Tuesday, October 30, 2012

China Town Hall Meeting



Sixth Annual China
Town Hall Meeting


Sponsored by State College of Florida
Monday, Oct 29, 2012

The Sarasota-Manatee 2012 China Town Hall at the State College of Florida Lakewood Ranch campus provided a wealth of international and local information for our communities in both the local program and the wider reach of a webcast from Beijing.  

SCF was the local host for this Sixth Annual China Town Hall meeting, created by the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations to provide Americans with the opportunity to discuss Sino-American relations with leading experts.   Co-Chairs of the Sarasota-Manatee event were Dr. Richard Elliott and Feng Hou.  

The event began with an overview of US-China relations by Scott Lincicone representing the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations; Allen Carlson, president and CEO of Sarasota’s Sun Hydraulics and Dr. Charles Steilen, VP Business and Economic Development for the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota.

The local presentations were followed by a live webcast featuring Gary Locke, US Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.  Locke is the first Chinese-American United States ambassador to China, serving in this role since since the summer of 2011. Locke spoke to those watching the webcast from 60 venues across the nation.   

Locke remarks were wide ranging and focused on existing business opportunities for US companies and the US-China relationship. But from a Sister Cities perspective it was important to note the importance he places on citizen diplomacy initiatives. He sees these people to people initiatives providing “the defining relationship of our time.”

He stressed four times in his question and answer portion of the web that cooperation between the two countries has grown, he would like to see more people-to-people cooperation.

He noted there are currently about 160,000 Chinese students studying in the U.S., versus 15,000 to 17,000 U.S. students studying in China every year. "We need more people from America to come to China to understand the history, the culture, the language and the values of China if we are to then have greater cooperation," Locke said. “We have a strong and growing relationship with China; we are making history through relationships.”

He said he views the people to people contacts between the two nations as “the last three steps in establishing solid business connections.”  Locke views the more exposure citizens of both nations have to our different cultures acts in a calming of fears and tempers.

Locke said as part of the people-to-people exchange efforts, the U.S. has tried to make it easier and faster for people in China to get visas to travel to the U.S. for business, pleasure or studying. Two years ago it took about 100 days for a Chinese citizen to get an interview for a visa, and now it is down to a maximum of eight days in the busiest months. Though Locke said the relationship is challenging at times, it is important to continue to foster positive partnerships because of how "intertwined and interdependent" the two economies have become.

During the local program prior to the webcast, Scott Lincicone representing the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations told the program attendees that China’s biggest need was to obtain political stability to enhance domestic employment.  Some of his key points included the Chinese government can act quickly; China understands it is in their interest to make monetary changes, but they feel trapped in making adjustments; China is trying to change from an export nation to one of domestic spending economy; per capita income in China is $5,000 a year, in the US $41,000;  the $5,000 per capita income is a skewed number as the wealth in China centers along the coast - the per capita income in the interior of China is closer to $2,500 per year.

Allen Carlson, president and CEO of Sarasota’s Sun Hydraulics, told the attendees who a local Sarasota company founded in 1997 became the industrial leader in worldwide business positioning.  He called the Sun Hydraulics business model on of differentiated company using a stakeholder approach involving leadership and community involvement.

Company policy is no one has a job title, “if you give someone a title, then they focus on that job.”  The exception to this policy is only for the required SEC requirements for listing a public company on the stock exchange which makes listing a CEO and CFO mandatory. No one in the company has a business card with title printed on it.  It is a company founded by engineers.  There are no perks for management, no company car or private offices.  Company benefits are all the same.

Sun Hydraulics international outreach includes China, Korea, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the US.  They have 900 employees worldwide, 740 of those in Sarasota.  Overseas employees primarily provide technical and marketing support.  Business focus is on reliability, delivery, flexibility, having a global footprint, and having an emphasis on the importance of a web site. All manufacturing is done in Sarasota.  Carlson views his web site as being his “billboard to the world.”

The market in China is growing rapidly.  Sun Hydraulics business has expanded from $6 million in 2010 to $15 million last year.  He said China is easy to get to by flying to Detroit, and then over the North Pole, involving 14-16 hours.  Sun Hydraulics has target 13 cities in China as business locations, including our Sister City of Xiamen.  His experience is that that the Chinese are well educated, hardworking and very similar to Americans, especially in the possession of a sense of humor.  Issues are there is no legal system in China and the middle class only exists along costal China.   

