Advisory Commission on International Relationships

Advisory Commission on International Relationships ACIR provides support, coordination, and exchange of information for international programs in the community of Great Falls, Montana.

03/17/2020

The Great Falls Ice Breaker Road Race is Rescheduled for October 4

06/15/2019

Today we say farewell to our 13th Open World delegation, visiting from Ukraine with the focus of Regional Economic Development. What an outstanding group of young professionals! We wish our new friends the best of luck in their future pursuits and endeavors.

04/29/2019

Hosting news: ACIR will be hosting a group of young professionals from Ukraine, June 7-15, 2019. Their focus will be Regional Economic Development. We are still in need of one host family. If you or someone you know would be interested in this opportunity, please send us a private message!

04/27/2019

HIBIKIYA WEATHER UPDATE: The free community concert is still happening, but will be inside the mall foyer (next to Bed, Bath & Beyond), due to inclement weather. Come join us!!!!!!

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04/24/2019

Advisory Commission on International Relationships

They are back!  ACIR is proud to welcome the popular Japanese drumming troupe, "Hibikya" back to Great Falls in honor of...
04/24/2019

They are back! ACIR is proud to welcome the popular Japanese drumming troupe, "Hibikya" back to Great Falls in honor of the 40th Annual Ice Breaker Road Race.

We hope you'll not only join us for the race on Sunday, but also come over to our FREE community concert, courtesy of Hibikiya and the Lethbridge Twinning Society, held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the Holiday Village Mall Parking Lot.

Hope to see you there!

For more information on Hibikiya and the Lethbridge Twinning Society, please visit the following websites:

http://www.lethbridgetwinningsociety.com/

http://hibikiya.ca/

Thank you to all who helped make the International Day Festival at Foothills a success!11 countries were represented in ...
04/11/2019

Thank you to all who helped make the International Day Festival at Foothills a success!

11 countries were represented in music, dance, and costume presentations, including: Italy, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Russia, Japan, South Korea, France, and America.

13 countries were represented with food, to include most of the above, plus Germany and Denmark.

16 different countries were represented in student presentations, including: Guatemala, Honduras, Spain, Germany, Venezuela, Croatia, Bolivia, Peru, Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

116 students participated in this fun and educational community event!

Here are a few photographs from today's International Day Festival at Foothills Community Christian School! An absolutel...
04/10/2019

Here are a few photographs from today's International Day Festival at Foothills Community Christian School! An absolutely wonderful display of culture through music, dance, and food from around the world. So many countries represented through a variety of sensory experiences. Bullfighting, the tango, Russian dancing, baklava, and more!

Here are a few photographs from today's International Day Festival at Foothills Community Christian School! An absolutely wonderful display of culture through music, dance, and food from around the world. So many countries represented through a variety of sensory experiences. Bullfighting, the tango, Russian dancing, baklava, and more!

Did you know one of our favorite activities is welcoming newly naturalized citizens to the United States and the State o...
04/04/2019

Did you know one of our favorite activities is welcoming newly naturalized citizens to the United States and the State of Montana?

Witnessing a U.S. Immigration Naturalization Ceremony can be a beautiful and powerful experience, as seen in this photo of ninety-seven-year-old Mercedes Rosa Ruiz Mejia from Nicaragua taking the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles on April 16, 2013.

Naturalization ceremonies are held approximately 2 times per year at the Missouri River Federal Courthouse in Great Falls, where ACIR has the opportunity to welcome new citizens and congratulate them on their accomplishments. For more information on community events and joining ACIR, please send us a private message.

We are excited to partner with Foothills Community Christian School for their inaugural International Festival! Students...
04/04/2019

We are excited to partner with Foothills Community Christian School for their inaugural International Festival! Students will be exploring sights, sounds, taste and history from around the world. If you'd like more information regarding the International Festival, please call Kerri Koteskey at 452-5276.

Yesterday afternoon, Head of School David Culpepper and Spanish teacher Ana Micheli were blessed to accept a donation from the Advisory Commission on International Relationships! ACIR Board Member and Foothills parent Charity Jacobson presented the check. Donated funds will assist with the purchase of world flags, decor, costumes and food items for our International Festival. Thank you ACIR!

Please plan to attend our inaugural event next Wednesday, April 10 at 11:50am. The event is a recognition of God's creation of the diversity among peoples and will celebrate world cultures through music, dance and food.

#FCCSCommunityPartnershipProgram #InternationalFestival #FCCSCPP

Interested in being part of the support, coordination, and exchange of information for international programs in our com...
01/21/2019

Interested in being part of the support, coordination, and exchange of information for international programs in our community? Think about coming to an ACIR meeting!

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 7 PM, in the Rainbow Room of the Civic Center. The public is welcome.

