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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.

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Rockville - Pinneberg Official 60th Anniversary Logo



Starting January 2017, the RSCC Monthly Board Meeting will be 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 ! (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.

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The City of Rockville will celebrate Rockville’s sixtieth anniversary with its Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany in June and October 2017



Please do it NOW.  Do it here.

We urge new and renewing members to send in their Membership Dues for 2017 as soon as you can.


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.  Point of Contact is RSCC Director Nancee Simonson (nanceesimonson@aim.com).

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

Pinneberger Tageblatt / from 04 March 2017
The principle: "People to People"
Birthday: The German-American Society Rockville-Pinneberg is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year

For the German-American Society of Rockville-Pinneberg (DAGRP), the year 2017 is marked by the 60th anniversary of the City Partnership.  "We have something big on the menu," said President Bernd Hinrichs at the Annual General Meeting.  Both in Rockville and in Pinneberg are planned official celebrations.

A delegation from Rockville is scheduled to visit Pinneberg from 31 May to 6 June.  On 2 June an official ceremony will take place in the town hall.  "It will be a great day," says Hinrichs.  The Consul General of the USA and also Torsten Albig (SPD) had already announced their participation.  Guests are also to attend the 250th anniversary celebration of the Drostei and an ecumenical service.  The guests are being housed privately.  "The feedback is already gratifying at the moment, but we still need more seats," said deputy chairman of the German-American society, Margrit Ziegler.

The counter-visit to Rockville is scheduled to take place from 2 to 8 October.  "Two people have canceled their participation for political reasons.  It is important to maintain contact right now," said Ziegler.  Hinrichs also emphasized this: "The US has a new president, which causes one or another irritation because it is difficult to understand.  But our principle is called 'people to people'.  We want contact with people.  This is especially important in the present time.  "The German-American Society Rockville-Pinneberg has never been politically committed and does not plan to be so in the future."

Parallel to the official delegation of the city of Pinneberg, Herbert Hoffmann has organized a trip to Canada and the USA under the motto "Indian Summer"....  Both groups will meet in Rockville.  "We will be a strong group, which is approaching the anniversary number of 60," said Hoffmann.

Last year, the German-American Society Rockville-Pinneberg continued its growth.  The membership rose from 159 in January 2016 to now 165 members.  "This gives us a very stable foundation," says Hoffmann.  The DAGRP members also confirmed Vice-President Margrit Ziegler, Treasurer Felicitas Lorenz, as well as Directors Michael Patt and Birgit Drechsler for two more years in office.
Bastian Fröhlig, reporting

Background of the city partnership: The partnership between the cities of Pinneberg and Rockville has existed since 1957.  It goes back to the "People-to-People-Program" that the American President Dwight D. Eisenhower created in 1956 - memories of the Second World War still being present.  In 1957 representatives of the two cities visited each other for the first time.

The German-American Society Rockville-Pinneberg (DAGRP) - 2017
(from left) Bernd Hinrichs, Hans-Dietmar Bethke, Felicitas Lorenz, Herbert Hoffmann, Margrit Ziegler,
Michael Patt, Birgit Drechsler and Bianca Mende.

Photo: Fröhlig

Rockville - Pinneberg Celebrate 60th Anniversary as Sister Cities!
by RSCC Director Bob Wright, February 28, 2017

Do you know that the City of Rockville has a Sister City relationship with Pinneberg, Germany?  Pinneberg is located in northern Germany, near the city of Hamburg… and here’s how that relationship came to be.

In the early 1950’s, Dickran (Dick) and Viola (Vi) Hovsepian had a problem with their water heater. They were told the part they need would come from Germany. This caused some consternation for the Hovsepians.  In 1956, midway into Dickran Hovsepian’s term as Mayor of Rockville, he found information about a new program President Eisenhower was trying to establish, and immediately thought of his previous involvement with "German technology."

