Thursday, September 26, 2013

Luncheon Oct 4, 2013 Reservations

There was some confusion about the link to pay for the luncheons.  You may pay with a credit card on the link below:




Or make your reservation immediately with Beth Ruyle Hullinger at 309 966 1616 and send a check to Beth at 5057 Creekside Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. 




Luncheon October 4, 2013

Luncheon

The October Sister Cities Luncheon will be held on October 4, 2013. The Luncheon will be held at the Sara Bay Country Club (7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, FL), a few blocks East of Route 41 North of the Sarasota / Bradenton Airport. The Sara Bay phone is 941-355-7658. Registration is at 11:00 am; lunch is at noon.

The program for the luncheon will be a presentation by various Board members on “What’s Happening with Sister Cities.” This will acquaint you with the some of the ongoing projects and give you an opportunity to talk to Board members about involvement in their programs. The Sustainability Conference with worldwide participation will be a highlight.

Cost for the luncheon is $25. Refreshments can be purchased separately at the bar. Please register through Pay Pal at our Web Site sarasotasistercities.org

This is the link to pay for the Luncheon with a credit card.





Or please send check to Beth Hullinger, President at 5057 Creekside Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Registration Deadline is September 27, 2013. No cash is accepted.  Sorry of the short notice.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Luncheon October 4, 2013



Luncheon

The October Sister Cities Luncheon will be held on October 4, 2013. The Luncheon will be held at the Sara Bay Country Club (7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, FL), a few blocks East of Route 41 North of the Sarasota / Bradenton Airport. The Sara Bay phone is 941-355-7658. Registration is at 11:00 am; lunch is at noon.

The program for the luncheon will be a presentation by various Board members on “What’s Happening with Sister Cities.” This will acquaint you with the some of the ongoing projects and give you an opportunity to talk to Board members about involvement in their programs. The Sustainability Conference with worldwide participation will be a highlight.

Cost for the luncheon is $25. Refreshments can be purchased separately at the bar. Please register through Pay Pal at our Web Site sarasotasistercities.org

This is the link to pay for the Luncheon with a credit card.



Or please send check to Beth Hullinger, President at 5057 Creekside Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Registration Deadline is September 27, 2013. No cash is accepted. 
Sorry of the short notice.


Payments for the Luncheon With Credit Card

This is the link to pay for the Luncheon with a credit card.







Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sustainability Student Posters


STUDENT POSTER SESSION

The poster session is open to both high school and college/university students and will be held in the afternoon (2:00-3:30 pm) of the second day of the Sustainability Conference (11/14).  The posters will be displayed on easels around the periphery of the Selby Auditorium at USF, which is the conference venue for oral presentations, so the posters will need to be erected before the start of the morning session at 9:00 am, at the break at 10:30 am or during the lunch hour, 12:00-1:00 pm on 11/14.  

Please bring easels for display of your posters. Depending on the turnout, we may be displaying some  posters in the hallways which would give more flexibility of set-up times. Students should bring a lunch if the plan to attend the conference through the lunch hour.

The Posters can be on any subject related to Sustainability and provide a great way for students to demonstrate their projects, passions and special interests related to Sustainability. The poster preparation could be a part of a classroom project and could be in any form, from a set of 8.5"x11" sheets on poster board to more elaborate powerpoint generated posters.  

The standard poster has dimensions  of width 48”, height 36” but this is not a hard rule.  For information on poster preparation, with specific information on how to create a powerpoint poster, visit the following website:


There are also some nice examples of posters created by other students on the website.  
Students and teachers should contact Dr. Raymond Young, Conference Chair, at aloharay4@gmail.com,  to reserve space for a poster and register for the conference.



More scoop about the Conference at 

sustainablesarasota.us




Monday, September 23, 2013

Luncheon October 4, 2013

Luncheon

The October Sister Cities Luncheon will be held on October 4, 2013. The Luncheon will be held at the Sara Bay Country Club (7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, FL), a few blocks East of Route 41 North of the Sarasota / Bradenton Airport. The Sara Bay phone is 941-355-7658. Registration is at 11:00 am; lunch is at noon.

The program for the luncheon will be a presentation by various Board members on “What’s Happening with Sister Cities.” This will acquaint you with the some of the ongoing projects and give you an opportunity to talk to Board members about involvement in their programs. The Sustainability Conference with worldwide participation will be a highlight.

Cost for the luncheon is $25. Refreshments can be purchased separately at the bar. Please register through Pay Pal at our Web Site sarasotasistercities.org

This is the link to pay for the Luncheon with a credit card.



Or please send check to Beth Hullinger, President at 5057 Creekside Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Registration Deadline is September 27, 2013. No cash is accepted. 
Sorry of the short notice.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Social Media and Communications Report

The following is our report on our efforts in social media and communications for the past month for the Sarasota Sister Cities Chapter. The Sustainability Conference blog is working. Ray Young has done an outstanding job on the conference and it will be great. We will update this site periodically. Hope to see you at the conference.


