Speakers Bureau

The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has developed a Speakers Bureau from which we are offering a variety of presentations to your Alumni Club for luncheons, organizational meetings, social events, etc. The list of presentations shown below are from members of our Board of Directors and display the range of interests we are prepared to convey to your group. Also attached is a list of a brief biographies of our speakers. 
An honorarium to our organization for the presentation would be greatly appreciated and would foster our objective to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy with our eight sister cities. Additional information about our organization is available on our website at: sarasotasistercities.org

If you have an event that you would like one of our members to give a presentation, please contact me directly by e-mail. We would pleased present one our our interesting topics and get to know the members of your club.

Best Regards,
Raymond A. Young, Ph.D.
Vice President – Education
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

e-mail <aloharay4@gmail.com>

Sarasota Sister Cities Speakers Bureau - List of Lectures for Offer

International Travel & Culture
France:  A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Perpignan
Emile Langlois, Barbara Frey & Gloria Grenier
Contemporary Chinese Culture: The Old and the New
Dave Harralson, Ph.D.
Traveling in Italy
Susanna Wriston
The History and Complexity of Italian Wines
Susanna Wriston
Firth of Forth in Fife - The Scottish Contribution to the World, America and Sarasota

William Wallace
Polynesian Cultures of the South Pacific
Raymond Young, Ph.D.

Golden Age of Sarasota
Dave Harralson, Ph.D.
Hemingway Unknown – The Italian Years
Susanna Wriston
History of the Israel Connection to Sarasota-Manatee
Kim Sheintal
The Harmony of the Gospels? The Formation of the First Books of the Christian Scriptures
Dave Harralson, Ph.D.
The Origins of the First Five Books of the Old Testament
Dave Harralson, Ph.D.

Arts, Science & Environment
City Sustainability Programs
Craig Hullinger
Essential Oils & Perfumes of the World
Raymond Young, Ph.D.
Creativity & Innovation
Raymond Young, Ph.D.

November 2014 Communications and Social Media Report

We continue to add readership and participation with our Sarasota Sister Cities social networking system. We encourage you to network with us if you use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+. You can post information directly to these sites.

The three sites below disseminate information - no log in required - just click on the link below:

Blog            sarasotasistercities.com

Web            sarasotasistercities.org

Pinterest     sarasotasistercities.us

You can reach all of our links and systems from the left column of the blog:

The systems below are best to build interaction among Sister City Members. If you use them please post information and photos of interest to Sister City members directly.

Google+     goo.gl/HgfrE

Twitter        twitter.com/#!/SarasotaSisterC

We are slowly adding videos to our sites. We also have added a large number of photos. You can find these sites in the left column on the blog or by clicking the link below:

The blog is the best site to learn about what Sister Cities has done or what is upcoming. We post upcoming information and also photos of events. The Website automatically picks up the latest 5 posts from the blog. The Website also has the best information about policies and our sister cities. Pinterest provides a great pictorial history of the organization.

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.

In addition to our main blog of sarasotasistercities.com 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 City Director's can of course use this or not as they wish. Anything they want to add or delete from their blog send it to me and I will be add ior delete the information. 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 individual city 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 blogspot.com.  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 should be made.

Dave Harralson and Carrie Weaver have our new membership database program up and running.  It is a nice system that should help us improve our media interactions with our memberships. Dave and Carrie are providing training for Board Members and they can help you log in if you have trouble using the system.   i

Send info to:      sarasotasistercities@gmail.com


Pender, Sr., Michael R. P.E.

The Herald Tribune carries the obituary of Mike Pender, Sr., a founder of the Sarasota Sister Cities Organization where he served as Treasurer. He and his wife Francina have been members of SCAS ever since, and his son and daughter-in-law (Mike, Jr., & Marie) have been long time Sister Cities members also.

Pender, Sr., Michael R. P.E.
Feb. 18, 1926 - Nov. 23, 2014


With his family by his side, Michael R Pender, Sr. passed away on November 23, 2014 at the age of 88. He was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York on February 18, 1926, the only child to Horace Gibson Pender and Lillian Frances Higgins. He grew up in Garden City, New York and graduated from Garden City High School in 1943. He attended Dartmouth College, left for the Army and then returned in 1947 and graduated with an AB Degree in 1949. In June 1950, he received his Master's Degree from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.

