Amigo Club of Ashland Oregon,
promoting the sister-city relationship
between Ashland and Guanajuato Mexico
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 celebrated our 50-year anniversary. We hope you'll join us as we embark on another 50 years of cross-border friendships—just click on "Contact".
The Ashland Chamber of Commerce named the Amigo Club “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.
Please click on this link 2021–2022 President's Report to download the President's report for 2022.
Click here to read Peter Finkle's blog about "Rio Amistad", a mural of tilework installed on the stairs and landing between Calle Guanajuato and Granite Street to honor the sister-city relationship between Ashland and Guanajuato.
Click here to read another of Peter Finkle's blog —"Ashland & Guanajuato Murals: Sister City Public Art". It describes the process of getting the murals painted and contains many wonderful photos of both Ashland and Guanajuato.
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.
We welcome you to join us!
Members get together on 22 February 2020 at Grizzly Peak Winery to plan future activities
About 40 Amigo Club members convened on a February afternoon at Grizzly Peak winery to enjoy Argentinian empanadas and accompaniments, select 2020 board members, hear from university students who have participated in the Amistad Program, and plan for club activities during the upcoming year. Members delighted in the convivial atmosphere of the winery venue. Geraldo,…
Another successful Guanajuato Nights fundraiser
The fifth annual Guanajuato Nights fundraiser on 9 November 2019 was again a big success! With ticket sales, raffle, silent auction, and live auction, the event had gross receipts of around $18,000. Frances “Faffie” Siekman de Romero, long-time friend of the Amigo Club and supporter of the sister-city relationship, contributed generously to the scholarship fund…
Ashland Amigo Club named “2019 Citizen of the Year” by Chamber of Commerce
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com or…