Sister Cities International Newsletter 05.01.2013

Sister Cities International


Have You Reviewed the 2013 Membership Directory?

2013 Annual Conference: Early Bird Registration Rate Extended!

Host an International Exchange Student!

Accepting Applications for Open Positions on the Board of Directors

May 2, 2013
Fort Worth Sister Cities International: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Toluca Style
May 3, 2013
Sister Cities International of Oklahoma City: Cinco de Mayo
May 4, 2013
Sister Cities Yorktown: French Market


Have You Reviewed the 2013 Membership Directory?

Attention members!

Sister Cities International is currently developing its 2013 Membership Directory and we would like your input to ensure that this year’s directory is as accurate as possible. Please CLICK HERE to download a spreadsheet listing current members and their partnerships that as of now will appear in the 2013 Membership Directory.

Please review this to ensure that your city and all of its partners are listed correctly. If your city is not listed, is missing partnerships, has partnerships listed which you are not certain should be, or if there are any spelling errors, please email
Adam Kaplan, Membership Director, at Please note, comments and corrections received in the past two weeks have been incorporated in the above spreadsheet.

In addition to listing their U.S. partners, all Global Members may have their international sister cities listed in the directory. If you are a Global Member please send us your sister cities lists as soon as possible to ensure they are included. For more information on becoming a Global Member visit our website here.

The comment period for the directory will be open until Friday, May 10th at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

This directory is distributed to all members, in addition to members of the diplomatic community and hundreds of organizations worldwide so don’t miss out on having your international partnerships known throughout the world!

Early Bird Registration Rate Extended!

An exciting line-up of expert sessions, off-site visits, receptions, and speakers awaits you in San Antonio, Texas at the 2013 Sister Cities International Annual Conference, July 12-13, 2013. 
Keynote Speakers include:
  • The Honorable Tara Sonenshine, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy (Invited)
  • The Honorable Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio
  • Carola McGiffert, Director of the “100,000 Strong” Initiative
  • The Honorable Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development & Former Mayor of San Antonio
  • The Honorable Richard Daley, Former Mayor of Chicago (Invited)
  • The Honorable Seishi Kohyama, Mayor of Kumamoto, Japan (Invited)
  • The Honorable Kang Un-Tae, Mayor of Gwangju, South Korea
  • The Honorable Margarita Arellanes, Mayor of Monterrey, Mexico (Invited)
  • Amy Fraenkel, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
Here's a quick peek at the sister city info-sessions in the agenda!
  • Fundraising 
  • Economic Development
  • Communications
  • Exchanges and Partnerships
For the detailed agenda, CLICK HERE.
The 2013 Conference features concurrent specialized tracks!
The 2013 San Antonio UEA Summit, in conjunction with the City of San Antonio and Sister Cities International, and in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme, will provide opportunities to show the progress for the last 2 years, best practices of a sustainable city to 148 member cities from 52 countries as well as participating international organizations in the environmental field. (You must be a UEA delegate to attend the specialized UEA sessions.)
Click here for the UEA Summit Agenda.
Click here for the UEA Summit Save the Date.
Focusing on building stronger, sustainable pan-pacific ties.
 Click here to view the Pan-Pacific Summit flyer!

Providing youth (14-18 years) with the tools to lead, network, and become informed global citizens!
 Click here to find out more! Special youth registration rate of $450 includes room and board during the entire Youth Leadership Summit. 

Commemorating sixty years of San Antonio-Monterrey, Mexico sister city exchanges. Honorary chair of the event is the Honorable Margarita Arellanes, Mayor of Monterrey. 

This track includes a tour of Port San Antonio, a master-planned, 1900 acre aerospace, industrial complex and international logistics platform, centrally located in San Antonio. Created from the former Kelly Air Force Base, Port San Antonio is approximately equidistant from the East and the West coast of the United States and at the center of the NAFTA corridor between Mexico and Canada.
After the tour, the attendees will be treated to a Texas barbecue, hosted by Port San Antonio, with a wonderful opportunity to network with other attendees from Mexico and Texas. Please note, all the presentations by a variety of speakers including the Mayor of Monterrey, will be entirely in Spanish. 
What's more? We're introducing optional tours so attendees can enjoy the sights and sounds of the city!
  • Sister City International Gifts and Commissions Tour
  • Toyota Factory Tour
  • Downtown Historical Welcome Tour
  • Build San Antonio Green “Green Tour of Homes”
​Click here for more details on these tours.

