According to information provided by Randy Weseman, assistant superintendent of Lawrence public schools, student delegates are required to submit essays and applications before being selected for the exchange.
A committee consisting of members of the Friends of Hiratsuka review the applications and make selections. The overall value of the trip is about $4,000. Students selected for the trip are committed to providing $1,500 to offset expenses. The remaining balance is made up from donations, scholarship funds and the city of Hiratsuka.
The Friends of Hiratsuka and the Friends of Eutin (Germany) are currently developing criteria under which full scholarships may be awarded to selected student delegates. The Sister Cities Advisory Board oversees activities and budgets for both volunteer groups.
What can you tell me about the Bromelsick family that left money for the annual Christmas party?
Funds for the annual Christmas party were provided by Alfred Bromelsick, a local businessman who left his entire estate to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H organizations when he died in 1950.
Bromelsick was involved in farming, banking and real estate. He never married.
The annual party is free for members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H programs. Children and their families are treated to a variety show and candy at the party. The event has been held at Kansas University's Lied Center in recent years.
In addition to the party, money from the Bromelsick has been used to purchase Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps and to pay for 4-H summer camps.
Bromelsick is buried, along with his mother, father and brother at Oak Hill Cemetery.