September 2014 Sarasota Sister Cities Social Networking

We continue to develop our Sarasota Sister Cities social networking system. We use the internet to get out the word and to try to improve communication among our members and other interested citizens.

If you are using Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest I request that you connect with our systems and share items of mutual interest.

Our addresses below:








The first three systems primarily get the word out. We first write what is happening on the blog.  The Web site automatically picks up the latest 5 posts from the blog.

Pinterest provides a great pictoral history of the organization. Tom Halbert and Gayle Maxey have posted a great deal of information and photos on the site. If you are a Pinterest user you can connect with our site - and I will set you up so that you can share photos.

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ are all designed to get people to interact. We post a short message on each system with a link back to the blog. You have to sign up for these programs - this is free and simple.  You will want go to our pages and like or friend or link to them. Then you will see what we post and everyone will see what you post. Over time we hope to get a number of people interacting on these systems.

Shaun Greenspan has completed the first edit of our new video. We should be able to present that to the Board shortly.

In addition to our main blog of we have also set up a blog for each of our eight Sister Cities. The idea is that these blogs will focus on just the relationship of Sarasota with that Sister City.

The CD's can of course use this or not as they wish. Anything they want to add or delete from their blog I will be glad to do so. I would also be happy to assist them to learn how to make entries on the blog themselves, or I will post for them if they prefer. They can just send me an email with any corrections, deletions, or additions.

The blog address can be typed directly or can be found in the left column of the main blog. The address always starts with the name of the sister city followed by Sarasota, then  I used the short name for the Sister City - not the province, which would make for a long and hard to remember address.

Let me know of any changes that you or the CD's want.

We plan on writing the history of Sarasota Sister Cities on this blog. We are contacting people who served with Sarasota Sister Cities in the beginning of the organization and ask them to write their memories.  If you have some information about Sarasota Sister Cities please email it to and we will publish it on this blog.

Sarasota Wins International Award

From left to right  Ron Gossett, VP Arts and Culture, Craig Hullinger, VP Communications, Beth Ruyle Hullinger, President with Award, Shirley Gossett, Member, Gayle Maxey, Member, Tom Halbert, former President, all celebrating the Sister Cities International Award for Innovations in Small Cities. 

Dragon Boat Festival

Imagine,  3000 breast cancer survivors and supporters in one place at the same time.  Imagine these women traveling from all corners of the world to paddle dragon boats in Nathan Benderson. It's an epic event you won't want to miss - the chance to be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of "Survivorship & Sisterhood in the Sunshine State"!  

Dragon Boat Race for these heroines to celebrate life and promotion of Breast Cancer Awareness takes place once every four years like the Olympics. This upcoming event will the the 4th competition. Sarasota's Benderson park was chosen as a PRIME location for this World Event.

Wouldn't it be special to be a part of this Pink invasion?  We are seeking volunteers to experience this amazing sports festival and to celebrate these survivors who are making the most of each day.  Volunteers needed include hosting visiting teams as ambassadors, as well as working various areas throughout the race venue and Sarasota.  Donate your time in catering tent, a parade or a Paddlers there are many other ways to give your time as a volunteer. 

This event will change your life..for the better. Sign up now!

See Link for this event's Fabulous Website:

Sign up and become a volunteer to rejoice 
with these international heroines:  

The link below" Register Now" Button  will lead you to the volunteer website.

Click Here to Register

Thank You. See you at our brand new world class Benderson Park in October!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Athletes will arrive a few days ahead.

1) 24th Friday 

A) During the day: A day of massage and physical therapy. Kim Konomo, co-sponsor from Miami, would consider acupuncture treatments from Sarasota for the athletes. Massage has been contracted out. I shall contact East West College of Medicine again.
 [ I hope we can obtain a tent for East West College as they will offer acupuncture on site for the Sat/ Sunday during the day, open for all, FREE OF CHARGE.]

B)  Friday night: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Opening Ceremony  5:00 pm to 6:30 pm 7 pm - 3000 Athletes' Parade Commenced by Steel Drums and Finished with Dragon Dance and Fire Works at 7:30 pm. 10 restaurants and 10 vendors will participate along Main Street. Lakewood Ranch to provide varieties of foods and beverages.

3) Saturday 8:00 am -3:00 pm: Dragon Boat Race follow by a beach party right on Benderson Park.

4) Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Dragon Boat Race followed by Closing Ceremony from4:00 to 5:0 pm - 3 Top Medalists However Every Participant Will Be Winner!!

Very Best Regards,

Lawrence Lonson,
V.P. of Sports, 

Irene Leung,
VCD Xiamen China

Meet and Greet Wednesday September 17 5 pm – 7pm

Greetings Friends and Members of the SCAS,

"Soak up the spirit of the Scots”! Join us at MacAllisters for September's Meet & Greet and learn more about Sarasota’s Sister City, Dunfermline, Scotland. 

See this web page on Dunfermline.

Meet & Greet at MacAllisters
 8110 Lakewood Main Street
Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202
Wednesday September 17 5pm –7pm

Please invite your friends and come out to meet others interested in building relations with our Sister Cities!

Best regards,

Carrie Weaver
Director of Events, SCAS

direct: 01(941)580-8184

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