Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mayor Golan of Tel Mond, Israel accepting a gift from Sarasota

Mayor Golan of Tel Mond, Israel accepting a gift from Sarasota Sister Cities.


The gift was provided by Tube Dude, the company that makes metal stick figures with a smiley face. They are manufactured from marine grade aluminum and painted in bright colors. They are located on St. Armand's Circle.
  
These figures first appeared holding mailboxes at Sarasota residences and soon spread.  Now they appear throughout Sarasota’s business district advertising everything from beauty shops to real estate offices.  They are a great treat of the tourists.  

Scott Gerber the creator of these wonderful figures, donated a bright yellow smiley face to Sister Cities to present to the Mayor, of Tel Mond, Israel our sister on our recent visit. 
Thank you Scott.  


Their web site is www.tube-dude.com
More photos of the trip at:

telmondsarasota.blogspot.com




Two Vacant Board of Director Positions

We currently have two positions vacant on the Board of Directors.  The descriptions for each of these positions are below.  If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in serving on the Board in these positions, please let me know.

As a clarification of the Sports Directors position, I think the latest Modern Pentathlon is a great example. It would have been great to have someone in our organization coordinating with them and further assisting them with volunteers such as for translator as Irene Leung is doing etc.  There may or not have been able to tie in our Sister Cities.


Vice President – Membership

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors; reports to the Board.
  • Under Article VI of the By-laws, is elected by the Board of Directors at the annual meeting and holds office year to year.
  • Responsible for maintaining current SCAS membership database, alliance member database, including electronic and non-electronic contact with membership records.
·         Responsible for submission of articles about specific city interests and events for publication on SCAS web and social media sites, general media distribution and the SCAS newsletter.
  • Ensure money handling procedures established by SCAS Treasurer is followed, including notification of President and Treasurer of all membership transactions.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing SCAS’s membership outreach planning.
·         Responsible for reviewing written Alliance membership nominations for completeness; evaluating whether the nomination meets SCAS criteria; and referring the nomination to the Executive Committee with a rationale for recommending acceptance or rejection of the nomination.
·         Portfolio of responsibilities includes:
1.       Create welcome letter and a new member handbook to be provided electronically or by mail to new members. Solicit interests of new members as a follow-up to welcome and handbook distribution.
2.       Notify board members, including city directors, of names and interests of all new members.
3.       Acts in an advisory capacity for special events, ensuring membership outreach initiatives have been identified.

Vice President - Sports

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors; reports to the Board.
  • Under Article VI of the By-laws, is elected by the Board of Directors at the annual meeting and holds office year to year.
  • Responsible for planning and implementing SCAS Board-approved projects and special initiatives in area of sports events and exchanges.
·         Ensure money handling procedures established by SCAS Treasurer is followed, including notification of President and Treasurer of all membership transactions.
·         Responsible for submission of articles about specific city interests and events for publication on SCAS web and social media sites, general media distribution and the SCAS newsletter.

  • Portfolio of responsibilities includes:
    1. Identifying opportunities for individual and team sport projects in Sarasota aimed at involving our sister cities; (e.g., tournaments; camps, etc.)
    2. Identifying opportunities for individual and team sport exchanges between Sarasota and our sister cities;
    3. Ensuring that proposals put forward by CDs are well-thought out as to logistics, budget, timeframes and resources, etc.
    4. Serving as a resource for City Directors regarding opportunities for sports exchanges. 


A Life Onstage, and You are Invited,



































Will benefit Garry Breul, a beloved professional equity stage manager who is suffering from lung and brain cancer.  

His bright spirit and multi talents have appeared at the Florida Studio Theatre, the Asolo, Golden Apple, American Stage, Freefall Theatre, and many more. 

The arts community has rallied around him to present a fun night of entertainment highlighting the ups and downs and passion it takes to pursue a life onstage.  

A Fabulous, Star Studded array of Florida's top singers, dancers and actors gather for Garry!   Please Join Us!

June 9th 7pm
Gompertz Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre
$20 tickets at the door but you must reserve your ticket via email





Friday, May 23, 2014

Public Relations

To:  Membership of Sarasota Cities Association of Sarasota
From:  Beth Ruyle-Hullinger President
Subject:  Public Relations

At this time I hope to create a public relations committee to discuss and make recommendations on public relations activities that the organization should be undertaking.  If you are interested in assisting Sister Cities in this manner, I would request that you notify me by email at bethruyle@gmail.com.

We also have a vacant, non voting,  Director of Public Relations position on our Board.  If you are interested in this position and the chairmanship of the above committee please notify me at the above address regarding this interest.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

If You Would Like to Work On Some of Our Programs Please Let Us Know


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


If you would like to work on some of our programs please let us know.

sarasotasistercities@gmail.com


Scoop From Sister Cities International


Webinar:
Cities Seeking Cities

Sister Cities International’s Cities Seeking Cities program offers support services to help U.S. member cities find new sister city partners abroad. Our Membership Department works closely with members and utilizes a wide range of channels, including foreign and U.S. embassies, federal agencies, municipal associations, twinning organizations, among others, to find potential matches.
Join us for a "Cities Seeking Cities" webinar onWednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for an overview of this exclusive member service. Membership Coordinator, Taylor Woodruff, will provide a step-by-step guide on how Sister Cities International can assist you in finding a partner city! His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

For more information on how to join the webinar, please email your name and sister city organization to communications@sister-cities.org.


