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Mural titled "Ashland—Where Culture Meets Nature", created by Denise Baxter in 2018 in Guanajuato, with views of the colorful city in the background.

Bienvenidos / Welcome to the Amigo Club of Ashland, Oregon: promoting the sister-city relationship between Ashland and Guanajuato Mexico since 1969. In 2019 we are celebrating our 50-year anniversary and we hope you'll join us—just click on "Contact".


The Ashland Chamber of Commerce has named the Amigo Club the “2019 Citizen of the Year” for sustaining 50 years of sister city relations with Guanajuato! To learn more about this prestigious award, please go to Event Blog.


You are kindly invited to a brunch to welcome a group of nursing students and faculty members from Guanajuato as part of the Ashland-Guanajuato Nursing Student Exchange at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at El Tapatío. To RSVP, please contact Mina Turner:


Tickets are now available for the 2019 Guanajuato Nights fundraiser dinner. Please go to the Menu and click on "Donate" to take you to the page where you can purchase your tickets online. Go to this link on the Event Blog——to see photos from last year's event.


Please click on this link 2018 President's Report to download the President's report for 2018

The Amigo Club is a citizen’s support group for the Sister City (Ciudades Hermanas) relationship and the Amistad Exchange Program between Southern Oregon University and the University of Guanajuato. Click for more information.

Each month the Ashland Daily Tidings newspaper features an article (Entre Amigos / Among Friends) about Amigo Club activities. Click to see archive extending back to 2015.

The Ashland Amigo Club sponsors many activities to support Sister City ties between Ashland and Guanajuato. Join us for events that will occur during the 50th anniversary in 2019. Click on Event Blog for more information and to subscribe to receive new posts.

We welcome you to join us!

Ashland Amigo Club named “2019 Citizen of the Year” by Chamber of Commerce

By Karen Grove | October 10, 2019

On October 3, 2019, The Ashland Chamber of Commerce held its 113th Annual Dinner and Award night at the Ashland Hills Hotel. This year’s theme was “Celebrating 50 Year of Sister City Friendship”. It was a surprise when Chamber President Mary Gardiner invited Señora Chela, Mina and Kernan Turner to center stage to receive the…

Ashlanders go to Guanajuato to celebrate 50 years as sister cities

By Karen Grove | June 15, 2019

Around 80 Ashlanders descended on Guanajuato from May 26–31 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our sister-city relationship. Attending were representatives of the Amigo Club, Ashland city government, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, firefighters, among other interest groups. Also in attendance were former Southern Oregon University (SOU) students who went to Guanajuato to study at…

Amigo Club party culminates 50th anniversary celebration in Ashland

By Karen Grove | April 20, 2019

After 6 days filled with a potpourri of celebratory activities, our Guanajuato visitors were treated to a dinner party hosted by the Ashland Amigo Club. Guanajuatenses and locals enjoyed the opportunity for more socializing during an evening that included a full-course dinner (with margaritas!) and dancing to Latin music. Smiles and laughter abounded throughout the…

Welcome to our visitors from Guanajuato!

By Karen Grove | April 5, 2019

Nearly 50 people from Guanajuato have arrived in Ashland to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our sister-city relationship. Today (April 5) was the first day of their six-day visit, which will include meals, tours, and other events sponsored by the Rotary Club, Southern Oregon University, Ashland Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, churches, various business…

Celebrating 50 years of sister-city relationship between Ashland and Guanajuato

By Karen Grove | March 12, 2019

To read the Amigo Club President’s message to members about anniversary events, please download the letter by clicking on “50th_anniversary” below. A brief explanation is provided below; please go to the DONATE page to contribute. 50th_anniversary Mexicans to visit Ashland To celebrate the 50th anniversary between our two cities, visitors from Guanajuato will be visiting…

Celebrating the arts at the 46th Festival International Cervantino in Guanajuato

By Karen Grove | December 9, 2018

The 46th Festival International Cervantino occurred in Guanajuato from 10–28 October. This three-week festival is considered to be Latin America’s biggest celebration of the arts. Although it started as an homage to Miguel de Cervantes, it now includes all types of artistic creations—dance, music, film, theater, visual arts and more. Each year, Guanajuato welcomes thousands…

Report on Guanajuato Nights fundraiser

By Karen Grove | November 23, 2018

The fourth annual Guanajuato Nights fundraiser on 10 November 2018 was a big success! With ticket sales, raffle, silent auction, and live auction, the event had gross receipts of around $20,000. Frances “Faffie” Siekman de Romero, long-time friend of the Amigo Club and supporter of the sister-city relationship, matched the Amigo Club’s receipts by contributing…

Tickets now available for Guanajuato Nights fundraiser on November 10, 2018

By Karen Grove | October 22, 2018

For larger file, click on this link: Guanajuato Nights Flyer               Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 5:00–9:30 PM Location: Rogue River Room, Southern Oregon University (SOU), Ashland Tickets cost $55.00/person. The ticket price includes a multi-course dinner of regional Mexican dishes. To purchase tickets, please contact Mina Turner at or…

Save the Date! Guanajuato Nights on 10 November 2018

By Karen Grove | September 12, 2018

SAVE THE DATE! 4th annual Guanajuato Nights fundraiser for the Amigo Club’s endowed scholarship fund administered by the SOU Foundation Saturday, November 10, 2018, 5:00–9:30 PM Rogue River Room, Southern Oregon University (SOU), Ashland We are committed to having the Amigo Club Endowed Scholarship making a real impact on student exchanges between Ashland and Guanajuato. In the past three years, we…

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