Friday, November 4, 2016


Oct 26, 2016 Friendship City, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland: History & Culture, Nelly Camardo and Charlotte Hull
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 1741 Main St, Sarasota
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 17, Thursday- Bagpiping by Daniel Ferry, Dunfermline Sister City visiting student, with the Riverview High School Kilty Band at Riverview High School, 7:00 pm

Nov 30, 2016 Wednesday Board Meeting, President Marianna Janz-Wecke
3:00 pm 111 Orange Ave, Sarasota 1st Floor Conference Room

Dec 13, 2016 Location TBD 

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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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Friendship City, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland: History & Culture / Octoberfest Oct 26, 2016

Friendship City, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland:
History & Culture
Nelly Camardo & Charlotte Hull

_______4:00 pm October 26, 2016
_______Community Room
_______Herald Tribune Building
_______1331 First Avenue, Sarasota, FL

Friendship Sister City Director Nelly Camardo & Charlotte Hull will present the history and culture of the “City of Roses” located on the upper end of Lake Z├╝rich. They will take you on a picturesque journey through the “old town” and rose gardens, as well as famous and idyllic landmarks. You will learn about some traditions, spectacular architecture, contemporary fine arts in Rapperswil-Jona and the art or science of good eating, gastronomy. The Swiss are famous for their rich-tasting chocolates, so come and join us for an interesting and worthwhile presentation and enjoy some sweet treats from Switzerland.

_______Octoberfest Meet and Greet Will follow at:
_______World of Beer
_______1888 Main Street, Sarasota


For further Information, Contact: Ray Young, e-mail:; 941-227-7509

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

War and Peace Nov 9, 2016

Sister Cities Founder General Eisenhower briefing the troops before D-Day

War & Peace

Nov. 9, 2016 

4:00 pm

Community Foundation of Sarasota 

2635 Fruitville Road

Program Sponsored By

Sarasota Sister Cities

Military Officers Association of America-Sarasota Chapter

Our Panel will discuss issues of War and Peace. Each panelist will each make a short presentation about how our efforts can help to ensure world peace. A group discussion will follow the presentations followed by a Meet and Greet where we can continue the discussion.


The Sister City Association began in 1956 during the United States presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. After viewing the horrific devastation of human life and property resulting from that tragic moment in world history, Eisenhower thought “citizen diplomacy” might help to reduce the threat of war.

“Citizen diplomacy” in Eisenhower’s way of thinking was an actual “eyeball to eyeball” interfacing of everyday citizens, meeting personally on each others “turf” (in the U.S. and overseas); learning how each lived, carried on their daily lives, overcame whatever challenges they faced, to bring about an enhanced understanding, and thus respect, of all global citizens. It was envisioned this could be accomplished through exchanges (visitations) of citizens, engaged in the arts, business, civic activities (service clubs, boy/girl scouts, etc), education, sports and government.

Sarasota Sister Cities will present a discussion of how citizen to citizen diplomacy works with and compliments military involvement and deterrence. Our three panelists will describe real world experiences and some of their thoughts on how we can continue and improve our efforts as citizen diplomats. Each presentation will be 5 to 10 minutes long leaving substantial time for questions and discussion.

The session will be moderated by Raymond Young Ph.D., Vice President of Education for Sarasota Sister Cities.

Troy Scott is a Past President of the Sarasota Military Officers Association - Sarasota Chapter and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Sarasota Sister Cities. He is a United States Army Colonel Retired and a veteran of the Cold War and two tours in Vietnam. He will discuss Army Civic action programs in Vietnam, Europe, and South America and efforts of the Army to maintain and improve relations with allied nations and individuals.

Beth Ruyle is the Past President of Sarasota Sister Cities and a former Member of the Illinois Commission For The Support of the Guard and Reserve. As the Director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association she worked on a number of citizen diplomatic efforts in support of peace. She will discuss citizen interchanges with the Soviet Union and China.

Craig Hullinger is Vice President of Communications of Sarasota Sister Cities, a United States Marine Corps Colonel Retired, and a veteran of the Cold War and two tours in Vietnam. He will discuss efforts to build and improve relationships with civilians in war zones. He will describe the Combined Action Program and efforts to win the hearts and the minds of the people and how Sister City exchanges helped prevent World War III.

Monday, October 3, 2016

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

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

The cost is $26 per person with a choice of entree and a vegetarian menu. Drink tickets will be available for cash purchase.  There will be a table for display in addition to the registration table.  

Guests should arrive at 11:30 with lunch served at 12:00. Drink tickets will be purchased with cash at the sign in table only prior to lunch being served. No drink tickets may be purchased once the meal is in progress. The cost is Beer $6.00, Wine $9.00, Mixed drinks $10.00. Prices include gratuity. No charge for Coffee, Iced Tea, or 
Soda. Reservations due no later than Friday, Nov. 11th.

Choice of Entree:

Option A:   TBD

Option B: 

Option C: 


You can pay by check or credit card


SCAS or Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
C/O SCAS Treasurer Werner Knoop
7115 Kensington Court
University Park, FL 34201


Or go to, payment link is in the left column

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sister Cities International


Save the date for the 2017 Inaugural Gala

In advance of Inauguration Day, join Sister Cities International at the 2017 Inaugural Gala for an exciting gathering of diplomats, members of congress, municipal officials, and community and citizen leaders in celebration of the inauguration of our Honorary Chairperson, the President of the United States. 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The Organization of American States
200 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Click here to book a hotel room at our special rate of $229/night at the Washington Marriott Hotel at Metro Center.
Gala Ticket: $250
Gala Ticket - Young Professional Rate: $150

View sponsorship opportunities here.

For more information, visit
Join us for the 2017 Inaugural Gala
The latest from #SisterCitySunday
#SisterCitySunday is an online campaign hosted by Sister Cities International and the Delegation for the European Union in the US, featuring dynamic content from each EU member state each Sunday, highlighting the importance of people-to-people relationships in global peace-building.

Follow along each week at and join the conversation using #SisterCitySunday on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Click here to download a digital toolkit with ways for you to help spread the word.
Innsbruck & New Orleans: A Model Transatlantic Partnership, Embassy of Austria, 2 October 2016  Read more...
Texas Aggies and “the most American city outside of North America,” Embassy of Belgium, 9 October 2016 Read more...
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Update: Locations added for the Young Artists and Authors Showcase nationwide tour

Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) finalist and grand prize winning artwork, writing, and photography pieces are currently touring throughout the U.S.!
YAAS will be traveling to the following communities in 2016-2017:
Tour DatesTour Locations
September 17-18, 2016   Naperville, IL
Annual Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair 
October 18-27, 2016Fort Wayne, IN
The University of Saint Francis, Rolland Art Center
November 15-22, 2016Milwaukee, WI
Holiday Folk Fair International - Wisconsin State Fair Park
December 5-23, 2016Durham, NC
To be announced
January 2-23, 2017Lakeland, FL
Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
February 2017
Santa Fe, NM
To be announced
March 1-31, 2017Santa Clarita, CA
Valencia Public Library
April 2017Chandler, AZ
To be announced
May 1-31, 2017Delray Beach, FL
To be announced
To learn more about YAAS and the 2016 winners, visit Questions? Email
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Scholarships available for U.S. high school students to study abroad

Attention sister city youth programs! Applications are now being accepted for scholarships for the following Department of State sponsored study abroad programs for U.S. high school students for 2017-18.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
 offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2017 and academic year 2017-2018 programs is October 27, 2016Visit for more information. 

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2017-18 programs are due December 1, 2016Visit for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit To receive printed brochures about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request
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