Madagascar and the Lemurs March 9, 2017 4 pm, Selby Library Barbara Frey & Dr. Alison Grand, 5 pm, Clasico Meet and Greet

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March Presentation
Madagascar and the Lemurs
March 9, 2017  
4 pm, Selby Library
5 pm, Clasico Meet and Greet

Barbara Frey & Dr. Alison Grand

Barbara is the former President of Sarasota Alliance Francaise and was the Director of Education for IBM Europe in Paris for 16 years. She recently traveled to Madagascar with the Lemur Conservation Foundation and will give an introduction to the island, its history and its very unique flora and fauna, particularly the indigenous and severely endangered lemurs.

Alison is Executive Director of the Lemur Conservation Foundation. Previously she was employed with Disney’s Animal Kingdom, worked on conservation programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and cared for lemurs at the Baton Rouge Zoo. Alison will discuss the efforts being made to save the lemurs at the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City and in Madagascar.

Ray Young, e-mail:
 phone: 941-227-7509

The presentation will be followed by
Meet and Greet at Clasico from 5 to 7 PM

(941) 957-0700

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsey

I have been driving past this nice landscaped Sculpture Park for years.  It is located on Tamiami Trail (Route 41) north of downtown Sarasota.  It looked very nice and interesting from the street.

I was surprised to see it was a parking lot. Very nicely done, and the best landscaped sculpture parking lot I have ever viewed.

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Help Wanted - VP Communications, VP Membership, Events Director, Public Relations Director, Grants Writer and Secretary

Sarasota Sister Cities needs a new Vice President of Membership, a Vice President of Communications, an Events Director, a Public Relations Director, a Grants Writer, and a Secretary. 

To apply or discuss contact our President 
Marianna Janz-Wecke at

Click below for Job Descriptions:

Click below for more about the Communications VP

Festa Di Carnevale Feb 11, 2016 6 pm

Thanks to Kathryn Young for sharing her photos.

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


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SCAS One World Award To Mary Elemendorf

A number of our Sarasota Sister Cities Assn members and others have requested further information about our SCAS One World Award, which is our most prestigious recognition. This year the One World Award will be bestowed to Mary Elemendorf, Anthropologist & Noble Laureate, for the individual winner and the Sarasota Audubon Society for Environmental protection and education as the Organization winner. The criteria and previous winners are described in the attached file.   The awards will be presented at our Festa Di Carnevale, Treviso dinner February 11, 2017 organized by Treviso City Director Anna Madaschi. 

The event is one of our most significant activities so please plan to attend to honor these outstanding winners. More info and to register go to

Best Regards,

Ray Young
VP Education

One World Award

The One World Award is Sarasota Sister Cities premier international award that honors one remarkable individual and one organization that have enhanced “understanding and respect” among citizens of the world through their extraordinary work or volunteer service. The annual One World Gala each year shines the spotlight on these area individuals and organizations which have demonstrated their continued ability to create and maintain strong bonds of understanding among the world’s citizens, through their extraordinary work and service to the community.  

Previous Individual Winners

Robert Roskamp, Roskamp Institute (2011) a worldwide leader in finding cures for Alzheimer’s disease and mental disorders.

Nicholas Bollettieri, IMG (2012) has excelled in fostering international relationships that have impacted our Cultural Coast and individuals, families and communities around the world. He coached & developed gifted tennis players worldwide at his Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy which became the IMG academy now expanded to additional sports training.

Former Mayor Lou Ann Palmer (2013) – Led the development of Sarasota for many years and personally enhanced relationships with five Sarasota’s sister cities.

Linda Rosenbluth (2014) – Former President & City Director for SCASOrganized 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. She has represented Sarasota on missions to Azerbaijan, Morocco, Poland and Israel, and enhanced relationships with officials and citizens of our sister cities

Andrew Ezzell & JoAnn Patrick Ezzell - Give Something Back Foundation (2015) Have built Schools, Classrooms & Libraries in Vietnam, Thailand and Haiti, Provided educational opportunities for Girls in Afghanistan and developed a Collaborative Online Education Program, including an international website competition, for Students & Teachers across the World.

Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs - Circus Arts Conservatory (2016) They combined their expertise and passion for the circus by creating Circus Sarasota which became the Circus Arts Conservatory. Their mission is to provide a circus that represents the circus arts at the highest level and that is linked to the community through performance, education and integrated arts programming.

Eighty percent of ticket revenue is used for community outreach programs that serve children, the elderly and those in care facilities. The year-round outreach programs are Humor Therapy Program, Education Program and Sailor Circus.

Previous Organization Winners

The ORT Organization (2012) 

This is a Jewish global educational program for the underprivileged. Educating and elevating disadvantaged children across the globe with skills needed to lead productive lives. ORT schools educate 30,000 Jewish and non-Jewish students daily in Israel, Argentina, Mexico and many other countries around the world. Sarasota Christian School (2013) Has promoted diversity and international relationships and has supported and maintained connections with schools in twelve foreign countries. The school has an active international student body. Accepted by Jeff Shank & Dawn Graber.

Embracing Our Differences (2014)

Promotes a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. The program employs art as a catalyst to spark discussions and promote the importance of peaceful coexistence achieved throuogh a huge outdoor exhibit at Sarasota’s City Island Park.

THE HIGHLAND GAMES, at Robarts Arena, Saturday February 4, 9-5 pm.


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Robarts Arena, Saturday February 4, 9-5 pm.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy Scottish Culture, Sports & Country Dancing!

Soak up the Spirits of the Scots with a "wee dram" at the Sister Cities" Booth, all are welcome.


                                                                        AYE! CALLING ALL LADS AND LASSIES,

                                                                         ALL SCOTS AND WANNA-BE SCOTS!!

                                                                                 COME JOIN US AT THE 
                                                      SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION BOOTH AT THE 23 rd ANNUAL
                                                                                  SARASOTA HIGHLAND GAMES
                                                                              organized by the Scottish Heritage Society
                                                                            SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2017,   9AM - 5PM
                                                    SARASOTA FAIRGROUNDS, 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, Fl. 34237
                                                    Entrance fee at the door: $15,--.  In advance at SCOT'S CORNER, 17th Street: $12,--.
                                                                                 It's like being in Scotland for a day*:)) laughing!
                                                  SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION OF SARASOTA NEEDS YOUR PRESENCE TO 
                                                     REPRESENT US BY WALKING AS A GROUP IN THE OPENING PARADE
                                                                                                   AT 12 NOON
                                                                We gather at the Sister Cities Booth at 11:30 am sharp. 


                                    We also need Sister Cities representation at our Booth to inform the general public about our organization,
                                    the activities we offer and the many opportunities to volunteer. This is a great opportunity to showcase one 
                                    or all of our beautiful Sister Cities.  In other words: we are looking for new Members! The Highland Games
                                    annually draw approximately 4000 visitors.

               Below is a schedule for which we need TWO PEOPLE IN EVERY TIME SLOT.

                                    The times are as follows: 9 am       -     10:30 am
                                                                               10:30 am   -   12 noon
                                                                               12 noon     -    1:30 pm
                                                                                 1:30 pm   -    3:00 pm
                                                                                 3:00 pm   -    4:30 pm
                                    If your time to work at the Booth does not coincide with the Opening Parade, please make a big effort to

                                                                      JOIN US FOR THE OPENING PARADE ONLY!
                                                          THE GAMES ARE HELD RAIN OR SHINE, JUST LIKE IN SCOTLAND!
                                    Don't miss out on the fun, the sound of the bagpipes, the beating of the drums, Highland and Irish Dancing
                                    competitions, & Athletic events, and great shopping too. Come and soak up the Spirit of the Scots!
                                   Spirits also come in the form of a good "WEE DRAM" of Whiskey and  refreshments at our Booth for your enjoyment!


Dunfermline City Director PAULINE MITCHELL
telephone: (941) 485 5199