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City Council sanctions a trip to sister city Poysdorf sometime in September

DREAMSTIME PHOTO - A team of delegates from Newberg will visit sister city Poysdorf, Austria, in September.

The relationship between Newberg and the tiny town of Poysdorf, Austria, was cemented in 2006 when the two bergs became sister cities. After a pause due to the pandemic, that relationship will be rekindled when a delegation of Newberg officials and residents journey to Austria in September.

And they'll travel with the blessing of the City Council after it approved a resolution on July 18 sanctioning the trip.

"A trip is being planned for representatives of the community as well as the mayor and city manager and their spouses to visit Poysdorf, Austria, as part of a cultural and economic exchange," the council packet said.

Newberg Mayor Rick Rogers said in email that the delegation hopes to "further exchange" on concentrate on commerce, education and culture.

"While there we will show Newberg-area photos by Charlie Hyman, a video by (Mountainview Middle School) students and a business-focused video of Newberg prepared by Jungle Media," Rogers said, adding that the visit coincides with the town's wine festival.

The hosts for the visit, the Poysdorf City Council, have offered to pay for accommodations and meals for the in-town portion of the visit. The delegates will pay for their own air fare and other accommodations for the "non-Poysdorf" part of the trip, the agenda said. The council was required under city code to pass a resolution in order to accept the Austrian city's largesse.

"Nothing is being paid for the city of Newberg," Rogers said. "It is private individuals who are going on this trip."

The benefits of the visit are varied. "The sister city exchange program is of considerable value to Newberg," the agenda said. "In line with its original goal, it allows the exchange of information on viniculture for economic development, as well as furthering the goals of peace, youth exchange and cultural exchange."

A delegation from Poysdorf last visited Newberg three or four years ago, Rogers said, adding that September will mark the third time Newberg has sent a delegation to Europe.

Poysdorf is a city of about 2,200 people in the northeastern tip of the country in the district of Mistlebach and the state of Lower Austria. Just miles from the country's border with the Czech Republic, it sits within the country's historic Veltlinerland wine region and was established more than 900 years ago.

In addition to Rogers, delegates traveling to Europe include Waltraut Kinder Goertzen of Austrian American Council NW; Lynn Weygandt, owner/manager of Windrose Conference & Meeting Center; Lisa Rogers, deputy director of CASA of Oregon; David Adelsheim, founder of Adelsheim Vineyards; Ron Sanchez, professor of management at the Copenhagen Business School and a local winemaker; Chuck Lamping, industrial products manager at Hampton Lumber; Lynn Lamping, a trainer at the Oregon Dyslexia Institute; Newberg City Manager Will Worthey; Alyssa Worthey, a Oregon Department of Corrections employee.

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