The third speaker was Chuck Steilen, Sister Cities Association of Sarasota VP for Business and Economic Development, a veteran of more than 30 years living and working in Hong Kong and China.  Because of time restrictions, Chuck gave a rapid, well received presentation about his just completed trip to Beijing, Xiamen and Hong Kong and the business climate changes taking place in the effort to go from an export model to domestic consumption model.  He had no time for question and answers as the webcast was just about to begin. Steilen’s business model doctrine has been distributed to members of the board of directors of the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota and can be obtained by those interested by request to cfsteilen@gmail.com

Steilen has background includes serving in sales and new product development at Kimberly Clark Corporation; Professor of Advertising/Marketing at the University of Illinois and at Georgia State University; Marketing professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong;  associate director of the university’s Graduate School of Business and executive director of the Chinese University’s Asia Pacific Institute of Business which provided management consulting and management development programs for both multinational corporations and many Asian based companies;  Marketing Consultant to the Hong Kong Government’s Trade Development unit; Business columnist for Hong Kong’s daily English language newspaper, the South China Morning Post. 


He was Dean of the College of Business Administration at Hawaii Pacific University; Member of the Hawaii Export Council, providing marketing training workshops for over 100 Small-to-Medium sized Hawaii based companies; a writer on Exporting for Management Today magazine. He holds his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Bradley University, a Master’s Degree in Marketing from California State University at Long Beach and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.  


Since moving back to the Mainland U.S., my interests are to assist U.S. companies in developing and executing overseas marketing strategies and in helping individuals understand the opportunities and methods of doing business overseas.
 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Luncheon Nov 2, 2012


A very special Sister Cities luncheon will be held Friday, November 2nd featuring guest speaker will be Hadda LaMotte, teacher at the Pablo Picasso Lycee in Perpignan, France who will report on her students’ preparation for the SSCA sponsored Sustainability, Renewable Energy Conference to be held in Sarasota in November 2013.  Dr. Ray Young, SSCA Vice President for Education will provide additional details about the joint conference by Ray’s planning team of  Gloria Grenier, Harry Dunn, Dave Harralson, John Buechler.

RSVP and $25 payment required by Monday, Oct 30th to meet new requirements of the Yacht Club. Early RSVP is encouraged. Meal selection is Salad Nicoise: seared rare tuna, french beans, kalamata olives, diced tomato, hardboiled egg, potatoes & capers over baby greens, extra virgin olive oil & balsamic glaze.

Payment can be made electronically by check payable to SSCA by mail or electronically at http://sarasotasistercities.org/pmts.htm SYC policy restricts refunds cancellations made after Oct 28th and walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

RSVP and meal selection to

Gayle Maxey, Events Chair
Sarasota Sister Cities Association
941-416-3565

Mail Check to

Tom Halbert, President
Sarasota Sister Cities Association
133 Inlets Blvd
Nokomis, FL 34275











Friday, October 19, 2012

NOOA Dancers From Tel Mond Israel





If you enjoy watching Israeli dancing, what could be better than watching outstanding dancers from Tel Mond, Israel perform classic, jazz, modern, and Israeli dance in person? The finest dancers, ages 16 and 17, from the dance school at the Tel Mond Cultural Center are coming to Sarasota. They call their group NOOA, which means movement. NOOA, formed over 15 years ago, consists of 20 dancers and one singer who are beautiful, strong, flexible, elegant, graceful, and amazing performers. In addition to their three chaperones, Avi Eliyahu (Tel Mond Cultural Center Director) will be coming with the 21 NOOA performers. All will be home-hosted by Sarasota Sister Cities committee members led by Alice Cotman, who is planning an exciting schedule for them that includes visits to Ringling Museum, Sailor Circus, Mote Marine, Sarasota Military Academy, Sarasota Ballet, Shabbat dinner at Temple Beth Sholom, and a tour of Sarasota. 


