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TYLER SISTER CITY: Lo Barnechea, Chile

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Twinning Ceremonies:
Lo Barnechea:  April 2001
Tyler:   September  2001

2004 Delegation to Lo Barnechea

Twinning documents signed by Lo Barnechea’s COBA representatives during the Chilean visit of Tyler Sister Cities delegates. (COBA President Drina Rendic, Mayor Marla Ehlers Bustamente, Tyler Sister Cities President Ernest Clark, and COBA representative Alex Fernandez.

A newly organized youth orchestra in Lo Barnechea performs for the Tyler visitors. Shown presenting a gift to the conductor is 2004 Tyler Sister Cities vice president, Betty Bower.

Lo Barnechea Chamber of Commerce welcomes Tyler Sister Cities delegates. Dr. Mac Moseley (left) with Wanda Joyce and Evalyn Free share greetings with Lo Barnechea, Chile, representatives on a visit to their Latin Sister City during May, 2004.  At right is Alex Frenandez, COBA official who was one of the hosts of the welcome luncheon for the Tyler visitors. Lo Barnechea is a subdivision of Santiago, Chile

A puppet show at the Lo Barnechea children’s library drew approval from Tyler representatives Wanda Joyce, Tyler City Councilwoman Joyce Scurry, and Evalyn Free during their May 2004 visit.

Lo Barnechea children visit a dental clinic offering free treatment and exams during school. Tyler Sister Cities delegates observed both dental and medical programs during their 2004 visit. Low income residents of the community receive the medical care through funding from the wealthy municipality and Chile’s Ministry of Health offers a variety of resources for all citizens  through a national insurance system. Teachers accompany the class so that lessons are not disrupted during clinics.

Unveiling a plaque identifying the Parque de las Rosas (Park of the Roses) in Lo Barnechea in tribute to the Tyler Sister Cities relationship is Lo Barnechea Mayor Marta Ehlers Bustamente.  The park opened during the May, 2004, visit by Tyler residents including Tyler Sister Cities President and Police Chief Gary Swindle, center.