Sister Cities International


Save the date for the 2017 Inaugural Gala

In advance of Inauguration Day, join Sister Cities International at the 2017 Inaugural Gala for an exciting gathering of diplomats, members of congress, municipal officials, and community and citizen leaders in celebration of the inauguration of our Honorary Chairperson, the President of the United States. 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The Organization of American States
200 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Click here to book a hotel room at our special rate of $229/night at the Washington Marriott Hotel at Metro Center.
Gala Ticket: $250
Gala Ticket - Young Professional Rate: $150

View sponsorship opportunities here.

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Join us for the 2017 Inaugural Gala
The latest from #SisterCitySunday
#SisterCitySunday is an online campaign hosted by Sister Cities International and the Delegation for the European Union in the US, featuring dynamic content from each EU member state each Sunday, highlighting the importance of people-to-people relationships in global peace-building.

Follow along each week at and join the conversation using #SisterCitySunday on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Click here to download a digital toolkit with ways for you to help spread the word.
Innsbruck & New Orleans: A Model Transatlantic Partnership, Embassy of Austria, 2 October 2016  Read more...
Texas Aggies and “the most American city outside of North America,” Embassy of Belgium, 9 October 2016 Read more...
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Update: Locations added for the Young Artists and Authors Showcase nationwide tour

Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) finalist and grand prize winning artwork, writing, and photography pieces are currently touring throughout the U.S.!
YAAS will be traveling to the following communities in 2016-2017:
Tour DatesTour Locations
September 17-18, 2016   Naperville, IL
Annual Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair 
October 18-27, 2016Fort Wayne, IN
The University of Saint Francis, Rolland Art Center
November 15-22, 2016Milwaukee, WI
Holiday Folk Fair International - Wisconsin State Fair Park
December 5-23, 2016Durham, NC
To be announced
January 2-23, 2017Lakeland, FL
Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
February 2017
Santa Fe, NM
To be announced
March 1-31, 2017Santa Clarita, CA
Valencia Public Library
April 2017Chandler, AZ
To be announced
May 1-31, 2017Delray Beach, FL
To be announced
To learn more about YAAS and the 2016 winners, visit Questions? Email
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Scholarships available for U.S. high school students to study abroad

Attention sister city youth programs! Applications are now being accepted for scholarships for the following Department of State sponsored study abroad programs for U.S. high school students for 2017-18.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
 offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2017 and academic year 2017-2018 programs is October 27, 2016Visit for more information. 

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2017-18 programs are due December 1, 2016Visit for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit To receive printed brochures about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request
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Oct 19, 2016 Luncheon Our Delightful Sister City Merida - Cultural Program, Mike Fehilly

Oct 19, 2016 Luncheon 
11:00 am, Lunch at 12:00  
301 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota 
Bird Key Yacht Club
Cost $26.00

Program - Our Delightful Sister City Merida, Mexico - Cultural Program, Mike Fehilly 

The cost is $26 per person with a choice of entree and a vegetarian menu. Drink tickets will be available for cash purchase.  There will be a table for display in addition to the registration table.  

Below is the menu. Guests should arrive at 11 with lunch served at 12. Drink tickets will be purchased with cash at the sign in table only prior to lunch being served. No drink tickets may be purchased once the meal is in progress. The cost is Beer $6.00, Wine $9.00, Mixed drinks $10.00. Prices include gratuity. No charge for Coffee, Iced Tea, or Soda. Reservations due no later than Friday, Oct. 14th.

Choice of Entree:

Option A: Chicken and Mushroom Crepes, Broccoli and Julienne Carrots, Supreme Sauce

Option B: Garlic Shrimp Skewer over Greek Salad

Option C: Vegetarian Greek Salad

Dessert: Chocolate Caramel Cream Brulee

You can pay by check or credit card


SCAS or Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
C/O SCAS Treasurer Werner Knoop
7115 Kensington Court
University Park, FL 34201


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