21st Century Islam: A Malaysian Model
Terengganu and Iowa became Sister States in 1987 through an agreement signed by Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Chief Minister Dato Seri Amar Di Raja of Terengganu. Over the years, there have been agriculture, education and arts exchanges. Of Iowa's nine partners around the world, Terengganu is the only Muslim Sister State. ISS has organized two conferences to education Iowans on Islam around the world.
Dr. Janet heinicke is a longtime ISS volunteer. She has held a variety of responsibilities in the organization since the early '90s when she first traveled to Iowa's sister state in Stavropol Krai, Russia. Of that first experience she writes "I discovered so many common interests among the Russian women I met, interests in child care, education, and equity, that I was astonished and pleased. I resolved to do whatever I could do to address the commonality of issues shared across so many miles." Her resolution led to subsequent work as chairman of the Stavropol country committee, and later to work with the Terengganu country committee as well as to the presidency of the organization. Heinicke has traveled to all but one of Iowa's sister states, She has arranged for cultural exchanges of art and artifacts and organized several people to people exchanges. Heinicke, now a retired Professor of Art from Simpson College, maintains her studio in her home in Indianola and teaches at the DM Art Center.