Wednesday, January 29, 2014

One World Gala






As the international arm of the city of Sarasota, the Sister City Association of Sarasota (SCAS) is celebrating its 51st year of citizen exchanges among peoples of the world in the arts, business, civic activities, education, sports and government to increase understanding and respect among all peoples of the world, with the goal of ending violence and war across the globe.

The 2014 Individual Recipient, Linda Rosenbluth, has a penchant for sighting a critical need and creating an effective response, and she’s been doing it since childhood, when at age 9 she began her fund-raising career collecting funds for victims of Hurricane Donna and at age 15 launched a nationwide youth program to make afghans for children in Denver’s Cancer Center.

Locally, Rosenbluth organized the first non-profit event at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, the first “phonathon” for United Way and Sarasota’s first “AIDS Awareness Week”, an initiative duplicated in communities nationwide. 


Internationally, her accomplishments are legend. In 1989, she was instrumental in the adoption of Tel Mond, Israel as Sarasota’s fourth sister city and was its first “City Director”. She served for five years as president of the SCAS, during which time Dunfermline, Scotland became our fifth sister city and she coordinated a greatly increased program of personnel exchanges among citizens of our sister cities.

She has represented Sarasota on missions to Azerbaijan, Morocco, Poland and Israel, and enhanced relationships with officials and citizens of several of our sister cities with personal visits to Perpignan, France; Treviso, Italy; Xiamen, China; Dunfermline, Scotland and Tel Mond, Israel.

Rosenbluth won the “Sister Cities International Youth Award” initiating a video project in cooperation with Sarasota High School and was inducted recently into “The Circle of Distinguished Volunteers” by Sister Cities International at its 50th Anniversary Conference.


Embracing Our Differences mission is “to promote diversity and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century. 

During April and May each year, Embracing Our Differences employs art as a catalyst to spark discussions and promote the importance of peaceful coexistence, creating a huge outdoor exhibit at Sarasota’s Island Park, displaying the art of both national and international artists, photographers, writers and students.

In 2013, the exhibit drew over 4,400 international submissions representing 52 countries. Since it inception a decade ago, the exhibit has attracted more than 22,000 submissions from 64 countries. During the past several years, 20% to 25% of all artists selected for inclusion in the exhibit were international and in 2013, 18 artists from 14 foreign nations were honorees, including “Best of Show Adult” - an Israeli artist who had previously visited Sarasota with her family to see the display.

In responding to the announcement, Michael Shelton, Executive Director of Embracing Our Differences said, “We’re making a difference. The One World Award is a recognition of that. It’s a formidable honor and we’re deeply grateful.”

In 2013, 248,000 visitors viewed the exhibit, with 90 percent indicating the display favorably influenced their opinion regarding diversity and inclusiveness of people everywhere.

Artists from four of Sarasota’s eight sister cities: Dunfermline, Scotland; Vladimir, Russia; Tel Mond, Israel and Xiamen, China have had winning billboards at the EOD annual exhibit. Sarasota’s other four sister cities are Hamilton, Canada; Merida, Mexico; Perpignan, France and Treviso, Italy.

Previous One World Award winners are Robert Roskamp and the Roskamp Institute, Nicholas Bollettieri and IMG Academy, ORT ( the worldwide educational program for the underprivileged), the Sarasota Christian School, with relationships with schools in 12 foreign countries and former mayor Lu Ann Palmer.

 The One World Gala, the annual fund-raiser of the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, will feature the award ceremony, a guest pianist from Treviso, Italy and silent auction.


Tickets are $150 per person. Make out checks to: 

Sister Cities Assn of Sarasota

And mail to:

  VP MEMBERSHIP
Sister Cities Assn of Sarasota
  1565 First St
  Sarasota, Fl 34236

Need more info? Call William Wallace, 378-0085 or email

 walljb@comcast.net



Sister Cities International maintains a list of all the Sister Cities in the world. Click below to see which cities are connected.

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2014 Membership Directory

Dear Sister Cities International member:

Have you reviewed the 2014 Membership Directory? If not, please 
CLICK HERE to download the latest updated spreadsheet listing current Sister Cities International members and their partnerships, as well as the corrections we've received in the past week, that as of now will appear in the 2014 Membership Directory. Please review this spreadsheet 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 that you are uncertain of, or if there are any spelling errors, please email Adam Kaplan, Membership Director, at akaplan@sister-cities.orgThe comment period for the directory will be open until Thursday, February 20th at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Would You Like to Be More Involved

Members of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota who would like to get more involved can volunteer to help. 

Tell us what areas you would like to work on and email it back to us at sarasotasistercities@gmail.com


Opportunities

Which Kind of Activities Interest You?


___Arts and Culture       
___Business/Economic Development
___Education and Youth 
___Fund Raising
___Membership Development 
___Protocol for Visitations
___Special Events 
___Sports
___Website, Blog, Newsletter, Social Marketing


Would You Enjoy Working with a Sister City?