We are continually updating our Blog, and Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages.  Please join us and contribute your thoughts and photos.

Our web site automatically picks up posts from our blog. You can follow our programs and actions from either site. 

     Web        sarasotasistercities.org

     Blog        sarasotasistercities.com

Our Pinterest page has an excellent photo history of our chapter thanks to Gayle Maxey and Tom Halbert. Please check it out. If you have photos or stories or notices that you would like to share please email us and we will get you set up to contribute them.


Our social media is working well. If you are on those systems please link or friend or follow with us.  For our part we mostly use these systems to inform people of what we have posted on the blog, so if you don't use those systems you are not missing our content - we put everything on the blog and web site. 

These systems do help us find new members, especially members of the digital native age. And they let you contribute your thoughts and ideas and photos to our other members who use these systems.

If you have content or photos that you would like to share please email them to us and we will post the information on our social media.

Craig Hullinger VP Communications
Sarasota Sister Cities 
sarasotasistercities@gmail.com


Thursday, September 19, 2013

International Sustainability Conference

To Be Held At The 

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee


Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has teamed with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to host a major three-day conference on “Sustainability Through Renewable Energy & Aquaculture” Nov. 13-15, 2013 in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.  


The goal of the conference is to bring together both professionals and students from Florida and internationally with Sarasota’s Sister Cities in a forum based on Sustainability.  “One of the major missions of Sarasota Sister Cities Association (SCAS) is to foster international relationships through exchanges in areas of business, culture and education,” stated SCAS President Beth Ruyle Hullinger. “SCAS’s objective is to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy.”


The conference will focus on three individual topics:

  • Sustainability, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13
  • Renewable Energy Alternatives, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 14
  • Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15


Topics covered will include:


  • Sustainability - exploring sustainability concepts; sustainable communities; sustainability management; sustainable agriculture, and water sustainability.
  • Renewable Energy Alternatives - exploring new developments in solar energy; photovoltaics; fuels from biomass, and ocean wave technology.
  • Sustainability of Ocean Resources - exploring closed circuit, non-polluting aquaculture, aquaculture practices and aquaculture of giant prawns, sturgeon, and caviar.


Information on speakers:


The conference will involve presentations by international universities from five of Sarasota’s Sister Cities (Dunfermline, Scotland; Merida, Mexico; Perpignan, France, Tel Mond, Israel and Xiamen, China);  seven Florida universities or colleges; three regional businesses; plus the Florida Department of Energy; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency and Mote Marine Laboratory.  


The introductory speaker for the Sustainability sessions Nov. 13 will be Patrick Sheehan, director of Florida’s Office of Energy in Tallahassee. Other speakers for this session will represent the Institute for Eco-Municipality Educations & Assistance in Cambridge, MA and Umea Sweden; The Walt Disney Company, Orlando; the Patel School of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida (Tampa); State College of Florida; New College of Florida; the University of Florida; and Ringling College of Art & Design.


Keynote speaker for the Renewable Energy sessions on Nov. 14 will be Energy Consultant and Lecturer Michael Alexy.  Other presentations will be made by representatives of the University of Perpignan of Perpignan, France; the Florida Solar Energy Center of the University of Central Florida; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the Brilliant Harvest Company, Sarasota; Carnegie College & Whitlock Energy Collaboration Center of Dunfermline, Scotland, and Safrema Energy of Lakewood Ranch.


Keynote speaker for the Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources sessions on Nov. 15 will be Russell Dunn of the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).  Other presentations will be made by representatives of the University of the Yucatan of Merida, Mexico; Jimei University of Xiamen, China; the Israeli Institute of Technology; Mote Marine Laboratories, and Florida Organic Aquaculture of Jupiter, FL.


Attendance is open to the public, but requires registration.  Full registration for the 3-day conference is $75.  An option for attending select daily sessions is $30 per day.   Lunch is included for those with paid registrations on Nov 13 and 14. College and high school students may register at no cost. Lunch will not be provided to college or high school students registered to attend the sessions at no cost. Details on registration will be available Oct 1 at: 

More information about the conference at:
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About Sarasota Sister Cities (SCAS)
We have friends in places you have never been


The mission of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, Inc. (SCAS) is to foster international relationships between Sarasota and cities that have similar interests by creating exchanges in areas of culture, education, tourism, business and government. SCAS’s objective is to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy. To accomplish this mission we develop relationships with people in cities that have cultural, education, tourism and business environments similar to Sarasota’s.  Working outside the realm of government, but with its support, we encourage and facilitate cultural and education exchanges, business opportunities and increased tourism.


About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a comprehensive, four-year university for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit. USFSM offers the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in North Port and Manatee County.



