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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

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


(Updated January 15, 2018) - please double-click on most photos to view in original size)



CONDOLENCES FROM PINNEBERG FIRE DEPARTMENT
Our contact in Pinneberg, Herbert Hoffmann, made us aware of Pinneberg's concern for the recent death of Sander Cohen, a deputy chief with the Maryland Fire Marshal’s Office and a lieutenant with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.  Lieutenant Cohen and an FBI Agent, Carlos Wolff, were killed by a car along Interstate 270 on December 8th.  Herbert wrote "The following [came] from the Pinneberger Zeitung / Hamburger Abendblatt....  Our thoughts and our compassion are with the Rockville family and [his] comrades."

Pinneberg
Mourning after the death of a member of the Rockville Fire Department
In Pinneberg, the emergency vehicles of the fire brigade and police are currently draped with funeral crepe.  This is in remembrance of the tragic accident of a member of the fire department of the twin city Rockville / USA, who was killed in a traffic accident when he wanted to help in his function as a public official on December 8.  According to information from the Pinneberg Fire Department, Fire Chief Claus Köster and another member [
LT 
Björn Swenneson]  flew to the United States for the funeral.
 
The article appeared in the December 14, 2017 Hamburger Abendblatt.

https://www.abendblatt.de/region/pinneberg/article212849629/Trauerflor-nach-Tod-eines-Mitglieds-der-Feuerwehr-Rockville.html


The attendance of Chief Köster was an incredible display of  brotherhood and respect between the Fire Departments of our two cities, and is to be highly commended.  In addition, RSCC was notified that the German-American Society (DAGRP) in Pinneberg donated 300 for Chief Cohen's widow and family, as a small consolation for the pain the family has had to endure.

MENORAH LIGHTING IN TOWN CENTER
At the invitation of RSCC Director Steve VanGrack, RSCC Vice President Brigitta Mullican and RSCC member George Albrecht attended the lighting of the City Center's Menorah on December 12th, signifying the beginning of Hanukkah.  It was a bitterly cold and windy night, but the spirit of the holiday was present to all who attended.  Beginning with some fun and frolic, a unicyclist/juggler entertained the crowd, followed by readings by Rabbi Beitsh, and remarks by a representative from the Israeli Embassy.  Finally, the first Menorah candle was lighted.  Representatives from Dawson's Market were present with donuts and warm drinks, but as stated above...it was VERY cold!

Also on hand were Montgomery County Council Member Sid Katz (an RSCC family member), former Rockville mayors Susan Hoffmann, Rose Krasnow and Steve VanGrack, and current Rockville Council (and RSCC) members Virginia Onley and Mark Pierzchala.


The crowd gathers at Town Center

YOU try juggling fire sticks on a unicycle in a shirt and tie
at 25F while telling jokes

Rabbi Beitsh makes his remarks

The Israeli Embassy Representative makes his remarks

Rockville Council Member Mark Pierzchala
presents greetings from the city

The first candle is lit
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Belated Holiday Greetings! (Click Here)
 

RSCC GOLD SPONSORS
B. F. SAUL

RSCC President Drew Powell (right) presents Todd Pearson of the B.F. Saul Company with a Gold Sponsor membership certificate on December 14, 2017.  Thanks to B. F. Saul for its great support of the Rockville Sister City Corporation!
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL CONSULTANTS

On December 18th President Powell met with Gabriele Williams at her office on Rockville Pike to present ITC with its 2018 Gold Sponsor membership certificate.  Thanks also to International Travel Consultants for its generous support.
   

RSCC WELCOMES GERMAN EXCHANGE STUDENT MILENA KOCH 
As part of RSCC’s assistance to German exchange students, wishing to attend schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Rockville Sister City Corporation recently assisted Milena Koch, with her application and acceptance to attend Richard Montgomery High School during the Spring 2018 semester.  Milena is a student from Quickborn, Germany, a town with a population of 20,000, that is just 8 miles northeast of Pinneberg, Rockville’s Sister City.
 
In addition to her academic credentials, Milena is a well-rounded student, who enjoys tutoring younger students in math and English, is highly fluent in three languages (English, French and German), serves as a conflict mediator helping other students reach mutually agreeable solutions, loves art and literature, is an avid tennis player, and has had experience with other student and youth exchange programs.
 
Milena has the good fortune to already have a supportive host family, who are active Richard Montgomery High School parents.  Not only that, but while working with Richard Montgomery Principal, Damon Monteleone, on RM’s recent participation in Rockville 60th Sister City Anniversary celebrations, Principal Monteleone stated that he would be delighted to have Milena attend Richard Montgomery this spring.  Given her abilities, Milena will do well at Richard Montgomery and enrich RM’s and Rockville’s cultural diversity.
 
Please join the Rockville Sister City Corporation in welcoming Milena Koch to Rockville!

PEERLESS Rockville: Portrait of a City

December 14, 2017
(by Brigitta Mullican)
In the Rockville Glenview Mansion Eileen McGuckian gave a presentation on Rockville: Portrait of City.  Eileen presented Rockville’s evolution from a small colonial crossroads village to today’s vibrant city, a center of commerce, and our home town.  Eileen is the author of six books on Rockville history.  After a quarter century as executive director of Peerless Rockville, she continues to research local history and advocate for preservation of historic places.  Eileen is also a long-time RSCC Member.
 
