Wednesday, June 29, 2016

International Winners from Dunfermline Scotland and Tel Mond Israel




Young Playwright Festival international winners from Dunfermline, Scotland and Tel Mond, Israel. May 21, 2016  Gloria Grenier, VP Arts and Culture.





Monday, June 13, 2016

SWISS BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM TO SARASOTA

PRESS RELEASE
6/13/2016
                SWISS BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM TO SARASOTA
                                                                      
Within the spirit of the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota’s recent friendship initiative with the Swiss City of Rapperswil-Jona, 4 members of the Swiss Volleyball Team were welcomed on June 9th, 2016 to Siesta Key.  

The mission of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, Inc. (SCAS) is to foster international relationships between Sarasota and cities that have similar interests by creating exchanges in areas of culture, education, tourism, business and government. 

Rapperswil-Jona, in Switzerland is a town of roses located on the upper end of Lake Zurich, and combines sights, cultural life, hiking and sports possibilities with a Mediterranean holiday atmosphere. Welcome to the Riviera located on the upper end of Lake Zurich.

The team members are staying with Swiss American Club of Sarasota families, and the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, Acting City Director Nelly Camardo is ensuring a busy schedule for the visitors in spite of the rain out of the scheduled beach volley ball matches on Siesta Key.
This is the initial exchange under the friendship program and we look forward to many more in the future, in sports, culture, and education between the Swiss City of Rapperswil-Jona and Sarasota.

For live interviews with the players or additional information kindly contact
Nelly Camardo
Acting City Director
Sister Cities Association Sarasota
FULL INFORMATION ON SISTER CITIES INITIATIVE AND THIS VISIT PLEASE SEE FACEBOOK PAGE – Swiss American Club of Sarasota

PICTURES INCLUDING RAPPERSWIL-JONA, SWITZERLAND

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Members of Congress Celebrate Impact of Sister Cities

Members of Congress Unite to Celebrate the Impact that Sister Cities International has made for over 60 Years

 
Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced legislation to recognize Sister Cities International Day. Sister Cities International was founded 60 years ago as a Presidential initiative by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the White House Conference on citizen diplomacy. The organization’s mission to create more community-led global relationships so that people of different cultures could appreciate their differences and build partnerships that would lessen the chance of new national conflicts still thrives today.

The network itself is comprised of 570 member cities that hold over 2,300 partnerships across 150 countries on six continents. Both Congressmen DeSantis and Castro boast many sister cities in their own districts that thrive due to the participation of countless volunteers, students, and policy makers that work incredibly hard to keep their partnerships full of meaning.

Rep. DeSantis’ district city of San Augustine, FL currently holds partnerships with George-Town, Great Exuma, Bahamas; The Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Aviles, Spain and Ciudadella de Menorca, Spain. These partnerships participate in everything from architectural exchange, student exchanges, and even a partnership between Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and the Juan Salvador Gaviota School for the Deaf in Cartagena.

“The partnerships developed by Sister Cities International have helped foster peace by cultivating connections between different cultures,” DeSantis said. “Partnering our communities with international cities provides the opportunity to develop relationships and projects that benefit our relations with people in foreign countries. For the past 60 years, Sister Cities International has had a positive impact on my district and beyond, and I am proud to introduce this resolution to designate July 15, 2016 as Sister Cities International Day.”

San Antonio, a city in Rep. Castro’s district, has been a very active member of the sister cities network for decades and even hosted the organization’s annual conference in 2013. San Antonio has a robust youth program and most recently assisted their sister city Kumamoto, Japan in its earthquake recovery operations. San Antonio’s nine sister cities include: Chennai, India; Kumamoto, Japan; Guadalajara, Mexico; Monterrey, Mexico; Gwangju, South Korea; Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Wuxi, China.

“San Antonio’s international profile is on the rise, and our sister city relationships have helped make that possible. Through these partnerships, San Antonio has been able to build strong cultural, educational, and economic ties with communities around the world. This engagement has led to student exchanges, non-profit collaboration, and foreign direct investment that benefits our city’s economy. In today’s tumultuous world, the mutual understanding and respect that Sister Cities International fosters is particularly valuable and worthy of special recognition.”

Mary Kane, President and CEO of Sister Cities International, stated, “The concept of citizen and people-to-people exchange has always been an essential first step to building mutual understanding and respect between nations and their citizens. As we’ve seen time and again in the years since Sister Cities International was founded, governments (and even countries) come and go, but cities and their people remain. We hope this global day will help more people understand the important role that everyone plays in making this world a more peaceful place.”

Sister Cities International Day is a call to action for Americans and citizens of the world to come together to celebrate the importance of their communities’ continued commitment to supporting a more peaceful and prosperous future through continued people to people exchanges and city to city partnerships. This day will provide the perfect time for Americans to come together and show how powerful humanity can be when united to promote peace, progress and prosperity for a better world.
 
Learn about SCI’s 60th anniversary celebration at http://sistercitiesconference.org.
 
About Sister Cities International
Founded as a Presidential Initiative by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for 570 member communities with 2,300 partnerships in 150 countries on six continents. The sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers who work tirelessly to promote the organizations’ mission of creating world peace and understanding through economic development, youth and education, arts and culture, and humanitarian assistance.
 
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Website: www.sistercities.org



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