On November 13, 2017, the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Partnership Committee welcomed Thomas Enders to Indianapolis. Mr. Enders, a firefighter from Cologne’s Feuerwache 9, is the latest firefighter to participate in the exchange between the two cities.
On Friday, October 6th, the Indiana German Heritage Society, the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Partnership Committee and the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office dedicated a state historical marker examining the demise of German-language newspapers during WWI. The marker is located at 41 S. Delaware St. The Täglicher Telegraph und Tribüne published near here before it was forced to close in 1918.
On October 1st, 2017, Indianapolis participated in the RheinEnergie Cologne Marathon as part of an all-sister city marathon relay team. Committee Member Colin Renk joined Alexander O’Shea (Cork, IRE), Panagiotis Houzouris (Thessaloniki, GRE), and Gabrielle Voss (Cologne, GER) on the Relay Team which finished 33rd out of 738 with a time of 03:14:20.
On April 29th, 2017, the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Partnership Committee in conjunction with the Indianapolis 1. FC Köln Fan Club hosted a watch party and fundraiser at Union Jack Pub. Even though the game against Borussia Dortmund ended in an unspectacular 0-0 draw, the group raised $244 to help support the Sister City Committee and the School for Community Learning’s 7th/8th grade trip to Bayreuth, Germany.