They will be performing for Sarasota’s Holocaust Survivors at Temple Emanu-El on December 6. Their performance on December 10 will be at 7:00 pm at the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Jewish Federation campus as part of the Israel @ 65 celebrations. A Hanukkah reception with potato pancakes and sufganiyot will follow the performance. Price is $18 and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.smjf.org, click upcoming events, and scroll down to NOOA Dancers from Israel. Holocaust Survivor Luncheon and the Israel @ 65 event are being produced in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

In 1998, Sarasota Mayor Gene Pillot and Nora Patterson visited Tel Mond for the proclamation signing that established a permanent relationship between Sarasota and Tel Mond. In 1999, Tel Mond officially became Sarasota’s Sister City when Tel Mond Mayor Shlomo Ratzabi, arrived in Sarasota and signed the Sarasota/Tel Mond Sister City agreement document with Sarasota Mayor Mollie Cardamone. Ever since, Sarasota and Tel Mond have had a strong relationship, with many delegations and performers coming 
from Tel Mond to Sarasota. The NOOA dancers from Tel Mond performed in Sarasota in 2004.

Sarasota has eight Sister Cities: 1. Tel Mond, Israel, 2. Dunfermline, Scotland, 3. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 4. Mérida, Mexico, 5. Perpignan, France, 6. Treviso, Italy, 7. Vladimir, Russia, and 8. Xiamen, China. The promotion of adult and student international 
exchange is a vital concept of Sister Cities.

As our community prepares to celebrate Israel @ 65, let’s start the celebrating with a warm welcome to our 25 visitors from Tel Mond who arrive in Sarasota on December 5. The head of the delegation is Avi Eliyahu. Chaperones are Hila Gershon (director of dance school), Naama Lavi (NOOA choreographer) and Nataly Riech Wolff (head of the Tel Mond-Sarasota Committee in Tel Mond). The 21 NOOA performers are sure to spread a delightful taste of Israel to our community.


The committee members making this all possible in Sarasota are Dianne Brin, Alice Cotman, Harriet Epstein, Joe Floersheimer, Marlies Gluck-Upton, Betty Greenspan, Elinor Greenberg, Richard Hershorin, Donna Lerner, Meredith Nierenberg, Taylor Press, Gerry Ronkin, Linda Rosenbluth, Sue Rosin, Lynn Sacks, Kim Sheintal, Adeline Silverman, and Judie Yellen. For more information, please call Alice Cotman at             941- 359-6451      .

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sarasota Arts & Culture - Video





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Sarasota is quickly becoming one of the artistic centers of Florida. Explore the Sarasota Ballet, Asolo Theater and the famous Ringling School of Design to experience the best of Sarasota's art scene.

History Cultural Coast Sister Cities

Sarasota, on Florida's Cultural Coast is home to the greatest concentration of natural beauty, art museums and galleries; an abundance of theaters; performing halls featuring orchestra, opera, choruses; film production, and educational centers that make this remarkable city an important venue of creativity. The wealth of cultural resources and creativity in Sarasota match well with the diversity of our sister cities relationships that began in 1963 in response to President Dwight Eisenhower’s vision to enhance worldwide understanding one handshake at a time. Sarasota’s citizen diplomats are involved daily in sister city outreach building bridges toward world peace.

In 2002, Sister Cities International awarded the Sarasota Sister City Association a best “overall achievement” award in bringing together all of our sister cities into a three-dimensional relationship. To celebrate Sarasota’s Centenary and also sign the Dunfermline twinning, members from all cities, many of them participating in home stays, gathered in Sarasota to get to know one another.  The City of Sarasota, under the aegis of former president Hope Byrnes, has planted a tree for every Sister City where they can be enjoyed on the Island Walk in Bay Front Park.
Also at the beginning of the walk is a beautiful, hand-tiled sign, crafted and donated by the students and teachers of Englewood Elementary School and dedicated to our newest Sister City of Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico


Santo Domingo – Our First Sister City

Dallas Dort founded the first chapter of Sister Cities with a Sarasota-Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic twinning in 1963, after a robust relationship had already developed. Unfortunately, a military coup in late 1963 installed a junta that was eventually overthrown, but the relationship was adversely affected.  Wells Purmort, a long-term member accepted the presidency in 1976 spurring activities that incorporated baseball tournaments involving Sarasota, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Santo Domingo. Other exchanges during this period involved Scout organizations, Rotary, Kiwanis, aid to Santo Domingo after a devastating hurricane, and introductions to business people. Santo Domingo was given emeritus status in 2002, and today they enjoy a fruitful Sister City relationship with Miami and New York City.  




