Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein Presents Citizen Diplomacy Award to Council Bluffs Sister Cities Association

Citizen Diplomacy Award 2018
1/24/2018 WASHINGTON, DC (January 24, 2018) – Sister Cities International congratulates one of its members, the Council Bluffs Sister Cities Association, on receiving the Bureau of Public Affair’s annual Citizen Diplomacy award. Steve Goldstein, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, will present the award at a ceremony to be held at 4pm on Monday, January 29, 2018, at the U.S. Department of State. The Citizen Diplomacy Award was created in recognition of American citizens and organizations engaged in international work that furthers U.S. foreign ...

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Three Generations of Citizen Diplomacy

The Bruckbauers
In 1972, Kettering, Ohio established their first sister city relationship with Steyr, Austria. Since then, they have created lasting traditions and legacies together. The two cities have overseen five adult homestays and have conducted an alternating youth exchange for the past 40 years. Kettering and Steyr also participate in cultural exchange: they have been sending music and performance groups to each other’s cities since 1980. Their most outstanding cultural exchanges include when Kettering sent their civic band to Steyr to help celebrate the city’s 1,000th ...

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Kettering Sister Cities 50th Anniversary Celebration

"The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Kettering Sister Cities Committee was kicked off at a recent Kettering City Council meeting. Mayor Don Patterson issued a Proclamation congratulating Kettering Sister Cities for 50 years of  promoting cultural understanding with our Sister Cities abroad. It was accepted by Dr.Darrell Apt, a member of the first Sister City Committee in 1967 and by Emily Zimmer, Chair of the 2017 Sister Cities Committee. It was an honor to have a member of the original committee with us on this special occasion. .   Also at the meeting, ...

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Sister Cities International Appoints Roger-Mark De Souza as New President and CEO

Sister Cities International today announced the appointment of Mr. Roger-Mark De Souza as its new President and CEO, effective January 2nd, 2018.“We are thrilled and honored to have Roger-Mark joining our team,” said Sister Cities International Board Chair and acting CEO Tim Quigley. “His experience conceptualizing tangible solutions to global issues, galvanizing public and private resources, and his passion for productive relationships that strengthen bonds worldwide make him the right fit to lead the Sister Cities International network movement at this crucial ...

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Korean War vet travels to Hampton sister city in South Korea

Arrival
Story contributed by Kate Mishkin of the Daily Press   "The first time Marvin Swain was offered a trip to South Korea, he opted out. The Korean War veteran couldn’t handle any more painful memories from his time in the Navy. But when the Korean-American Friendship Association asked again this year, Swain decided it was time for a second chance. This week, Swain will be honored for his time in the Navy in South Korea with a certificate of honorary citizenship of Anyang, which is a sister city to Hampton. The city of Anyang and the Korean-American ...

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Welcoming the Mayor of Gbarnga City, Liberia to the City of Baltimore

  Contributed by  Mr. Wesley Chenoweth, General Secretary of the Maryland Liberia Sister States Program The mayor of Gbarnga City, Liberia, Viola Cooper, and a delegation of dignitaries traveled to their sister city, Baltimore, MD last month. The sister cities partnership between Gbarnga City and Baltimore dates back to 1973, making it Baltimore’s oldest sister cities relationship. The delegation met with Baltimore’s mayor, Catherine Pugh, and discussed Liberia’s rich and progressive history of female elected officials. Liberia is home to Ellen ...

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A Message from Sister Cities International following Hurricane Harvey

Sister Cities International is deeply saddened by the disaster and tragedy taking place in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey. We send our condolences for those who have been affected by the terrible flooding and destruction. We will continue to raise funds via our Network for Good campaign in order to help provide disaster in these areas so that they may begin to recover and restore their communities. Do not forget that the important role of people-to-people and community-to-community diplomacy can play a part in our own communities as well as those ...

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A Message from Sister Cities International following Hurricane Harvey and in the wake of Hurricane Irma

Sister Cities International is deeply saddened by the disaster and tragedy taking place in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey. We send our condolences for those who have been affected by the terrible flooding and destruction.We will continue to raise funds via our Network for Good campaign in order to help provide disaster in these areas so that they may begin to recover and restore their communities.Additionally, we are aware of the impending threat of Hurricane Irma. To our friends and family in its path, our hearts are with you as you prepare for this storm. ...

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Karim Wasfi Appointed Egypt and Iraq Representative for Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors has approved Mr. Karim Wasfi, renowned cellist and Founder & President of Peace Through Arts Inc. to be the Country Representative for Egypt and Iraq. “In his new role, he serves as an integral part of Sister Cities International’s diplomatic and partnership outreach and will help promote the mission of sister cities: to promote peace through mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding—one individual, one community at a time,”  stated Chairman Tim Quigley. Country Representatives are highly distinguished ...

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Still Going Strong: Sister Cities International Honors Tacoma’s Sylvia B. Sass with Lifetime Achievement Award

By Lori Ann Reinhall   The year was 1956 and Tacoma’s Mayor “Big John” Anderson had just returned from the White House Conference on Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. There he had convened with mayors from 40 major U.S. cities with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and knew he was facing a formidable task: to help rebuild international relations around the world in the aftermath of the war. Big John knew that this new mission would take a powerhouse team, so he turned to one of Tacoma’s leading ladies to head up the endeavor: Sylvia B. Sass. Mrs. Sass, ...

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