Sarasota Sister Cities Annual General Meeting and 2017 – 2018 Board Election
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
BIRD KEY YACHT CLUB
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
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
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).
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.
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 - tldconsultants.com
I will still beinvolved with
Sarasota Sister Cities and look forward to many years of efforts to enhance and
improve our organization.
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.
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
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.
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.