One World Gala Sunday March 16, 2014


"One World" Nominations

Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

Seeking “One World” Nominations

The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota is accepting nominations for dual awards honoring an exceptional individual and organization to become the recipients of its annual One World Award.  The award reflects the vision of U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s person-to-person diplomacy initiative which forged the beginning of the international Sister Cities program as a means for individual citizens to strengthen shared interest around the globe and lessen the possibility of world conflicts.
The One World Award is Florida’s Cultural Coast 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.  Nominations for the awards are solicited each fall from members of the Sarasota Sister Cities Association, its 26 alliance members and the general public.
Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, November 15.  Nominations may be submitted direct to The award winners will be announced prior to the Association’s One World Gala on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
The annual One World Gala each year shines the spotlight an area individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their continued ability to create and maintain strong bonds of understanding among the world’s citizens, through their extraordinary work or service. 
Celebrating it 50th anniversary in 2013, the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has more than 250 members, “Citizen Diplomats” who create personal face-to-face exchanges with citizens across the world in the arts, business, education, civic activities, sports and government. 
Sister Cities of Sarasota include Dunfermline, Scotland; Hamilton, Ontario Canada; Merida, Mexico; Perpignan, France; Xiamen, China: Tel Mond, Israel; Treviso Province, Italy; and Vladimir, Russia.  


Tour of Southern France

September 22, 2014 through October 2, 2014

Gentle Reminder


Perpignan, France is the focus of our Sister Cities luncheon at SaraBay Country Club on Friday, Nov. 1.  

Registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct 29 

Mingle time begins at 11:30 with lunch at noon. Learn about plans for the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of our twinning with Perpignan and the upcoming tour to Perpignan in 2014.  

Our guest speaker will be Jean-Charles Faust Honorary French Consul and President of the French-American Business Council of West Florida.  FRAMCO has been a Sarasota Sister Cities Alliance Member since 2002.

For registration, mail payment of $25 by check (payable to SCAS) to Mrs. Janet Hill, 19422 Rizzuto St., Venice, FL 34293 or pay by credit card at our blog: 

Payments are not accepted at the door.

Webinar - Recruiting Volunteers

Recruiting Volunteers

When: Wednesday October 30, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Adam Kaplan, Membership Director, Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International Membership Director Adam Kaplan will give an overview on how to successfully recruit, train, and sustain volunteers for your sister city program. Learn more about how to pitch your volunteering opportunities, structure a volunteer program, provide training, and continue engaging a talented volunteer base.
  • To join us for the webinar please click on THIS LINK. Select the "Enter as a Guest" option, enter your name and email address and simply click on "Join Meeting." (Do not select the "Register" option)
  • To call in using your phone, please dial: 1-719-325-2630, access code: 839510. Please note that the webinar will be an audio-visual presentation. We encourage members to join us using a computer.
  • Please note that no registration is required. Simply follow the instructions for joining the webinar at 2:00p.m. EDT on October 30.
  • A recording of the webinar will be available for members on our website.
Questions? Please email


November 1 Luncheon Perpignan, France

November Luncheon
Features Perpignan, France

Join us for lunch at Sara Bay Country Club Friday, Nov 1st to learn about the active relationship with our Sister City Perpignan, France and the opportunity to join a Sister Cities visit to Perpignan and Barcelona this fall. A special program has been arranged by Gloria Grenier, city director Perpignan in celebration of our upcoming 20th anniversary of the twinning between Sarasota & Perpignan. Guest speaker will be Jean-Charles Faust Honorary French Consul and President of FRAMCO. (The French-American Business Council of West Florida, Inc.) The luncheon registration desk will open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch beginning at noon.

