It was the International House of Penrose – for one night anyway. Thirteen young distinguished elected officials from five different countries visited Colorado Springs this week. For over 45 years, the American Council of Young Political Leaders, AYCPL has arranged international exchanges for young political leaders worldwide. A different group visits the city once a year, staying at the Broadmoor. The program is designed to build relationships with future leaders from around the world.
A reception at the Penrose House on Wednesday night was the setting for Mayor Steve Bach, Councilman Bernie Herpin, and Commissioner Dennis Hisey to welcome and compare notes with the young leaders, age 25 – 40, representing Indonesia, Malaysia, Samoa, The Philippines and the Marshall Islands. Jack Lym, a young policy-maker from Malaysia, said of his visit to the Springs, “these were the single greatest two weeks of our lives.”
Among the guests at the Penrose House reception were Steve Bartolin, Bill Hybl, Thayer Tutt, Christina McGrath, Carmen Boles, Andy McElhany, Commissioner Dennis Hisey, Councilman Bernie Herpin, Tom Osborne, Kyle Hybl, Emily Orbanek, Maggie Hannin. April Marie Dayap, Hiyasmin Martillo, Carla May Bautista, Beth Onesemo, Nishma Jamore, Enrique Dela Cruz Jr. and David Siegel.