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Sister Cities International September 2015 Donor Newsletter
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Citizen Diplomat Spotlight: Masashi Oka
Mr. Masashi Oka is the Executive Chairman of MUFG Americas and MUFG Union Bank, the top executive of MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) in the Americas. MUFG is Japan's largest bank and one of the world's largest financial institutions, with more than 1,100 offices in more than 40 countries, and with a presence spanning the Americas from Vancouver to Santiago and coast to coast.
Mr. Oka has long been committed to, and a strong advocate of, the global citizen diplomacy movement. Most recently he actively supported the Japanese Consulate of San Francisco and the Northern Chapter of Sister Cities International in launching the 100th sister city relationship between the State of California and Japan. In addition, MUFG Union Bank was the Title Corporate Sponsor of the 2014 SCI Annual Conference in San Jose, California.
Mr. Oka and MUFG Union Bank were honored with the Sister Cities International Corporate Citizen Diplomacy Award in 2015.
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The 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference
The 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference will connect 90 Chinese and hundreds of U.S. business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats in Chicago, October 22-23. The Conference will also celebrate the 30th Anniversaries of Chicago’s sister cities Shanghai and Shenyang and will provide best practices and networking opportunities for the continued success and growth of U.S.-China sister city partnerships.

Support the 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference and be part of a wonderful event furthering ties between the U.S. and China! CLICK HERE to download the sponsorship packet detailing various sponsor levels.

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Support the 60th Annual Sister Cities International Conference in Washington, DCJuly 14-16, 2016!

Help us host the best Conference yet! Establish meaningful global connections and expand your network when you sponsor a portion of Sister Cities International's 60th Anniversary of promoting Peace through People.

CLICK HERE to download the sponsorship packet including sponsor levels and opportunities.
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Sister Cities International Giving
Visit to learn about all the different ways you can support Sister Cities International.

Keep an eye out for more information about our Annual Fund coming soon!
1956 Society 

Thank you to the 30members of the 1956 Society! Click here to view 1956 Society Members for 2015.
For just $1,956 per year, you can become a member of the 1956 Society. to learn more about the 1956 Society and other giving options.

CLICK HERE to donate now.
Honorary BoardIntern Fund

Thank you to the following generous donors for their contributions to the Honorary Board Intern Fund:
  • Tony Anderson
  • Fred Blanton
  • Carlo Capua
  • Ruth Hodges Fraser
  • Ann Galloway
  • Tom Gittens
  • Launa Kowalski
  • Sylvia Sass
Giving Options
What are sister cities up to?
This week, Sister Cities International's President and CEO Mary D. Kane will be in Tacoma, Washington to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Xi played an integral role in the sister city signing between Tacoma and Fuzhou in 1994 and is returning to his sister city before heading off on a tour of the U.S. Read more here:

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Giving Partnership Effort - Report - $ 14,682 Raised - Thank You For Your Generosity

We had a very successful Giving Partner effort.  Our Telethon was successful and was covered by SNN TV. The figures from the CFSC indicated that our giving was $6,841 and our matching dollars were $6,091 – for a total of $12,932.  And we have a reported $1,750 yet to come in that won’t be matched because of timing. So our total fund raising came to $ 14,682. Thanks to everyone for their gifts.

William Wallace and Kenney DeCamp

Finance Co Chairman


Thanks to everyone who donated.  And special thanks to Finance Co-Chairman Bill Wallace and Kenney DeCamp, and Gloria Grenier, Carolyn Bloomer, David Harralson, and Craig Hullinger who worked the phones at the Telethon, and to Bill Mallet who set up the equipment. And thanks to the Partners of the Giving Partnership who made this possible.

