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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

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 November 14 , 2017) - please double-click on most photos to view in original size)



RSCC AWARDED HONORS BY PEERLESS ROCKVILLE
On November 3, 2017 at Rockville’s historic Glenview Mansion, the Rockville Sister City Corporation was honored to receive an award from Peerless Rockville, during its 38th Annual Peerless Awards Banquet, on the occasion of the Rockville–Pinneberg 60th Sister City Anniversary and for its efforts in facilitating and maintaining the City of Rockville’s relationship with its Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany.   This award is not only an acknowledgment to the Rockville Sister City Corporation, but also to the City of Rockville and the City of Pinneberg, which includes the efforts of the Deutsch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft Rockville-Pinneberg (DAGRP).   To learn more about Peerless Rockville and its mission, please visit: http://www.peerlessrockville.org/


Eileen McGuckian (Peerless) and Drew Powell (RSCC)

SAD NEWS
RSCC is saddened to report on the passing of loyal RSCC member and supporter John Goon.   He "passed away on October 22, 2017 at age 68.  John is survived by daughter Amy Goon (Roy) Monitor; son Martin Travis (Megan) Goon and grandchildren Zoe and Romy.  He is also survived by brother Lyman (Donna) Goon and sister Dorleen (Patrick) Black.  A memorial service will be held [Saturday] November 18, 2017, at Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum Dr., Rockville, MD from 2:30 to 5 p.m."  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=john-goon&pid=187098822 )    (Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 31, 2017.)
 
John was very active in the gaming community of Rockville.  He hosted a free weekly games club at the Rockville United Church every Friday.  The club usually had 25-30 players per meeting.  John hosted several community service outreach programs for young NIH patients/families and the elderly and offered Student Service Learning hours to student helpers.  Our condolences to his family; we shall miss him.
 

John at the 2016 RSCC Day in Town Center

ASKING FOR  HELP ! !
Lena Ousvatova, a student intern with the City of Pinneberg, plans to come to Rockville from February 28th to March 28, 2018 for the purpose of shadowing various government officials at the municipal, county and state levels.  Plans are for her to visit different departments at Rockville City Hall; spend time with District 3 County Councilmember Sidney Katz who will show her about County Council operations; and then time with District 17 State Senator Cheryl Kagan in Annapolis to learn about the workings of the Maryland Legislature.  Lena’s graduate school studies are focused on communications and culture.  She will need host housing accommodations during her four-week visit; RSCC Director Marika Brown has offered to host Lena for two of the four weeks she is here.  If you can help with accommodations during the other two weeks, please contact RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com
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TWO MESSAGES FROM THE RSCC PRESIDENT

Dear RSCC Member,

As you know, the City of Rockville and RSCC hosted very successful 60th Sister City Anniversary celebrations in Rockville in early October.

The response from our sixty Pinneberg guests was overwhelming...  They really enjoyed their time in Rockville!

Attached, please find a letter from Margrit Ziegler, Head of the the Pinneberg Delegation, thanking RSCC and all of Rockville for our hospitality.

Here's a great big THANK YOU to all of our members, who make the Rockville Sister City program such a success!

Most sincerely,

Drew Powell
President



Dear Rockville Sister City Member, Supporter, Friend,

It was such a pleasure to have sixty of our closest friends and “family” visit us in Rockville earlier this month to celebrate our two cities’ 60th Sister City Anniversary.  Our Pinneberg guests and everyone in Rockville had a wonderful time reconnecting during our week of festivities.

As you can imagine there were literally thousands of photos taken as well as video.  Below, please find links to many of these captured memories in relative chronological order.  Click on any of the links below to take you to City of Rockville YouTube videos and PDFs, RSCC photographer’s “SmugMug” photo/video sharing site, RSCC website and other photo sharing and news web sites:

City of Rockville, Rockville Reports – “Rockville to Celebrate 60 Years of Sisterly Bond with Pinneberg” (PDF Document)
http://www.rockvillemd.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1923

City of Rockville, Rockville Reports – “Rocktobierfest: Celebrating 60 Years with Bands and Beers” (PDF Document)
http://www.rockvillemd.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1930

