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Rockville Video of the 60th Anniversary Year
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FILMS ABOUT ROCKVILLE’s 60th ANNIVERSARY WITH PINNEBERG
Great work done by Rockville’s Channel 11 Television Team!
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 March 16, 2018) - please double-click on most photos to view in original size)
RSCC WELCOME RECEPTION
A welcome reception was held on Friday, March 9th  at the Glenview Mansion for our visitors from Germany. Lena Ousvatova and Milena Koch were honored at the reception.
Lena is a student intern with the City of Pinneberg, who is shadowing various governmental officials at the municipal, county and state levels during her one month stay in Rockville. Lena, a graduate school student, will be receiving her degree in Public Administration in June 2018.
Milena is an exchange student from Quickborn, Germany, a town which is just 8 miles northeast of Pinneberg, Rockville’s Sister City. Milena is currently attending Richard Montgomery High School for the spring 2018 semester and is staying with her host family Annette and Alexander Purves and their children Kai and Martinique.
It was a joyous gathering, which also served as a farewell tribute to Rockville Sister City Corporation Director, Wayne Savage and his wife, Joan. Wayne has served on the RSCC Board of Directors for more than a decade. We salute Wayne and his numerous contributions to the Rockville Sister City Corporation and wish him well in all his future endeavors.
Here are a few photos from the event:
QUICKBORN EXCHANGE STUDENT AND HOST FAMILY
DINE WITH RSCC PRESIDENT
by Drew Powell
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Quickborn, Germany exchange student, Milena Koch, her host family and Rockville Sister City President, Drew Powell, enjoyed dinner at Match Box, “Vintage Pizza Bistro,” in Rockville.
Milena, who is attending Richard Montgomery High School during the 2018 spring semester is staying with the Purves family of Potomac; Annette, Alexander and their children, Kai and Martinique. As it turns out, Annette and Milena’s mother, Corinna, have been lifelong friends in Germany, hence the connection.
Milena, is an exceptional student from Quickborn, Germany, a town that is just 13 km (8 miles) northeast of Pinneberg, Rockville’s Sister City, residing in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The Rockville Sister City Corporation had the good fortune of assisting Milena with her application to attend high school in Montgomery County.
On Friday, March 9, 2018, the Rockville Sister City Corporation honored Milena and her host family, as well as Lena Ousvatova, an intern from the City of Pinneberg, at a reception held at Rockville’s historic Glenview Mansion.
(L-R) Annette Purves, Kai Purves, Alexander Purves, Drew Powell, Martinique Purves and Milena Koch
ROCKVILLE INTERN ARRIVES FROM PINNEBERG
Despite some unfavorable weather conditions in Europe, and fierce winds in the DC area, Pinneberg intern Lena Ousvatova arrived basically on time on Friday, March 2nd, to begin her internship with the City of Rockville. After a long international flight, she was picked up at Dulles by Kathleen Conway (Rockville's City Clerk/Director of Council Operations), Kathleen's daughter Megan and RSCC President Drew Powell and dropped off at the home of RSCC Treasurer Marika Brown, where Lena will be staying for the first two weeks of her month in the U.S. RSCC Director Christian Jessen-Klingenberg and his family will provide accommodations for her remaining two weeks.
In an attempt to start off her visit with a "feeling of home", Lena was invited to take part in a "Best of the Wurst" event, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Wesel Sister City Affiliation. Lena and RSCC Members George Albrecht, Marika Brown, Brigitta Mullican and Liz vonKaenel traveled to Hagerstown on March 4th to partake in a celebration of "a few favorite German sausages and beverages".
Lena has been extremely busy during her stay in Rockville, both professionally and personally. She has attended Rockville City government meetings on housing and other areas of interest. She has been to DC with RSCC President Drew Powell, seen the Library of Congress with VP Brigitta Mullican, and visited some "upcounty and beyond" places like Montgomery Community College in Germantown, outlet stores in Clarksburg, the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards, and Lilypons (unfortunately nothing was blooming yet...). And soon St. Patrick's Day will be on her agenda.
We wish Lena well during her remaining time in Rockville and the DC area (she will be back in Pinneberg before Easter) and applaud our Sister City Pinneberg for allowing her the opportunity to take an insider's look at how we do business on "this side of the Pond". We hope it has been a rewarding time for her personally and professionally, and that a similar exchange might soon be in the works on "that side of the Pond". Auf Wiedersehen, Lena!
FROM THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY SISTER CITIES
MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER
FILMS ABOUT ROCKVILLE’s 60th ANNIVERSARY WITH PINNEBERGhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6fhDUhaj3s
Great work done by Rockville’s Channel 11 Television Team!
12, 2018 - 1-5 pm
ROCKVILLE SCIENCE CAFE
ROCKVILLE SCIENCE CAFE
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Sister Cities Association
Sister City Association
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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)