Beth Ruyle Hullinger
President Sarasota Sister Cities

Essential Oils and Perfumes of the World - An Olfactory Experience - 4:00 pm October 21, 2015

Sarasota Sister Cities Association
Second Fall Presentation

Essential Oils and Perfumes of the World - An Olfactory Experience

Raymond A. Young
Board Member, Sarasota Sister Cities Association

Ray will start with a brief overview of the long time use of Essential Oils and Perfumes throughout history followed by an introduction to the origin and production of Essential Oils from a broad array of plant sources, from Flower Blossoms to Woody Materials.  The audience will be provided essence samples throughout the presentation to compare and contrast the varied sources.  

The concepts involved in Perfume Formulation will then be described from the perfume "Brief" to the selection of the essential oils as top, middle and base notes. The "Families" or Accords of perfumes will be presented along with the progression of the styles of perfumes to recent years.

Perfume fragrances for both men and women will be provided to the audience for their assessment and enjoyment.  Connecting the scents that evoke a positive feeling in you will help you find your personal "perfect scent" and enjoy the sensual wonders and allure of perfumes!
4:00 pm
October 21, 2015
 Herald-Tribune Community Room
Herald-Tribune Bldg
1741 Main St, Sarasota

A suggested small donation of $5.00 to SCAS would be appreciated. Our monthly Sister City Meet & Greet will follow - details below:

For further Information, Contact:
Ray Young, Sarasota Sister Cities Assn

Meet aThe nd Greet on Oct. 21 
The Presentation will be followed by a 

Meet and Greet at:

Yume Sushi

1532 Main Street

Downtown Sarasota

Happy Hour Specials


A Celebration of Life For Terry Neuss

A Celebration of Life" for Terry Neuss, who passed away on Sep. 8 will be held at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 South Palm Ave. on Saturday, November 7 at 1 pm. A short reception will take place in Gallespie Hall. Internment will take place at 4 pm at Sarasota Memorial Park. All are invited to attend.

Terry is survived by her son Robert, daughter Cathy and 5 grandchildren.

Terry Neuss Rest in Peace

I received the sad news last evening that long time Sarasota Sister Cities Terry Neuss passed away yesterday morning at her daughter’s home in Marblehead, MA.

There will be a “Celebration” of Life” service in Sarasota at a later date. I will let you know the details when the family lets me know. The obituary will be in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in due time.

Gloria Grenier

Terry Neuss, Gloria Grenier & Phyllis Liljeberg 
at Snoqualamie Falls

The Scottish Contribution to the World, America and Sarasota - 4:00 pm September 16, 2015

Sarasota Sister Cities Association
Fall Presentation

The Scottish Contribution to the World, America and Sarasota

William Wallace, 
Board Member, Sarasota Sister Cities Association

Bill will provide a brief history of Scotland and present the unique characteristics of the Scottish identity. He will describe the significant contributions of many Scots throughout history, including Robert Burns and Andrew Carnegie, those involved in western expansion in the USA, such as Daniel Boone & Jim Bowie, followed by the important political figures such as Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. He will describe the early and continued contributions of Scots to the beginning and further development of Sarasota and finally the partnering with Dunfermline, Scotland as our Sister Cities.

4:00 pm
September 16, 2015
 Herald-Tribune Community Room,
Herald-Tribune Bldg
1741 Main St, Sarasota

Members of SCAS n/c, but a small donation of $5.00 to SCAS is suggested for non-members.

Our monthly Sister City Meet & Greet will follow at 5:00 pm on Sept 16 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Lobby Bar, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts

