Recently, Councilor Stef Seffinger traveled to our Sister City, Guanajuato, Mexico. This trip included activities to further cooperation and understanding of important issues and projects between the two sister cities. Her activities while traveling to Guanajuato where mostly focused on people to people exchanges. She attended a national conference on the issue of deforestation in Mexico and helped in planting trees in the mountains surrounding Guanajuato. She visited the Guanajuato water treatment plant to learn about the challenges of providing drinking water to the city and surrounding villages. Another day was spent visiting the city commissions, including a discussion on better maternity and paternity leave for new parents. Councilor Seffinger was also able to visit villages in the surrounding countryside that have benefited from projects by Ashland's Rotary Club who, along with other clubs, have been working on building water tanks and houses in the villages. She received a special presentation and award of recognition from Mayor Edgar Castro Cerrillo and the City Council of Guanajuato for the generosity of the people of Ashland. Below are some photos of Councilor Seffinger's travels.
Here she is at the commission meeting on improving maternity and paternity leave.
Here Councilor Seffinger is learning to create a fire break.
The photo below is of Councilor Seffinger receiving the award from the Mayor of Guanajuato, Edgar Castro Cerrillo, acknowledging the work of the people of Ashland.
The next three pictures are at the water treatment plant learning about the process used to identify bacteria and other contaminants in the water.
Here Councilor Seffinger is helping to plant a tree for Ashland to help stop deforestation.
The next pictures are of a trip to a village outside the City of Guanajuato to bring supplies and toys. During this trip, she visited some of the houses and the water towers being built through funding by Rotarian clubs, including Ashland.
Lastly, here are pictures of time spent in the village learning how tortillas are made and sharing in a meal.