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Video of the 60th Anniversary Year
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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 ! 欢 迎! (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 January 15, 2018) - please double-click on most photos to view in original size)
CONDOLENCES FROM PINNEBERG FIRE DEPARTMENT
Our contact in Pinneberg, Herbert Hoffmann, made us aware of Pinneberg's concern for the recent death of Sander Cohen, a deputy chief with the Maryland Fire Marshal’s Office and a lieutenant with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. Lieutenant Cohen and an FBI Agent, Carlos Wolff, were killed by a car along Interstate 270 on December 8th. Herbert wrote "The following [came] from the Pinneberger Zeitung / Hamburger Abendblatt.... Our thoughts and our compassion are with the Rockville family and [his] comrades."MENORAH LIGHTING IN TOWN CENTER
Mourning after the death of a member of the Rockville Fire Department
In Pinneberg, the emergency vehicles of the fire brigade and police are currently draped with funeral crepe. This is in remembrance of the tragic accident of a member of the fire department of the twin city Rockville / USA, who was killed in a traffic accident when he wanted to help in his function as a public official on December 8. According to information from the Pinneberg Fire Department, Fire Chief Claus Köster and another member [LT Björn Swenneson] flew to the United States for the funeral.
The article appeared in the December 14, 2017 Hamburger Abendblatt.
The attendance of Chief Köster was an incredible display of brotherhood and respect between the Fire Departments of our two cities, and is to be highly commended. In addition, RSCC was notified that the German-American Society (DAGRP) in Pinneberg donated €300 for Chief Cohen's widow and family, as a small consolation for the pain the family has had to endure.
At the invitation of RSCC Director Steve VanGrack, RSCC Vice President Brigitta Mullican and RSCC member George Albrecht attended the lighting of the City Center's Menorah on December 12th, signifying the beginning of Hanukkah. It was a bitterly cold and windy night, but the spirit of the holiday was present to all who attended. Beginning with some fun and frolic, a unicyclist/juggler entertained the crowd, followed by readings by Rabbi Beitsh, and remarks by a representative from the Israeli Embassy. Finally, the first Menorah candle was lighted. Representatives from Dawson's Market were present with donuts and warm drinks, but as stated above...it was VERY cold!
Also on hand were Montgomery County Council Member Sid Katz (an RSCC family member), former Rockville mayors Susan Hoffmann, Rose Krasnow and Steve VanGrack, and current Rockville Council (and RSCC) members Virginia Onley and Mark Pierzchala.
RSCC WELCOMES GERMAN EXCHANGE STUDENT MILENA KOCH
As part of RSCC’s assistance to German exchange students, wishing to attend schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Rockville Sister City Corporation recently assisted Milena Koch, with her application and acceptance to attend Richard Montgomery High School during the Spring 2018 semester. Milena is a student from Quickborn, Germany, a town with a population of 20,000, that is just 8 miles northeast of Pinneberg, Rockville’s Sister City.
In addition to her academic credentials, Milena is a well-rounded student, who enjoys tutoring younger students in math and English, is highly fluent in three languages (English, French and German), serves as a conflict mediator helping other students reach mutually agreeable solutions, loves art and literature, is an avid tennis player, and has had experience with other student and youth exchange programs.
Milena has the good fortune to already have a supportive host family, who are active Richard Montgomery High School parents. Not only that, but while working with Richard Montgomery Principal, Damon Monteleone, on RM’s recent participation in Rockville 60th Sister City Anniversary celebrations, Principal Monteleone stated that he would be delighted to have Milena attend Richard Montgomery this spring. Given her abilities, Milena will do well at Richard Montgomery and enrich RM’s and Rockville’s cultural diversity.
Please join the Rockville Sister City Corporation in welcoming Milena Koch to Rockville!
PEERLESS Rockville: Portrait of a CityDecember 14, 2017
(by Brigitta Mullican)
In the Rockville Glenview Mansion Eileen McGuckian gave a presentation on Rockville: Portrait of City. Eileen presented Rockville’s evolution from a small colonial crossroads village to today’s vibrant city, a center of commerce, and our home town. Eileen is the author of six books on Rockville history. After a quarter century as executive director of Peerless Rockville, she continues to research local history and advocate for preservation of historic places. Eileen is also a long-time RSCC Member.SISTER CITY BENCHES AT GLENVIEW MANSION
Other RSCC members in attendance included Carol and Tom Moran, Toby Altman, Gary Funkhouser, George Albrecht and RSCC Director Christian Jessen-Klingenberg (apologies if any other members were missed).
(by Steve Fisher - December 12, 2017 report date)
"I visited Glenview Mansion earlier this week to see Liz's tree decorating handiwork in the Sister City Room, and to see how the City placed the two 60th Anniversary benches in the garden. The benches are at the far end of the garden, outside of the fenced area."SISTER CITY ROOM DECORATIONS
We hope you'll go visit, once it warms up!
Liz von Kaenel and her Team's efforts get press, even in Pinneberg!
(Sent once again by our friend in Pinneberg, Herbert Hoffmann.)
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
At the December Board Meeting and Holiday Party (December 20th, hosted at Director Liz von Kaenel's house), President Powell presented Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and her husband Fred with a Certificate of Appreciation for the generous hospitality they showed to our Pinneberg visitors during the 60th Anniversary festivities in October. Bridget and Fred opened up their house for an incredible welcoming party for our German friends. Thank you, Madam Mayor (and Fred, too)!
Director Bingjib Huang had to miss the December meeting; he was attending a calligraphy conference in Malaysia! (Bing is an excellent artist and calligrapher.) "Attached are a few photos taken from my trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for attending the calligraphy exhibition. This exhibition was organized by Lantin Calligraphy Club in Taiwan and local Malaysia cultural organizations. After the opening ceremony, we traveled to Sabah, eastern Malaysia where we climbed the mountain, walked on forest trails and cruised the river, we had a lot of fun."
HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM JIAXING
Bing also received a holiday note from our Jiaxing contact, Twinkle Lee, which he passed on to the RSCC membership.
Former RSCC Member Fred Beckner has passed away. "FREDERICK S. BECKNER (Age 88) - Passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at his home in Gaithersburg, MD after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by sons, Frederick L. Beckner and Stephen E. Beckner and grandson, Christian S. Beckner. Memorial services [were] held at the Rockville Unitarian Church in Rockville, MD on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 2 p.m." [Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 2, 2018.] RSCC members Holly and Bob Meyer, Brigitta Mullican, Steve Fisher and George Albrecht attended Fred's service.
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Sister Cities Association
Sister City Association
Community Service Center
Rockville Science Center
recommendation of the Board of
Directors, RSCC has instituted a new three-tiered
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
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
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
Sister City Corporation (RSCC)