. 12-15. She plans to take flags, Christmas cards for the children, and other items to Tuebingen.

Exchanges of library books, tape recordings, letters, students, etc., have already started in a small way between Ann Arbor and Tuebingen, and these and other exchange programs will be accelerated in the future.

Meanwhile, Ypsilanti is working on plans for a Sister-city affiliation in Greece, and Ann Arbor’s interest in South America is growing. Within one or two years, there probably will be a total of three foreign cities affiliated with Washtenaw County. Similar growth of these good-will programs is found nationally.

Bay City plans to send a polka band and soccer team to Europe next summer. These groups will visit German cities with “sisters” in Michigan.

Tuebingen will have its second “Ann Arbor Day” on Oct. 29. Tape recordings made in the Ann Arbor Schwaben Halle, German Park, etc., will be played. Pastor Carl A. Brauer, who still preaches in German every other Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church; Mayor Hulcher; Professor Clarence K. Pott, chairman of the German Department at the University of Michigan; Dr. Paul A. Zimmerman, president of Concordia Lutheran College, and others will be heard on tape in the southern German city.

George T. Servinoff became the new director of the Tuebingen Amerika-Haus this week. He was born in Keego Harbor and studied history, Russian and French at the University of Michigan from 1947-1952.