Thursday, June 9, 2016

INFO @ SARASOTA SISTER CITIES June 5, 2016 #8

Here are some brief snippets about Sarasota Sister Cities.  Please note the last article concerning some Editorial Changes I will be making to keep you better informed.  Now, on with the show……………
SWISS VOLLEYBALLERS (NOT SKIIERS) TO SIESTA KEY

          You read it right…..  Our Friendship City, Rapperswil-Jona, will send its beach volleyball team to Sarasota to play in the Florida Beach Volleyball  Tournament on Siesta Key beginning June 11.  Sarasota Sister Cities is excited to host them.  I’m sure we will have a good crowd on Siesta Key cheering them on.

          SCAS and the Swiss American Club is planning sightseeing and entertainment for them at the usual Sarasota haunts.  Good job, Nelly Camardo, CD for Rapperswil-Jona, and Charlotte Hull, ACD!  For more information, email Nelly at ngcamardo@gmail.com

ANNA MADASCHI,  CITY DIRECTOR FOR TREVISO
has left for the Summer to travel to her patria and the marriage of her daughter in Rome.  She is also going to spend a good bit of time in Treviso and will meet with officials there with the goal of revivifying our relationship there.  Buona fortuna, Anna!

NEW ASSISTANT CITY DIRECTOR FOR XIAMEN,  DR. HONGYING LIU
 We are pleased to welcome Dr. Hongying Liu as the Assistant City Director for Xiamen, China.  She comes highly recommended by Dr. Carolyn Bloomer, and we look forward to working with her.

THE WRITE-A-PLAY CONTEST AT FST
          The winning playwriters from Scotland and Israel arrived on May 18.  Unfortunately, Tatyana Chebotar and her teacher Galina from Vladimir, Russia, were unable to attend at the last minute to due to financial difficulties. 

         Naom Drori, twelve years old, from Tel Mond, wrote a sophisticated play that was well received.  Gregor Morgan & Hamish Wood, well-mannered Dunfermline young men of 14, wrote a captivating play as well.

         Bringing in the students and organizing almost a week’s worth of activities is LOTSA work.  Once again, a big thanks to Chair Gloria Grenier, Pauline Mitchell, Marlies Gluck, and Nancy Tsekou for their work.  Nancy was supposed to  care for Tatyana and her chaperone while here, and even though she was not above to come from Russia, Nancy was a big help and a help right now in planning for the future.

         PHOTOS OF THE FST/SARASOTA SISTER CITIES WRITE-A-PLAY CONTEST ARE ON OUR BLOG:  

sarasotasistercities.com

MERIDA CITY DIRECTOR “MIGUELITO” FEHILY IS NOW IN MERIDA,  THE YUCATAN, MEXICO.
          We await a report from Michael so we can see what good things he’s doing for Sister Cities while there teaching a Summer class for University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee.

NOTE: EDITORIAL CHANGE ON NEW CDs AND ACDs
          When I began these newsletters about a year ago, new City Directors and Assistant City Directors were simply announced in these “pages”; you knew them well.  We knew them, so why say more.

         A number of new CDs and ACDs have joined us, people you may know little about.  I have been impressed with the qualifications they bring to Sister Cities, qualifications that will make you feel good about their appointments. 

          So…….in the next edition of INFO @ SCAS, I am going to take the most recent additions and add a few sentences of bio so you will have a greater sense of who they are and what skills they bring to us.  Hope that’s OK with you.

Questions and Comments to:
 
Dave Harralson, yer ‘umble editor
daveharralson@sarasotasistercities.com  /  941-870-5516