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60th Anniversary - 2017 !

For an amazing 57 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 Association Rockville-Pinneberg, founded in 1984, is under the leadership of Bernd Hinrichs since 2006.  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.

Welcome to our Newest and Returning Members

Individuals: Houston Hancock; Douglas Clark; Julie Pfefer; Terry Santoro

Individual Renewals: Bill Michie: Bob Eckman

Families: JamesMcNerney & Lisa Adams; Gabriela & Gabriel Romero

Corporate: Rockville Kiwanis Club; Gottfried Services


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Visitors from Germany

by Denny Freezer, RSCC Director

Denny and Linda Freezer had the pleasure of hosting for one night, Martin and Marion Vollertsen of Eutin, Germany.  They were nearing the end of a journey with multiple stops in the U.S., including over a week in their Sister City of Lawrence, Kansas.  As Martin, who is the Chair of the Friends of Lawrence, described in an email, "There are only two German cities in our state of Schleswig-Holstein, who established sister city ties with America: Pinneberg found Rockville in Maryland and Eutin found Lawrence in Kansas.  Eutin is pronounced  Oy-teen - emphasis on the second syllable.  This year there are three reasons to celebrate the Eutin-Lawrence affiliation: 50 years contacts between Eutin and the University of Kansas in Lawrence (KU),  25 years signing the formal Sister City documents, and Lawrence’s 160th birthday."

Clockwise from left: Martin Vollertsen, Marion Vollertsen, Gerri Kochan, Linda Freezer, Norman Hampton, Jean Kerns, Gabriele Williams, Denny Freezer, Lisa Duhm, and Brigitta Mullican

Martin and Marion have very deep ties to Lawrence; their older daughter even married a local man with German ties on both sides of his family!  But they met Bernd and Ingeborg Hinrichs at a function of the Hamburg U.S. Consulate General and subsequently became friends, and when Bernd lent Martin his copy of "Rockville: Portrait of a City", Martin was hooked and decided he had to see it for himself.  On this trip they also visited Boston MA, Lawrence KS, Chapel Hill NC, Mount Vernon and Alexandria VA, Gettysburg PA, Baltimore MD, and Washington DC.

The photo shows a dinner gathering on October 12th at Gordon Biersch to celebrate the visit of the Vollertsen's.

The following morning Denny took Martin and Marion on a walking tour including City Hall and its Friendship Garden, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Confederate Statue next to the Red Brick Courthouse.  Martin is a serious student of the American Civil War and has researched a young soldier from Eutin, named August Otto, who fought at Gettysburg as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Union Army.  On the occasion of their 25th Sister City anniversary, he set up an historical exhibit and Otto became his "local hero".  Denny has toured Gettysburg extensively and was able to share multiple documents and maps.

Martin and Marion were fascinated by the historical plaques throughout Rockville, as they also visited the Police Station.  Martin was a police officer for 42 years, and retired as Police Chief, and Denny tried to arrange a meeting with Chief Treschuk but Monday was a day with no holes in his schedule so it didn't work out.  Then later in the morning, Martin and Marion headed for Gettysburg, guided by their trusty GPS "Linda".

All in all, a slight detour on the Sister City concept, but a good time was had by all!  Perhaps Rockville can become Eutin's Stepsister City or Cousin City!

A Special Thank You to the City of Rockville

RSCC wishes to thank the Mayor and Council for their in-kind support of the RSCC during the past year - staff support, printing and mailing of the RSCC Newsletter, bus transportation for visitors from Pinneberg, providing space at City Hall for the RSCC Board to meet, and especially liaison help from Superintendent of Recreation Betsy Thompson and Councilmember Virginia Onley.  We look forward to a great 60th Anniversary of our Sister City relationship with Pinneberg in 2017!

RSCC Booster John Moser Dies
December 15, 1924 - October 5, 2014

"John Moser was born near what would later become East Berlin, in 1924.  Due to his Jewish heritage, his parents sent him to live with relatives in the United States when he was 13.  In 1943, John joined the US Army where he served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division for three years.  After coming home, John stumbled upon his childhood next-door neighbor, Virginia Latta, on the snowy sidewalks of Rochester, NY, and they were married in 1947.

