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September - October 2015
From the Desk of President Argiris
It’s hard to believe summer is already winding down and we’re nearly
into fall! My favorite event of the summer—the annual Independence Day
celebration—was a wonderful success once again. This year’s newly
Though it can be hard to say goodbye to summer, I personally am looking forward to an exciting opportunity that awaits Wheeling this fall. In October, the Village of Wheeling plans to send a delegation to Korea with the aim of establishing lasting partnerships in the areas of culture, education, tourism, and business. I and three key staff members will be a part of this delegation, along with representatives from the area business community, educational institutions, and the tourism industry. This trip is being made possible at no cost to the Village through the support of the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago (KCCOC) and its partners Grace Church and the First Korean United Methodist Church, all based in Wheeling. Additional supporters include the Korean Consulate General, Congressman Bob Dold, and a number of other churches and individual donors.
Since the opening of the KCCOC headquarters in Wheeling, the Village has become acquainted with the local Korean community through our cooperation on a number of initiatives. Wheeling has already benefitted greatly from the involvement of Korean- Americans, and now seeks to establish a formal relationship with community partners in the Republic of Korea to encourage ongoing international exchanges and ensure that our residents and those of neighboring communities enjoy these benefits for years to come.
Our delegation will explore two levels of partnership: the first between the District of Gangnam and the Tenth United States Congressional District, and the second between the City of Suncheon and the Village of Wheeling. The Gangnam District is the most financially independent of the 27 districts in Seoul, with a population of nearly 600,000 and an area of approximately 40 square kilometers. Gangnam is the most dynamic and prosperous community in Korea, and one of the most impressive communities anywhere in the world. As we learned more about Gangnam, we realized we would need to bring in support from the Tenth United States Congressional District, which is a closer match in terms of its size and economy, and of which Wheeling is a part. I’m pleased to report that Tenth District Congressman Bob Dold will be joining us on our trip to Korea! With the presence of Congressman Dold, our delegation will have the support of regional officials and be able to participate in mutually beneficial introductions and cooperative ventures throughout our visit. This greatly heightens visibility and access for our delegation, making it much more effective.
The coastal City of Suncheon has also expressed interest in establishing a direct city-to-city relationship with the Village of Wheeling. The City of Suncheon has a population of 250,000, and is renowned for its nature preserves. Its major industries are steel and tourism, and education is a primary focus of the city. Suncheon is also surrounded by numerous well-known cities in southeast Korea. The goal is for Wheeling to serve as a home base for the people of Gangnam and Suncheon in their visits to the greater Chicago area.
I would like to express my and the Village’s profound gratitude to the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, the First Korean United Methodist Church, and Grace Church and their many partners for their support of this mission. None of this would be possible without their assistance and advocacy. I look forward to updating you all on our efforts upon my return!