___Dunfermline, Scotland 
___Hamilton (Ontario), Canada
___Merida, Mexico 
___Perpignan, France
___Tel Mond, Israel 
___Treviso, Italy
___Vladimir, Russia 
___Xiamen, China



Friday, January 24, 2014

Coming Events - Details Further Down in the Blog

February 2 The Annual Highland Games

February 7  Luncheon

February 17  Meet and Greet

March   No Meet and Greet due to the One World Gala.

March 29  Thistle Ball

Apr 3-13  Visit Sister City Tel Mond, Israel

April 15 Meet and Greet

Sep 22 to Oct 2  Tour of Southern France


Details Further Down in the Blog



One World Gala - International Award

The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota will present its coveted “One World” International Award to two area “exceptionals”,


the first to an individual, Linda Rosenbluth,









and the second to an organization, “Embracing Our Differences”, at its One World Gala, March 16, 2014 at Michael's On East.






As the international arm of the city of Sarasota, the Sister City Association of Sarasota (SCAS) is celebrating its 51st year of citizen exchanges among peoples of the world in the arts, business, civic activities, education, sports and government to increase understanding and respect among all peoples of the world, with the goal of ending violence and war across the globe.

The 2014 Individual Recipient, Linda Rosenbluth, has a penchant for sighting a critical need and creating an effective response, and she’s been doing it since childhood, when at age 9 she began her fund-raising career collecting funds for victims of Hurricane Donna and at age 15 launched a nationwide youth program to make afghans for children in Denver’s Cancer Center.

Locally, Rosenbluth organized the first non-profit event at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, the first “phonathon” for United Way and Sarasota’s first “AIDS Awareness Week”, an initiative duplicated in communities nationwide. 


Internationally, her accomplishments are legend. In 1989, she was instrumental in the adoption of Tel Mond, Israel as Sarasota’s fourth sister city and was its first “City Director”. She served for five years as president of the SCAS, during which time Dunfermline, Scotland became our fifth sister city and she coordinated a greatly increased program of personnel exchanges among citizens of our sister cities.

She has represented Sarasota on missions to Azerbaijan, Morocco, Poland and Israel, and enhanced relationships with officials and citizens of several of our sister cities with personal visits to Perpignan, France; Treviso, Italy; Xiamen, China; Dunfermline, Scotland and Tel Mond, Israel.

Rosenbluth won the “Sister Cities International Youth Award” initiating a video project in cooperation with Sarasota High School and was inducted recently into “The Circle of Distinguished Volunteers” by Sister Cities International at its 50th Anniversary Conference.


Embracing Our Differences mission is “to promote diversity and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century. 

During April and May each year, Embracing Our Differences employs art as a catalyst to spark discussions and promote the importance of peaceful coexistence, creating a huge outdoor exhibit at Sarasota’s Island Park, displaying the art of both national and international artists, photographers, writers and students.

In 2013, the exhibit drew over 4,400 international submissions representing 52 countries. Since it inception a decade ago, the exhibit has attracted more than 22,000 submissions from 64 countries. During the past several years, 20% to 25% of all artists selected for inclusion in the exhibit were international and in 2013, 18 artists from 14 foreign nations were honorees, including “Best of Show Adult” - an Israeli artist who had previously visited Sarasota with her family to see the display.

In responding to the announcement, Michael Shelton, Executive Director of Embracing Our Differences said, “We’re making a difference. The One World Award is a recognition of that. It’s a formidable honor and we’re deeply grateful.”

In 2013, 248,000 visitors viewed the exhibit, with 90 percent indicating the display favorably influenced their opinion regarding diversity and inclusiveness of people everywhere.

Artists from four of Sarasota’s eight sister cities: Dunfermline, Scotland; Vladimir, Russia; Tel Mond, Israel and Xiamen, China have had winning billboards at the EOD annual exhibit. Sarasota’s other four sister cities are Hamilton, Canada; Merida, Mexico; Perpignan, France and Treviso, Italy.

Previous One World Award winners are Robert Roskamp and the Roskamp Institute, Nicholas Bollettieri and IMG Academy, ORT ( the worldwide educational program for the underprivileged), the Sarasota Christian School, with relationships with schools in 12 foreign countries and former mayor Lu Ann Palmer.

 The One World Gala, the annual fund-raiser of the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, will feature the award ceremony, a guest pianist from Treviso, Italy and silent auction.

Tickets are $150 per person


Interested: Call William Wallace, 378-0085 or email

 walljb@comcast.net



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Organizational Chart- January 2014


Volunteers Needed Saturday, Feb. 1 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.



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


THE ANNUAL HIGHLAND GAMES 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014,

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Rain or shine)

Join in the fun or volunteer to help Sarasota Sister Cities on Saturday, Feb. 1 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  (Rain or shine) at Robarts Arena on Fruitville Road in Sarasota. Sarasota Sister Cities will have a booth to showcase all our Sister cities, including Dunfermline, Scotland.  This is a great opportunity to recruit new members by acquainting the public about Sister Cities, what we do and how exciting it is to join this organization.

 Sister Cities members will be proudly march in the Opening Parade at 11:30 a.m., carrying our Sister Cities banner. Event chair and City Director for our Dunfermline relationship; Pauline Mitchell, is looking for lots of SCAS member participation!  Marchers will gather for the Opening Parade at our SCAS booth at 11:15 AM.  Pauline will have the Sister Cities booth set-up by 9:00 AM.