Other RSCC members in attendance included Carol and Tom Moran, Toby Altman, Gary Funkhouser, George Albrecht and RSCC Director Christian Jessen-Klingenberg (apologies if any other members were missed).

Eileen McGuckian addresses the Glenview Mansion audience

Portrait of a City
SISTER CITY BENCHES AT GLENVIEW MANSION
(by Steve Fisher - December 12, 2017 report date)
"I visited Glenview Mansion earlier this week to see Liz's tree decorating handiwork in the Sister City Room, and to see how the City placed the two 60th Anniversary benches in the garden.  The benches are at the far end of the garden, outside of the fenced area."
We hope you'll go visit, once it warms up!

SISTER CITY ROOM DECORATIONS
Liz von Kaenel and her Team's efforts get press, even in Pinneberg!
(Sent once again by our friend in Pinneberg, Herbert Hoffmann.)
PINNEBERG - "Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and Rockville Sister City Corporation President Drew Powell also wish a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of their [organization's] members.  The Rockvillers like to remember the many events that brought about the 60th anniversary of the partnership between Rockville and Pinneberg in both cities. Traditionally, this year's sister city room in Rockville has been decorated with a handsome Christmas tree.  There are many [items of] memorabilia from Pinneberg in the room."

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

At the December Board Meeting and Holiday Party (December 20th, hosted at Director Liz von Kaenel's house), President Powell presented Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and her husband Fred with a Certificate of Appreciation for the generous hospitality they showed to our Pinneberg visitors during the 60th Anniversary festivities in October.  Bridget and Fred opened up their house for an incredible welcoming party for our German friends.  Thank you, Madam Mayor (and Fred, too)!
 
Director Bingjib Huang had to miss the December meeting; he was attending a calligraphy conference in Malaysia!  (Bing is an excellent artist and calligrapher.)  
"Attached are a few photos taken from my trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for attending the calligraphy exhibition.  This exhibition was organized by Lantin Calligraphy Club in Taiwan and local Malaysia cultural organizations.  After the opening ceremony, we traveled to Sabah, eastern Malaysia where we climbed the mountain, walked on forest trails and cruised the river, we had a lot of fun." 

Calligraphy Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Canopy Walk in Poring Hot Spring Area

Pink Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Mount Kinahabu in Sabah

And here is Bing's Tribute to the new Chinese Year of the Dog (starts February 16th) - great work, Bing!

HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM JIAXING
Bing also received a holiday note from our Jiaxing contact, Twinkle Lee, which he passed on to the RSCC membership.




SAD NEWS
Former RSCC Member Fred Beckner has passed away.  "FREDERICK S. BECKNER (Age 88) - Passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at his home in Gaithersburg, MD after a courageous battle with cancer.  He is survived by sons, Frederick L. Beckner and Stephen E. Beckner and grandson, Christian S. Beckner.  Memorial services [were] held at the Rockville Unitarian Church in Rockville, MD on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 2 p.m."  [Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 2, 2018.]   RSCC members Holly and Bob Meyer, Brigitta Mullican, Steve Fisher and George Albrecht attended Fred's service.
Fred was the organizer of, and coordinated, the baseball team exchange, baseball workshop and baseball camp between Rockville, Maryland and Pinneberg, Germany in July 1995.
Pinneberg's baseball team came to Rockville to hone their ball-playing skills, and had the opportunity to play numerous exhibition games against local ball clubs.   The Montgomery Journal covered the 20 German sister city ballplayers.  Fred worked with Pinneberg team President Wolfgang Zimmerman in organizing this 2-week exchange.  The RSCC supported the team, and gave them an opportunity to attend the Baltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays game. The first (and thus far only) baseball exchange occurred because of Fred's insight and determination.





POINTS OF CONTACT
Schifferstadt-Mörzheim-Frederick
Sister Cities Association
Wesel-Hagerstown
Sister City Association

German-American Heritage Society

Chinese Culture and
Community Service Center

The German International School

German Life Magazine



Rockville Science Center



Peerless Rockville


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2018

MEMBERSHIP DUES INFORMATION

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR....
TIME TO JOIN RSCC OR RENEW
YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2018.
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 2018 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 Committee Member 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

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 ending soon

Year of the Dog starts February 16th


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 2018
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.

(1/9/2014)

International Travel Consultants
POC: Gabriele Williams
1010 Rockville Pike - Suite #401 - Rockville, MD 20852
Phone:  301-294-0222 or 1-800-466-4660     Fax: 3011-294-5324
http://www.InternationalTvlOnline.com



(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/


 
(3/31/2011)
 
Westat Inc.
Contact: BruceRomer@Westat.com

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


(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
111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:
 240-314-5000
http://www.rockvillemd.gov/





(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

PLACE YOUR
CORPORATE
SPONSORSHIP
HERE



(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.
POC: John Tyner Tyner@Taliesan.com

Rockville, MD  20849-1401
Phone:  301-468-2146     http://www.kiwanisrockville.8m.net/index.html



                    (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 (RSCC)
c/o 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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