Hamilton, Ontario, Canada – Our Oldest Active Sister City

In 1990 Sarasota twinned with Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to encourage more visitors to Sarasota and to build good will with our neighbors to the North.  Hamilton Mayor Bob Morrow was instrumental in initiating the twinning. Hamilton boasts a diversity that combines education, culture and sightseeing attractions with business and commerce, especially steel manufacturing.  


We have exchanged American Legion baseball teams, TV news anchors, student video camps, arts, cultural, plus historical, horticulture and marine interests through Spanish Point, Selby Gardens and Mote Marine. Hamilton is home to world class McMaster University, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Nautical Institute and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.  Hamilton and Sarasota have exchanged television news anchors, hosted the John Laing Singers and celebrated the 20th year anniversary of the Sister City relationship with Hamilton by hosting the volunteers from Hamilton’s Westfield Heritage Village at Sarasota’s historic Spanish Point.  Hamilton businesses also participate in the Sarasota-Manatee Trade Show.


Perpignan, France – the Genesis of the Sarasota Film Festival

In 1994 Sarasota twinned with Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France.  The official signing in Sarasota was by Sarasota Mayor Nora Patterson and the Vice Mayor of Perpignan, Dominique Schemia.


On September 7, 1995 an official signing was held in Perpignan Mayor Jean-Paul Alduly, and Sarasota Mayor David Merrill. The tie was initiated by Alain Taulere who had a home in Perpignan and Sarasota and owned the Cafe of the Arts in Sarasota.  He was very prominent in organizing the French Film Festival in Sarasota, which evolved into the prestigious Sarasota Film Festival. Perpignan is situated on the Mediterranean coast of France and straddles the Catalan border of Spain. The Catalan culture is dominant in the culture and cuisine. Sarasota and Perpignan have hosted many activities over the years, particularly with students involved in exchange visits. A close relationship with the Alliance Française has facilitated many activities including scholarship opportunities.  In 2010, the Sarasota-Perpignan program “Sustainable Development - Energy” won a Sister Cities International award for innovation.


Vladimir, Oblast, Federation of Russia – Theater, Venice Schools & Rotary Ties

In l994 Sarasota twinned with Vladimir, the part of Oblast Russia, because of a tie between the Rotary Club of the Keys and a new club in Vladimir which continues today. On October 29, 1994, City of Sarasota Mayor Nora Patterson led a delegation to Vladimir for the first official signing of the partnership agreement. In April of 1995, a year that marked the Millennium Anniversary of the City of Vladimir, Mayor Igor Shimov led a large delegation for the official signing in Sarasota.


The City of Vladimir is renowned as the first capital of ancient Russia and is a part of the Golden Ring of ancient cities with a rich culture and history.  It dates back to the 1100's with today's focus on development of tourist attractions while maintaining an impressive focus on the arts and education as well as industry. Vladimir students frequently have been chosen winners in the Florida Studio Theatre’s annual Young Playwright competition, and visit Sarasota to be honored and see their play presented by professional actors. Yelena Bychkovski, a Vladimir city employee involved in international relations, became an advance degree student at the University of Florida after learning of our educational opportunities by involvement with former Mayor and mentor Lu Ann Palmer.   

Tel Mond, Israel - A Jewish Federation/Betty Schoenbaum Imitative

In 1999 Tel Mond, Israeli Sharon, Israel became a new Sarasota sister city. Many interested people in Sarasota jumped on board, including philanthropist Betty Schoenbaum, who donated a library to Tel Mond. The agreement was signed by Mayor Shlomo Ratzabi and Sarasota Mayor Molly Cardamone. The official signing in Tel Mond was by Sarasota Mayor Gene Pilot and Mayor Shlomo Ratzabi.  


