It’s been nearly 10 years since the first delegation of Muravlenko, Russia, residents first set foot on Claremore soil.

On Oct. 31, or thereabouts, another seven Muravlenko citizens will arrive in Claremore for a two-week stay.

Jerry L. Hastings, who coordinates the Sister City Exchange program, told a meeting at City Hall Wednesday that he has met with the individuals prior to their coming to the United States and “know all adults personally from previous visits.”

The names of those coming to Claremore are: Mikhail Alekseyenko, Alexey Fernyuk, Alifiya Badykova, Shaknoza Salimova, Anzhelika Khokhlyutina, Vasily Bykovskiy and Alexander Smakouz.

The city will fund a portion of the visit including a welcome lunch at City Hall, a sponsor dinner in Tulsa, a trip to the Oklahoma City Memorial, gifts, event entrance fees and some meals. The cost will be around $4,000.

Centrilift — a Division of Baker Hughes is a sponsor for the exchange program. Centrilift has been directly involved with bringing the program to Claremore and assists with the funding.

While in town, the four students and three adults will be touring the city, bowling, touring the Gilcrease Museum, attending the Will Rogers Parade, touring Rogers State University, the Jenks Aquarium, downtown, the county sites, Oklahoma City Memorial Museum, Wool-a-Roc, Ponca City and the State Capitol, as well as attending a piano music concert at the new Performing Arts Center and traveling to Stillwater for an OSU football game.

“This is a really big deal for these students,” Hastings said. “Many of them have never traveled outside.”

Hope Savage who is assisting with the hosting activities said some of the students have never even traveled to Moscow.

The Sister City Committee is making all arrangements for host families and all food, housing and transportation. The City will assume responsibility for the students during the stay in the United States.

A Claremore delegation is expected to travel to Muravlenko in March 2007.

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