Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County founding member Doug Sharp was honored with a mayoral proclamation during the Jan. 12 Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.
Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore thanked Sharp for helping to establish the organization in 2001.
“He was elected as president and served for a total of 11 years,” Moore said. “As president, he helped establish relationships with Carleton Place, Canada, County Laois, Ireland and Bad Soden am Taunus, Germany.”
Moore also recognized Sharp for serving continuously on the Sister Cities Board of Directors since the organization’s inception 19 years ago.
Sharp, who owns and operates Sharp Urban Planning, and other members of the Leadership Franklin class of 2000-2001 established Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County as their class project. The goal was to create and build cultural and exchange programs with other cities around the world that would benefit citizens by fostering understanding and goodwill.
“While I certainly appreciate this recognition, I would like to share it with other past presidents, including Patricia Kriebel, Mike Thompson and especially Alderman Pearl Bransford, who recently passed away,” Sharp said. “Her loss has been tremendous, but we are grateful for Pearl’s countless contributions to our organization.”
Moore thanked Sharp for helping to establish the Celebration of Nations multicultural arts festival and the high school student exchange program with Germany. Other accomplishments include working with Canada to bring the Great Pumpkin annually to Pumpkinfest, working with Ireland to bring an Irish dance troupe to the Féile festival and an Irish brass marching band to the Veterans Day parade, and facilitating multiple trips to, and receiving multiple guests from, sister cities.
Moore expressed his appreciation for Sharp’s generosity to the community.
“Doug is always willing to serve with countless volunteer hours and his own financial contribution, and I thank him for his dedicated service,” he said.
Current Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County President Jason Collins also expressed his thanks.
“Doug has done a lot,” he said. “Usually, Leadership Franklin participants end with a presentation and a very nice project they leave for Franklin. Doug’s been with this for 19 years. He’s had some other people with him, but he’s carried the torch for 19 years.”
In addition to Sharp, Cliff Buell, Kim Cannon, Gabrielle Hanson, Patricia Kriebel, Jamie Melton, Mike Thompson and Cheryl Wilson comprise the remaining members of the board.
To learn more about the organization, become involved or make a donation in honor of Bransford, visit http://sistercitiestn.org/.