Media Contact:

Tom Halbert
Immediate Past President
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
941-485-8596 (Primary)
941-4160-0486 (Cell)

halbertjt@gmail.com


Conference Contact:
Ray Young
Vice President - Education
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Meet & Greet At Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill Tuesday Sept 17, 2013

Sarasota Sister Cities Meet & Greet



At Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill
100 Central Ave
Sarasota, FL


Tuesday 5-7 pm – Sept 17, 2013


Join us for fun, adventure and an energetic atmosphere where expert chefs create award winning sushi & hibachi specialties - all prepared fresh in front of you. Happy hour bonus benefits includes full bar discounts. Tsunami is located directly behind the Selby Library at 100 Central Ave. in the heart of downtown Sarasota (just north of the First Street Starbucks). Tsunami is known as a “locavore” restaurant featuring homegrown products for freshness and best in quality selections. 

Courtesy RSVP to Gayle will allow the restaurant to ensure they have sufficient bar staff for our meet & greet group. However, last minute walk-ins are encouraged. Your friends and those who would like to know more about Sister Cities of Sarasota are always welcome!

Gayle Maxey, Events Director
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
RSVP: 941-416-3565 or gmaxey632@gmail.com

tsunamisushisarasota.com
















International Newsletter


Sister Cities International
 
E-Newsletter
09.18.2013

IN THIS ISSUE
 

2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference

U.S.-China Sister Cities Awards

2014 Young Artists and Authors Showcase
Missed a Recent Webinar?

2013 Sister Cities International Fall Leadership Meeting

September 19, 2013
Austin Sister Cities: September Concert
September 20, 2013
Oklahoma State Meeting
September 27, 2013
Sister Cities of Los Angeles: 2013 Gala

http://www.cafepress.com/sistercitiesinternational




  



2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference



Sister Cities International is set to host the 2014 U.S. China Sister Cities Conference in March in Washington, D.C! This exciting Conference will connect government officials, business leaders, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China to examine innovative and exciting opportunities in the U.S.-China network and explore new sister city partnerships. The Conference will offer informative educational sessions from industry thought leaders and numerous forums in which attendees can socialize and network.

When:
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Friday, March 28, 2014

Where:
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

With over 200 sister city relationships, U.S.-China partnerships are the fastest growing in the sister cities network. The Conference is an outcome of Sister Cities International's 2012 Memorandum of Understanding signing with the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

For more information on the agenda and to register, CLICK HERE.

 




U.S.-China Sister Cities Award



Opportunity for your U.S.-China sister city relationship to shine at the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference!
Nominate YOUR program for the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Awards. The Awards highlight your U.S.-China sister city relationship's achievements and brings international recognition to your community's contributions to building people-to-people ties between the two countries. U.S. and Chinese cities with a formally recognized sister city partnership can apply for the Awards.

Winners will be recognized at the 2014 U.S. China Sister Cities Conference.
U.S.-China sister city programs can be nominated in the following categories:

  • Longest U.S.-China Sister City Relationship Award
  • Community Involvement Award
  • Youth Award
  • Arts & Culture Award
  • Economic Development Award
  • Energy and Sustainable Development Award
  • Best Overall Award
  • Most Innovative Award
  • Best Individual Award
For Awards eligibility, submission, and application instructions, CLICK HERE.

Deadline for submission is Monday, September 30, 2013.
 



2014 Young Artists and Authors Showcase






Open to all Sister Cities International youth members!
Sister cities youth are encouraged to submit artwork, essays, and poems inspired by what this years theme: "Connect globally. Thrive locally." means to them!
Sister city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties, and states in order to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. In 2012 Sister Cities International launched its new tag line: Connect globally. Thrive locally. Through 2D media, essays or poetry,  youth can illustrate how global connectivity allows an individual or community to thrive locally. How has this connectivity impacted youth for the better?

The deadline for sending in entries is May 1, 2014. For details, visit: http://www.sister-cities.org/young-artists-and-authors-showcase

Click on the links below to download the guidelines and entry forms:
2014 Young Artists Showcase Form
2014 Young Authors Showcase Form
 



Missed a Webinar?

Missed a webinar hosted recently? Visit the "Webinar" tab in the Member Area of our website www.sister-cities.org and find recordings from all our recent webinars on topics such as sister schools, advocacy, communications, fundraising, and accounting, among others.

Please note, members need to be logged in to access the Member Area. For our website instructions, click here. Questions? Email info@sister-cities.org.



2013 Sister Cities International Fall Leadership Meeting

Attention members! The Sister Cities International 2013 Fall Leadership Meeting will be held October 10-12, in Tacoma, Washington in conjunction with the Washington State Meeting. For details and to register, please visit:http://www.cvent.com/d/m4qn5b.