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Rockville-Pinneberg
60th Anniversary - 2017 !

For an amazing 58 years Pinneberg and Rockville have maintained a meaningful and intense friendship.  The initiators were former mayors Henry Glissmann (SPD) and Dickran Hovsepian.  The German-American Society Rockville-Pinneberg, founded in 1984, is under the leadership of Bernd Hinrichs since 2007.  The Pinneberg City leadership has dedicated a Rockville Room at City Hall.  The corresponding organization in Rockville was founded in 1983 under the name of Rockville Sister City Corporation.



The RSCC Monthly Board Meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each month, at City Hall, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (except December).  The public is invited.

WELCOME !  WILLKOMMEN !  欢迎 ! (huān yíng)

This is the official site of the Rockville Sister City Corporation (RSCC) in Rockville, Maryland, representing a long-standing relationship between the people of Rockville, Maryland, and the people of Pinneberg, Germany.
The relationship was established in 1957.

Rockville is also in the process of developing a Friendship Relationship with the city of Jiaxing, China.


2016

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR....
TIME TO JOIN RSCC OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2016

Please do it now.  Do it here.

Memberships are for the Calendar Year (Jan-Dec).  We urge new and renewing members to send in their Membership Dues for 2016 as soon as you can.  Thanks for your support of RSCC!


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 ~~ PLEASE NOTE ~~

"MEET & GREET" WITH CITY OFFICIALS RESCHEDULED (AGAIN!)

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts at the County level, the RSCC "Meet & Greet" event with the new Rockville Mayor and Council again has been rescheduled from Thursday, March 24, 2016  to Thursday, May 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  It will be held in the Mayor and Council Chambers.

Apologies for this confusion, but please mark your calendar, and we hope to see you there!

Remember, this is YOUR opportunity to discuss the Rockville Sister City Corporation with YOUR elected officials. 


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FORMER RSCC DIRECTOR, DICK KNORPP

Dick’s family has arranged a Memorial Mass to be held in Rockville, Maryland on Friday, May 13th at 10am.  All family, friends, clients, business partners and coworkers are invited to help us say goodbye.  The service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville.

Friday, May 13th at 10am
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
520 Veirs Mill Road
Rockville, MD 20852

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

RSCC will staff a Hometown Holidays beverage booth on May 28 and 29.   If you are willing to help for a few hours, please contact Jack Rodgers.  Join in the camaraderie and help us generate money toward 2017's 60th Anniversary celebration.  Thanks!


RSCC REPS ATTEND MoCo SISTER CITIES ANNUAL MEETING

L-R: Three Rockville Sister City members (RSCC President Drew Powell: RSCC VP Brigitta Mullican; Rockville City Councilmember Beryl Feinberg) with Theresa Cameron (Chair of the Montgomery County Sister Cities) and Bruce Adams (County Executive's Office of Community Partnerships) after the Annual MCSC meeting.


PINNEBERG FIREFIGHTERS VISIT ROCKVILLE

Rockville-Pinneberg Firefighters have been in contact for 25 years.  From time to time, firefighters from one city journey across the Atlantic to visit their counterparts in the other city, for professional development, camaraderie, and renewing old acquaintances.  The visit of Pinneberg Firefighters to Rockville in April 2016 was celebrated at the Glenview Mansion in high style.  It was a welcoming and friendly event; just the type of exchange the Rockville Sister City Corporation encourages.

L-R: Erik Bernard (President, RVFD); Drew Powell (President, RSCC); Jack Ferguson

The sign says it all !

Klaus Köster (Pinneberg Fire Chief) delivers some words of thanks to Rockville and the RVFD.

Guests included newly appointed City Clerk Kathleen Conroy, Councilman Mark Pierzchala (both seated, front) and Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton (seated, right).

Pinneberg guests enjoying the festivities.

The dessert cake (in Germany's black, red, and gold colors) didn't last long...


RSCC DIRECTOR BING HUANG EXHIBITS AT BOHRER PARK
RSCC's talented Director Bing Huang has three drawings on display at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.  The entire exhibit, entitled Harmonious Art Group is on display through June 5th, 2016.

"Spring Bird"

"Running Horse"

"100 Monkeys"


CHECK OUT THE FRIENDSHIP GARDENS AT GLENVIEW MANSION

There are two lovely flower gardens at Glenview Mansion specifically associated with the Rockville Sister City Corporation.  One is a Rose Garden, established in October 1984 and associated with our Sister City, Pinneberg (the "City of Roses" in Germany).  The other, established in November 2012 with the donation of plants from Dr. and Mrs. Nelson Hsu, is a Peony Garden; the peony is the traditional floral symbol of China.

As you face the front of the mansion, move to the right and look for the directional sign to "the gardens".  You will pass through the Rockville-Pinneberg Garden to reach the peonies.

The peonies will be blooming very soon.  "Normal bloom time is mid-May, the buds are beginning to swell, but I would not expect blooming to start until the end of April/early May." [Rockville City Horticulturist, Rob Orndorff]


PLANNING AHEAD - Looking forward to May (and August)!

