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Some well-deserved recognition

May 24, 2013
Del Christensen (right), Executive Director for Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS), accepts the Iowa Senate certificate of recognition, which is presented by Senator Daryl Beall (left).

Del Christensen (right) accepts the Iowa Senate Certificate of Recognition, presented by Senator Daryl Beall (left).

On Tuesday May 7, Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) received a great present for the organization’s twentieth birthday. Del Christensen, Executive Director for IRIS, accepted certificates of recognition from both the Iowa State Senate and Iowa House of Representatives.

The Senate certificate of recognition, presented by Senator Daryl Beall, was dedicated to IRIS to recognize the year 2013 as the organization’s twentieth year of programming. IRIS was founded in Iowa and has organized international programs with more than 1,600 participants from 31 different countries over the past twenty years.

As Senator Beall presented the accolade to Christensen, he and his senate colleagues praised the integral role that IRIS has played in citizen diplomacy throughout the world. In addition to this official recognition from the Senate, IRIS also received a certificate of recognition from the Iowa House. Both chambers of the Iowa General Assembly recognized the important and valuable contributions that IRIS has made to better relationships between Iowa and Iowans and the international community. They also went on to congratulate the men and women of Iowa who have bettered the world by contributing to the IRIS’ mission to promote international understanding, peace and development.

The entire IRIS family was elated to receive the certificates of recognition. “IRIS has created a legacy of cross-cultural understanding and lifelong friendships between the citizens of Iowa and the international community

2007 YES students visit tour the Capitol in Des Moines, IA.

2007 YES students visit tour the Capitol in Des Moines, IA.

through their international exchange programs.  Our visits to the state capitol with our YES students and other IRIS program participants is always a memorable experience for those international guests.” Christensen said.

It is important to IRIS that their contributions were honored in a building where so many of their IRIS program participants have visited and continue to visit. Having been recognized in both the Iowa House and Senate chambers is a great honor to IRIS as we continue to build citizen diplomacy in the state.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane Ann Cotton permalink
    May 31, 2013 3:36 PM

    Congratulations to IRIS for recognition in the Iowa Senate. IRIS’ work globally has been amazing.
    Jane Ann Cotton
    OPEN, Newton, IA

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