He began his career as a project manager for Madigan-Highland Engineers where he devised the toll system for the New York State thruway and the feasibility of a railroad in the wilds of Columbia. He then went on to join the administrative staff of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair Corporation; he became Commissioner of General Services for the town of Hempstead followed by the same for Nassau County. He then reorganized the public works department for the Village of Valley Stream, all located on Long Island, New York.

He formally retired his New York career in January of 1986 and relocated to Sarasota, Florida. In Sarasota, he joined the firm of Boyle Engineering as a senior consulting engineer and held that position until 2006 when Boyle Engineering was sold.

He was a registered professional engineer in the states of New York, Florida and New Hampshire. He was passionate about giving back to his profession and his community. He was either Treasurer and or President of many of the professional and civic organizations he belonged to. His proudest moment was when he was named the National President of the American Public Works Association in 1984-85. Due to his nature, he never talked about his honors and recognitions, but there were many.

After moving to Florida, he continued his passion for service both in his profession and in the community. He is past President of the Dartmouth Club and the Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay. He played an active role as Treasurer in the formation of the Sarasota Sister City Organization. He served on five Sarasota County boards and task forces and was an elder at the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church.

His career did not consume his life; he was a loving husband, he always found time to be with this five children and was an incredible caring father. He was known as a friend to all that met and worked with him.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Francina J. Pender and his five children, his son Michael Jr. (Marie) of Bradenton/Sarasota, FL, his son William (Jo) of Huston, TX, daughter, Robin of Stevensville, MD, his son, Richard (Denise) of Ashburn, VA, and son John of Sarasota, FL, eight grandchildren, three great granddaughters and one great, great grandson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 9 am on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Dartmouth College Scholarship Fund, c/o the Dartmouth Club of Sarasota, 2033 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34237; Sarasota Bay Rotary Club Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1311, Sarasota, FL 34230: Pines Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231 -

Meet & Greet, Wednesday November 19, 2014 5pm - 7pm

Join us at Lolita Tartine as we celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary our  "Sisterhood"  with Perpignan France at

November's Meet & Greet, Wednesday November 19, 2014 5pm - 7pm

Learn more about Sarasota's Sister City, Perpignan France at:


Lolita Tartine is located on 5th Street between Central Ave. and Lemon Ave. in Rosemary District
1419 5th St, Sarasota, FL 34236


Many of you had a Taste of France at the International tasting held last month at Dakin Farm.
Let's show our appreciation for their participation in this amazing event!

PLEASE NOTE my NEW email address

 Carrie Weaver
 Director of Events, SCAS
 direct: 01 (941) 580-8184


Ballet Friday, December 19, 2014



Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardée

"Here is a ballet that will entertain everyone"

Join Sarasota Sister City in a night at the ballet for Ashton's rendition of La Fille mal Gardée- an entirely new version of a ground-breaking story ballet, premiered in Bordeaux a fortnight before the 1789 French Revolution.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Friday, December 19, 2014

6:30 p.m. Wine and Hors d'oeuvres by Paul Mattison on the patio

7:30 pm Performance

Tickets $100 - Limited to 40 persons for this Reserved intimate gathering

Whether you plan to pay by Check or PayPal use this link to Reserve your seat!

SCAS Guest Registration for La Fille mal Gardée Ballet

Mail Checks to: Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
ATTN: Ballet Tickets
1565 1st Street
Sarasota, Florida 34207
Carrie Weaver
Director of Events, SCAS
direct: 01(941)580-8184

Meet and Greet Wed Nov 19 at 5:00 pm at Lolita Tartine

Join us at Lolita Tartine as we celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary our "Sisterhood" with Perpignan France at
November's Meet & Greet, Wednesday November 19, 2014 5pm - 7pm

Learn more about Sarasota's Sister City, Perpignan France at:


Lolita Tartine is located on 5th Street between Central Ave. and Lemon Ave. in Rosemary District

1419 5th St, Sarasota, FL 34236    941.952.3172

Many of you had a Taste of France at the International tasting held last month at Dakin Farm.
Let's show our appreciation for their participation in this amazing event!

PLEASE NOTE my NEW email address
Carrie Weaver
Director of Events, SCAS

direct: 01(941)580-8184

Click for a map for directions

Interesting Programs

At Selby Galleries until December 10: Evan Roth: Intellectual Property Donor, an exhibition that engages issues of graffiti, popular culture, art, hacking, and intellectual property. 

