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40th Anniversary Brochure

50th Anniversary Brochure

Rockville-Pinneberg
60th Anniversary - 2017 !

For an amazing 60 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.

Links to the
Rockville - Pinneberg Official 60th Anniversary Logo

60th_Anniversary_Logo.pdf

60th_Anniversary_Logo.jpg


Starting January 2017, the RSCC Monthly Board Meeting is held on the third Wednesday of each month, at City Hall, starting at 7:00 PM (except December).  The public is invited.





WELCOME!   WILLKOMMEN !    欢 迎! (huan yng)

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 developed a Friendship Relationship with the city of Jiaxing, China in 2009.


(Updated July 18, 2017 - please double-click on most photos to view in original size)


The City of Rockville will celebrate Rockville’s sixtieth anniversary with its Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany in October 2017.  You can help by being a volunteer host for a single or couple from Pinneberg during their visit to Rockville in early October.  Contact RSCC Director Gerrie Checkon at GCheckon@gmail.com for more information.


COMING IN JULY
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Our annual Dim Sum luncheon at the New Fortune Restaurant.  Don't miss it!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Flyer Here


COMING IN SEPTEMBER


Wednesday, September 13, 2017


RSCC ANNUAL MEETING

NOTE DATE CHANGE!



All members and corporate reps should attend to find out what RSCC has done and will be doing in 2017, especially the 60th Anniversary visit by our friends from Pinneberg (October 2-8, 2017).

Light refreshments.



OUR PINNEBERG VISIT - 60th ANNIVERSARY
A 28-person "Rockville Delegation" was in Pinneberg from May 31 through June 5 to partake in our 60th Anniversary festivities.  Sincere thanks go to our German friends who provided housing for Rockville's visitors!  Many photos can be found on a Dropbox App, which was set up by the City of Rockville.  Here is the link to that Dropbox folder, called "RSCC Germany Trip".  Clicking on this link will bring you directly to the folder where you can view many photos associated with the visit to our Sister City, Pinneberg.

Documentation of our activities during this time will be airing soon on The Rockville Channel.

Here is a sample of upcoming videos:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_mYSmvZsBE


MAY 2017 - RSCC HAS A NEW LOGO!

Rockville Sister City Corporation has a new logo!  Perhaps you’ve noticed that RSCC has changed its logo.  Thanks to the unanimous consent of the Rockville Mayor and City Council, Rockville Sister City Corporation has been granted formal permission to make use of the artwork from the Rockville City Seal (which itself is copyrighted) in our new RSCC logo.  It is believed that this more universal symbol better represents the Rockville Sister City Corporation in whatever relationship RSCC may facilitate on behalf of the City of Rockville now or in the future.


The Rockville Rose as seen in Pinneberg....

June 2017 - PASSING OF TWO GREAT RSCC SUPPORTERS
Verna Murphy
 
Verna was a loyal RSCC Member and stalwart volunteer for many causes; she died on the morning of 22 June 2017 at her residence in Solomons, MD.  Verna's mom died during the WWII years, when Verna was very young.  Verna lived at The Thornwell Home for Children until she graduated, then went to nursing school; she supported that institution throughout her life. When Verna divorced from former RSCC President David L'Heureux, she moved to be near her roots in South Carolina, and continued her active volunteerism there.  The family has asked that donations in her name be made to The Thornwell Home for Children: http://www.wpc-online.org/thornwell-home-for-children.php

Don Vandrey
Don was Rockville’s Public Affairs Officer for many years and an active and enthusiastic supporter of RSCC.  His daughter Inga was a high school exchange student in Pinneberg.  Don loved running, and finished both the Boston and Berlin marathons in the same week in 1991!  He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, seven grandchildren, three brothers and one sister.  Don donated his body to science.

RSCC's members also wish to extend their sincere condolences to Rockville's City Clerk and RSCC's City of Rockville Staff Liaison, Kathleen Conway on the recent passing of her dad, Michael Francis Conway, 94.  He was a retired US Navy veteran, and will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
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ROCKVILLE SCIENCE CENTER APPRECIATION NIGHT

Held on Friday evening, June 24th at the Rockville Senior Center; many RSCC Members also support the RSC.


Robert “Bob” Ekman (President of the RSC and also Rockville Sister City Member) prepares to brief the audience.


Ruth Hanessian (Member, Board of RSC Trustees) and Nancy DeLalio (Member, Board of RSC Trustees) help with the check-in process.


King Stablein, and Rockville Council Members Virginia Onley and Mark Pierzchala get absorbed in thinking about life forms beyond earth.

One of the many challenges the RSC provides to interested students and adults.

Hey, maybe aliens look like this ?
RSCC members who also support the Rockville Science Center and were in attendance included Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, RSCC VP Brigitta Mullican, and Members Caryl McNeilly, "Skip" Williamson, and George Albrecht.

