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Westmont-Hsinchu Sister City cyber signing ceremony a big success

On Mon., Aug. 14, 7:30pm Central time, which was Tues., Aug. 15, 8:30am in Taiwan, the Village of Westmont and Hsinchu County, Taiwan took part in a Sister City Signing Ceremony, which was conducted live via Skype. Westmont Mayor Ron Gunter and Hsinchu Magistrate Ching Chun Chiu signed the official Sister City agreements during the ceremony pledging to work together and foster a relationship that supports cultural exchange, educational exchange, municipal exchange, and economic development.

The signing ceremony occurred on the anniversary of the date in which the two leaders met in person for the first time when Mayor Gunter was touring Taiwan as a guest of TECO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Office). The ceremony also included the signing of an official stu- dent exchange program agreement between Community Unit School District 201 in Westmont and Liou Jia High School in Hsinchu.

“We are honored to enter into this commitment of friendship and exchange with Hsinchu County,” said May- or Gunter. “The hospitality and kindness that Magistrate Chiu has shown us is unparalleled. We want our friends in Hsinchu to know that they are always welcome to visit us here in Westmont.”

The ceremony included a number of guest speakers including State Representative Patti Bellock and Hsinchu-Westmont Sister City Diplomat Angela Yang. TECO Director Robert Chang read a written congratula- tions from TECO Director General Calvin Ho and then presented a special gift to Mayor Gunter. Also, ABC-TV Ch. 7’s Judy Hsu sent a pre-recorded video welcome and congratulations to Hsinchu County and the Village of Westmont.

“This is just the beginning,” said Sister City Diplomat Yang. “We plan to be very active with this Sister City program and we hope that everyone gets involved to enjoy the benefits of this wonderful union. Our next project is the student exchange program, which will begin this November when Taiwanese students visit Westmont over the Thanksgiving holiday.”

For more information regarding the program, contact us at or 630-417-0280. You can find pictures from the event in the village photo gallery at