The Mayor's Committee for International Friendship (MCIF) and the Lincoln Council for International Visitors (LCIV) elected officers at the joint annual meeting October 25 at the Knolls Restaurant in Lincoln.
Officers elected for 2012-2013 are Brian Ridenour, President; Micheal Short, Vice-President; Debbie Engstrom, Secretary; Elaine Hammer, Treasurer; Lisa Lee, First Contact; Dolores Mather, Advisor; Lee Rockwell, Director; Roger Ehlers, Newsletter Editor; and Carmelee Tuma, Public Relations.
Stan Garbacz, Agricultural Trade Representative for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, presented a program titled, "Nebraska and the World - Marketing Nebraska Agriculture." The UNL International Folk Dance Group performed dances from various countries, and Mather was recognized for over 25 years of service to MCIF/LCIV.
LCIV provides support for the MCIF, a volunteer organization which hosts visitors from around the world. The committee sets up visits with professional counterparts and plans cultural exchanges and learning experiences to promote international understanding among the visitors and citizens in the Lincoln area. Participants are established or potential foreign leaders and are selected by American Embassies overseas to visit the United States to experience this country firsthand. Any individuals interested in volunteering to help MICF/LCIV in their mission can contact Ridenour at 402-488-4500 or Engstrom at 402-327-9936.