A four person delegation from the city of Ayotlan, Mexico, held up in Chicago by threatening weather, arrived in Storm Lake just in time for a community welcoming reception last night.
As the members arrived they were warmly greeted by Storm Lake city officials, including Mayor Jon Kruse who later donned a large sombrero that was brought as a gift. Earlier in the evening, the Storm Lake City Council adopted a resolution to welcome Araceli Tabarez Rodriguez, Moises Delgado Kokasta, Sergio Quezadae Mendoza, and Ruben Tejado Torres, in hopes of beginning an international Sister City relationship.
Kruse thanked the visitors for coming and read the resolution.
The delegation was pleased to receive the resolution and had also brought a proposal for the sister city relationship.
"We are glad to see that Storm Lake and Ayotlan have so much in common," Mendoza said through a translator.
Mendoza thanked the many people who helped toward the building of the sister city relationship.
"Even though we are from different countries, we are all on the same planet and should work on the relationship and become family," Mendoza added.
Gifts were exchanged between representatives of both cities. The visitors of Ayotlan shared many gifts, from Mexican woven goods to tequila. Kruse also presented gifts that represented Storm Lake as well.
A welcome dinner was served at The Embers and many people enjoyed deep conversation about forming the sister city relationship.
An open reception was also held so that member so of the community could come and greet Ayotlan representatives, who will continue their visit with many tours of education, industry and medical sites.