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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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"MEET & GREET" - A GREAT SUCCESS !

The RSCC "Meet & Greet" event with the new Rockville Mayor and Council was held on Thursday, May 12th in the Mayor and Council Chambers at Rockville City Hall.  Light fare was served.  It gave all attendees a chance to socialize with Rockville's government representatives.  Retiring Rockville Police Chief Terry Treschuk was presented with an RSCC Honorary Membership certificate.  Thanks to the City of Rockville for allowing us to use its wonderful facilities for this event.

 


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FORMER RSCC DIRECTOR, DICK KNORPP

A memorial service for former RSCC Director, Dick Knorpp was held on Friday, May 13th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville.  Dick's family, friends, clients, business partners and coworkers were in attendance to say goodbye.  Dick's RSCC friends in attendance included Brigitta Mullican, Carol Vandrey, Liz Von Kaenel, Steve Fisher and George Albrecht.

  
Photo remembrances of Dick's life
Read about Dick's accomplishments here


HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS

RSCC staffed a Hometown Holidays (HTH) beverage booth on May 28 and 29.   It gave our RSCC volunteers an opportunity to join in the camaraderie and helped us generate money toward 2017's 60th Anniversary celebration.  RSCC will receive $1 for each HTH beer mug sold, and the Tip Jar generated a good deal of monies also.  Thanks to all the beer drinkers in Rockville and to all our volunteers!


MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

As usual, the day started by honoring those service members who paid the ultimate price.  The ceremony took place in Rockville Town Square and included music by the Rockville Concert Band and the Rockville Chorus, a traditional wreath laying led by American Legion Post 86, a 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by American Legion Post 86 Color Guard and Rockville City Police Department Honor Guard. 

Participants included American Legion Post 86; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 86; American Legion Post 171; Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 12; Honor & Remember; Anwar Temple 219; Fleet Reserve Association, Triangle Branch 182; Washington-Rockville Elks Lodge 15; Prince Hall Shriners; Anwar Temple 219; Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 641; P.O.W. Association; Capital Base Submarine Veterans, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil Way; Antietam Camp 3; Members of the Wood Family; and Rockville Sister City Corporation.

RSCC once again partook in the City of Rockville's 72nd Annual Memorial Day Parade, being assisted by a marching contingent from the German School, and the Dragon Dancers from CCACC.  Thanks again to Director Liz Von Kaenel for decorating the truck and to Maury Ward for providing and driving it.


A Stammtisch (German for "regulars' table“), is an informal group meeting held on a regular basis.  A Stammtisch is not a structured meeting, but rather a friendly get-together.  [Wikipedia]

 

 

Steve “Fritz” Buckingham, a member of the Frederick Sister City group, extended an invitation to the Rockville Sister City group for June’s monthly Stammtisch in Frederick.  Those attending from RSCC included George Albrecht, Fred Bird, Marika Brown, Steve Fisher, Christian Jessen-Klingenberg, Brigitta Mullican, Liz Von Kaenel and Lois Vuolo.

 

Normally, the group meets from 7 pm on at Brewer's Alley, but due to overcrowding there, the event moved across the street to the Reina Restaurant.  We and the Frederick folks hope to get together again soon to discuss Sister City matters that concern both of our groups.

 

The Frederick Stammtisch occurs on the first Friday of each month.  For more information please contact Fritz or RSCC.


TWINBROOK LIBRARY GAMES DAY

RSCC Member John Goon <spineyone@yahoo.com> is looking for gamer volunteers to support this two-month pilot event.  Teach games, play, share games info, and have fun.

Twinbrook Library Games Day
202 Meadow Hall Drive
Rockville, MD 20851
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop John a line or call if you can drop by, have interest, or can help out.  301-315-8297(H), 301-613-8297(Cell)


PLANNING AHEAD - DIM SUM IN AUGUST

RSCC's annual Dim Sum event will be 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.  We need to get a minimum of 40 people, so please plan to attend.


ALSO IN AUGUST


PAYPAL AND AMAZON SMILE

If you take a look at the top of this webpage, you'll find two ways to donate to RSCC.  On the top, you (or your friends) can donate to RSCC via the safe and secure PayPal site.  Simply click where you see the "DONATE NOW" button.  Remember, RSCC is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are deductible to the extent of the IRS law.

One other way to help RSCC is to join "Amazon Smile" when you shop at Amazon.com .   See more info below.


NEW RSCC PHONE LINE

The new RSCC Phone Line is:  240-314-5029

If you have a question or suggestion for RSCC, call the "hotline" and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Courtesy of the Rockville City Hall.


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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What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.  You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.


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
Plus add-on week of travel to other parts of Germany (June 5 – June 11) for those who would like to join the group

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 places in and around Pinneberg, Hamburg, and the rest of Germany would you like to visit?  Do you have a special reason for wanting to visit Germany?  Please give us your feedback by July 15 so that we can plan a tour that meets your interests.  (Or contact Director Lynn Mandujano directly at 301-926-4734.)

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


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.

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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.

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FREE GERMAN COURSES ON-LINE THROUGH DEUTSCHE WELLE

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

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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



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


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

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