Here is a recent post by the Open World delegation (via the U.S. Embassy page) who recently traveled to Montana...
11/28/2018

Here is a recent post by the Open World delegation (via the U.S. Embassy page) who recently traveled to Montana from Belarus, about their trip.# Great Falls College MSU

Беларускія спецыялісты ў галіне энергетыкі завяршылі сваё знаёмства з амерыканскім вопытам у рамках праграмы Open World. Удзельнікі наведалі сталіцу ЗША г. Вашынгтон, а таксама атрымалі магчымасць на свае вочы ўбачыць, як забяспечваецца энергетычная бяспека і развіваецца альтэрнатыўная энергетыка ў штаце Мантана. Група дала інтэрв'ю мясцовым СМІ, сустрэлася з мэрам горада Грэйт-Фолс, а таксама наведала нафтаперапрацоўчы завод, гідраэлектрастанцыю, ветрапарк, дэпартамент навакольнага асяроддзя штата і шэраг навучальных устаноў. Падчас праграмы ўсе дэлегаты пражывалі ў амерыканскіх сем'ях, што дало ім магчымасць убачыць жыццё амерыканскага грамадства знутры. Усе ўдзельнікі адзначылі высокі ўзровень арганізацыі праграмы і яе пазітыўны ўплыў на паляпшэнне ўзаемаразумення паміж народамі Беларусі і ЗША. #OWLC

Farewell to our 2018 delegation from Belarus! We had a great time learning about alternative energy and energy security....
11/17/2018

Farewell to our 2018 delegation from Belarus! We had a great time learning about alternative energy and energy security. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make our hosting possible, especially our host families! We would also like to express our gratitude to City Commissioner Bill Bronson, for sharing about his time in Russia and Belarus.

Our new friends are having a fun evening with the Harlem Globetrotters!
11/15/2018

Our new friends are having a fun evening with the Harlem Globetrotters!

A warm welcome to our 2018 delegation from Belarus!
11/09/2018

A warm welcome to our 2018 delegation from Belarus!

A BIG thanks to all of the folks who came down to Mighty Mo Brewing Company to support ACIR last night!  We had a great ...
06/26/2018

A BIG thanks to all of the folks who came down to Mighty Mo Brewing Company to support ACIR last night! We had a great turnout for Raise-A-Pint night. We want to extend a special thank you to BEEF N BONE Steakhouse, Saibeen's Kitchen. Authentic East Indian and East African Cuisine., Aizada Imports and Maurer Fireworks, for their donation of silent auction items. We couldn't have done it without you!

Advisory Commission on International Relationships
06/23/2018

Advisory Commission on International Relationships

A warm welcome on behalf of ACIR to the 25 new citizens (from 18 countries) who took their Oaths of Citizenship and were naturalized before Hon. Robert Holter in U.S. District Court yesterday.

ACIR would also like to extend thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution for the wonderful reception.

A warm welcome on behalf of ACIR to the 25 new citizens (from 18 countries) who took their Oaths of Citizenship and were...
06/22/2018

A warm welcome on behalf of ACIR to the 25 new citizens (from 18 countries) who took their Oaths of Citizenship and were naturalized before Hon. Robert Holter in U.S. District Court yesterday.

ACIR would also like to extend thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution for the wonderful reception.

Advisory Commission on International Relationships's cover photo
06/21/2018

Advisory Commission on International Relationships's cover photo

01/15/2018

Just a reminder:

The City of Great Falls will again be conducting a training session for all members of Boards and Commissions who are appointed by the City Commission and for elected Neighborhood Council members. Training will be held on January 22 and 23, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Please plan on attending one of the sessions. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Krista Artis at 455-8450 or [email protected] by Friday January 12, 2018.

12/18/2017

Happy holidays on behalf of ACIR. Just a reminder, our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 7 PM, in the Rainbow Room of the Civic Center. We’ll be talking about western art! The public is welcome.

11/27/2017

Just a reminder, this month's meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, November 28, 2017, at 7 PM, and will be held in the Rainbow Room of the Civic Center. Our focus will be City of Great Falls advisory board policies and procedures, with special guest presenters City Attorney Sara Sexe and City Clerk Lisa Kunz. The public is welcome.

11/09/2017

We had such a wonderful time with our group of young professionals from Armenia. If you are interested in hearing more about ACIR and what we do, come and join us at our next meeting! This month's meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 28, 2017, at 7 PM, and will be held in the Rainbow Room of the Civic Center. Our focus will be City of Great Falls advisory board policies and procedures, with special guest presenters City Attorney Sara Sexe and City Clerk Lisa Kunz.

Open World Hosting, Day 7 - Presentation by Hank Branom of the Federal Defenders of Montana, followed by a tour of the M...
11/03/2017

Open World Hosting, Day 7 - Presentation by Hank Branom of the Federal Defenders of Montana, followed by a tour of the Missouri River Federal Courthouse.

Open World Hosting, Day 5 - Highlights from Freedom of Information Forum at Sletten Cancer Institute.
11/03/2017

Open World Hosting, Day 5 - Highlights from Freedom of Information Forum at Sletten Cancer Institute.

