Welcome to C-GSCA's Fall 2014 Newsletter.
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Our Mission:
To collaborate with the people of Gondar to develop sustainable solutions and promote cultural awareness, respect, and understanding

Words from the President

As you may know, the Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association (C-GSCA), received the Sister Cities International "2014 Best Overall Program" award for mid-sized cities in the United States. The award was presented to Mayor Julie Manning at the September City Council meeting and is now displayed in City Hall.

I hope you enjoy hearing about our many activities and projects. Most importantly, I am grateful for your continued support making it possible to continue our mission in Gondar.  I look forward to seeing you in our upcoming events and projects this Fall, 2014 and the new year of 2015.
Robel Tadesse

Announcing C-GSCA’s New Board Members

C-GSCA is pleased to announce that the following four new Board members began their service on July 1 at the start of the organization’s new fiscal year:”   

(from left to right)

Lorenzo Ciannelli, Associate Professor in fisheries oceanography at College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. He and his wife, Meta, have two children, one having been adopted from Ethiopia.  Both children attend the Corvallis Montessori School.

Racquel Rancier. Senior Policy Coordinator for the Oregon Water Resources Department. She also serves as the Department's Public Information Officer and works with the Oregon Water Resources Commission on administration and management of water and water-related issues.

Ari Grossman-Naples Associate Director of OSU Printing and Mailing Services. He and his wife have four children; two of which were adopted from Ethiopia. His family also sponsors two girls in Gondar through World's Children, a charity child-sponsorship organization working with C-GSCA.

Robert Blackman, high school teacher/educator in Global Studies and World Literature at the Albany Options School. He was formerly youth pastor in South Central Los Angeles, Athens, Georgia, and Corvallis, and has directed student service projects to countries in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Mexico.

   Another Fun and Successful Walk for Water, Saturday, July 12

C-GSCA wishes to thank the Corvallis community,  Mayor Julie Manning and Ward 6 representative, Joel Hirsch, and the many volunteers, members and friends who walked with us on Saturday, July 12 at our annual Walk for Water: Ethiopia 2014.  The proceeds from this event will go towards making water more accessible, and drinkable to residents in our sister city, Gondar.  

Participants walked the 3 mile (5K) course from the Benton County Fairgrounds though Bald Hill Park.  The distance walked represents the average distance walked by Ethiopians, principally women and children, in their daily quest for safe drinking water.  Many of the participants enjoyed an Ethiopian lunch of injera bread and wats (stews) after their walk.

A special thanks goes out to Richard Raymond for his help coordinating this successful event!

C-GSCA Receives "2014 Best Overall Program" Award

On Saturday, August 2, Sister Cities International (SCI) awarded C-GSCA the “2014 Best Overall (Sister City) Program” for a city with a population of 25,000-50,000+.   

Volunteers Dan and Karen Sundseth and Don and Maxine Prickel (holding the award in the photo) attended Sister Cities International’s annual conference in San Jose, California to accept the award on behalf of the C-GSCA.

The award was based on the C-GSCA’s water-related and education projects in 2013, including digging of wells, construction of toilet/shower units, tree planting for prevention of soil erosion, school computers, library books and classroom supplies, teacher trainings, and student exchange activities.

1st Annual Garage Sale” Benefits School in Ethiopia

C-GSCA is extremely grateful for the many neighbors and friends who supported and attended C-GSCA’s first annual garage sale/fund-raiser on Saturday, September 6.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity of those who supported the sale through their purchases and donations.  

Outstanding Volunteer:
Crystal Karnowski

The garage sale proceeds totaled over $1,100 and will support our Gondar sister school, Tsadiku Yohannes Elementary School, in a variety of ways, including classroom materials, books for the library, computer upgrades, teacher training, and cultural student exchanges.

C-GSCA recognizes Crystal Karnowski as an “outstanding volunteer.”   High energy, determined, committed to the work of C-GSCA, Crystal recently became the “quiet leader” behind the scenes of C-GSCA’s first successful annual garage sale fund-raiser, Saturday, September 6. 