For the majority of his career, John was an intelligence analyst for the US Government, and an intelligence officer for the US Air Force Reserves.  After retirement from both of those in 1983, John started his next career as an administrative assistant to the MD Senator Gerald Winegrad.  He served in this position for 10 years and loved it - knowing the people who really got things accomplished, helping the constituents who reached out to their senator, wheeling and dealing.  John recognized that the City of Rockville was not represented at the state level by a lobbyist, and successfully convinced the city to let him take on that role for them.

Although unsuccessful at getting the Air Force to let him resume active duty for the Gulf War, John took on the role of Director of the Retiree Activities Office for all DC area Air Force retirees, which position he held until 2014.

John and his family settled in Rockville in 1953.  In addition to his 'real' work, John began his lifelong dedication to local volunteer activities, accompanied by Jinny and later by their daughter Faith.  When he came home from work in the evening, he often at a quick dinner before heading out to one of several committee meetings.  The list of organizations for which he worked is long, and encompassed civic, art, and political arenas.  Jinny's death in 2002 did not slow John's involvement - if anything, he picked up even more causes.

John greatly enjoyed the theater, reading and travelling.  He and his second wife, Marlene, enjoyed many trips throughout the world in their nine years together."
[From the memorial program at the Rockville Unitarian Universalist Church.  See also the article at Gazette.net: http://www.gazette.net/article/20141008/NEWS/141009260/0/rockville-loses-a-x2018-real-renaissance-man-x2019&template=gazette ]

RSCC offers its sincere condolences to Marlene and the Moser family.

Congratulations to the newest RSCC Director, Kathleen Conway, who was appointed at the October Board Meeting

RSCC's Officers for 2015 and Board Members are:

Marika Brown - Treasurer Denny Freezer Drew Powell
Gerrie Checkon Bing Huang Jack Rodgers - Vice President
Kathleen Conway Chris Malone Nancee Simonson
Steve Fisher - Secretary Brigitta Mullican - President Elizabeth Von Kaenel

Chinese Students visit Rockville

Students from Beijing, China visited Robert Frost Middle School from October 1-7, 2014.  RSCC President Brigitta Mullican (right) met with the Principal of Frost, Dr. Joey Jones (center), and the visiting Principal from Beijing, Ms. Chun Lin Yang (in pink blouse), to learn more about their sister school relationship.


Visiting Chinese students join Robert Frost kids as they "Rock the Casbah" (or something like that).

One Month of Sister City Hospitality
by Lisa Duhm

Twenty-three-year-old Lisa Duhm came to the US as an intern at the German Press Agency, in order to know how journalism works in the Capital City.  What she did not expect to find: A network that connects her hometown to the city of Rockville and has given her the opportunity to get to know the American way of life.

Brigitta Mullican doesn't usually ask for favors, her hands-on, do-it-yourself mindset is what keeps her going.  But this time, she was serious: "Could you write this article for our website?", was one of the first things she asked when I arrived at her home in Rockville just about a month ago.  It was my first time in the US and - overwhelmed by all the new impressions and trying to return some of Brigitta's extraordinary hospitality - out came my: "Yes, of course, no problem."  I did not expect how time would fly by during the next four weeks.

Now, here I sit in the room that has been mine for the last month and I have just about an hour left before my bus leaves and takes me to my next destination, New York.  Here I sit trying to write an article about my impressions and feelings as a young German coming to the US for the first time, but also the experiences of an aspiring journalist working with the German Press Agency (dpa) in the world's center of power, Washington, DC.

One thing is for sure: I had a great time.  I worked with the largest German news wire and learned how German news is literally made. I was there when we first heard about the crash of Space Ship Two and I was there when they published the preliminary results for the midterm election.  I wrote a lot of short news pieces, but also some longer ones, for example the one about Muriel Bowser, DC's new mayor.  I went to press conferences with important German politicians and was allowed to cover an event with Michelle Obama at the White House.  When I think about it now, it still seems crazy: I went to the White House and met Michelle Obama!