SaraBay Country Club is located at 7011 Willow St, a few blocks East of Rte. 41 North of the Sarasota / Bradenton Airport and Whitfield Ave. The luncheon menu will be chicken crepes. If you prefer a vegetarian choice (vegetarian quiche or vegetarian salad}, please email your choice information to

Deadline for registration is the October 25.  For registration, mail payment of $25 by check (payable to SCAS) to Mrs. Janet Hill, 19422 Rizzuto St., Venice, FL 34293 or pay by credit card on the left column of our blog:  Payments are not accepted at the door.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Ruyle-Hullinger, President, Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, at 309-966-1616

FRAMCO – A SCAS Alliance

Member Since 2002



Upcoming Events

Nov 1, 2013 November Luncheon to focus on Perpignan, France

Join us at SaraBay Country Club just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for this special luncheon to learn about this active relationship and the opportunity to join a Sister Cities visit to Perpignan and Barcelona this fall. This luncheon registration desk will open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch beginning at noon. If you prefer a vegetarian meal email your request to 

Directions to Sara Bay CC

Nov 12, 2013
November Meet & Greet Greater Chamber of Commerce Reception 
Our November Meet & Greet will be a joint reception planned by our alliance member Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce for our International Sustainability Conference guest speakers from 6 of our Sister Cities plus those from National, State and institutions of higher learning in Florida.  It will be hosted by the Green Business Leadership Council. The reception will be from 5-7 p.m. at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing facilities in Lakewood Ranch at
7051 Wireless Court, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, FL, 34240.
$20/person - Register online at or contact Chris Miller at or 941.556.4051  

Nov 13-15, 2013
International Sustainability Conference To Be Held
At University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has teamed with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to host a major three-day conference on “Sustainability Through Renewable Energy & Aquaculture” Nov. 13-15, 2013 in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail. 
Attendance is open to all SCAS members and the public, but requires registration.  Full registration for the 3-day conference is $75.  An option for attending select daily sessions is $30 per day.  Lunch is included for those with paid registrations on Nov 13 and 14.  The conference will focus on three individual topics:
·       Sustainability, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 13
·       Renewable Energy Alternatives, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 14
·       Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15
To register for the conference or obtained additional information go to 
Dec 6, 2013
There will be no luncheon in December. 
Dec 17, 2013
December Meet & Greet Date
Monthly Meet & Greet in Sarasota, location to be determined.  Contact Event Chairperson Gayle Maxey at 941-416-3565 to learn how to register for this event.
Dec 21, 2013
Sarasota Ballet “John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker”
Event for SCAS Members
With developing interest in creating a significant relationship with The Sarasota Ballet, the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, as a group, will be attending one of the special performances of the "John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker" at the matinee on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.
Afterwards, we'll grab a bite somewhere downtown for those who wish.

We would love to have as many of our Sister Cities members as possible join us to show the Ballet our strong support.

  We have excellent viewing seats and a group rate of $41 per/person. Please contact Bill Wallace at 941-378-0085 by Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.  Money isn't due at that time, but we need to provide the Ballet with numbers by that date.

Come join us for this spectacular event to add to your holiday's festivities.

Jan 17, 2013
Luncheon  (note date change)
Apr 3-13, 2014
Visit Sister City Tel Mond plus Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, Israel, with an Option to Enjoy Eliat & Petra, Jordan.
Sarasota Sister Cities is planning a visit to our Sister City of Tel Mond and the country of Israel. The dates of our visit are April 3-13, 2014. The trip is limited - first come, first serve. We will visit Tel Mond, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, drive along the Mediterranean coastline, and the Judean Hills. We will also visit the Golan Heights, the Jordan River Valley, Galilee, Masada, and the Dead Sea. We also have an optional trip to Jordan April 1-3, 2014. We will visit the resort city of Eliat and the historic city of Petra, Jordan. More info at:

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China Town Hall October 28, 2013

China Town Hall Logo
You're invited to:
The 7th Annual China Town Hall
October 28, 2013
SCF Lakewood Ranch
7131 Professional Pkwy. E.
Sarasota, Florida, 34240
5:00 PM               Check in and Appetizers
6:00 PM               Kevin G. Nealer
National Speaker, Kevin G. Nealer, prinicipal, The Scowcroft Group
7:00 PM              
The 2013 China Town Hall will be held at the State College of Florida campus in Lakewood Ranch on Oct 28.  