A 10th anniversary ceremony was conducted in Tel Mond with a delegation visit led by Mayor Lu Ann Palmer and Commissioner Ken Shelin.  Like Sarasota, it is a growing community which supports cultural interests and similar population demographics. Sarasota has had a long history of intense interaction with Tel Mond through many prominent Sarasota citizens and the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation who have helped in the development of this vibrant city. Tel Mond is a thriving regional center with an emphasis on arts, culture and education situated in the midst of orange groves and productive farm land. Tel Mond’s impressive arts and education program is evidenced in the submissions to elementary school art projects that involved all of Sarasota sister cities.  In 1997, four Sarasota high school students, including one from the Sailor Circus traveled to Tel Mond for a youth exchange.  Tel Mond has participated in many cross cultural visits over the years, including Boy Scouts, the award-winning Video Boot Camp and the Sister City International Art Show, the International Photography competition, the Florida Studio Playwriting competition, which has been won several times by youngsters from Tel Mond.  Tel Mond was the first Sarasota Sister City to have a song written about the relationship between the two cities. Sid Krupkin, a SSCA member, and Elie Matstree of Tel Mond combined to compose “Sarasota and Tel Mond” which features their musical talents combined with singing by school children from both cities.

Dunfermline, Scotland – Our Centennial Sister City

Sarasota was first chartered in 1903 by a group of Scottish businessmen and in 2002, Dunfermline, located in West Fife; the ancient capital of Scotland became Sarasota’s sixth Sister City during ceremonies at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.   The Asolo Theater contains the stage and interior décor from the turn-of-the-century Dunfermline Scotland Opera House.  In 2002, a framed, full-size rubbing of Robert the Bruce was donated to the Asolo and can be seen there today.  The 10th Anniversary of this twinning was held at the Silver Thistle Ball at the Bird Bay Yacht Club in February 2012, jointly sponsored by the Caledonian Club of West Florida and Sarasota Sister Cities.



Many projects are supported by alliance members including the Royal St. Andrew Society and the Caledonian Club of West Florida. Riverview High School has the ‘Kiltie Band,” a pipe band and the famous Scottish metal sculptor, Malcolm Robertson, makes his winter home in Sarasota.  His sculptures can be seen in Scotland, at the Fruitville Library, at the traffic circle on south Manasota Key and occasionally at the annual Season of Sculpture on the Sarasota Bayfront.  
The twinning was based on Sarasota being founded by Scots and the historical significance of John Gillespie, a Scot, being the first mayor of Sarasota and builder of the first golf course in Sarasota. Dunfermline is the ancient capital of Scotland and is the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce and the birthplace of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.  Dunfermline is just across the bridge from Edinburg and a cat jump to St. Andrews, the world famous home of golf.  Students from Treviso come to Sarasota each year as winners of the Florida Studio Young Playwrights competition.


Treviso Province, Italy – Summer Vacation Haven for Venice, Italy

In 2007 Treviso Province, Veneto, Italy, located between Venice and the Adriatic and the foothills of the Italian Alps, became twinned with Sarasota.  The province of Treviso is one of Europe’s most dynamic growth regions. In addition to its art and history treasures, the province of Treviso is considered to be the most dynamic in Italy. Treviso and the Veneto region in which it is located have enjoyed one of Europe’s highest rates of economic growth. One of the important ties between the 95-community province and Sarasota is the Historic Asolo Theater which was the Opera House of Queen Cornaro in the town of Asolo, Italy.



It was on the stage of the Historic Asolo Theater were the partnership was signed between Mayor Fredd Atkins and the President of Treviso Province Leonardo Muraro on February 29, 2007.The twinning has resulted in a rich, active exchange program aided by interest of alliance organizations such as the Ausonia Society and Sarasota Italian Cultural Events.  The winner of our 2009 People and Places Photography Contest involving all our Sister Cities was Treviso artist Cristina Madeyski with her “Magic Reflections - Treviso on the Sile River” entry.  This led to a subsequent showing of her work at the Selby Auditorium on the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus in February 2012.  Frequent tours to locations suggested by Provincial President Muraro have attracted Sarasota residents to Treviso Province highlighting the Pearls of the Province of Treviso for necklaces of memories. And the highlights of the Culture Coast have attracted numerous visits from residents and officials of the province to Sarasota.  


Xiamen (Siming District), Fujian Province, China

In 2007 Xiamen (Siming District), Fujian Province, China became twinned with Sarasota.  An enthusiastic Sarasota delegation led by Mayor Lou Ann Palmer participated in signing ceremonies in Xiamen during June 5-11, 2007.  The signing came after an extensive search. Located along a mountainous coast, across the straits of Taiwan in Southeastern China,  Xiamen was recognized as a likely sister city by Dr. Carolyn Bloomer, a professor at the Ringling College of Art,  a regular visitor to China and a dedicated group of sinologists. China has such large cities that it was difficult to find a pairing that was right for Sarasota. Several Chinese-American Associations also participate in this pairing. The final signing was conducted by Mayor Lu Ann Palmer at a public ceremony on the evening of October 9 in the old Federal Building in downtown Sarasota.