Open World Hosting, Day 4 - Meetings with staff of Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines, and Representative Greg Gia...
11/02/2017

Open World Hosting, Day 4 - Meetings with staff of Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines, and Representative Greg Gianforte, presentation with the Great Falls Rotary Club, and Tour of the Charlie Russell Museum.

Day 3 Continued - Tour of the Capital and meetings with Montana Attorney General, Tim Fox, attorney Mike Meloy, and Mont...
11/02/2017

Day 3 Continued - Tour of the Capital and meetings with Montana Attorney General, Tim Fox, attorney Mike Meloy, and Montana Commissioner on Political Practices, Jeff Mangan.

Day 3, Continued. - We had a great discussion with Edwin Bender, ED of National Institute of Money and Politics.
11/02/2017

Day 3, Continued. - We had a great discussion with Edwin Bender, ED of National Institute of Money and Politics.

Open World Hosting, Day 3 - Our Armenian guests visited Helena, MT on Monday, October 30th. The day's theme was Transpar...
11/02/2017

Open World Hosting, Day 3 - Our Armenian guests visited Helena, MT on Monday, October 30th. The day's theme was Transparency in Government, Montana Freedom of Information. First stop was Carroll College, where they visited with Sasha Fendrick, ED for WorldMontana.

2017 Open World Hosting - Days 1 & 2
10/30/2017

2017 Open World Hosting - Days 1 & 2

A warm Great Falls welcome to our 2017 Open World delegation from Armenia. 🌍
10/27/2017

A warm Great Falls welcome to our 2017 Open World delegation from Armenia. 🌍

The excitement is growing around here as we prepare to welcome our 2017 Open World delegation from Armenia tomorrow afte...
10/26/2017

The excitement is growing around here as we prepare to welcome our 2017 Open World delegation from Armenia tomorrow afternoon! Stay tuned for photos and updates on their Montana adventures.This year’s theme is: “Themes of Accountability & Ethics in Government: E-Freedom of Information.”

08/23/2017

Interested in being part of the support, coordination, and exchange of information for international programs in our community? Think about coming to an ACIR meeting!

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 7 PM, in the Rainbow Room of the Civic Center. The public is welcome.

Photos from Advisory Commission on International Relationships's post
04/24/2017

Photos from Advisory Commission on International Relationships's post

Great story regarding our longtime friends from the north. We are thrilled to have Hibikiya performing during the Icebre...
04/23/2017
Great Falls Tribune

Great story regarding our longtime friends from the north. We are thrilled to have Hibikiya performing during the Icebreaker tomorrow!

Every year for more than a decade, Harold Pereverseff has been leading a group of runners 185 miles south down I-15 from Lethbridge for the Ice Breaker, the 38th annual of which is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in downtown Great Falls.

03/28/2017

Interested in being part of the support, coordination, and exchange of information for international programs in our community? Think about coming to join us at an ACIR meeting!

ACIR meeting this week: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 7 PM, in the Rainbow Room of the Civic Center. The public is welcome.

Please join us tonight from 7:00-8:00 p.m., at the Great Falls Public Library (301 2nd Ave North), as our visiting Russi...
06/09/2016
Russian Firefighters Learn From Montana Counterparts

Please join us tonight from 7:00-8:00 p.m., at the Great Falls Public Library (301 2nd Ave North), as our visiting Russian delegation delivers public presentations regarding their country, professions, education, and culture.

A delegation of Russian firefighters and conservationists is in Montana getting a western perspective on forestry and fire management. The delegation spent

It's that time again! Our 2016 Open World Russian delegation is here. This year's theme is "Acceptable Governance: Fores...
06/08/2016

It's that time again! Our 2016 Open World Russian delegation is here. This year's theme is "Acceptable Governance: Forest Management/ Fire Protection." Yesterday evening our 5 delegates received a welcome proclamation from Mayor Kelly and the City Commission. If you see the delegation around town, please say hello.

Sandra Corbitt speaking about Mexico at this month's International Speaker Series
04/02/2016

Sandra Corbitt speaking about Mexico at this month's International Speaker Series

Sophia Sparklin speaking about Germany & Poland at the International Speaker Series.
03/05/2016

Sophia Sparklin speaking about Germany & Poland at the International Speaker Series.

Thank you KFBB for featuring ACIR's International Speaker Series on Friday's Community Spotlight. We hope everyone will ...
01/10/2016

Thank you KFBB for featuring ACIR's International Speaker Series on Friday's Community Spotlight.

We hope everyone will join us at our new event location, the Celtic Cowboy, the first Saturday of each month from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., to learn more about the diverse cultural community in Great Falls.

If you or someone you know is interested in speaking, please send us a message!

ACIR's own Liz Guidara speaking at our International Speaker Series about her experience as a South Korean being adopted...
01/10/2016

ACIR's own Liz Guidara speaking at our International Speaker Series about her experience as a South Korean being adopted into an Italian-American family. Great job, Liz!

Camile Reovan speaking about St. Thomas at this month's International Speaker Series
12/05/2015

Camile Reovan speaking about St. Thomas at this month's International Speaker Series

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