Thursday, May 12th - 6:30-8:30 pm

RSCC and Mayor & Council "Meet and Greet"

Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 2PM to 10 PM, Hometown Holidays RSCC will operate the Beer and Cocktails Booth, located on Maryland Avenue near Starbucks Monday, 30th - Memorial Day

DIM SUM IN AUGUST

Plans are underway for RSCC's annual Dim Sum event at the New Fortune Restaurant in the Walnut Hill Shopping Center in Gaithersburg.  Those of you who have attended previous Dim Sum fundraisers know what a delicious and varied menu is in store.  Save the date nowSunday, August 14, 2016, 2:00 pm

More details to follow....


The Jiaxing Foreign Language School (JFLS) in Jiaxing and Julius West Middle School (JWMS) in Rockville would like to establish a sister school relationship.

If you are interested in helping with this endeavor, please contact RSCC Director Bing Huang.


HELP RSCC WITH YOUR AMAZON PURCHASES

RSCC is now a member of Amazon Smile, which means every time you make a purchase on Amazon.com, a tiny portion of that purchase price will be donated to RSCC.  This is a simple, "no-brainer" way to help RSCC.  Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ to begin.  When asked to pick your "Charity" (Non-Profit), type in "Rockville Sister City Corporation" as shown, and you're on your way.  We thank you for your support!

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60th ANNIVERSARY PLANNING

A finalized schedule, coordinated with the Cities of Rockville and Pinneberg, is in the works.  Here are the dates:

Rockville Delegation visits Pinneberg, Germany - May 31, 2017 to June 4, 2017

Pinneberg Delegation visits Rockville, Maryland - October 5, 2017 to October 8, 2017

We hope that you will not only be interested in attending our 60th anniversary in Pinneberg and Rockville, but that you will also consider being a host for our Pinneberg friends when they come to Rockville.

We are seeking input from RSCC members in two areas:

  1. What would be new and exciting places to take our Pinneberg guests in and around Rockville/DC? and

  2. What would be places in and around Pinneberg and/or Hamburg that folks from Rockville would like to visit? (The Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg should easily qualify for a spot in #2: http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/ )

Please send your ideas, comments, and/or desires (including your interest in journeying to Pinneberg) to us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com 

Let's make this coming Anniversary (one of the longest partnerships in Sister City history) something special!

Do you have suggestions, or can you help plan for the upcoming anniversary?  If so, contact us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

List of Suggested Things to Do - Rockville/Pinneberg 60th
Things need to be fairly close by, not too expensive, fun/interesting, and not too strenuous - planning needs to start now
- suggest something!
ROCKVILLE
Historic Peerless Bldgs - Wire Hardware, B&O Station, etc - coordinate with Peerless http://www.peerlessrockville.org/
Local Tech/Biotech Companies - Coordinate w/REDI, RV Science Center, etc http://www.rockvillesciencecenter.org/
Udvar-Hazy Museum https://airandspace.si.edu/visit/udvar-hazy-center/
Baltimore Inner Harbor - Aquarium, Science Center, Lunch http://baltimore.org/article/baltimore-inner-harbor
Front Royal Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (in conjunction with a visit to Front Royal, a picnic in the GW Forest, and a wine tasting in Virginia) Phone: 540.635.6500    Email: SMconservation@gmu.edu
http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/
Visit to St Michaels, MD or similar (Crab Feast) http://www.stmichaelsmd.org/
Bike Trip (10K or less)  
DC Tour via Seg-Way http://www.capitalsegway.com/?gclid=CLy-m_mS-cUCFUyPHwod2rgANQ#/?playlistId=0&videoId=0
Amish Country Tour (Eyre or Similar) http://fieldtripmaker.com/
DC by Night http://www.grayline.com/tours/washington-dc/dc-after-dark-5889_9/  
National Trolley Museum http://www.dctrolley.org/
Gettysburg Battleground - Ike Farm - Cozy Restaurant - Fire Fighter Memorial, etc (round trip w/lunch) http://www.nps.gov/eise/index.htm
Blues and Jazz Club - Bethesda http://www.bethesdabluesjazz.com/
Visit the Naval Academy, Annapolis http://www.usna.edu/homepage.php
Tour Frederick, Schifferstadt Museum  & Covered Bridges http://www.frederickcountylandmarksfoundation.org/fclf_schiffgen.html
http://www.visitfrederick.org/historic-covered-bridges-driving-tour
Heurich House - DC  / German Embassy / Dumbarton House, etc http://www.heurichhouse.org/
http://www.germany.info/embassy
http://dumbartonhouse.org/
Western Maryland RR - Cumberland MD http://www.wmsr.com/?gclid=CNruguGb-cUCFVUWHwodnH8AVw
PINNEBERG
Model Train Wunderland - Hamburg http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/
Hamburg Auswanderungs Museum - Ballinstadt http://www.ballinstadt.net/BallinStadt_emigration_museum_Hamburg/Welcome.html
Nearby Arboretum - Ellerhoop or similar http://www.arboretum-ellerhoop-thiensen.de/
Visit to Bremen? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bremen
Watt Wanderung? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudflat_hiking
Spargelessen? http://www.niedersachsen-tourism.com/
Bike trip?  (10K or less)  
Jazz Boat or Club Hans Georg knows the one
Hamburger Dom ? http://english.hamburg.de/hamburg-events/290760/hamburg-hamburgs-dom-english/
Hamburg Hafen Tour http://europeforvisitors.com/hamburg/articles/sightseeing-boats-harbor-tours.htm
Airbus Factory tour http://www.airbus.com/company/aircraft-manufacture/how-is-an-aircraft-built/
Planten und Blomen (by Night) http://plantenunblomen.hamburg.de/
http://plantenunblomen.hamburg.de/wasserlichtkonzerte/
Hamburg - Fischmarkt (very early) http://english.hamburg.de/museums-attractions-hamburg-en/295006/fischmarkt-hamburg-elbe-english/