Description at
At the Basch Gallery (1st floor of Academic Building where films are shown) until November 25: “The First Time”, in filmed interviews 15 students recall milestones in their life experience that profoundly affected them.  Description at http://www.ringling.edu/campus-student-life/campus/galleries/richard-and-barbara-basch-gallery/
Both galleries are open 10-4 Monday through Saturday
“social” Sunday, December 4, 5:30 pm, at Super Buffet on Fruitville at Honore. All are welcome – mention  you are with GCAA and you’ll be directed to our seating area (and get a 10% discount on your bill).  
Don’t miss the spectacular aerial performances of Chinese artist Li Wei 李暐 on Monday November 17 on the grounds of the RINGLING MUSEUM at 10 am and 2 pm – FREE and open to the public!  The public is also welcome to a discussion with the with the artist in which Dr. Carolyn Bloomer, SCAS City Director for Xiamen, China, has been invited to participate:  5-6 pm Thursday (November 18th), followed by a light reception.    For details go to: http://www.ringling.org/events/type/programs. These events are part of the current exhibition of contemporary Chinese art “Seeing the Unseen” continuing at the Museum until February:

Fall 2014
Ringling College of Art and Design / Academic Center Room Room 207
Admission is free.
All films have Mandarin sound-tracks and English subtitles.

November 22:  1:30 p.m.

In Love We Trust
左右 Zuo-you

Director Wang Xiaoshuai 王小帅, 2011
110 min. 

A couple learns that their five-year old daughter has leukemia and can only be saved by a bone marrow transplant from a close relative or the umbilical cord blood of a sibling.  Unable to find the necessary genetic match and desperate to do anything necessary to give her daughter a chance to live, the mother prevails upon her ex-husband, the child’s biological father who is likewise now remarried, to contribute sperm to impregnate her with a sibling for the daughter.  But because of China’s one-child policy, this would deprive the stepfather of having his own child with the mother.  The ex-husband’s young wife also wants a child and is angered at her husband’s willingness to create a child for his ex-wife.  Although the dilemma is exacerbated by China’s family planning policy, the issues of trust, obligation, and fidelity are far more universal.

 Series is designed and hosted by Dr. Carolyn Bloomer to supplement her Cross-Cultural Perspectives course Modern China at Ringling College,
and is co-sponsored by the Gulfcoast Chinese American Association,
the Sarasota Chapter of the U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association, and Sister Cities Association of Sarasota.
For more information contact: cbloomer@c.ringling.edu.
Location:  Films will be screened on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design in the new Academic Building on the west side of Old Bradenton Road south of Martin Luther King Boulevard. The building is #34 on the campus map available on line at http://www.ringling.edu/

Luncheon November 7, 2014

 Join us at the SaraBay Country Club Friday November 7, 2014 for an exciting Luncheon featuring speakers from our Alliance members, Embracing Our Differences and the  Jewish Federation of Sarasota - Manatee, with a focus on our Sister City, Tel Mond Israel.

Michael Shelton Executive Director of Embracing Our Differences will trace the  history of the exhibition and its early connection to Israel and Tel Mond our Sister City.
Howard Tevlowitz is the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota Manatee. He will review the special trip that is cosponsored by SCAS in March 2015.  The Mission will focus on the exploration of  the diversity of Israel as well as a visit to Tel Mond.

RSVPs, meal selection and $25 payment are required by Tuesday, November 4 to meet requirements of the Sara Bay Country Club.

The luncheon registration desk will open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch beginning at noon.

The menu choices are:
Chicken Shish-Kebab
Served with a Cous- Cous; House Israeli Salad; Pita bread and Hummus
Lamb Souvlaki Salad
Lamb served over mixed greens with feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata Olives and greek dressing; with pita bread and hummus
Vegetarian Option
California Veggie Burger served over mixed greens with feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata Olives and greek dressing; with pita bread and hummus
 -for dessert Cinnamon Coffee Cake
All meals coffee, tea or soda. 
cash bar is also available, please order directly with the wait staff.
Sara Bay Country Club              sarabaycc.org
7011 Willow St
Sarasota, FL 34243

Payment can be made electronically at: sarasotasistercities.org/pmts.htm
Or by Check, payable to SCAS and mailed to:
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
City Hall - 1565 First St.
Sarasota, FL 34236

A reply to this email regarding your lunch choice and the method to expect your payment, is kindly requested.

Carrie Weaver
Director of Events, SCAS
direct: 01(941)580-8184

A reply to this email regarding the method to expect your payment, is kindly requested.

Carrie Weaver
Director of Events, SCAS
direct: 01(941)580-8184