General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO Allied Command Transformation, is the guest speaker at the 10th Annual International Sister Cities Breakfast on Friday, July 21. The breakfast takes place at 8:00 a.m. at Christopher Newport University’s David Student Union Ballroom and generates support for Sister Cities cultural, educational and economic exchanges, as well as funding for youth scholarships.
Mercier was confirmed by the North Atlantic Council as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in 2015. He has been awarded the rank of Grand Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and, among other distinctions, has been an officer of the National Order of Merit.
For over 35 years, Sister Cities has served as the “international arm” of the City of Newport News, engaging the community in numerous international events. Sister Cities actively conducts exchanges of governmental officials, business leaders, citizen delegations and students from Newport News’ partner cities in Japan, China, Germany and France.
Registration for the breakfast is free, but all are asked to make a donation in support of Sister Cities’ programs. Donations may be made in advance online or on-site via cash, credit and check. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. RSVP is required by July 17 via Eventbrite
. Questions can be directed to Kate Helwig, SCNN Executive Director at 757-926-1348.
Sister Cities of Newport News is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission of building and strengthening international cooperation, understanding and development between the citizens of Newport News and those of the world. Newport News is currently “sistered” with the cities of Neyagawa, Japan; Taizhou, China and Greifswald, Germany.