The program was called the "People-to-People" program, administered by the U.S. State Department. It was a way to forge contacts with people of foreign nations (and most likely to capitalize on those bonds as deterrence against impending post-WWII Soviet intentions).  After an extensive search by Rockville officials, and some haggling with the State Department, Rockville was paired with the city of Pinneberg, Germany, which is located in the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein.  The decision was based on similarities of size, location, economies and populations at the time.  When the dust finally settled, Mayor Hovsepian and the Rockville City Council made an official Resolution on October 13, 1957 to establish a Sister City relationship with Pinneberg.  Mayor Hovsepian then made a trip to Pinneberg to present the Resolution to Pinneberg’s Bürgermeister (Mayor) Henry Glissmann.

In May of 1958, Mayor Glissmann paid a return visit to Rockville, staying with Dick and Vi Hovsepian for over a week.  Mayor Glissman attended many festivities designed to mark the occasion.  From those two auspicious visits a city partnership was born.  Although it waxed and waned over the next 30 years, with sporadic visits in both directions by officials and residents of both cities, a reinvigoration of the process occurred in 1984.  In the mid-1980s non-governmental (private) organizations were formed in both cities: the Rockville Sister City Corporation (RSCC) and the German-American Society, Rockville-Pinneberg (DAGRP).  These two groups were established to augment their respective city governments’ dedication to the tenets of the original resolution - that is, to maintain and grow a healthy international relationship on a people-to-people basis.

Since their formation, the RSCC and the DAGRP have been instrumental in initiating exchanges of every type: governmental, athletic, educational, artistic, cultural, and personal.  The two cities even have streets named for their counterparts: "Pinneberg Avenue" is located in Rockville, and "Rockvillestraße" is found in Pinneberg.

In the past thirty years, the two cities have enthusiastically celebrated the 10-year anniversary years - 1987, 1997, etc.  For the 30th anniversary year, in 1987, the entire Rockville Mayor and Council traveled to Pinneberg.  Former Mayor Steve VanGrack was a member of that 1987 delegation, "I found our visit to Pinneberg informative, festive and heart warming.  I have formed a number of lasting friendships with residents of Pinneberg. Over the years many of those friends stayed with me during their visits, both official and non-official, to Rockville."

The Rockville-Pinneberg relationship is now 60 years old, one of the longest in formal Sister City history.  In October 2017, Rockville will host a delegation from Pinneberg.  In June 2017 a delegation of Rockville officials and citizens will travel to Pinneberg for events and festivities celebrating the relationship.  Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton heads the Rockville delegation, "I’m looking forward to our visit to Pinneberg in June and to hosting their delegation in October.  I thank the RSCC and DAGRP for their diligence in maintaining this special relationship between our two cities through the years.  Especially in this day and time - it is vital that we work together and celebrate the commonalities we share as people."  Drew Powell, President of the Rockville Sister City Corporation, is also eagerly anticipating the two celebrations, "As we move forward to the June and October celebrations, we are reminded of the generational teamwork on both sides of the Atlantic, which makes our unique partnership so special.  It is truly a labor of love on the part of the cities of Pinneberg and Rockville, our counterparts at the DAGRP, the RSCC Board of Directors and General Membership as well as the citizens of both municipalities.  Together, we are building bridges of hope and mutual understanding."

Perhaps you would like to join the RSCC as it continues to bring the people of these two cities with different cultures closer together?

For more information about the Rockville Sister City Corporation, or to become a member, please visit the website at http://RockvilleSisterCities.org .  If you are interested in hosting an individual or couple from Pinneberg during their October 2017 visit (speaking German is NOT a requirement) please start a conversation at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com , or call the RSCC Hotline at 240-314-5029.

Saturday, April 22nd

The first of many 60th Anniversary Events: The Rockville Volksmarch.
Watch for more information about Anniversary Events in the coming months...

Brochure HERE

Read all about it by double clicking on the article above

Sunday, July 30th

Our annual Dim Sum luncheon
at the New Fortune Restaurant


Flyer coming soon

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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


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.
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Please remember our Sponsors in your shopping and professional travels.



International Travel Consultants

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

Phone: (301) 294-0222


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: Kathleen Conway

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    




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



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



Rockville Sister City Corporation
Rockville City Hall
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD  20850-2364
RSCC Phone Line:
or  via E-mail: RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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