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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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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 ! (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 April 14, 2018) - please double-click on most photos to view in original size)
Special Message Regarding Rockville’s Jiaxing, China Relationship
Many in Rockville are familiar with Rockville’s Sister City relationship with Pinneberg, Germany. Just last year we celebrated our 60th anniversary with Pinneberg, which is one of the oldest and longest lasting Sister City relationships, under President Eisenhower’s people-to-people initiative, in the world.
Rockville also enjoys another relationship with Jiaxing, China. The Rockville Sister City Corporation wishes to continue our unique partnership with Jiaxing, a dynamic city of five million. Moving forward, the Rockville Sister City Corporation is in the process of forming a committee, which will assist RSCC and the City of Rockville in nurturing and maintaining this important relationship.
If there are any people, especially in the City of Rockville, who are interested in helping out with this endeavor, please contact RSCC at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com or by calling 240-314-5029.
Once such a committee has been formed and sanctioned by RSCC, the Rockville Sister City Corporation will fully support developing a successful foundation and ongoing programs upon which the Rockville – Jiaxing relationship can flourish.
The Rockville Sister City Corporation and the City of Rockville value our relationship with Jiaxing and will do what it takes to move this important relationship to the next level.
Rockville Sister City Corporation
ROCKVILLE INTERN DEPARTS
After the highly successful month of March as an intern with the Rockville City Government, Pinneberg resident and employee Lena Ousvatova said "Auf Wiedersehen" to the US and returned to our sister city in Germany. Under the tutalage of Kathleen Conway (Rockville's City Clerk/Director of Council Operations), Lena attended many meetings and discussion groups where she could assess the way our city operates in comparison and contrast to the city of Pinneberg. Housing and housing protocols were of special interest to Lena.
During her time in Rockville, she did not lack for "things to do" during her free time. She was the guest of RSCC Director Marika Brown for approximately two weeks, then moved to be with RSCC Director Christian Jessen-Klingenberg and his family for the remainder of the month. Numerous RSCC members provided Lena with the opportunity to experience many things "American", from eating various ethnic foods, to tours of Rockville, Washington DC and the metropolitan area, to celebrating St. Patrick's Day, to an orchestral presentation in Baltimore. Thanks go to all who made Lena's experience one of true friendship and people-to-people relationships.
A Farewell Party was held in Lena's honor on Saturday, March 31 at Hunter's Bar and Grill in Potomac. It would be a long night for her, because her return flight to Germany departed later that evening!
Coincidentally, Lena's farewell was held in conjunction with a welcome for Margrit Ziegler, Vice-President of DAGRP (Pinneberg's German American Society) and her grandson. Margrit had arrived for a Rockville area visit that she had promised to her German grandson, and a highlight during the time here was his rendition of the American National Anthem during Lena's farewell party!
WELCOME TO OUR NEW SPONSOR!
"Established in 2003, The Avalon School brings the spirit of adventure and friendship to boys grades kindergarten (kindergarten is co-ed) through twelve in an independent day school featuring a challenging liberal arts curriculum. The school seeks to cultivate in its students a sense of intellectual freedom and personal responsibility; to foster the gifts of faith and culture that are within each boy's reach; and to help them fulfill the deep desire to live a noble life that resides in all men.REMINDER
These ideals form the foundation of the school and are encouraged through rigorous study, hearty athletics, broad activity and the daily example of both faculty and parents. The Avalon School aims to develop not only fine young men but a vital intellectual and social community of families in Montgomery County."
Welcome to Richard McPherson, President, and to The Avalon School as the newest sponsor of RSCC!
The Nelson family will have a memorial service for former RSCC Director Robert Lloyd "Bob" Nelson at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at The Village at Rockville Lutheran Chapel, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD. Refreshments will follow the service in Lang Hall. The family would love for you to join them in celebrating his life.
by RSCC Director Ying Chen
It was a wonderful day with Lena Ousvatova on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
RSCC Director Ying Chen picked Lena up and headed to the Far East restaurant in Rockville where Director Bing Huang met them. Lena was amazed at the many varieties and different tastes of Chinese food in Rockville! We discovered Lena enjoys cooking and loves to try new dishes! This dim sum lunch had her realize that Chinese food is not the same around the world!
Ying then took Lena to the University of Maryland (UMD) where Ying's daughter Cathy Wang is a junior studying environmental science and music education. Cathy is also a trip leader in UMD's Adventure Program. Under Cathy's guidance, Lena saw the UMD's campus - various departments, the library, and the campus mall. Lena said that UMD is truly a big school and we discussed the differences in education management in Germany and America. We learned that Lena and her family emigrated from St. Petersburg Russia to Germany in 1999 when she was 12.
