5-year cooperation of Nowy Tomyśl and Biesenthal

On 13 December 2004 in Nowy Tomyśl took place a celebration on account of the fifth anniversary of signing the partner contract between the municipalities of Nowy Tomyśl and Biesenthal-Barnim.

The day 13 December 2004 was a special date for Nowy Tomyśl and the German municipality Biesenthal-Barnim. Five years ago these two municipalities signed a partner contract. On this account the local authorities of both municipalities and representatives of institutions and associations, which take part in the international cooperation, met in Nowy Tomyśl for this anniversary celebration.

Meeting, which was organized in a conference room of the Nowy Tomyśl Culture Center, gathered over 80 participants. The celebration was inaugurated by the mayor of Nowy Tomyśl, Henryk Helwing, who welcomed all guests. Then the director of the Biesenthal-Barnim Union, Hans-Ulrich Kühne, delivered his speech welcoming all visitors from Biesenthal and presented the content of the letter composed by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland declaring the time from May 2005 to April 2006 "Polish Year in Germany" and "German Year in Poland".

Next, Marzena Kortus, City Hall PR-Inspector, showed a multimedia presentation about the story of establishing cooperation and its course.

The most important part of the event was decoration of the Director of the Biesenthal-Barnim Union, Hans-Ulrich Kühne, and the mayor of Biesenthal, Thomas Kuther, by the president of the Nowy Tomyśl City Council, Eleonora Ścieszek with a distinction "Person of Merit of the municipality and the city of Nowy Tomyśl" on the strength of the resolution of the City Council in Nowy Tomyśl of 5 November 2004. This is the highest distinction that can be given by the City Council in Nowy Tomyśl. The decorated inhabitants of Biesenthal were genuinely surprised and happy.

Then the mayor of Nowy Tomyśl, Henryk Helwing, and the Director of the Biesenthal-Barnim Union, Hans-Ulrich Kühne, signed an Act of Renewal of the Partner Contract of 13.12.1999 with the following content:

"On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of signing the partner contract between Nowy Tomyśl and Biesenthal, we declare ourselves willing to future cooperation and implementation of the provisions of the contract with the aim to deepen the friendship of the Nowy Tomyśl and Biesenthal inhabitants and to contribute to development of the befriended regions." A nice element of the celebration were presents, prepared by both sides. Visitors from Germany brought a tasty cake, the decoration of which referred to the fifth anniversary of signing the partner contract. This wonderful cake was served on ceramic service made by a company from Biesenthal. Director of the Biesenthal-Barnim Union emphasized that six elements of the service stand for the six municipalities of the Biesenthal-Barnim Union. The gift from Nowy Tomyśl was a photo album with photographs of city and municipality as well as a glass block with the coat of arms of Nowy Tomyśl. The celebration was accompanied by an exhibition where effects of the cooperation of Nowy Tomyśl and Biesenthal were presented. The guests from Germany were also asked to visit the exhibition of occasional tables. The event was also honoured by Christmas carols' concert given by a Youth Vocal Ensemble from the Nowy Tomyśl Culture Center and a concert of students from the Witold Lutosławski National Music School of the I Degree from Nowy Tomyśl. After the meeting in the Nowy Tomyśl Culture Center, the guests from Germany were invited to visit two companies operating in Nowy Tomyśl: the Top-Tomyśl milk cooperative and the Phoenix Contact Wielkopolska Sp. z o.o. The visit in Nowy Tomyśl was also a possibility for showing the current image of the city and novelties of the last five years. The most important part of the walk around city was showing its wicker image.

The atmosphere of the meeting on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of signing the partner contract can be described as nice and friendly. Both cities already have plans of development and deepening of the partner cooperation. The next years of cooperation will therefore swarm with new mutual programmes and initiatives.

It is worth mentioning that within the partner cooperation between the municipalities of Nowy Tomyśl and Biesenthal-Barnim until now the following entities have established cooperation: primary schools from Jastrzębsko Stare and Wytomyśl with primary schools in Biesenthal, Primary School no. 2 in Nowy Tomyśl with a school in Grüntal, fire-fighters from volunteer fire brigades, Polish Alliance for Retired Citizens, Pensioners and Handicapped with the tourist association "Przyjaciele Natury" ("Friends of Nature"), football players from the LKS Korona Bukowiec with the Melchow-Grüntal Club, members of the National Defence League with the Marksmanship Guild in Biesenthal. Several individual contacts were also developed. Relations between the partner municipalities enable mutual exchange of information and experience and are at the same time an opportunity for entertainment and relaxation and are a chance for spending free time and visiting new regions.