LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - World Services of La Crosse recognized three local citizens for their work in global exchanges and partnerships. There are many people that are surprised at the global impact that La Crosse has on the world. This is the World Services 3rd annual Citizen Diplomacy Celebration. This celebration honors the people who have been building global awareness and their work around the world.
Charles E. Hanson has worked for over 25 year to promote and advance world peace through personal relationships. He has volunteered countless hours to promote La Crosse's Sister Cities Program, which includes Dubna, Russia in 1990 and Luoyang, China in 1997. He is also the founding president of sister city relationships in Bantry, Ireland and Forde, Norway. He founded the La Crosse Riverside International Friendship Gardens. There are plans for additional gardens to celebrate each sister city relation.
Lee Rasch is the chair of the La Crosse Friends of Cameroon which is a citizen-based organization that helps provide support for health and technology projects in Cameroon. He is also the President of Western Technical College where he is very involved with students who come from Cameroon to help them obtain nursing degrees.
Chad Seitz is a student ambassador from West Salem High School. He is actively involved in promoting cultural awareness and international understanding. He has lived on 3 different continents and traveled to more than 40 countries on 5 different continents. He has ties to friends in Cuba, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Egypt, Venezuela and South Korea. He hopes to continue his career, possibly working for the United Nations, State Department or UNESCO.
This event was made possible by Don and Roxanne Weber, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Mayo Clinic Health System, and Franciscan Healthcare.
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