However, this is not all.  Whenever I was free, I explored the US capitol.   And I have to say: I got to know it, at least partly.   I went to most of the museums at the National Mall, roamed through Georgetown, Eastern Market, Cleveland Park, went to a concert at the Library of Congress.  On the way, I also made new friends.  We celebrated Halloween together, one of the most American experiences ever.

   Lisa and her friend, Klaus, at Liz VonKaenel's

My time in DC has prepared me for the rest of my journey.  I have two months ahead of me, and I want to get to know the US even better.  I thank the Sister City Corporation for making my experiences here in DC and Rockville possible, and special thanks go - of course - to Brigitta, but also to George (Albrecht), Lois (Vuolo)and Liz (VonKaenel) who gave me an even broader insight into American hospitality!

[Lisa had the opportunity to meet with Rockville's David Patrician (himself a journalist in Germany) prior to coming to the States.  RSCC wishes Lisa the best in all her travels and journalistic endeavors!]

The Fall Wine Tasting/Fundraiser at Glenview Mansion

To celebrate the beginning of autumn, Rockville Sister City (RSCC) held a wine tasting and fund raiser at Glenview Mansion on Friday, November 7.  Attendees included both RSCC members and a large group of friends, neighbors, and folks looking for a new experience. Six varieties of white table wines were served along with champagne, dessert wines, and a buffet of appetizers and dessert.  An objective of the event was to present types of wine that complement each part of a meal.  As always, however, the main purpose was to create a great social evening and raise funds for RSCC programs.  The wine tasting was a success on all accounts.   Rockville cable channel 11 recorded the affair with interviews and a video.

Typically, champagne is often served before dinner to stimulate conversation and to accompany hors d’oeuvres or appetizers such as caviar, shrimp or sushi.  The latter two dishes were provided as part of the buffet along with a choice of Korbel or Chandon champagne. Both champagnes received positive reviews from guests, as did the shrimp and sushi.

Dinner entrees may be accompanied by various wine selections.  White dinner wines can be sweet, tart (acidic), dry, or effervescent.  They also vary with respect to alcohol content (normally 7 to 12 percent) and viscosity.  While taste preferences are unique for each person, tart wine may best balance foods that contain more fat such as pork while dry, sweeter wines can enhance the delicate flavor of cheese, fish or chicken.  The six dinner wines provided for tasting along with spicy chicken wings were:

  • Piesport Michelsberg, Germany

  • Gewürztraminer Pflazo, Germany

  • Dry Riesling, California

  • Kouros Rhoditis, Greece

  • Bordeaux, France

  • Lugana, Italy

The most preferred choice was Piesport Michelsberg, a favorite at previous wine tastings.  Some thought the Gewürztraminer Pflazo was a little too sweet to accompany an entrée.

Dessert wines and digestives mark the end of a meal.  Some believe these drinks, which  often are sweet  and contain significantly more alcohol (15 to 25 percent alcohol), may improve digestion.  Also, it is assumed that consumption with a full stomach can limit the impact of higher alcohol content.  Two dessert wines were served - Moscato (California) and Pear Port (Virginia). along with  choices of pastries, cake, and cookies.  The Pear Port, a fortified wine produced by Horton Vineyard, was the big hit of the evening.  This white port was enthusiastically endorsed by guests and its supply was quickly consumed.

Jiaxing Delegation Coming to Rockville in December

A delegation from our Friendship City Jiaxing will travel to Rockville in December to meet with the Mayor and Council as well as local school officials.  More details will be coming soon, so please watch your e-mail for additional information.  A Welcome Dinner is planned, so stay tuned.

Join RSCC on a Trip to Pinneberg Next Year!

The German-American Society in Pinneberg (DAGRP) has invited an RSCC delegation to visit Pinneberg, Germany the first week of May 2015, in order to begin planning efforts for the 60th anniversary celebrations that will take place in both Pinneberg and Rockville in 2017.  If you are interested in joining this delegation, meeting new friends in Pinneberg, and helping DAGRP and RSCC in planning for our 60th, please contact President Brigitta Mullican.