RSCC HOSTS MEET AND GREET

A chance to welcome old, new and prospective RSCC Members, and an opportunity to speak with City Officials was "on the agenda" Thursday night, June 29th at the Mayor and Council Chambers at Rockville's City Hall.  Hors d'oeuvres, sweets, and a variety of libations rounded out the evening of discussion, recognition and announcements.  A preview video presentation of our recent anniversary visit to Pinneberg was presented by Rockville 11’s Hagop Balekjian.  We thank Rockville Councilmembers Virginia Onley and Mark Pierzchala, and Rockville City Manager Rob DiSpirito for their attendance, and City Clerk/Director of Council Operations Kathleen Conway for her help in "making it all happen".


RSCC President Drew Powell presenting Membership Certificate to new member, Kuan Lee...

...and to Hagop Balekjian

...and a light moment with Siegfried "Sigy" Krauss, who became a "Corporate Silver" member

...and to SueAnn Norian

...and to David Hill

President Powell addressing the gathering as Brigitta Mullican, Joan Savage, SueAnn Norian, and Hagop Balekjian look on.

Attendees enjoying the evening


Special Thanks go to Sigy Krauss of Sigy's Service Center, who upgraded his Corporate Sponsorship to "Silver" at the Meet & Greet.

Ausgezeichnet!

RSCC DIRECTOR DISPLAYS HIS ART AT BWI-MARSHALL
Bingjib "Bing" Huang had to miss the "Meet and Greet".

"Sorry I won't be able to make it on 6/29 because I need to be at BWI airport to attend an art exhibit opening reception, one of my artworks will be displayed at BWI International Gallery.  I wish you all a good time!"

Bing related that the central large character is "Buddhism" or "Zen".  The background characters are two famous poems which are related to Buddhism.

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MEMBERSHIP DUES INFORMATION

2017

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR....
TIME TO JOIN RSCC OR RENEW
YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2017. 
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 2017 as soon as you can.

YOU CAN HELP OUR MEMBERSHIP CHAIR AND TREASURER IMMENSELY IF YOU RENEW OR JOIN DURING JANUARY/FEBRUARY EACH YEAR.  THANKS!

By recommendation of the Board of Directors, RSCC has instituted a new three-tiered
membership structure
:  
Student, Individual/Family, and Corporate Sponsors.

The change in RSCC dues is necessary in order to continue our mission of facilitating Rockville's Sister City relationship with Pinneberg, Germany and Rockville's Friendship City relationship with Jiaxing, China, which includes an increasing number of local and international cross cultural activities and events.

RSCC has created a new Student Membership category.  There is no fee for this membership.  The Student Membership is designed to introduce students to the activities and programs of the Sister City organization and attract students to become active in these activities.  The student membership provides students with opportunities to create projects related to our German and Chinese sister and friendship cities and earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.  The new Point of Contact is RSCC Director Christian Jessen-Klingenberg (c.j-k@t-online.de).

As of January 1, 2017, Membership Dues were increased to $25 for Individual Membership and $40 for Family Membership.

At the February 2017 Board Meeting, it was decided to create three levels of Corporate Sponsorship (Gold, Silver and Bronze), based on a corporation's ability and desire to provide support to RSCC.

All three forms can be found
HERE. 
The Board feels these modest increases are in line with other Rockville-based non-profit organization's dues, and the fact that RSCC's dues had remained at fixed low prices for decades.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  And THANK YOU again for your continued support of RSCC!

Drew Powell
RSCC PRESIDENT

NEWS & NOTES

BOARD AND CARD GAMES

RSCC member John Goon hosts a free weekly games club at the Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum Drive, from 7-11 every Friday.  100+ board/card games on site.  25-30 players per meeting.  New and traditional games.  All age groups represented.  Hosts several community service outreach programs for young NIH patients/families and the elderly.  Student Service Learning hours offered.  Contact John at spineyone@yahoo.com or 301-315-8297 for more information.

Come and join the fun !

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.

Year of the Rooster began on January 28, 2017


Our Sister City - Pinneberg


Our Friendship City - Jiaxing

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


German Life Magazine - as described by David E. L'Heureux, former President Emeritus, RSCC:  

"One of the finest magazines I have seen.  Over a period of time this very informative bi-monthly magazine in English provides you with an excellent view of Germany, German life, culture, society, festivities, food, sightseeing and everything else you might want to know about in a very attractive glossy-paged publication.  Not only are the presentations wonderful, but there are also ads leading to German clothing, food, recipes, books, music, souvenirs and activities in the United States.  Pictures abound.  Issues are not only informative, but educational as well.  Great for adults and children as well....  By the time you put down one issue, the next one is at hand."

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


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Corporate Sponsors - Calendar Year 2017
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.

$500 Sponsorship

Is awaiting your company sponsorship !

$250 Sponsorship

(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/

(1/9/2014)

International Travel Consultants

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

Phone: (301) 294-0222

$100 Sponsorship

(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: Kathleen Conway

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    
JBG.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


(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
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
RSCC Phone Line:
240-314-5029
or  via E-mail:
RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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