2014 SCI Board of Directors Election Candidates Forum
 
Get to know the 2014 Board of Directors Election candidates!

Join us for the Sister Cities International "Board of Directors Election Candidates Forum" Webinar. The forum is an excellent opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves. Candidates will be asked a series of questions regarding their vision and contribution to the sister cities movement. The audience will also be able to engage the candidates during a Q & A session. Please note that candidate participation is voluntary.

Candidate profiles and bios will be uploaded to the Sister Cities International website on Friday, May 30.Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors is elected by its voting members—local sister city organizations. The election includes both electronic voting from June 12-August 1, 2014 as well as in-person voting at the Annual Business Meeting on August 1, held during Sister Cities International’s Annual Conference in San Jose, California, July 31-August 2, 2014.

Please note, Sister Cities International will be sending electronic ballots for the 2014 elections to the primary contact's email. Please ensure that the primary contact information is updated on your city's profile. Use our 
interactive map to find your city's profile. To update the information on your city’s profile, please contact Aveen Karim, Membership Coordinator, at akarim@sister-cities.org.
 
For more information on how to join the webinar, please email your name and sister city organization to communications@sister-cities.org.
 


What's in Store for You at San Jose?
 
Did you know that San Jose is home to the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world, with 6,600 technology companies in the city alone?

We’re very excited to be hosting our 58th Annual Conference on the theme “Digital Diplomacy” in this exciting city this summer!

CLICK HERE to check out the draft agenda for a preview of all the sessions and tours in store for you! 

Plus, there's something for everyone! Our 2014 Youth Leadership Summit, concurrent with the Annual Conference, is designed to engage the next generation of citizen diplomats and expose them to important global challenges. For more information, visit:
 www.sister-cities.org/YLS.
 
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?
 

Like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, our ingenue is finding her way to San Jose and you will too! Just follow the yellow brick road... ahhh, we mean, just follow the yellow book pad and you will find your way to San Jose and the Sister Cities International Annual Conference! And also hear from Olympic figure skater Polina Edmonds. San Jose Sharks hockey player Jason Demers, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Anne Warner Cribbs, and California Storm soccer player Brandi Chastain on why you need to join us this summer in San Jose!

Innovation and creativity await you in San Jose and Silicon Valley.
Be inspired at #SCISanJose!
 
Visit www.SisterCitiesConference.org to register today!
Click here to share the video via YouTube!


Feature Your City Flag!
In a salute to our heritage as the oldest and largest national movement of Citizen Diplomats in the world, Sister Cities International and this year's Annual Conference (see details above) planners are reintroducing the Parade of Flags and combining it with the City of San Jose Sister Cities Flag Raising Tradition as part of the 2014 Annual Conference and Youth Leadership Summit Opening Ceremony. But with a minor twist!

The Parade of Flags will be a parade of city/county/region flags to honor who we are as member communities in this national movement. In this regard, each member city and state or organization is requested to provide a flag for this ceremony. It is envisioned that this one time member gift to Sister Cities International will be retained for use at succeeding Annual Conference Opening Ceremonies.

For more information on how you can participate, please visit :www.sister-cities.org/2014FlagParade.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sister Cities Meet & Greet Tuesday May 20, 2014 5pm – 7pm


You are invited! Bring a new friend and join old friends
Sister Cities Meet & Greet

Tuesday May 20, 2014 5pm – 7pm@
Tequila Cantina 1454 Main Street
Courtesy RSVP always appreciated and 

Last minute walk-ins are always welcome!

Please reply to Carrie Weaver


Carrie.weaver@live.com     Direct: 01(941) 580-8184


sarasotasistercities.com      sarasotasistercities@gmail.com 


Come join us for little taste of our Sarasota’s Sister City Merida




Click for Google Map Directions

Friday, May 9, 2014

Luncheon / Annual Meeting May 9, 2014





















Click for the video reading of the Dunfermline Play:

youtu.be/ECaBdBuK580


Click for the video reading of the Tel Mond Play:

Part 1     youtu.be/2vUxH6HQFJQ


Part 2     youtu.be/FpLYvk6qmhg







Join us at the beautiful Sara Bay Country Club for our Luncheon / Annual Meeting.


1130 am - Friday May 9, 2014

Sara Bay Country Club
7011 Willow St
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 355-6544  

The program will be the Annual Meeting of Sarasota Sister Cities. Officers will be elected.


The menu is blackened steak salad or vegetarian salad. The dessert is brownie a la mode. 


Sara Bay Country Club can provide bar drinks for those who choose at our Sister Cities luncheons.  At this luncheon those wanting a wine or other bar drink at the luncheon may give there orders and make cash payment to the waitstaff. 


RSVPs, meal selection and $25 payment for the Sister Cities luncheon are required by May 6 to meet requirements of the Sara Bay Country Club. 

Payment can be made electronically at:  

Or by Check to Sarasota Sister Cities Association

RSVP, Meal Selection and Check Payment to:


Sarasota Sister Cities Association

C/O Janet Hill
19422 Rizzuto St
Venice, FL 34293
941-460-6658
rarahill@comcast.net 





Annual Report 5/9/2014