Pinneberg Students Visit Wootton High

For additional info on this story in last month's RSCC Web Site, go to Gazette.net:  http://www.gazette.net/article/20141013/NEWS/141019781/1094/students-from-rockville-x2019-s-sister-city-get-slice-of-american&template=gazette

Holidays at Glenview Mansion

RSCC has been invited to decorate the Pinneberg Room Christmas tree at Glenview Mansion.  Director Liz VonKaenel plans to do that on Sunday, November 30th, starting around 1 PM.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Liz.

Want to become a Director of the RSCC Board?

The City of Rockville has three vacancies to fill on the RSCC Board.  If you would like to become involved in the activities and operations of RSCC, call President Brigitta Mullican at 301-230-0890 for more details.  We gladly seek your recommendations and ideas; put them into action by becoming a Director!

Photo Sale!

Photos from the recent Pinneberg Fotokreis exhibit at the Rockville Senior Center during October 2013 were generously offered to the Rockville Sister City Corporation by our friends in Pinneberg for sale to enthusiasts and those who appreciate fine photography.

Each photo is matted and ready for framing - a fine addition to your living room or den - and your purchase is fully tax-deductible as a donation to Rockville Sister City Corporation (a 501(c)(3) entity).

All photos are approximately 15-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches; matted at ~ 20 x 16 inches

For pricing and more details, please click here

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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.

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Corporate Sponsors - Calendar Year 2014
The Rockville Sister City Corporation gratefully wishes to acknowledge the following Corporate Sponsors.
Please remember our Sponsors in your shopping and professional travels.


City of Rockville, MD

111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD  20850


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

Westat Inc.
Bruce Romer, Contact

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


The Finest Performance Foundation, Inc.

15 Clemson Court, Rockville, MD  20850

Sigy's Service Center
BMW Specialist



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


Rockville-Twinbrook Real Estate
Victor Llewellyn, Contact


Phone:  301-807-4575  or  301-424-0900 ext 113




Law Office of Thomas K. Brown, LLC
22 West Jefferson Street Suite 401, Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  1-888-783-9180    



International Travel Consultants -
Languages: English and German
1010 Rockville Pike, Suite 401, Rockville, MD  20852
Phone:  301-294-0222  or 1-800-466-4660          Fax:  301-294-5324 



Rob Crow, III
Twinbrook Resident

6 Montgomery Village Ave, Gaithersburg, MD  20879
Ofc:  301-258-7757     Fax:  301-921-2653
E-Mail: robcrow@remax.net

Think "AAA" for  •Membership, •Travel, •Car Care, •Insurance, •Banking, and more!

Become an AAA member today!

Visit or click AAA.com    Phone:  301-944-9519
AAA Rockville, Care Care Center, 718 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Rockville Economic Development, Inc.
95 Monroe Street
Rockville, MD  20850

Phone: 301-315-8096


 Case Design/Remodeling

  Bruce Case, President


Phone:  301-229-4600

American Custom Contractors
Attn: Kate Nelson
15728 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855

Phone: 301-417-1000    http://www.americancustomcontractors.com/

Capital One Bank - Rockville

387 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD  20850

POC:  Betty Chan-Bolhofer
betty.chan@capitalone.com   (301) 251-1435


Rockville Volunteer Fire Department

PO Box 1547, Rockville, MD  20849
Phone:  301.424.0310

Serving the citizens of Rockville for over 90 years

Kiwanis Club of Rockville, Inc.
P.O. Box 1401
Rockville, MD 20849-1401
Phone:  301-168-2146

POC: John Tyner  Tyner@Taliesan.com

Richard Gottfried

Tax Returns for Businesses, Individuals and Trusts

Phone: 301-762-5182


To find out more about the Rockville Sister City Corporation, please contact

Rockville Sister City Corporation
Rockville City Hall
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD  20850-2364

or  RSCC Information Line at (240) 314-5029
or  Brigitta Mullican (RSCC President) at (301) 230-0890
or  via E-mail: RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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