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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.

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Rockville - Pinneberg Official 60th Anniversary Logo

60th_Anniversary_Logo.pdf

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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 !  Welcome (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 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.  You can help by being a volunteer host for a single or couple from Pinneberg during their visit to Rockville in early October.  Contact RSCC Director Gilbert Santiago at GilbertJSantiago@gmail.com for more information.

THIS 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

COMING IN JULY
Sunday, July 30th

Our annual Dim Sum luncheon
at the New Fortune Restaurant

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Flyer Here

THIS MONDAY, April 24 at 7:00 pm
The Washington Jewish Film Festival presents the U.S. premiere of a documentary both historical and timely.

They were young, looking forward to the future with great expectations; they felt at home in Breslau, the city with the third biggest Jewish community in Germany at that time.  Then, Hitler came to power. From this time forward, these young people were connected by the common fate of being persecuted as Jews.  Some of them took flight, others went into exile, and remarkably some survived the Auschwitz concentration camps.  Deprived of their homes, they escaped to all sides for rescue and built new lives in their different host countries.  More than a few made significant contributions to the founding and building of the State of Israel.

Words of greeting by Head of Communications and Culture Department at the German Embassy Washington, Holger Mahnicke.  After this special U.S. Premiere presentation, join us for a Q&A with directors Karin Kaper and Dirk Szuszies, and survivor Guenter Lewy.

Location - Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

Screening of the Washington Jewish Film Festival with support by the German Embassy Washington

NOW !

"The peonies have started to flower in the formal gardens at Glenview Mansion.  I anticipate that they will continue flowering for the next two to three weeks."  Rob Orndorff, Horticulturist, City of Rockville


ROCKVILLE RECEIVES CONGRATULATIONS
FROM GERMANY'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES
ON ITS 60th ANNIVERSARY


Greetings on the 60th anniversary of the city partnership between
Rockville / USA and Pinneberg / Germany

On occasion of the 60th anniversary of the partnership between Rockville and Pinneberg, I send you my best wishes.

The connection between Germany and the United States of America arises from a long-lasting friendship.  Both countries share common historical experiences, basic democratic values and interests and are characterized by a variety of economic, political and cultural relations.  This strong partnership will continue to be crucial for the freedom, security and economic success of both countries.

Against this backdrop, a close personal and trusting network is a fundamental pillar of the stability and success of transatlantic relations. The city partnership between Rockville and Pinneberg makes an important contribution to this.

As one of the pioneers of transatlantic city partnerships, which is characterized by particularly lively contact and active mutual exchange, both cities contribute in particular to the preservation and renewal of the close relationship between Germany and the USA.  The deep, friendly bond between Rockville and Pinneberg is a living example of successful civil society commitment and an exemplary understanding between people.

With this in mind, I would like to congratulate you, the citizens of Pinneberg and Rockville, on the 60th anniversary of your partnership and wish you all the best in the future in strengthening German-American friendship.

Ambassador Peter Wittig
(Ambassador Peter Wittig is Germany's highest-ranking representative to the US government.  He represents German interests in the United States and works to foster and deepen German-American relations in the political, economic and cultural spheres.  He has been Germany's Ambassador to the United States since April 30, 2014.)

ROCKVILLE AND TRINIDAD and TOBAGO ?

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the City of Rockville was host to Joel Martinez, the Mayor of Port of Spain, which is the capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  The meeting included Rockville City Council Member Virginia Onley; City Manager, Rob DiSpirito
City Clerk, Kathleen Conway; Gabriel Acevero, local representative of Mayor Martinez; representatives from the cities of Gaithersburg, Kensington and Takoma Park as well as a representative from the Montgomery County Sister City program.  Representing Rockville Sister City Corporation was RSCC Treasurer Steve Fisher and RSCC President Drew Powell.  Items up for discussion encompassed co-operation and information sharing in the areas of planning and land use development, a modern and efficient transit system, modern approaches to crime fighting and community policing, affordable housing and most importantly a potential Sister City relationship with a regional jurisdiction, such as the City of Rockville.

Mayor Martinez seemed particularly impressed with Rockville’s Sister City program and would like to continue discussions with the City of Rockville and RSCC to this end.  We look forward to future discussions.  In closing, Mayor Martinez invited all attendees and interested citizens to Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival celebration.  Yea!

 Watch the video!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72reCaj642M

Background on Port of Spain:  Capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (located in south western Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela)

Location of Port of Spain

Mayor Martinez & President Powell
Mayor: The Honorable Joel Martinez
Language: Trinidadian Creole and Tobagonian Creole
City Area: 12 sq. km (~5 sq. mi.)
Population (2011): 165,100 (Urban = 37,074, Metro = 128,026)
(According to Mayor Martinez the population within the city limits is currently ~50,000)

MEMBERSHIP DUES INFORMATION

2017

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.  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
RSCC PRESIDENT

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NEWS & NOTES

BOARD AND CARD GAMES

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

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 20 17
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: Gabrielle Williams
1010 Rockville Pike #401, Rockville, MD 20851

Phone: (301) 294-0222

(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: Kathleen Conway

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
 

 


(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
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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