Locally hosted by:   
State College of Florida (A SCAS Alliance Member)
SCF Lakewood Ranch
7131 Professional Pkwy. E.
Sarasota, FL 34240
Monday Evening, October 28, 2012
5:00 p.m.   Check in and Appetizers
5:00 p.m.   Kevin G. Nealer
7:00 p.m.   Madeleine Albright (via national closed circuit telecast)
Registration site 
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For more information contact:

Marilyn Rouse Dr. Richard Elliott
State College of Florida NCUSCR member
Information Technology Services
941.752-5694     941 321-5330


Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn


Facebook still may be the king when it comes to social media marketing for small businesses, but other social networking sites are making significant gains among small businesses owners and entrepreneurs, new research has found.
Overall, 80 percent of small business owners say they are using some form of social media marketing.
Those business owners have shown a preference for certain social platforms for marketing. Eighty-two percent of small business owners say Facebook is the most effective social media platform for their business, up from 75 percent in May 2012.
However, LinkedIn and Twitter saw the biggest perceived gains in effectiveness among small business owners. Twenty-nine percent of small business owners say LinkedIn is the most effective social media platform for their organization, up from 10 percent in May 2012. Twitter saw a similar gain, with 25 percent of small businesses saying it was effective, up from 7 percent in May 2012.
"The sharp increase in effectiveness ratings for both LinkedIn and Twitter is significant," said Mark Schmulen, general manager of social media for Constant Contact, which conducted the research. "While Facebook remains the dominant platform, small businesses are successfully expanding their engagement to reach audiences across multiple networks. This indicates another positive step in the social media adoption curve for small- and medium-sized businesses."
Sarasota Sister Cities is using Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to connect our members, partners, and friends. Click on the links below to join us.  It is not that hard. If you are reading this you can do it.

​Sarasota Sister Cities





One World International Award

Dear Sponsors and Friends:

The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) will present its fourth annual “One World International Award” in March, 2014.  President Beth Ruyle will present the award to a recipient selected from nominees submitted by SCAS members, sponsoring organizations, alliance members and Sarasota’s ethnic and international organizations.  

We invite you and your members to nominate an organization or person who has made a significant contribution to “understanding and respect” among peoples of the world, through their extraordinary work, philanthropy, or volunteer efforts.  

The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2013 and we would ask that you limit the name and background of your nominee to a single page.  Please send your nominations to Bill Wallace, or 4683 Willow Wood Circle, Sarasota, Fl. 34241.

We’re looking forward to an exceptional One World Gala next March.


Meet and Greet Tuesday October 15 at Jalea

Meet and Greet Tuesday October 15, 5-7 pm at:

1532 Main Street
Sarasota, Florida


A good time was had by all at the Meet and Greet

Join us for a touch of Peru where Sangria used to live at 1532 Main St in downtown Sarasota.  Jalea opened on July 26 and features an extended happy hour from 5-9 p.m. featuring $5 crafted cocktails plus 2 for 1 tapas on Tuesday.

Caution: ensure you ask the wait staff for the happy hour drink and 2 for 1 tapas menus!  And the 2 for 1 discount is for like items only, no mixing by selection or price.  Anything ordered from the large regular menu will cost the normal price.  An example of the 2 for 1 tapas on Tuesday menu is on page 2 for this flyer.

We will meet in the roomy bar area with plenty of space to mingle at the bar or tables.

Courtesy RSVP to Gayle will allow the restaurant to ensure they have sufficient bar staff for our meet & greet group. However, last minute walk-ins are encouraged. Your friends and those who would like to know more about Sister Cities of Sarasota are always welcome!

Gayle Maxey, Events Director
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
RSVP: 941-416-3565 or