Happy New Year

      Happy New Year 2014

Thistle Ball March 29, 2014

A glorious Scottish evening with Fine Dining, the colorful Pageantry of Tartans, with a focus on Sister Cities' Sarasota Tartan, Bagpipe Music, Scottish Classical Ballet and a Musical Journey around our Sister Cities.

Held at the beautiful University Park Country Club on Sat. March 29, 6:00PM, $56, -- p.p. Formal invitations will be mailed out in January.

Hopefully SSCA board members and members will come to this beautiful Scottish (Dunfermline) event I am organizing as SSCA DF City Director.

Kind regards,

Pauline Mitchell

Embracing Dr. Seuss

For more information click: 

Sarasota Ballet “John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker”

Dec 21, 2013
Sarasota Ballet “John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker”
Event for SCAS Members

The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota attended one of the special performances of the "John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker" at the matinee on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.

Afterwards we ate dinner and drinks at Gecko's.

 A good time was had by all.

Happy Holidays

Our Best Wishes for this Holiday Season

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Mérida, Yucatán, México, Palcio del Ayuntamiento / City Hall

Our very best wishes for this Holiday Season for all the great people in Sarasota Sister Cities Association and USF/S-M.

Warm regards,

Eleanor Williams, Javier Curiel and Deacon Humberto Cervera

Coming Events

Dec 21, 2013
Sarasota Ballet “John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker”
Event for SCAS Members

With developing interest in creating a significant relationship with The Sarasota Ballet, the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, as a group, will be attending one of the special performances of the "John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker" at the matinee on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.

Afterwards, we'll grab a bite somewhere downtown for those who wish.

We would love to have as many of our Sister Cities members as possible join us to show the Ballet our strong support.

  We have excellent viewing seats and a group rate of $41 per/person. Please contact Bill Wallace at 941-378-0085 by Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Money isn't due at that time, but we need to provide the Ballet with numbers by that date.

Come join us for this spectacular event to add to your holiday's festivities.

January 2013  Luncheon cancelled -
we will instead have an evening reception on January 9, 2013 5 to 7 pm at Libby's Restaurant - details will be published soon.    libbyscafebar.com

Meet and Greet January 21, Tuesday 5:00 to 7:00 
at the Lido Beach Resort 8th floor bar.   
Christopher's Tropical Fine, 
700 Ben Franklin Dr Ste 
8 Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236  Get Directions

Meet and Greet February 17MONDAY 5:00 to 7:00 
will be at the Gompertz Theatre. On the corner of North Palm 

Avenue and Coconut in downtown Sarasota, Florida.

March - No Meet and Greet due to the One World Gala.

One World Gala Sunday March 16 at 6:00 pm, 

Michael's on East

Apr 3-13, 2014

Visit Sister City Tel Mond plus Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, Israel, with an Option to Enjoy Eliat & Petra, Jordan.
Sarasota Sister Cities is planning a visit to our Sister City of Tel Mond and the country of Israel. The dates of our visit are April 3-13, 2014. The trip is limited - first come, first serve. We will visit Tel Mond, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, drive along the Mediterranean coastline, and the Judean Hills. We will also visit the Golan Heights, the Jordan River Valley, Galilee, Masada, and the Dead Sea. We also have an optional trip to Jordan April 1-3, 2014. We will visit the resort city of Eliat and the historic city of Petra, Jordan. More info at:

April 15 Meet and Greet 5 to 7 pm

Roast Restaurant
1296 1st Street  

Next to the Opera House, First Floor courtyard outside. 
If it rains we go upstairs to a beautiful old fashioned bar.

Sep 22 to Oct 2, 2014 

Tour of Southern France

More information at:  


Sister Cities International Membership Survey


Dear Sister Cities International Member:

We want to hear from you!

CLICK HERE to complete the 2013 Annual Membership Survey.

Your feedback will help us determine priorities for the coming year. These priorities include the services we offer, where we allocate resources, and how we implement our strategy to better assist the over 500 U.S. cities that form the Sister Cities International network.

This quick survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. PLUS, five lucky winners will receive a free Sister Cities International lapel pin and luggage tag!

We hope that you will take the time to provide us with feedback and help shape the future of Sister Cities International.

Thank you,
Sister Cities International Team

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Sarasota Sister Cities Pinterest site


Our outstanding photo collection of Sister Cities event has been updated and expanded. For example, we can now invite those of you who were unable to attend the outstanding International Sustainability & Aquaculture conference to view photos of the special student poster presentations at the conference.

In addition, photos from the Friday’s ceremony led by City of Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder and members of the Caledonia Club of West Florida & Sister Cities Association of Sarasota at the point of landing in 1885 of the Scot founders of the City of Sarasota. The location is at the corner of Main St. and Gulfstream Ave.

To see the Conference & Friday’s Ceremony photo collections and have access to all of the nearly 1,300 Sarasota Sister Cities photos in the 24 albums, just go to:

You do not have to join Pinterest or log on.  Just click on the album of interest to see the photos. 
Tom Halbert

Sustainability Conference

The Sustainability Conference held November 13-15, 2013 was a great success with interesting and informative presentations made by experts from all over the world. The importance of sustainable activities are obvious in everything from our energy resources to our food supply. 

Our thanks to Ray Young and his committee who did an outstanding job.  We, also, thank our outstanding presenters who spoke to the conference.  It is rare that a conference of this caliber can be developed by a Sister Cities Organization. We thank the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee for their participation and support.

Beth Ruyle Hullinger, President Sarasota Sister Cities.
All in all, the conference was attended by more than 360 interested adults and students who represented six Sarasota County schools and several universities.  A total of 21 speakers gave presentations at the conference.  You can enhance your knowledge on one of the most critical issues of our time and future by viewing their slide presentations on our conference web site.

Tom Halbert, Past President


Photos on Pinterest

More photos of our Sustainability Conference can be viewed on our Pinterest Page. Click the link below:


Corinthian Column Dedication

The Corinthian Column statue honoring the arrival of 65 Scots to Sarasota in 1885 was dedicated in a ceremony at the northwest corner of Main St. & Gulf Stream Ave in downtown Sarasota. 

The event was sponsored by the City of Sarasota, the Caledonian Club of West Florida and the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota. The Caledonian Club is an alliance member of SCAS, deeply involved in supporting Sarasota's twinning with Sister Cities Dunfermline, Scotland. 

Video of the Bagpipes



Photos of the Meet and Greet Friday Dec 6 at Le Colonne

A fine time was had at the Meet and Greet.  Thanks to Gayle Maxey and Tom Halbert for setting up a great event. We had such a good time that we forgot to take photos inside - these photos were outside just before the event.

Our Sister Cities December Meet & Greet will be at the Le Colonne bar from 5-7pm on Friday, Dec. 6th.  Our event is timed to coincide with the "Holiday Night of Lights” at St. Armands Circle as the circle magically comes to light and life with grace and elegance. Happy hour drinks and small plates to provide substance before enjoying Sarasota’s holiday kick-off.