Longtime Fort Worth Sister Cities member Michael S. Hyatt, Oklahoma State ’66, was presented the Sister Cities International Chairman’s Award at the national conference held in San Antonio July 10—14, 2013. This award is presented to an individual at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board of the national organization. When asked why Mr. Hyatt was honored, Board Chair Tom Lisk of Richmond, Virginia said this:
“It was my honor to present the Chairman’s Award to a past Chair of Sister Cities International, Mike Hyatt, in recognition for all that Mike has done to advance Sister Cities, locally, nationally and internationally since he completed his term as Chairman in 2010. Mike easily could have stepped away after his successful two year term as Chairman leaving it to others to carry the torch. Instead, he has continued to be very active with his local program in Fort Worth and has continued to be a leader at the national level, including serving as a trusted advisor and mentor to me as the current Chair. Also, Mike’s early and very generous support of the SCI Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C. was critical to the success of our largest fundraising event in many years. So, it was with great appreciation and deep respect that I was honored to give to Mike Hyatt the Chairman’s Award in recognition of his devotion of time, talent and treasure to Sister Cities International.”
Hyatt has been a member of Fort Worth Sister Cities for thirteen years serving as Chairman of the Board, Treasurer, Government Relations Chair and Nagaoka, Japan Chair, as well as many other leadership positions. In addition to his work with Sister Cities, Mike also serves on the Fort Worth Zoo board of directors as Treasurer and on the Oklahoma State University Foundation board.
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan serving as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in programs in 140 countries on six continents. Sister Cities International advances peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian, and economic development exchanges. It serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices in the field of citizen diplomacy.