Goodley receives gift relating to Polish Solidarity movement
By Gail Joiner BCC Publisher
By Gail Joiner
Bandera County Sister Partnership Association (BCSPA) was formed in 2004 with Elenora Goodley as the prime mover behind the sister city-county international outreach movement with the City of Bandera and Bandera County as active participants.
In 2004, then-Mayor Denise Griffin appointed Goodley as City of Bandera Sister Cities Ambassador, enabling her to negotiate and help establish a sister city - county partnership with Strzelce Opolskie, Poland, homeland of many of Bandera County's early Polish settlers.
In turn, Bandera County Commissioners Court appointed Goodley as Bandera County Sister Cities Special Ambassador in 2005. She served in that capacity for seven years when the Bandera County Partnership came under the umbrella of the historical commission.
From 2003 to 2013, Goodley has participated in six exchange visits to Poland. She also spearheaded other sister city-county partnership initiatives, including one with the City of Tysmenytsia in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine. In October 2013, she and her brother conducted a fact-finding tour to Aimargues, France, which culminated with Bandera City Council approving the commune as a sister city with Bandera.
According to Wikipedia.com, “The Cross of Freedom and Solidarity was established to honor members of the democratic opposition in Poland who between the years 1956 and 1989 were killed, seriously wounded or injured, arrested, imprisoned or interned for at least 30 days, who lost jobs or were expelled from school or university for at least 6 months as a result of their activities for the benefit of a free and democratic Poland”. Their efforts resulted in the end of communism in Poland.
On June 5, 2009, during the first Polish Gala in Strzelce Opolskie, Poland, former Mayor Krzyaztof Fabianowski presented Goodley with a golden medal commemorating the 20th anniversary of the end of communism in Poland. On one side is a face of Lech Walesa, Nobel Price winner, and on the other, the logo of Independent Self governing Trade Union “Solidarity”. The translation of the Polish words on the case reads ‘Poland has not perished’.“I think it is the only time one of these medals has been given to anyone outside of Poland”, Goodley remarks. “It is a great honor”.
The Mayor also awarded Goodley with his uniform sabor from the historic Polish movement for freedom. “I will cherish them always”, she said.
In their regular session on Feb 23, Bandera County Commissioners Court approved the Board of Directors of the BCSPA for a two-year term beginning January 9, 2017, and ending December 31, 2018. Directors for the ensuing term are Elenora Goodley, Ambassador, Jordan Rutherford, Pct. 4 Liason, Roy Dugosh, Ambassador Assistant, Cynthia Anderson, Gerald Payne, Andy Wilkerson, Patricia Moore, Ida Hardy, Larry Batto, Rebecca Gibson, City Council Representative and Genie Rutherford.