Thursday, June 1, 2017

The RJ Celebration Continues!

Sarasota City Commissioners pictured here listen to a presentation by Sarasota Sister Cities' representatives at May 15 hearing.
At the close of the late session, the City of Sarasota gave its final approval of the designation of "Sister City" to Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland.
In addition to Nelle Camardo, (RJ) City Director and Marianna Janz-Wecke, a contingent of other SCAS members attended to lend morale support.
Ms. Camardo is currently traveling in Switzerland to celebrate and share this milestone with her Swiss counterparts.  Congratulations to all on a job well done!


Thursday, May 4, 2017



May 19, 2017 - 11:30am-2:00pm - Bird Key Yacht Club

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Apr 26, 2017 Luncheon 11:30am Bird Key Yacht Club, Annual Membership Meeting and Elections, President Marianna Janz-Wecke

 Sarasota Sister Cities
Annual General Meeting and 2017 – 2018 Board Election

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

11:30 am-1:30pm


301 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota

Take this opportunity to join President Marianna Janz-Wecke and welcome our newest Board Members and meet with the full Board of Directors.  Learn about the Association's priorities for the future and how you can become more involved in our activities and events.
Choice of Entrées:
A. Grilled Chicken Caprese Salad
Composed Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette
Garlic Breadstick

B. Macadamia Nut Crusted Snapper
Citrus Butter Sauce
Caribbean Basmati

C. Vegetarian Portobello Caprese

Dessert: Strawberry Sponge Cake Napoleon

Cost: $26 per Person

Luncheon Reservations Form
$26 per Person
Please mail your Reservations Form to arrive before April 21
Make check payable to: Sarasota Sister Cities Association
Mail to: SCAS Treasurer, Mr. Werner Knoop,
7115 Kensington Circle, University Park, FL 34201

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sister Cities Invities You to Attend Reception and Lecture


This project is the culmination of a cultural exchange that began in 2005 when Don and his wife Nina Weber Worth met the lead architect for the Shanghai World’s Fair who was in charge of preserving historic Art Deco buildings in Shanghai. This fortuitous convergence occurred as part of a delegation visit to Shanghai organized by President and Vice President Duane Finger and Jill Dye of the Sarasota Chapter of the US-China People’s Friendship Association (USCPFA) and hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (counterpart to Sister Cities International).
An additional achievement of this historic 2005 delegation was our first official meeting with the Xiamen (Fujian Province) government, pursuant to negotiating a sister city relationship, arranged with the assistance of Dr. Carolyn Bloomer, Chair of Sarasota Sister Cities China Study Committee. Sarasota’s Chinese Sister City relationship with the Siming District of Xiamen Municipality, which became official in 2007, is now celebrating its 10th anniversary year.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Craig Hullnger Passes Torch!

It has been my pleasure to serve Sarasota Sister Cities as the Vice President of Communications.  We have come a long way. We have a nice Web Site, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest Page. We also have a large number of photos and a few videos on our blog.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Toni Duval, our incoming VP of Communications. She is an outstanding leader with extensive experience in communications and organizational development. Please join me in welcoming Toni as our newest VP.  You can learn more about Toni on her web site -
I will still be involved with Sarasota Sister Cities and look forward to many years of efforts to enhance and improve our organization.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Annual Luncheon Celebrates Sarasota Sister Cities Impact

Annual Luncheon Celebrates
Sarasota Sister Cities Impact
As I sat at my table during the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota “Celebrate 60 Luncheon”, I was struck by the various languages I heard.  I was sitting with the Switzerland contingent, all speaking Swiss-German.  At the table to the left of me, I could hear Italian and at the table to the right of me, the conversation was in French.  Clearly, this group’s focus on relationship building through interaction is working.

At the table in front of me sat seven Past-Presidents, representing two thirds of the Sarasota organization’s history.  Wells Purmont (1976-1986), Hope Burns (1994-2001), Linda Rosenbluth  (2001-2005), William Wallace (2005-2008), Carla Rayman (2008-2011), John Halbert (2011-2013), and Beth Ruyle-Hullinger (2013-2016) were congratulated for their service by Dr. Raymond Young, V.P. of Education and acknowledged their service.  Under their leadership, cities in Russia, France, Israel, Canada, Scotland, Italy, China, Mexico, and Switzerland were all welcomed into the Sarasota family.

Dr. Young then provided a history of SCAS events that have made an impact on our Community including the creation of a Tree Walk on City Island that commemorates all of Sarasota’s Sister Cities, the delivery of actual architecture from theaters in Italy and Scotland to Sarasota, A Sister City “Write-a-Play” youth competition, as well as numerous other business and municipal visits to and from Sarasota.

Throughout its history, through its mission and actions SCAS has reinforced its mission to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy.  Working outside the government, in what President Dwight D Eisenhower called “People-to-people diplomacy” in 1957 when he established the Sister City Program which to date encompasses over 130 countries worldwide.

As the luncheon adjourned and members were mingling, the various languages gave way to the one we all had in common with words of praise, appreciation, and friendship for those who all believe in peace and understanding.