For further Information, Contact:
Ray Young, Sarasota Sister Cities Assn

Meet and Greet on October 21 at 5pm at Yume Sushi

Meet and Greet on Oct. 21 

Yume Sushi

1532 Main Street

Downtown Sarasota

Happy hour specials


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Weekly Briefs from Tom Barwin: Email Archives 
City Manager Tom Barwin issues a weekly newsletter providing timely updates on projects and what's going on in the Sarasota community.  Catch up on previous newsletters, which include photos and videos, by scrolling through the archives. 
  • September 4, 2015
  • Remembering Sen. Bob Johnson, Labor Day, Osprey Nest Relocation
  • August 28, 2015
  • RLTCC Field Preps, Roundabout Update, Newtown Conservation Historic District
  • August 21, 2015
  • Homeless Update, First Street Improvements, Back to School
  • August 14, 2015
  • Downtown Businesses are Open, RLTCC Celebration, Bobby Jones Golf Camp
  • August 7, 2015
  • Better Days for Our Bays, State St. Garage Retail Space, Sales Tax Holiday
  • July 24, 2015
  • State St. Garage Opens, White House Forum, Van Wezel Renovations
  • July 17, 2015
  • Orange/Main Roundabout, Payne Park Playground, Golf Camp
  • July 10, 2015
  • State Street Garage Update, LS 87, Centennial Park Deck
  • July 2, 2015
  • Holiday Events, Consent Order Closed, Proposed U.S. 41 Improvements
  • June 26, 2015
  • Holiday Schedule, Free Trolley to Powerboat Races, Utilities Bond Rating
  • June 12, 2015
  • Payne Park Playground, Home Rule Award, Free Movie Night
  • June 5, 2015
  • New Rosemary District Development, Budget Award, N. Water Tower Park Improvements
  • May 29, 2015
  • State St. Garage Update, Savor Sarasota, Friday Fest
  • May 22, 2015
  • Memorial Day weekend edition
  • May 15, 2015
  • City Commissioners Sworn In; State of the City; Law Enforcement Memorial Service
  • May 8, 2015
  • Newtown Monuments, Sustainability Manager, City Election
  • May 1, 2015
  • DID Homeless Initiative Funding; Homeless Veterans Stand Down; Arbor Day
  • April 24, 2015
  • Seeking Chronic Homeless Initiative Dir., Facebook, Law Enforcement Torch Run
  • April 17, 2015
  • Sister Cities Visit, Fair Housing Seminar, SPD Recruiting Grant
  • April 10, 2015
  • Homeless Update, Green Bike Lanes, Basketball Tournament
  • April 3, 2015
  • Honorary Street Dedication, New Traffic Signals, Children's Fountain
  • March 27, 2015
  • State Street Closures, SPD Promotions, Fruitville Park Cleanup
  • March 20, 2015
  • Van Wezel Box Office Record, City Demographics, New Urbanism Class
  • March 13, 2015
  • Deep Injection Well, Hart's Landing, Lido Beach Restoration
  • March 6, 2015
  • Historic Preservation Markers, Honorary Street Dedication, Bobby Jones Golf Specials
  • February 27, 2015
  • Eloise Werlin Park Playground, Solar Energy, Old Bradenton Rd. Update
  • February 13, 2015
  • Serious Crime Lowest in 20 Years, Presidents Day, Flower Baskets
  • February 6, 2015
  • Old Bradenton Rd. Paving, Music Half Marathon, State St. Garage Update
  • January 30, 2015
  • New SPD Officers, Hart's Landing, Eloise Werlin Park
  • January 23, 2015
  • Lido Beach Restoration, SPD Volunteer Award, Air Potato Vine Roundup
  • January 16, 2015
  • MLK Day, Lido Beach Restoration, FEMA Floodplain Maps
  • January 9, 2015
  • Osprey Bridge Inspection, New Public Art Loan, Commission Candidates
  • December 30, 2014
  • Happy New Year Edition
  • December 23, 2014
  • Happy Holidays Edition
  • December 19, 2014
  • Holiday Garbage Collection, Shop with a Cop, Recycling Cardboard Boxes
  • December 12, 2014
  • Lido Pool Video, Blue Lizards, Water Treatment Plant Tour
  • December 5, 2014
  • Holiday Parade, Homeless Awareness, Van Wezel Student Participation
