Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 20 and 21 - Noon To Noon - Giving Partner Challenge

Once again Sarasota Sister Cities participates in the

2016 Giving Challenge
with Matching Support from 
The Patterson Foundation

For each contribution to Sister Cities from new donors -- up to $100 apiece --The Patterson Foundation will provide an AMAZING 2 to 1 MATCH! 

And that’s not all, folks -- contributions from returning donors – up to $100 each – will be matched 1 to 1! 

Minimum contribution is $25.

Be the one to make a difference during the 2016 Giving Challenge!

Mark your calendar for: September 20 & 21 from noon to noon!

To have your gifts be eligible for a match they must be made by credit card through the Giving Challenge Web site between noon on Sept 20 and noon on Sept 21.

Join us in our mission of international person-to-person diplomacy!

You can go directly to the site below to donate

Or visit and search for Sister Cities.

Sponsoring Organizations

Saturday, October 8, 2016


Sep 14-30 “And Then There Was Quiet - New York After 9/11” Photographic Exhibit, by David Gordon at the Manatee County Library 1301 Barcarrota Ave, Bradenton

Sep 20-21 - 12:00 pm to 12:00 pm Gifts made by credit card through the Giving Challenge Web site between noon on Sept 20 and noon on Sept 21 will be

Sept 29, 2016 Cuba AC/BC – After Castro/Before Castro, Eladio Amores
4:00 pm, Selby Library (Free Event) 1331 First St, Sarasota
5:00 Meet & Greet: Louie’s Modern Restaurant, 1289 N. Palm Ave

Oct 5, 2016 Wednesday Board Meeting,President Marianna Janz-Wecke  3:00 pm 111 Orange Ave, Sarasota 1st Floor Conference Room

Oct 19, 2016 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club 301 Bird Key Drive - Our Delightful Sister City Merida - Cultural Program, Mike Fehilly

Oct 26, 2016 Friendship City, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland: History & Culture, Primo Bader, Nelly Carmardo, Charlotte Hull & Candace Wehbe
4:00 pm, Herald-Tribune Community Room,
______Herald-Tribune Bldg, 1741 Main St, Sarasota;
5:00 pm October Fest!! Meet and Greet World of Beer 1888 Main St.

Nov 2, 2016 Wednesday Board Meeting,

President Marianna Janz-Wecke
3:00 pm 111 Orange Ave, Sarasota 1st Floor Conference Room

Nov 9, 2016 War & Peace, Ray Young, Craig Hullinger, Beth Ruyle, Troy Scott Co-Sponsored w/ Military Officers Association
4:00 pm,
Herald-Tribune Community Room
5:00 pm, Vineyard Wine Bar 1528 Main St, Sarasota

Nov 16, 2016 Luncheon 11:30 am University Park Country Club "The Joys of Traveling & Bagpiping in Dunfermline and Beyond.", Pauline Mitchell.

Nov 30, 2016 Wednesday Board Meeting
, President Marianna Janz-Wecke

3:00 pm 111 Orange Ave, Sarasota 1st Floor Conference Room

Dec 13, 2016 Holidays in Our Sister Cities – Unique Festivities, Sister City Directors
5:00 pm, Vineyard Wine Bar 1528 Main St, Sarasota

Jan 11, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, Xiamen, China, Dr. Carolyn Bloomer and Dr. Hongying Liu

Feb 2017 Date to be determined, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, Carnevale in Traviso, Anna Madaschi and Isabel Eidet

Mar 15, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club. Honor Our Mayors, Hope Byrnes, Kenney DeCamp, Dave Harralson

Apr 12, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, Annual Membership Meeting and Elections, 
President Marianna Janz-Wecke

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September Presentation Cuba AC / BC: After Castro / Before Castro

         Sarasota Sister Cities Association

For Future Information, Contact:

Ray Young, email:  Phone: 941-227-7509

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Sister Cities International


60th anniversary celebration and 2016 Diplomatic Leadership Awards

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate our official 60th anniversary on the day of our founding while honoring Robert J. Dole, former U.S. Senator; Timothy Chorba, former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore; Connie Morella, former U.S. Congresswoman and U.S. Ambassador to OECD; andJerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to President Barrack Obama and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, White House, at the 2016 Diplomatic Leadership Awards Reception on Monday, September 12.

The event was hosted by the reception's Honorary Chair, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi at the beautiful Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC.
Jerry Abramson, Timothy Chorba, Ambassador Kauppi, Mary Kane, Ambassador Aldona Wos, Connie Morella, Tim Quigley, Ron Nirenberg
Connie Morella, Mary Kane, Tim Quigley, Ambassador Wos, Bob Dole
Timothy Chorba
Mary Kane, Jerry Abramson, Tim Quigley
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Live video discussion for Global Collaboration Day this Friday, September 16

We're excited to join Design Squad Global for a live video discussion this Friday, September 16 at 12pm ET in honor of Global Collaboration Day.

We will discuss how we're collaborating with other organizations to enhance sister city programs and our best practices for supporting global collaboration and the future of youth engagement in order to support their futures as involved citizens, capable leaders, and successful problem solvers of the 21st century.

Watch live at
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Host the 2016 Young Artists & Authors Showcase winners and finalists in your community 

Are you interested in hosting the grand prize winners and finalists' artwork, writing, and photography from the 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) in your community? We are seeking YAAS hosts for February, March, and May 2017. 

Host communities will host the tour for 1-1 1/2 months. This time commitment depends on the city, as some cities plan receptions around the tour while others display the art at local art galleries, libraries, or city halls.

Note: Hosts do not need to be YAAS participants or finalists, but do need to be dues-paying members of Sister Cities International. 

If you're interested in hosting the tour, please email Alyssa Fox, membership manager for youth programs, at
Host the YAAS tour

Deadline approaching: High School Homestay spring 2017 applications

Help foster cultural exchange in your community by hosting a high school student from your sister city! Applications for students to participate in the spring 2017 semester are due October 1, 2016.

Through the High School Homestay Program, U.S. sister city programs can select high school students from their international partners to take part in a year-long or semester-long exchange. SCI is a U.S. State Department-designated sponsoring organization and can process the J-1 secondary school student visa.

Click here to download a flyer with more information, including eligibility, costs, and deadlines. Visit or email Alyssa Fox at to learn more. 
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City of SeattleWatch how a special project from the Seattle Limbe Sister City Association & Sarah Allen Sisterhood Saturday Sewing Sisters is changing lives. Learn more...

Tell your sister city's story! Did your sister city program's ambassadors go on an interesting exchange or host an exciting cultural event? Tell us about your organization's past or present experiences through a blog post for The Sister Cities Exchange.

Click here to download blog guidelines. Check out the blog here.

Please direct all questions and blog submissions to
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