Monday, January 20, 2014

Coming Events

January 2014  Luncheon cancelled  

January 24, 2014 - The Foreign Service Luncheon 

RSVP as soon as possible

Members of Sarasota Sister Cities are welcome to attend the Foreign Service Retirees Association of Florida (FSRA) 2014 statewide Annual Luncheon at The Francis Restaurant, 1289 Palm Ave. on January 24. Featured speaker at the luncheon will be Robert Silverman, veteran of eight critical overseas assignments and president of the American Foreign Service Organization in Washington, D.C. 

The national organization has 16,000 members, of which 4,000 are retirees. Other attendees will include members of local United Nations organizations and the Returned Peace Corps Veterans associations. To gain another perspective on our world as seen by diplomats and Foreign Service professionals, contact former Sarasota Sister Cities President Hope Byrnes, FRSA Chair, or 941-377-8181.

January 25 Chinese New Year


SCOTTISH FESTIVAL at Robarts Arena (approximately 3500-4000 visitors attend), Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Rain or shine)

February  7, 2014 Friday  Luncheon 

Join us at the SaraBay Country Club just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The luncheon registration desk will open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch beginning at noon. Beef Stroganoff for the Vladimir group's program and Key Lime tart for dessert to welcome back our winter residents....If you prefer a vegetarian meal email your request to:

Directions to Sara Bay CC

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.

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

Michael's on East

For more information or tickets Call William Wallace, 941 378-0085

March 29, 2014  Thistle Ball
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, 6:00 PM, $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

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: