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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, starting at 7:00 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

JUNE 2-12, 2017

DEADLINE for tour sign-up is
JANUARY 31, 2017


In conjunction with the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Rockville-Pinneberg Sister City relationship and the 250th Anniversary of the Drostei (historic Pinneberg landmark) in June 2017, RSCC is offering a unique tour of Germany that will encompass many examples of German ingenuity as well as insights into the sweep of German history.

The tour starts in Pinneberg, where tour group participants are invited to attend the 60th Anniversary Gala and the 250th Drostei Anniversary dinner gratis as the guests of the City of Pinneberg along with Rockville city officials.  Following these festivities, the tour group will travel by motor coach with a dedicated guide to all of the following places: Bremerhaven, Lüneburg, Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Weimar, Eisenach, Wartburg, Nuremberg, and Munich!  Local guides provide city tours and introductions to other venues, and tickets to the opening concert of the 2017 Bach Festival in Leipzig are included.

ROCKVILLE SISTER CITY MEMBERS RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT on the cost of this tour! For more details, please click here on our custom tour provider’s information page, email us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com or call 240-314-5029.  You may sign up directly on the tour website.  The deadline is January 31, 2017.

Please send your ideas, suggestions, comments, and desires to us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com and we will be in touch with you right away!


"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) Go to https://germanheritage.travel/tours/rockville-pinneberg-sister-city-tour-2017/
2) The price you 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%).
3) 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."

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

Public Broadcasting recently aired a Rick Steves special regarding some of the cities (above) to be visited that are associated with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  For more information:



"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.  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!

by Liz von Kaenel

RSCC was asked by the City of Rockville to continue a more than 30 year tradition of bringing a bit of Germany to Rockville.  A tree was festively decorated with wooden bead garland, small nutcrackers, Hampelmänner (wooden men who move their arms and legs when a string is pulled), straw stars and pine cones, silver icicle drops, gingerbread men, apples, hand crocheted snowflakes, candy canes and was topped with a hand carved wooden star.  The display cases featured a German Christmas pyramid and more nutcrackers and were topped with stuffed toys.  A topiary deer family was placed in the window at the back of the room.  Many thanks to Chris Malone, Gil Santiago, and Liz von Kaenel for decorating the room.


From January 8-10, 2017, six delegates from our Friendship City, Jiaxing, China met with Rockville city officials and members of the RSCC on a goodwill visit that included meeting with representatives of the Rockville Economic Development, Inc (REDI), visiting sites in and around Washington DC, a reception and formal recognition of the delegation at Rockville City Hall, plus numerous opportunities for tasting various cuisines around Rockville (to include a formal dinner at the home of RSCC Director Liz von Kaenel).

Monday (Jan 9) activities included:
   Breakfast at The Original Pancake House
   DC Tour & Lunch
   A visit to the Kennedy Center
   Reception at Rockville City Hall and
       attendance at Council Meeting
   Dinner at Liz von Kaenel’s house

Tuesday (Jan 10) activities included:
   Breakfast at Ying Chen’s
   Informative meeting at Kaplan University
   Tour of Glenview Mansion and Rockville Sister
       City Room
   Lunch at Hibachi Supreme
   Depart for New York City

The purpose of the Delegation's visit to Rockville was to recognize and celebrate the Friendship City relationship, to discuss cultural and commercial initiatives and to discuss a possible expansion of Jiaxing's relationship with Rockville from a Friendship City to a Sister City status.  This change in status requires additional discussion and recommendation from the Rockville Sister City Corporation (RSCC) and discussion/approval by the Rockville Mayor and Council.

The delegation consisted of Ms. Zhou Meifang, Messrs. Li Yue (Head of Delegation), Zhang Jinxi, Cai Shanlin, Zhang Liqun, and Zhang Liangen (interpreter).  (In China, family names come first.)

Mr. Zhang Liangen was also ably assisted by RSCC Directors Bing Huang and Ying Chen.  (Whereas in the US, family names come last!)

Bing provided his calligraphy artwork for 2017, the Year of the Rooster, as a gift to the delegation.

In 2019, Rockville celebrates its 10th Friendship City anniversary with Jiaxing.


Jan 09 - Breakfast at The Original Pancake House
Mr Li Yue (Head of Delegation) listens as RSCC Director Bing Huang (standing, right) interprets his welcome remarks to Mayor Bridget Donnell NewtonRSCC Secretary Steve Fisher listens intently.

Jan 09 - Breakfast at The Original Pancake House
Mayor Newton accepts a gift scarf from the Jiaxing delegation as new Rockville City Manager
Robert DiSpirito looks on.

Jan 09 - Breakfast at The Original Pancake House
Mr Zhang Jinxi and Laurie Boyer from REDI.


Jan 09 - Breakfast at The Original Pancake House
Mayor Newton (in green), RSCC Board Members and
the Jiaxing Delegation pose for the requisite "Grip and Grin".