Xiamen was ranked as China's second "most suitable city for living" in 2006, as well as China's "most romantic leisure city" in 2011.   Xiamen is a convention city with an annual international trade fair, a sports center for golf, water-sports & martial arts and holds the Xiamen International Marathon each March; a wealth of cultural & education resources including degree programs in Hospitality Management, visual art, artists & public art displays, symphony orchestras, opera companies, jazz groups; and a center for health care, sports medicine, complementary medicine.  Xiamen has a major international airport & seaport designated as a Special Economic Zone for foreign trade; a high level of economic development with opportunities for joint investment, real estate & joint ventures; agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture, and marine biology.  Recently, an “Exchange of Artists” program was begun in 2009 when Sarasota hosted two artists from China for two weeks.  In May, 2011, two local artists, Robert Farber and Julio Rodriguez, were chosen by a panel of local jurors and traveled to Xiamen for two weeks where they, too, were hosted by local families and experienced the Chinese art community.  


Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico – Our Newest Sister City

On December 19, 2010, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico was twinned with Sarasota. Mayors Angélica Araujo Lara of Mérida and Kelly Kirschner of Sarasota signed the official twinning documents in the Courtyard of the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art.  


Located 180 miles west of Cancun in the Yucatán Peninsula the two cities have many similarities including being located near the Gulf of Mexico, having tropical climates, being a regional center for commerce and higher education and sharing a love for culture and the arts. This colonial city on the Yucatán Peninsula is the ideal spot from which to explore important Maya archaeological sites like Chechen Itza and Uxmal. The city has one of the largest historical centers in the Americas with many of the Spanish colonial buildings from its wealthy past remaining. Mérida is one of eight safe and popular marquee tourist spots that is exempt from U.S. State Department cautions against non-essential travel in Mexico. Latino Excellence of Sarasota, an alliance member of Sarasota Sister Cities, conducted the first exchange custom tour from Sarasota on July 23, 2012 providing a unique opportunity to experience Mayan Life and Ancient Cities near our newest Sister City. The fully guided tour featured intimate close experiences including participating in sacred Maya ceremonies with Maya Priests and Healers.



Nice View of St Armands of Sarasota

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Meet & Greet October 16, 2012


5-7 p.m. - Tuesday, Oct 16
1888 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236

Our October 16 Meet & Greet will be at “Eat Here” at the corner of Link and Main Street in downtown Sarasota.  There is a free parking garage on the corner of Link and Ringling Blvd that has an second floor entry to the bar area where we will have our monthly event.  Plan to join us and bring guests.  Enjoy the Happy Hour and a Half specials.

Our October Meet & Greet will be at Eat Here on Main St. in downtown
Sarasota, selected as Sarasota’s best new restaurant in 2012. Join us during
their “Happier Hour and a Half” from 5-6:30 p.m, featuring $5 select
wines by the glass & cocktails and discounted beer options. Our event will
continue to 7pm as normal, just get your happy hour orders in before 6:30
pm. Check out http://eatheresarasota.com/ for restaurant details.

Courtesy RSVP for the Meet & Greet requested by Sunday, Oct. 14th. This
will allow the restaurant to ensure they have sufficient staff for our group.
As always, we welcome last minute walk-ins. Also inviting friends to join us
is encouraged.

Contact:

Gayle Maxey, Events Director
Sarasota Sister Cities Association
RSVP: gmaxey632@gmail.com

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Friday, October 12, 2012

NOOA Dancers From Tel Mond Israel



If you enjoy watching Israeli dancing, what could be better than watching outstanding dancers from Tel Mond, Israel perform classic, jazz, modern, and Israeli dance in person? The finest dancers, ages 16 and 17, from the dance school at the Tel Mond Cultural Center are coming to Sarasota. They call their group NOOA, which means movement. NOOA, formed over 15 years ago, consists of 20 dancers and one singer who are beautiful, strong, flexible, elegant, graceful, and amazing performers. In addition to their three chaperones, Avi Eliyahu (Tel Mond Cultural Center Director) will be coming with the 21 NOOA performers. All will be home-hosted by Sarasota Sister Cities committee members led by Alice Cotman, who is planning an exciting schedule for them that includes visits to Ringling Museum, Sailor Circus, Mote Marine, Sarasota Military Academy, Sarasota Ballet, Shabbat dinner at Temple Beth Sholom, and a tour of Sarasota. 