Pinneberg Tagblatt – “Mit dem Flieger auf nach Amerika,” 30 Sept, 2017 (HTML website with photos)
https://www.shz.de/lokales/pinneberger-tageblatt/mit-dem-flieger-auf-nach-amerika-id17965776.html

City of Rockville YouTube - Sister City 60th Anniversary Trip (Streaming Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_mYSmvZsBE

City of Rockville YouTube - Rockville Visits Sister City Pinneberg, Germany (Streaming Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxfyjLJDi4I

City of Rockville YouTube - Celebrating Sisterhood: Pinneberg Visits Rockville (Streaming Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gexpKP_K8Co

City of Rockville YouTube - Rockville Pinneberg Sister Cities 60th Anniversary (Streaming Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCqzpNWnm5s

City of Rockville YouTube - Proclamation and Recognition - Rockville-Pinneberg Sister City [Complete 15 minute event, held at Rockville City Hall] (Streaming Video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDVGuDYQVaE

City of Rockville YouTube - Rock 11 Now Weekly: Oct. 6, Sister City Week Kick-off  (Streaming Video, start at time mark 2:28)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8iFUDBv4hE

City of Rockville YouTube - Rock 11 Now Weekly: Oct. 13 Rocktobierfest Wrap-up (Streaming Video, start at time mark 6:28)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LUA9_kBQkY

Joel Perlish Photography - RSCC Photographer, Nearly complete photo and video chronology of the week’s 60th Anniversary events (Click on each day’s event photo to see all photos.  Some videos are also available)
https://joelperlish.smugmug.com/Events/PINNEBERG-ROCKVILLE-SISTER-CITY-60th-ANNIVERSARY-OCT-2017
(All high resolution photos are free to download.  If you would like a high quality print of any photos, please contact Joel Perlish)


Joel Perlish Photography YouTube - Rockville-Pinneberg 60th Anniversary, Bench Dedication Ceremony, Part 1 of 3  (Streaming Video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW-S1A0ewbo

Joel Perlish Photography YouTube - Rockville-Pinneberg 60th Anniversary, Bench Dedication Ceremony, Part 2 of 3 (Streaming Video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IzAfJOdx84

Joel Perlish Photography YouTube - Rockville-Pinneberg 60th Anniversary, Bench Dedication Ceremony, Part 3 of 3 (Streaming Video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q6DUs6NSP0

Rockville Volunteer Fire Department Station 3, Ed Tenney RVFD Photographer - Farewell Dinner (JPG Photos)
https://photos.app.goo.gl/fuwojX6SakvSTnbx1

localDVM.com – “Rockville community celebrates connection to sister city” (HTML Article with streaming video)
http://www.localdvm.com/news/i-270/rockville-community-celebrates-connection-to-sister-city/829891809

Rockville Sister City Corporation – 60th Sister City Anniversary Special Newsletter (PDF Document)
http://rockvillesistercities.org/00-Working/2017/10-Oct/FINAL_COPY-with-Links.pdf

Rockville Sister City Corporation – 60th Sister City Anniversary Brochure “Decade in Review” (60 Page PDF Document)
http://rockvillesistercities.org/Anniversary-Brochures/60th_Anniv_Booklet.pdf

Pinneberg Tagblatt – “Eine faszinierende Reise,” 21 Okt, 2017 (HTML website with photos)
https://www.shz.de/lokales/pinneberger-tageblatt/eine-faszinierende-reise-id18127136.html

If you know  of any more Rockville - Pinneberg 60th Sister City Anniversary links for our history archives, please let me know.  I hope you enjoyed our week of joyous celebrations!

Most sincerely,

DECEMBER 2nd
At the German International School in Potomac



HOLIDAY TREES IN GLENVIEW MANSION
Holiday tree decorating at Glenview Mansion will be done before the Thanksgiving Holiday this year.  Visiting at the Mansion will be from approximately Saturday, November 18th through January 1st, 2018.   For more details, go to.... http://www.rockvillemd.gov/calendar.aspx?Keywords=&startDate=12/1/2017&enddate=12/31/2017&CID=37,
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POINTS OF CONTACT
Schifferstadt-Mrzheim-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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2017

MEMBERSHIP DUES INFORMATION

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 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 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.

(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/

(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/



 
(3/31/2011)
 
Westat Inc.
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)

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.
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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