The Times Record, March 1, 2016, by Daneem Kim
The Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program recently appointed Anne Schlitt as the new president of its board of directors. She will be replacing Andy Bailes, who served as president last year and succeeded Deborah Patten’s 15 years of leadership.
Schlitt, a Michigan native who now lives in Phippsburg, is no stranger to Japanese culture. She taught English to high school students in Ako, Japan for three years through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program after graduating from college.
After she moved to Maine and discovered Bath’s connection to Tsugaru, Japan, Schlitt joined the board in 2014, calling it “an amazing coincidence.”
“I realized how … deep the relationships are between Japan and Maine,” she said. “It’s all over the state, and it made me love Maine even more.”