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About Us

The Dayton Sister City Committee was created by the Dayton City Commission in 1964. Committee members are appointed by the Dayton City Commission and City of Dayton Government. All Activities undertaken on behalf of the Dayton Sister City Committee are done on a volunteer basis.

The Dayton Sister City Committee is a member of Sister Cities International. SCI was created by President Eisenhower in 1956 in conjunction with a conference on citizen diplomacy. Its mission is to "Promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time."

Our Mission

The mission of the Dayton Sister City Committee is to provide community leadership, promote Dayton internationally, and to increase global awareness of Dayton residents through developing and maintaining active Sister City relationships. The Committee promotes the City of Dayton's international image and serves as its chief source of international protocol with its sister cities, as approved by the Dayton City Commission, through special exchange programs of friendship and goodwill involving its community, citizenry, and students here in Dayton and abroad.


Below is a link to the Dayton Sister City Committee's Bylaws, updated October, 2022.

Dayton Sister City Committee Bylaws

Our Members

The members of the Dayton Sister City Committee are appointed by the Dayton City Commission. Please contact us through our Contact Page if you are interested in learning more about becoming a member.


Executive Committee Members

Chair: Kevin Lydy

Vice Chair: Jennifer Hanauer

Secretary: Ed Dixon

Treasurer: Peggy Kelly


Sub-Committee Chairs

Augsburg City Chair: Dieter Archer

Oiso City Chair: Kevin Lydy

Monrovia City Chair: Thomas Siafa, Sr. & Ed Dixon

Holon City Co-Chairs: Carolyn Rice & Lori Simms-Parks

Rushmoor Chair: Hunt Brown

Salfit Chair: Youssef Elzein

Sarajevo City Chair: Bonnie Kling

Events & Marketing Chair: Alexis Larsen

Nominating Chair: Thomas Siafa

Youth Coordinator: Tony Ricciuto


General Members

Merle Wilberding

Jeff Blumer


Ex-Officio Members

Commissioner Matt Joseph

Friends of the Committee

India Brookshire

Bing Davis

Kelly Geers

Amanda Darrah

Brett Hill

Angie Hsu

Simeon Oyeyemi

Nickole Ross

Tasha Rountree

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