Register today for the Annual Conference at We hope to see you in San Antonio for an exciting conference!

Host an International Exchange Student!

The U.S. Department of State invites you to make a difference by hosting an international high school exchange student in your home starting this fall. Approximately 2,000 Department of State-sponsored exchange students from over 50 countries, all of whom have undergone a competitive, merit-based selection process, will spend the 2013-14 academic year in communities across the United States.

These exchange students live with American families, attend American high schools, and participate in American culture, leadership activities, and community service. Exchange students can help bring the world into your home and community.

They seek host families from all over the United States. Learn more or submit an interest form at and please share this announcement with others. You can also email them at

Accepting Applications for Open Positions on the Board of Directors

Sister Cities International welcomes all qualified applicants to run for open positions on the Board of Directors. Elections to the Board of Directors are held each year during the Annual Conference. If you plan to run for a position at the 2013 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX July 12-13, 2013, please carefully review all information on the elections process to ensure your eligibility.
Eleven (11) Board positions will be open during the Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas on July 12, 2013. This includes:
  • 7 Board of Director positions (three-year terms, 2013-2016)
  • 1 Board of Director position (two-year term, 2013-2015)
  • 1 Board of Director position (one-year term, 2013-2014)
  • 1 Young Professional Representative to the Board of Directors (two-year term, 2013-2015, must be between 21-34 years of age)
  • 1 Youth Representative to the Board of Directors (two-year term, 2013-2015, must be 21 years of age or under)
It is the policy of Sister Cities International Board of Directors that each candidate applying for the above positions, including current directors who are running for the board and wish to have their names placed on the ballot, complete the following form and electronically submit the form and all supplemental information to the Sister Cities International office by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 15, 2013 to mkane@sister-cities.orgMaterials received after this date will not be considered.

Please take note of all word count requests throughout the application. If an applicant exceeds the desired word count, Sister Cities International will edit your application to meet the requirements.

Please email completed applications to Mary Kane, President & CEO, at

Application Packet must include: 
  • 2013 Board Application (click to download)
  • Electronic Photograph or Headshot (300 dpi or higher)
  • Official letter from a representative of a dues paying Sister Cities International member organization or an elected official, endorsing candidacy
For more information on the 2013 Elections process, please CLICK HERE.

John George Jack Thompson, Husband of Member Suzi Antine Norbeck

John "Jack" George Thompson, age 81, of Osprey, FL, husband of Suzi Anstine Norbeck, passed away on May 27, 2013. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, MI on June 18, 1931. Jack was President of Muskegon Community College for 10 years before retiring. He and Suzi were avid travelers and visited all seven continents.

Jack was involved with the Rotary Club, 
Sierra Club, Hiking Clubs, and Ski and Tennis Clubs. After retiring, he became a professional photographer, and many of his photographs were displayed in the Muskegon art gallery where he was a member of the camera club and art club.

Jack and Suzi proudly established the Dr. John G. Thompson Fund which strives to ensure all segments, classes, races and religions of the community are involved in every aspect of Muskegon Community College. The fund has enabled TOPS (Tackling Obstacles Possessing Success) program to take off at MCC.

He is survived by his wife, Suzi Antine Norbeck of Osprey; brother Don Thompson of Clare, MI; daughter Suzan Hull of Mesa, AZ; step son Carl Norbeck of Wallingford, CT; step daughters Kim Keating of Hanover, NH and Karen Borgerink of Estero, FL; 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3:30 - 4:00 pm Sat.., June 1, 2013, at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel followed by a funeral service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. John G. Thompson Muskegon Community College Fund 221 S Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, Michigan 49442
Farley Funeral Home is charge of local arrangements.

Memorial Day May 27, 2013

Remembering our grandparents, parents, and friends who served their country.


by Melissa Thompson

This Memorial Day, let's focus on its true meaning: remembering the men and women who died serving our nation's armed forces. It's about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
Whether it was 100 years ago or last week, we remember them. They are the few who willingly step into harm's way for the majority of us and pay the ultimate sacrifice for doing so.
From the entire team at The Patterson Foundation and on behalf of our community, know that while these courageous men and women are gone, they are never forgotten.
Click here for a list of local Memorial Day remembrance events and here for local parades. Our Legacy of Valor team members will be on hand at several events in the Sarasota and Venice areas to share more information about our campaign to honor veterans and their families.
On May 26Legacy of Valor partners the Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band and The First Brass will host a Memorial Day concert and will be collecting cellphones to benefit 
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery on May 26 at 1:00 pm, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 or call (941) 922-7200 for more details.
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Register Today for the 2013 Annual Conference!