In addition, Crystal is a member of C-GSCA’s Education and Public Awareness Work Groups, and co-chair for the parents of adopted Ethiopian children. She and her husband, Eric, have three children, one adopted from Ethiopia.  

We are very excited to partner with Barefoot Books, an award-winning children’s book publisher.

Barefoot Books fit well with the mission of C-GSCA - We want children to develop a love of reading and an appreciation for the world’s many cultures. Barefoot Books’ emphasis on imagination, creativity, diversity, and community are a wonderful addition to schools and homes.  There are many books sharing the African cultures through stories and beautiful artwork.

Shop on-line using this link: between now and December 6th.
C-GSCA will receive 20% of sales to go toward the education workgroup projects.

Take advantage of the current Discount Code GIFTFREE5, when you buy 4 gifts, you get the 5th one free until November 25th.

We hope that you will participate in this fundraiser.

Please pass along this fundraiser to friends and grandparents—It's a great way to get a jumpstart on holiday gift shopping and make a difference to C-GSCA!

Feel free to contact Naomi Hirsch (, 541-829-0084) if you have any questions or need help finding that perfect gift.
Fall 2014

In This Issue

Welcome New Board Members
Walk for Water 2014
2014 Best Overall Program Award
1st Annual Garage Sale Benefits School in Ethiopia
C-GSCA/Barefoot Books Holiday On-line Shopping Fundraiser

Corvallis Delegation to Ethiopia
November 2-21, 2014

Enthusiastic about making a difference with others?

Fascinated by other cultures and customs?

Assist with projects related to classroom education,  health and/or water issues.
For More Info,  Contact Maxine Prickel,,
or call 541-760-5588.

C-GSCA Membership Drive: 
November-December, 2014

Are you a current member?

Membership dues support C-GSCA’s financial and administrative responsibilities that result in making a difference in the lives of our friends in Gondar, Ethiopia. 
Join now and become a member!

To register as a member
, click here.

February-March, 2014: Container Shipment

C-GSCA is partnering with the Ethiopia Project, an organization in Portland, Oregon to send a 20-foot container to Gondar in February-March, 2015. 

Donated items included in the container shipment are:
1) Science and lab equipment and supplies
2) Science and math textbooks
3) Computers
4) Library and reference books,
5) Eyeglasses ("readers")
6) Classroom support materials (pens, pencils, chalk, colored markers, notebooks)
7) Science journals (back issues; any topics) for Gondar University’s new College of Agriculture and Forestry

World of Good and World’s Children will also partner with C-GSCA in this shipment.

To donate items,  contact shipment coordinator, Ray William,  (541-753-1979 or email:

"Ethiopia: Our Mission in the Horn of Africa"

Hosted by the Mission Committee
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 SW. West Hills Rd., Corvallis.
(All sessions begin at 9:30 am.)

--October 5  Dr. Badege Bishaw : “The Geography, Land and Culture of Ethiopia”

--October 12 : Dr. Ray William: “Gondar Public Works Projects Supported by Her Sister City.”

--October 19: David Purviance  (World’s Children): Gondar and Ethiopian Children’s Ministries.

Announcing a lecture:


"Humanity Before Us: Crossing the Cultural Divide"

Wednesday, October 29th  7:00 PM
OSU's LaSells-Stewart Center

C-GSCA encourages members and friends to a free event featuring noted photographer, Joni Kabana, who will address the challenges of working in Ethiopia and communicating across cultures including the importance of maintaining an awareness of ethics in capturing photo  images and stories in an cross-cultural environment.

Save This Date!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ethiopian Cultural Dinner & Auction  

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 SW. West Hills Rd., Corvallis.
Advanced Ticket Sales: 541-760-0252

A benefit for our sister school, Tsadiku Yohannes Public Elementary School in Gondar.
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