They will be performing for Sarasota’s Holocaust Survivors at Temple Emanu-El on December 6. Their performance on December 10 will be at 7:00 pm at the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Jewish Federation campus as part of the Israel @ 65 celebrations. A Hanukkah reception with potato pancakes and sufganiyot will follow the performance. Price is $18 and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.smjf.org, click upcoming events, and scroll down to NOOA Dancers from Israel. Holocaust Survivor Luncheon and the Israel @ 65 event are being produced in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

In 1998, Sarasota Mayor Gene Pillot and Nora Patterson visited Tel Mond for the proclamation signing that established a permanent relationship between Sarasota and Tel Mond. In 1999, Tel Mond officially became Sarasota’s Sister City when Tel Mond Mayor Shlomo Ratzabi, arrived in Sarasota and signed the Sarasota/Tel Mond Sister City agreement document with Sarasota Mayor Mollie Cardamone. Ever since, Sarasota and Tel Mond have had a strong relationship, with many delegations and performers coming

from Tel Mond to Sarasota. The NOOA dancers from Tel Mond performed in Sarasota in 2004.

Sarasota has eight Sister Cities: 1. Tel Mond, Israel, 2. Dunfermline, Scotland, 3. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 4. Mérida, Mexico, 5. Perpignan, France, 6. Treviso, Italy, 7. Vladimir, Russia, and 8. Xiamen, China. The promotion of adult and student international 
exchange is a vital concept of Sister Cities.

As our community prepares to celebrate Israel @ 65, let’s start the celebrating with a warm welcome to our 25 visitors from Tel Mond who arrive in Sarasota on December 5. The head of the delegation is Avi Eliyahu. Chaperones are Hila Gershon (director of dance school), Naama Lavi (NOOA choreographer) and Nataly Riech Wolff (head of the Tel Mond-Sarasota Committee in Tel Mond). The 21 NOOA performers are sure to spread a delightful taste of Israel to our community.


The committee members making this all possible in Sarasota are Dianne Brin, Alice Cotman, Harriet Epstein, Joe Floersheimer, Marlies Gluck-Upton, Betty Greenspan, Elinor Greenberg, Richard Hershorin, Donna Lerner, Meredith Nierenberg, Taylor Press, Gerry Ronkin, Linda Rosenbluth, Sue Rosin, Lynn Sacks, Kim Sheintal, Adeline Silverman, and Judie Yellen. For more information, please call Alice Cotman at 941- 359-6451.



Monday, October 8, 2012

Sarasota Bay






Sarasota Bay From Selby Gardens

Photo by Gayle Maxey



Sunday, October 7, 2012

China Town Hall Meeting


Sixth Annual China
Town Hall Meeting

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, will present a town hall meeting Monday, Oct. 29 at the Lakewood Ranch campus to discuss Sino-American relations with leading local and international experts.

The SCF event will begin at 4:30 pm with registration and appetizers, followed by the local program featuring national committee speaker Leland R. Millier and panel discussions led by Allen Carlson, President and CEO of Sun Hydralics Corporation. Highlight will be a nationalwide webcast by former US Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Gary Locke.

Along with his longstanding commitment to public service, Ambassador Locke has extensive experience working with China. As Secretary of Commerce, he co-chaired two sessions of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade that resulted in important changes to Chinese trade policy. As Governor of Washington, he successfully strengthened economic ties between China and Washington State, more than doubling the state's exports to China to over $5 billion per year.

Ambassador Locke is the first Chinese-American to serve as Ambassador to China, as Secretary of Commerce and as Governor. His grandfather emigrated from China to Washington State, initially finding employment as a servant, working in exchange for English lessons. His father, also born in China, was a small business owner, operating a grocery store where Ambassador Locke worked while receiving his education from Seattle's public school system. Ambassador Locke earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Boston University.

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