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60th Anniversary - 2017 !

For an amazing 58 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.

Starting January 2017, the RSCC Monthly Board Meeting will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, at City Hall, from 7:00 PM to approximately 9:00 PM (except December).  The public is invited.

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.

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RSCC will celebrate Rockville’s sixtieth anniversary with its Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany in 2017


Custom tour of Germany with focus on German ingenuity - June 2-12, 2017, including a stop in Pinneberg for the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Rockville – Pinneberg Sister City Relationship and the 250th Anniversary of the Drostei (historic Pinneberg landmark)*.  If you would like to join the festivities in Pinneberg, but then see more of Germany, a special customized tour has been planned; join anniversary celebrations with our hosts in Pinneberg and then continue on the tour, which starts June 2nd and concludes on June 12th.  Visit Pinneberg, Bremerhaven, Lüneburg, Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Weimar/Eisenach/Wartburg, Nuremberg, and Munich!  ROCKVILLE SISTER CITY MEMBERS RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT!  For more details please click on our custom tour provider’s information page or email us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

* For Tour Group participants, the 60th Anniversary Gala and 250th Drostei Anniversary Dinner Reception are provided gratis by the City of Pinneberg!


"Many have expressed a pretty firm interest in joining the RSCC tour in Germany next June.  The website where you can sign up for the trip is linked below.  Today I visited it myself to sign up, and I wanted to share these tips with you:

1) Be sure to type in www.germanheritage.travel  -- yes, it is "dot travel"--otherwise, you get to the wrong website.
2) Be sure to scroll down to the selection of tours and select Rockville - Pinneberg Sister City Tour 2017.  You can read the description of the tour there again.
3) But the price you will see is not the discounted price!  The deposit amount looks like it will be $288.30.  But when you check out, enter the RSCC membership code, which is RSCC2017.   That will lower your deposit amount by $28.80 (and the whole tour cost by 10%).
4) You can choose double or single occupancy.  If you want a roommate, the tour will try to match you with a roommate, so I put in "double occupancy."

DEADLINE for tour sign-up: JANUARY 31
If we do not have 25 travelers sign up by January 31, all deposits will be refunded in full.  The balance of the tour cost must be paid two months before departure.

Please reply to me if you have any questions, or you need to see a brochure, or you may speak directly to Tour Leader Stephan Busch by calling the number on the website and brochure: 1+703-994-4699 "

We do need 25 travelers to make this tour a success.  Please sign up NOW!

Lynn Mandujano, RSCC Coordinator   rlrinchina@yahoo.com


"We urge new and renewing members to send in their Membership Dues before January 1, 2017 to enjoy membership during the remaining portion of this year (2016) as well as all of next year (2017) at the current lower rate of $20 for individual membership and $30 for family membership. As of January 1, 2017, Membership Dues will be $25 for individual membership and $40 for family membership.  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.  In order to secure membership at the lower rate, dues must be received or postmarked on or before December 31, 2016.  Thanks for your continued support of RSCC!"

Drew Powell



Please do it NOW.  Do it here.

 We urge new and renewing members to send in their Membership Dues for 2017 as soon as you can.  Thanks for your support of RSCC!


The Frederick Sister Cities planned Weihnachtsmarkt on Dec 10 is cancelled due to regulatory issues. (valid as of 12/3/2016)


Our Friend in Pinneberg, Herbert Hoffmann, sent some photos of the German-American Society's (DAGRP) recent participation in one of Germany's largest annual parades.  ("Erntedankfest" in Germany actually celebrates the "earning of the harvest", although it can also be translated as "Thanksgiving".)  "This year, too, it was natural and joyous for the German-American Society to take part in the biggest harvest parade in the country, in the Pinneberg district of Waldenau."

Note the American flag on the wagon

DAGRP participates in celebrating a bountiful harvest

Members and supporters cheer for the DAGRP "float"


The biggest harvest festival in Waldenau - by Andreas Daebeler, Thomas Pöhlsen and Anneke Lohse - In Pinneberg, the biggest party of this kind is celebrated with up to 30,000 visitors....

District of Pinneberg.  Volker Brammer is standing in front of the old Datum City school.  The building serves the people in the Pinneberg
districts of Waldenau and Datum.  This is where the bourgeoisie meet.  But there the largest farmers' party in the country will occur.

"We expect up to 30,000 visitors," says Brammer.  He speaks of the Erntedankfest in the south of Pinneberg, which starts on Friday, September 30th, with the traditional Bürgerversammlung ("citizens' assembly"), which the Waldenauer Mayor Urte Steinberg can feel right down to her toes.

And this time the party is even extended by an evening.  This is possible because, on October 3, a holiday (
The Day of German Unity) follows the festive season.

The highlight of the Erntedankfest will then be the grand parade on Sunday, October 2nd.
 According to Jürgen Hilbers, who presides over the Bürgerverein, almost 60 floats will make their way along the six-kilometer stretch through the southern part of Pinneberg.


RSCC member John Goon (and host of the Friday night Rockville Go & Chess Group) organized a series of Games Days over the summer/fall for several Montgomery County Libraries.  John recruited volunteers to teach a mix of traditional and new generation games.  The public was exposed to games such as Ticket to Ride, Splendor, Lost Cities, Carcassonne, Karuba, and Blokus.  All ages were represented.

June 25, 2016 - 10 attended at Twinbrook Library.
July 23, 2016 - 23 attended at Twinbrook Library.
August 20, 2016 - 10+ attended at Chevy Chase Library.
October 8, 2016 - 12+ attended at Aspen Hill Library.
October 29, 2016 - Five attended at Twinbrook Library.

Upcoming: Saturday, December 3 at Twinbrook Library, from 1 to 4.  Volunteers needed!

Contact: John Goon at spineyone@yahoo.com


World's First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train Comes to Germany

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The world's first hydrogen-powered passenger train will operate in Germany starting next year, providing a zero-emissions alternative to diesel trains.  The trains are built in Salzgitter, Germany by French transport company Alstom, which made the announcement at the InnoTrans trade show last week.
It is powered by lithium ion batteries that obtain their energy from a hydrogen fuel tank on the roof of the train, and has enough power to carry 300 passengers over long distances.  There are currently 4,000 diesel trains being operated in Germany; replacing them with the so-called "hydrails" would have positive impacts on the environment. Germany will be the first country to operate this train over long distances, and testing will begin later this year.  Once approved, the train will run in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony and be open to the public by December 2017.

Although hydrogen-powered trains have already existed for about a decade, the technology has only been used in the freight industry and has not been used to transport passengers.

[by Nicole Glass, Editor of
The Week in Germany]



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.

On the brink of nuclear war in 1983: TV series 'Deutschland 83'


Our Sister City - Pinneberg

Our Friendship City - Jiaxing


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 2016
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.


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


City of Rockville, Maryland - POC: Kathleen Conway

111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD  20850




Westat Inc. - Bruce Romer, Contact BruceRomer@Westat.com

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


Sigy's Service Center - BMW Specialist
Contact:  sigysbmw@aol.com

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


Law Office of Thomas K. Brown, LLC

22 West Jefferson Street Suite 401, Rockville, MD  20850

Phone:  1-888-783-9180    



International Travel Consultants

POC: Gabrielle Williams
1010 Rockville Pike #401, Rockville, MD 20851

Phone: (301) 294-0222


Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

Laurie Boyer, Executive Director
95 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD  20850

Phone: 301-315-8096     http://rockvilleredi.org


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/ 


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



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/


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



Rockville Sister City Corporation
Rockville City Hall
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD  20850-2364
RSCC Phone Line:
or  via E-mail: RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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