2013 Youth Leadership Summit

Special Announcement from NCIV

U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program: Call for Proposals

May 30, 2013
San Francisco - Ho Chi Minh Sister City Committee Awards Dinner
June 1, 2013
Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County: Passport to the World
June 8, 2013
City of Santa Cruz Sister City Committee: Japanese Cultural Fair


Register Today for the
2013 Annual Conference

This year, the conference features an exciting line-up of expert sessions, off-site visits, receptions, and speakers awaits you in San Antonio! For a list of the sessions, tours, and events, CLICK HERE
For detailed descriptions and featured speakers on the sister city info sessions listed below, CLICK HERE!
  • Fundraising 
  • Economic Development
  • Communications
  • Exchanges and Partnerships
The 2013 Conference also features concurrent specialized tracks listed below! Please visit for information on each Summit.
  • Urban Environmental Accords Summit
  • Pan-Pacific Summit
  • Youth Leadership Summit
What's more? This year at San Antonio, attendees can take part in a range of tours specially designed to explore the various highlights the city has to offer! Tours and events highlight history, sister city-business connections, green energy, and much more! Many of the tours offered below are free of charge for Sister Cities International conference attendees. Please CLICK HERE to see details on each tour.
  • A Day for Mexican Delegates
  • International Gifts and Commissions Tour
  • Dos Rios Wastewater Treatment Facility Tour
  • UEA Buckhorn Saloon & Museum Mixer
  • East Meets West: Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce Welcome Banquet for San Antonio's International Sister City Delegations
  • Bicycle Tour with B-Cycle
  • Toyota Factory Tour
  • Historic Tour of Downtown San Antonio
  • Renewable Energy Sector River Tours
  • Build San Antonio Green “Green Tour of Homes”
Register today for the Annual Conference We hope to see you in San Antonio for an exciting conference!

2013 Youth Leadership Summit

Providing youth with the tools to lead, network, and become informed global citizens!

The 2013 Sister Cities International Annual Conference in San Antonio features the Youth Leadership Summit (July 11-13)open to all high school students (ages 14-18 years). The Summit includes specially guided sessions where youth participants will role-play as a country representative at a convening of the United Nations. Youth will learn, debate, deliberate, and negotiate, as they play the role of an international diplomat. Sessions will culminate with the youth delegates passing a “formal” resolution on a global issue.

CLICK HERE to view the detailed Youth Leadership Summit Agenda. To register, visit
Special youth registration rate of $450 includes room and board during the entire Youth Leadership Summit! Special $250 rate available for local youth (lodging not included.)
Click here to download the Youth Leadership Summit flyer. We also encourage members to share this flyer with their network!

Special Announcement from NCIV

The National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) is looking for presenters for their 2014 National Meeting!

NCIV is searching for presenters who have been a part of an innovative program with expertise to share in the field of professional and cultural exchanges, nonprofit management, public diplomacy, and/or foreign policy.

This is a great opportunity for sister city members to share their vast experience and best practices with other exchange professionals! CLICK HERE to submit your proposal today!

U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program: Call for Proposals

Attention members! Does your city have a Chinese sister city? The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program is now seeking participants for its pilot projects to promote energy security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. Already existing U.S.-China partnerships can submit a joint application to participate in this unique program, which brings together valuable networks of private sector investment, state and local expertise, and high-level policymakers in both the U.S. and Chinese governments.

To learn more, please visit the EcoPartnerships website. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2013. Those selected will participate in a high-profile signing ceremony and workshop at the 2013 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington D.C.!

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Meet and Greet May 21, 2013 at Salute’


Join us for our May 21st Meet & Greet at Salute’ in downtown Sarasota. Happy hour prices during our full 5-7 pm event including $4 cocktails & house wines (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet, & Chianti) plus half price draft beer (Bud Light & Peroni). Enjoy a touch of Italy in an informal, relaxing restaurant with indoor and outdoor 

Courtesy RSVP by noon, May 19. This will allow the Salute’ to ensure they have sufficient bar staff for our Meet & Greet group. Last minute walk-ins and guests are welcome and encouraged.

Gayle Maxey, Director of Events
Sarasota Sister Cities Association
 RSVP: 941-416-3565


23 N. Lemon Ave. 
Sarasota, FL 34236