From UMD, we headed to Baltimore for some Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky! We were happy the weather had warmed up! As immigrants, Lena and I had a lot of comparisons to share. Life in China and in Russia, hard economic times, changes required by moving to another country, and more importantly how to merge into one's current society were among the discussions. How to get younger people involved in Sister City programs and what we can do as future exchanges were also discussed.
A principal clarinetist from mainland China was the center of the concert at Meyerhoff Music Hall that Sunday afternoon and the house was full! However the surprise at this concert came after intermission; it was Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2, the "Little Russian" - a perfect treat for Lena! She said she had not been to a symphony since she was in Russia and she totally "merged" with the music!
For dinner Cathy found an Ethiopian restaurant in walking distance and the three of us went for an international culinary adventure. Finally, we went to Baltimore's Inner Harbor where Lena found the "Cheesecake Factory". She is a cheesecake fan and had longed to taste "American" cheesecake! She left Baltimore happy, with a boxed slice of cheesecake on her lap......
MAYOR OF GONDAR ETHIOPIA VISITS ROCKVILLE
March 30, 2018, a special meeting was held at Rockville City Hall
welcoming the Honorable Tekeba Tebabal,
Mayor of Gondar, Ethiopia and his delegation. The prevailing topic was
public infrastructure, such as water, sewer and the electrical grid as
well as other municipal services.
DAGRP ANNUAL MEETING
From left: Michael Patt, Hans-Dietmar Bethke, Bernd Hinrichs, Birgit Drechsler, Torsten Hauwetter, Margrit Ziegler,
Herbert Hoffmann, Felicitas Lorenz and Bianca MendeStolzenberg
From the Pinneberger Tageblatt newspaper: "Pinneberg and Rockville (in the US state of Maryland) have been twinned for 61 years ... making more and more contacts between the citizens. How close and heartfelt these friendships have become ... became evident again in the reports to DAGRP's annual general meeting.... Nice experiences marked the 60th year of twinning. This was the topic of Bernd Hinrichs, who was confirmed as President of the Society for two more years. Highlights of the year were the visit of Pinnebergers in Rockville in June 2017 and then the return visit from Maryland in October.... Hans-Dietmar Bethke did not run again for his position, after 16 years in office. (He is now required for grandfatherly duties.) ... As Bethke's successor, Torsten Hauwetter moved into the leadership position. Secretary Bianca Mende and executive board member Herbert Hoffmann were re-elected. ... For 2018, the company also has a lot in mind. A main focus is the expansion of student exchanges. The co-ordinator is Christian Jessen-Klingenberg [who]...also is on the Board of Directors of the Rockville Sister City Corporation. As a cultural highlight Hinrichs announced the visit of an American madrigal choir. And not only that. The President had also compiled for the members of his society, what kind of music such a choir brings to the fore, namely sounds from the Renaissance and early Baroque." [reported by Karl-Heinz Stolzenberg]
VISIT WITH FORMER RSCC PRESIDENT JIM McCONKEYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6fhDUhaj3s
Former RSCC President Jim McConkey recently relocated from his home in Derwood to a one-bedroom apartment in the Brightview West End complex in Rockville. He invited a few RSCC members to help him celebrate "Happy Hour" at the new facility. Jim keeps busy in his new "digs", and enjoys greatly the independent living style afforded him, as well as a more-or-less "care-free" living environment. "It sure beats worrying about home maintenance," he said. "The food is good, and the staff is just super."PINNEBERG TAGEBLATT ARTICLE ON LENA'S VISIT
(From left) Jim McConkey, Ying Chen, Brigitta Mullican, George Albrecht
WE HOPE LENA ENJOYED HER STAY!
(WE THINK SHE DID, BECAUSE HERE'S HER FACEBOOK MONTAGE!)
Montgomery Sister Cities Annual Meeting (March 29th)
RSCC Member Donates Sound System
UNEARTHED! HIDDEN VIDEO FROM OUR 60th ANNIVERSARY
SHOULD ANYONE BE INTERESTED....
FILMS ABOUT ROCKVILLE’s 60th ANNIVERSARY WITH PINNEBERG
Great work done by Rockville’s Channel 11 Television Team!
ROCKVILLE SCIENCE CAFE
ROCKVILLE SCIENCE CAFE
|POINTS OF CONTACT|
Sister Cities Association
Sister City Association
|Chinese Culture and
Community Service Center
Rockville Science Center
recommendation of the Board of Directors, RSCC has instituted a new
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
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.
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
Rockville Sister City Corporation (RSCC)