Maryland Receives Visitors from South Africa and Japan

The month of March was a busy one for Maryland’s sister state programs. The state hosted two delegations: one from the coastal South African province of KwaZulu-Natal on March 12, and the other from Japanese prefecture Kanagawa, which lies between Tokyo and Mount Fuji, on March 28. At the first of these meetings, the Maryland-KwaZulu-Natal Sister State Committee facilitated a dialogue between the Maryland Department of Commerce (MDOC), local economic authorities in Baltimore, the South African Embassy, and the KwaZulu-Natal International Trade and Investment ...

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Dortmund Comes to Buffalo in April for 40th Anniversary Tour

Buffalo New York
The Oberbürgermeister der Stadt (or Lord Mayor) of Dortmund, Germany, will lead a delegation of 20 government, education, and business leaders to Buffalo, New York, to help celebrate the two sister cities’ 40th anniversary next month. The delegates will attend the ground breaking ceremony on April 15 for a future park on the shore of Lake Erie, to be named Dortmund Park as a testament to the two cities’ historic partnership. Lord Mayor Ullrich Sierau and the others will then spend the rest of the day meeting with their American counterparts and building upon their ...

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Where Citizen Diplomacy Means the Most: Technology, Council Bluffs, Herat, & Karadah

Karadah District Council witnesses signing of Sister City partnership
Contributed by Rick Burns, Founder & President of the Karadah Project and member of the Council Bluffs Sister Cities Association As one who has played a small part in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a soldier, I have often thought of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and his monumental task as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II — an assignment with enormous physical and mental stress. He knew all too well the consequences of most of his decisions; the best that could be hoped for was to reduce the number of casualties. War is a horrible task ...

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Rotary Club of Fort Worth Embarks on Humanitarian Mission to Swaziland – Partnership established between Sister Cities and Rotary

A delegation of 25 adults from Fort Worth will depart for Mbabane, Swaziland today. While there participants from the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Sister Cities will deliver nearly 300 wheelchairs directly to those in need. “Our Swazi trip is taking the Rotary Wheelchair program to the next level. We are not only distributing donated wheelchairs to those in need, we are establishing a wheelchair and bicycle repair shop business that Mbabane citizens will operate long after we are gone,” said David Campbell, Rotary President. “The training and equipm...

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Denison and Cognac

Denison, Texas and Cognac, France are celebrating their 25th Anniversary as Sister Cities on the weekend of October 13-14, 2017.  The Mayor of Cognac, France, Mr. Michel Gourinchas, and a French delegation, will be in Denison as our honored guests for this most special event.  This particular weekend marks the birthdate of American President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born in Denison, Texas.  His granddaughter, Ms. Mary Jean Eisenhower, will also be in Denison that weekend to dedicate a commemorative plaza surrounding the President Eisenhower statue.  Ms. Eisenhower ...

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Lassen Sie Die Musik Beginnen! Sister Cities Wilmington & Wilmington Children’s Chorus Host Fulda Youth Orchestra

Wilmington and Fulda Students in Washington D.C.
Contributed by Tonya R. Richardson of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, Wilmington, DE. The Wilmington Children’s Chorus (WCC) said goodbye, again to good friends this summer after hosting Germany’s Kammerorchester der Jugend Fulda (Fulda Youth Orchestra) for a week of combined rehearsals, performances, friendship, and fun, which began on July 21. The collaboration concluded in a gala concert held on July 29.The project was sponsored in part by Sister Cities of Wilmington, Delaware and the City of Wilmington. The 2017 collaboration between Fulda and Wilmington, ...

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#BeerDiplomacy in Darmstadt: San Antonio Delegates Attend the 27th Annual Heinerfest

Contributed by the San Antonio International Relations Office Building on the momentum from the recent City Council approval of a Sister City relationship between San Antonio and Darmstadt, Germany, a 10-member cultural delegation traveled to Darmstadt to attend the 27th Annual Heinerfest. From June 29th to July 3rd, San Antonio joined the festivities of Heinerfest: a five-day festival that draws upwards of 600,000 people to the center of Darmstadt. Representing Darmstadt’s first American Sister City, the colorful San Antonio booth situated in the AlleWeltTreff (All ...

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