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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.

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.

FOR 2015


Please do it now.  Do it here.

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RSCC President Brigitta Mullican submitted her letter of resignation at a Special Board Meeting on July 8, 2015, citing "commitments which will keep me from being effective on the Board."  She is actively campaigning for a Council Member position in the Rockville City government.

During the meeting, Vice President John ("Jack") Rodgers became the acting President per the RSCC By-Laws,  to serve in that capacity until a new President is elected.  Director Chris Malone was elected to fill Jack's vacated position of Vice President.

Jack will remain as President only on an interim basis through the August 11th Regular Board Meeting, after which he, too, will have to resign his position, also for "personal commitments."

RSCC remains looking forward to its 60th anniversary under the leadership of a new President.

Any RSCC member interested in serving as RSCC President should contact Jack Rodgers immediately at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com


Joe passed away on Friday, June 19th, 2015, after a long fight with Alzheimer’s.  He and his wife Mae (“Pigeon”) had been extremely active in RSCC and enjoyed hosting and being the guests of many of our Pinneberg friends.  Joe was a Director of the RSCC Board for many years and held the job of Membership Chair with dedication, aplomb, and professionalism.  The Rockville Sister City Corporation extends its heartfelt condolences to the entire Batz family.



About 20 RSCC Members and friends took advantage of free tickets to the Gaithersburg Giants vs Bethesda Big Train game in June.  The game was played at Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda, MD.  RSCC attendees enjoyed the game and camaraderie at the Park.

"The Big Train scored ten runs or more for the third time this season en route to an 11-0 shutout win over the Gaithersburg Giants at Povich Field....  It was the largest shutout victory of the season for Bethesda.  With the win, the Big Train improved to 16-3 on the season and remains atop the South division by six games." - By: Kyle Brown ( http://www.bigtrain.org/news/?article_id=276)

Watching the game along the Right Field line.

by Liz von Kaenel

At 7pm, Monday August 31st, the German film "Wings of Desire" (with English subtitles) will be shown at Montgomery College's Parilla Performing Arts Center.  The event is free of charge.

Set in West Berlin, two angels roam the city unseen and unheard by its human inhabitants, observing and listening to their diverse thoughts.  The film is also a meditation on Berlin's past, present, and future.  Wim Wenders won in Cannes as the best director,1987 and the Grand Prix by the Belgium Film Critics' Association, l988.  Siskal and Ebert gave the film two thumbs up.

Hope to see you there.


RSCC will hold another Dim Sum event, on Sunday, August 9, beginning at 2 pm.  Once again it will be at the New Fortune Restaurant in Gaithersburg.  For all who attended last year's Dim Sum, you can certainly remember the great meal provided.  The cost will be $20 per person this year, which includes a tax-deductible $5.00 fundraising donation.  Details and the reservation form are to the right and also will be provided as soon as possible by e-mail to RSCC members.  Reservations and payments are due by Thursday, August 6th.

Don't miss this opportunity for a great meal and some good old-fashioned companionship.


This year's Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 (instead of Tuesday the 22nd)


The 7th Jiaxing International Cartoon Biennale will be held in late October this year in Jiaxing.  Please find more details in the attachment.  The Invitation is in both English and Chinese versions.

Jiaxing has launched an international cartoon competition with submitted works to be received no later than October 2015.  There are two components to the program.  One is a themed approach for the applicant to draw a cartoon to depict a "My Dream" concept, and the second entry can be on any subject the applicant wishes.

If there is anyone interested to take part in this, please let RSCC know.

News about the Rockville Friendship Garden

An email from the city horticulturist, Rob Orndorf, informed the RSCC that the peonies in the Friendship Garden at Glenview Mansion typically bloom around May 6 of each year, so now we can approximate the time we should visit to take photos, etc.

Mark your calendars!


Tentatively, 30 representatives from Pinneberg will arrive in Rockville for 5-7 days in early May 2017.
Rockville will send 30 representatives to Pinneberg for 5-7 days in late May/early June 2017.

We hope that you will not only be interested in attending our 60th anniversary in Pinneberg, 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!

* In addition, DAGRP plans to sponsor another "USA East Coast Tour" (with a stopover in Rockville of 2-3 days) in October 2017.  Although accommodations will most likely be in a Rockville hotel, we will plan various activities for our friends while they are here.

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!
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
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
Heurich House - DC  / German Embassy / Dumbarton House, etc http://www.heurichhouse.org/
Western Maryland RR - Cumberland MD http://www.wmsr.com/?gclid=CNruguGb-cUCFVUWHwodnH8AVw
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/
Hamburg - Fischmarkt (very early) http://english.hamburg.de/museums-attractions-hamburg-en/295006/fischmarkt-hamburg-elbe-english/

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.

Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre program at the Rockville Campus with online information available for ticket sales at http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/department2.aspx?id=5103 

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.


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


City of Rockville, Maryland - POC: Laura Creech

111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD  20850




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

1600 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  301-294-3830   


 The JBG Companies
Fishers Place and Twinbrook Metro

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


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

110 Crabb Ave., Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  301-881-6725     


Law Office of Thomas K. Brown, LLC

22 West Jefferson Street Suite 401, Rockville, MD  20850

Phone:  1-888-783-9180    



International Travel Consultants

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

Phone: (301) 294-0222


Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

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

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


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/ 


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



Richard Gottfried CPA, LLC

Tax Returns for Businesses, Individuals and Trusts

richgott3@verizon.net     Phone: 301-762-5182



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/


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



Renewable Energy Corporation

7 W. Aylesbury Road, Suite H
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 560-9032     http://renewableenergysolar.net/


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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