FREE GERMAN COURSES ON-LINE THROUGH DEUTSCHE WELLE

http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/german-courses/s-2547


NEWS & NOTES

The Rockville Science Center is offering to provide tours, etc., of local science, technology and nature facilities for visitors coming to Rockville.  This would also be a great opportunity for RSCC members to learn about technology in Rockville.  If you have a suggestion for a tour or visit, please let us know and we will try to arrange things.


Our Sister City - Pinneberg

Our Friendship City - Jiaxing


Paid members of RSCC are eligible for a discounted annual rate of $17.95 (vs regular subscription rate for one year - 6 issues - of $24.95) when subscribing to German Life Magazine.  Here is the form you should use:

German Life is a high-quality, highly interesting magazine about life and culture in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  We hope you will take advantage of this extraordinary offer, as part of your membership in the Rockville Sister City Corporation.

For a preview of German Life magazine go here:  http://GermanLife.com


Travel and Hosting Opportunities

Rockville residents are urged to include Pinneberg on their itinerary whenever traveling in Europe. The Rockville Sister City relationship is very well known in Pinneberg, and you are bound to receive a special welcome when you mention Rockville.

Frequently, students and other visitors from Pinneberg seek short-term accommodations in Rockville.  Residents who are interested in hosting visitors from our Sister City Pinneberg or our Friendship City Jiaxing are encouraged to volunteer.  Contact RSCC at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com


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Corporate Sponsors - Calendar Year 2015
The Rockville Sister City Corporation gratefully wishes to acknowledge the following Corporate Sponsors.
(Sponsor since...)
Please remember our Sponsors in your shopping and professional travels.

(2/24/2010)

Nexus Holidays DC  -  Xiaosheng Bi, Owner

932 Hungerford Drive  #7A, Rockville MD  20850
Phone: (301) 917-2222 • 1 (800) 919-8041 •  Fax: (301) 917-2240
www.nexusholidays.com    
www.nexusholidays.net



(9/1/2010)

City of Rockville, Maryland - POC: Andy Lett

111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD  20850

http://www.rockvillemd.gov/ 

 



(3/31/2011)

Westat Inc. - Bruce Romer, Contact BruceRomer@Westat.com

1600 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  301-294-3830   
http://www.westat.com



(3/20/2013)

 The JBG Companies
Fishers Place and Twinbrook Metro

5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 0200, Rockville, MD  20852
Phone:  301-468-0200     http://www.JBG.com


(12/1/2013)

Sigy's Service Center - BMW Specialist
Contact:  sigysbmw@aol.com

110 Crabb Ave., Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  301-881-6725     
http://www.sigysbmw.com/



(12/1/2013)

Law Office of Thomas K. Brown, LLC

22 West Jefferson Street Suite 401, Rockville, MD  20850

Phone:  1-888-783-9180    
tbrown@thomasbrownlaw.com

 

(1/9/2014)

International Travel Consultants

POC: Gabrielle Williams
1010 Rockville Pike #401, Rockville, MD 20851

Phone: (301) 294-0222


(3/4/2014)

Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

Laurie Boyer, Executive Director
95 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD  20850

Phone: 301-315-8096     http://rockvilleredi.org



(8/22/2014)

Rockville Volunteer Fire Department
Serving the citizens of Rockville for over 90 years

PO Box 1547, Rockville, MD  20849

Phone:  301-424-0310     http://rvfd.org/ 

(10/17/14)

Kiwanis Club of Rockville, Inc.
Rockville, MD  20849-1401

POC: John Tyner  Tyner@Taliesan.com

Phone:  301-168-2146     http://www.kiwanisrockville.8m.net/index.html

 



(1/8/2015)

B. F. Saul Co.

POC: Todd Pearson   Todd.Pearson@bfsaulco.com

7501 Wisconsin Avenue - Suite 1500E - Bethesda, MD  20814
Phone:  301-986-6000     http://www.bfsaul.com/

(2/3/2015)

David Johnston - Senior Financial Advisor
Managing Director - Investments

7901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-230-5734 | 800-777-3664    Fax: 301-907-2062
Email:
david.johnston@wellsfargo.com

 

THANKS TO ALL OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF RSCC !


Rockville Sister City Corporation
Rockville City Hall
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD  20850-2364

or  via E-mail: RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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