  • November 21, 2014
  • New Commissioners, Sewer Main Rehab, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Award
  • November 14, 2014
  • Homeless Veterans Update, Bobby Jones Golf Club Bridges, Street Resurfacing
  • November 7, 2014
  • Veterans Day Closures, New Visitor Info Center, Old Bradenton Road Update
  • October 31, 2014
  • Ringling Bridge Lights, Cafe in the Park, New Bobby Jones Concessionaire
  • October 17, 2014
  • Google 2014 eCity, State St. Garage Update, Weather-Ready Nation
  • October 10, 2014
  • SarasotaMod, Active Shooter Training, Finance Award
  • October 3, 2014
  • Record Breaking Building Permits, Project Lifesaver Donation, Municipal Auditorium Website
  • September 26, 2014
  • Medical Marijuana, Bond Ratings, War Memorial Plaque
  • September 19, 2014
  • Ringling College Announcement, Homeless and Meters, Economic Development Website
  • September 12, 2014
  • Single Family Home Construction, Finance Award, Remembering September 11
  • September 5, 2014
  • Homeless Update, Arlington Pool Reopening, Van Wezel 45th Anniversary
  • August 29, 2014
  • Homeless Update, Hart's Landing Update, WBTT 15th Anniversary
  • August 22, 2014
  • Hurricane Preparedness, SPD Citizens Academy, The Vue
  • August 15, 2014
  • New Construction, Back to School, Street Repaving Continues
  • August 8, 2014
  • U.S. 41 Water Main Break, Street Repaving, Observation Decks
  • August 1, 2014
  • State St. Garage Update, National Night Out, Drainage Projects
  • July 25, 2014
  • Homeless Shelter Update, Bayfront Park Playground Reopens, "Dan Kennedy Day"
  • July 18, 2014
  • Avondale Utilities Project, Selby Five Points Park Fence, MLK Corridor Streetscape
  • July 11, 2014
  • New Mary Dean Playground, Observation Decks Replaced, Vintage & Collectibles Fair
  • July 2, 2014
  • July 4th Holiday Edition
  • June 27, 2014
  • Homeless Initiative Update, State St. Garage Load Test, Summer Camps
  • June 20, 2014
  • Homeless Shelter Update, Deep Injection Well, Public Art
  • June 13, 2014
  • State of Utility Report, Solid Waste Collection, State St. Garage Update
  • June 6, 2014
  • Homeless Update, Newtown Playgrounds, S. Lido Beach Restrooms
  • May 30, 2014
  • Gov. Scott Meeting, New Emergency Manager, Trip Advisor Award
  • May 23, 2014
  • Memorial Day, Children's Fountain Reopens, State St. Lot Closes
  • May 16, 2014
  • Old Bradenton Rd. Update, Designer Drug Ordinance, Van Wezel Ushers Honored
  • May 9, 2014
  • MLK Way Streetscape, Bird Key Park Benches, April Building Permits
  • May 2, 2014
  • State St. Parking Lot, Downtown Economic Facts, Arbor Day Celebration
  • April 25, 2014
  • Blue + You, Construction Updates, Bobby Jones Golf Club Usage
  • April 19, 2014
  • Building Permits, New Water Storage Tank, Newtown Centennial and more.
  • April 11, 2014
  • Construction Update, Mangrove Pruning, Neighborhood Signs and more.
  • April 4, 2014
  • Pipe lining, Sarasota Film Festival, Lose Big...Win Bigger and more.
  • March 28, 2014
  • Janie's Garden Phase III, CEO Program, Tweet from the Beat and more.
  • March 21, 2014
  • Shared Purchasing, Brother Geenan Way Update, North Water Tower Park Grant and more.
  • March 14, 2014
  • TED, Tree Lights, Sarasota Woman of the Year and more.
  • March 7, 2014
  • Gillespie Park Playground, Hotels, Student Collaborations and more.
  • February 28, 2014
  • Lido Beach Grant, Landscaping Award, Golf Tournament and more.
  • February 21, 2014
  • Chickens, Golf Channel, Finance Awards and more.
  • February 14, 2014
  • Arlington Pool Renovations, Farmers Market, SPD Helps Build Home and more.
  • February 7, 2014
  • Drug Bust, Roundabout Donation, Deep Injection Well and more.