Jan 09 - Visiting Glenview Mansion

Jan 09 - In the Sister City Room

Jan 09 -DC Tour
The delegation outside the White House

Jan 09 - Lunch in DC
Directors Ying Chen and Bing Huang (right) enjoy lunch with the delegation at Match Box in Chinatown

Jan 09 - Mayor and Council Meeting
Kathleen Conway, Rockville's City Clerk/Director of Council Operations greets Mr. Li Yue, Head of the Jiaxing Delegation, at City Hall as RSCC Directors Ying Chen and Gil Santiago look on.

Jan 09 - Delegate Li interviewed for
Rockville Channel 11

Jan 09 - Mayor and Council Meeting
Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton greets the delegation as Councilmembers Beryl Feinberg, Mark Pierzchala and Julie Palakovich Carr observe; Bing Huang interprets, while Ying Chen and RSCC President Drew Powell wait their turn.

Jan 09 - Mayor and Council Meeting
Mr. Li offers his remarks to the audience, as Bing Huang interprets.

Jan 09 - Mayor and Council Meeting
RSCC President Drew Powell welcomes our distinguished visitors.

Jan 09 - The gift of a porcelain plate from Jiaxing is presented to the City of Rockville.  Councilmember Beryl Feinberg accepts on behalf of the city.

Jan 09 - Mr Li and RSCC Director Ying Chen admire the artistry of the gift.

Jan 09 - Dinner at Liz von Kaenel's
Gathering in front of the Christmas Tree.

Jan 09 - Dinner at Liz von Kaenel's
A scrumptious meal for our Chinese guests.

Jan 09 - Dinner at Liz von Kaenel's
Bing Huang presents his calligraphy to Mr. Li.

Jan 10 - Kaplan University
Director Ying Chen helps explain a point regarding work force development made by John Brantley of Kaplan University as he met with the Jaixing delegation.

Jan 10 - Kaplan University
Director Ying Chen (in white scarf) and RSCC President Drew Powell (standing at column, right) are joined by John Brantley and Cyndie Shadow (left) at the Kaplan campus in Rockville.

Jan 10 - Farewell lunch before the delegation
departed for New York City 

The Rockville Channel 11 folks are to be commended for a great job with videos from the night of the reception.  The two YouTube videos below are from the City Hall Reception (interviews with Delegate Li and RSCC President Powell), as well as a nice video of the entire Welcome Ceremony in the Mayor and Council Chambers.



Until January 31, the Rockville Memorial Library has a Sister City display featuring the 60th Rockville-Pinneberg Partnership Anniversary and the German Tour, June 2-12, 2017.  This tour will include 2 days in Pinneberg for the Anniversary celebration.  The tour is open to all, but one must join RSCC; see our website for an application, www.rockvillesistercities.org

RSCC Member Lynn Mandujano did a great job on the two display cases at the Rockville Memorial Library, which will advertise RSCC's 2017 Germany Tour to take place this June.  It's nice that the library allowed RSCC to set up the display one week early.

The nutcrackers were on loan from the collection of Tyler Powell (RSCC has been getting a lot of mileage out of his nutcracker collection ... first "World of Montgomery" and now the display cases).

Saturday, April 22nd

The first of many 60th Anniversary Events: The Rockville Volksmarch.  Watch for more information in the coming months...



German Word of the Week A - Z

Feeling a bit cold?  Or are you frozen stiff?  In German, there's a word to describe what it's like when it's really, really cold.

German Word of the Week:  Saukalt

The German word Sau means "an adult female pig" and kalt means "cold".  Literally translated, saukalt means "pig-cold".  But it has little to do with the porky farm animal.

Saukalt is an adjective used to describe the weather when it is extremely cold outside (think sub-zero temperatures).  It is probably saukalt in Siberia every winter, but even Germany has days where people are cursing the cold weather under their breaths.

But why the association with pigs?  Sau is a prefix found in many German words.  In the German language, animal names are often used as prefixes to emphasize the word in a certain way (like Bärenstark - "strong as a bear").  In the olden days, many Germans kept their own pigs as pets, but pigs did not gain a very good reputation.  They were widely perceived as being dirty and with an unpleasant odor, but also as large and plump.

Thus, words with the prefix Sau often have these characteristics attached to them.  The word Sauwetter, for example, describes "dirty", unpleasant weather.  The word Sauarbeit describes dirty work that you would not enjoy doing.  Sauwein means bad wine.  And Saukalt, of course, defines an unpleasant, cold temperature.

So when you're running to your car in sub-zero temperatures without your jacket, feel free to curse the pigs' weather.   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.

Year of the Rooster begins on January 28, 2017

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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The Rockville Sister City Corporation gratefully wishes to acknowledge the following Corporate Sponsors.
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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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