Please contact Pauline Mitchell at: 
pjmitchellusa@yahoo.com or 941-485-5199by Friday to let her know what time you can help volunteer to take a turn at manning the SCAS booth. Tickets to the Games can be purchased at the Gates of R


International Sister Cities

Web Site   sister-cities.org

Coming Events



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, at 
hpbyrnes@comcast.net or 941-377-8181.



January 25 Chinese New Year

FEBRUARY 2, 2014 THE ANNUAL HIGHLAND GAMES - SATURDAY


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

THE ANNUAL HIGHLAND GAMES 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014, 
 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  sarabaycc.org/About-Us/Directions.aspx












February 17MONDAY 5:00 to 7:00 Meet and Greet 

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: 




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E-Newsletter
01.22.2014

IN THIS ISSUE
 

Review the 2014 Membership Directory
Nominate YOUR Program for the Annual Awards
2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference
Entry Fee Waived! 2014 Young Artists and Authors Showcase
2014 Annual Conference

January 23-February 20, 2014
Santa Clarita Sister Cities Program: 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Exhibit
January 26, 2014
Norfolk Sister Cities: Annual International Luncheon
February 8, 2014
Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation: New Year's Luncheon

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Review the 2014 Membership Directory



Sister Cities International is developing its 2014 Membership Directory and we need your input to ensure that this year’s directory is as accurate as possible. Please CLICK HERE to download a list of current Sister Cities International members and their partnerships that as of now will appear in the 2014 Membership Directory. Please review this spreadsheet 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 that you are uncertain of, or if there are any spelling errors, please email Adam Kaplan, Membership Director, at akaplan@sister-cities.orgThe comment period for the directory will be open until Thursday, February 20th at 5:00 p.m. EST.

This directory is distributed to all members, in addition to members of the diplomatic community and hundreds of organizations worldwide. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your international partnerships known throughout the world!
 



Nominate YOUR Program for the Annual Awards!


 
The Annual Awards Program highlights your sister city program's achievements and brings international recognition to your community's contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. Sister Cities International established the Annual Awards Program in 1962 to recognize exceptional sister city programs. Current dues-paying members of Sister Cities International with at least one formally recognized sister city partnership can apply for the Awards. 
Sister city programs can now apply for the 2014 Annual Awards for achievements made in 2013 in the following categories.
  • Best Overall
  • Innovation (Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Energy/Sustainable Development, Youth)
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Youth Leadership
Visit www.sister-cities.org/AnnualAwardsto nominate your program today!

Deadline for applications is April 18, 2014.Please note, there is no application fee to nominate your program for the Awards.

Winners will honored at the 58th Sister Cities International Annual Conference in San Jose, CA, July 31-August 2, 2014.



2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference



Register NOW for the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference!

Sister Cities International is honored to have the support of the following dignitaries to form our Honorary Host Committee:

General Colin L. Powell
Governor Sam Brownback (Kansas)
Governor Jack Markell (Delaware)
Governor Rick Snyder (Michigan)
Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6)
Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-6)
Congressman Mark A. Takano (CA-41)
Mayor Alan Arakawa (Maui County, Hawaii)
Mayor Gregory Ballard (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Chicago, Illinois)
Mayor Todd Gloria (San Diego, California)
Mayor Michael B. Hancock (Denver, Colorado)
Mayor Kevin Johnson (Sacramento, California)
Mayor Laurel Prussing (Urbana, Illinois)
Mayor Gilbert Wong (Cupertino, California)

The Conference, jointly hosted by Sister Cities International and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, will bring together hundreds of business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China. Conference sessions will provide exciting opportunities for U.S. and Chinese cities to learn about strengthening exchanges and business engagement through informative sessions from industry leaders.

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



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-showcasePlease note, starting this year, there will be no application fee to enter this competition.

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



2014 Annual Conference
Register Now for the Early Bird Rate!




Registration is now open for the Sister Cities International 58th Annual Conference,
July 31-August 2, 2014, in San Jose, California!
Visit www.SisterCitiesConference.org to register today!

 

The Conference will bring together elected and municipal officials, engaged citizens, diplomats, and business leaders in the exciting capital of Silicon Valley to discuss, “The Power of Digital Diplomacy”.
  • Attend specialized regional tracks on Asia-Pacific and Latin America
  • Meet members of the U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Diplomatic Corps and hear their perspectives
  • Choose from sessions on topics such as:
                   Integrating new technology into programming
                   Fundraising effectively
                   Programming for economic development
                   Media relations and protocol
                   And many more
  • Network and share experiences with members of sister city organizations from around the country
  • Want to engage the next generation of citizen diplomats? Invite high school students to attend the concurrent 2014 Youth Leadership Summit on international diplomacyEnjoy a reception hosted by the Mayor of San Jose
  • Followed by a special performance by Dionne Warwick!
REGISTER BEFORE MARCH 31, 2014
TO GET THE EARLY BIRD RATE!

Visit www.SisterCitiesConference.org to register today!

 
   
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