ALSO IN AUGUST
CLOSER TO HOME)
Rockville) is being scheduled
Saturday, September 24, 2016 -
Details to follow.
City's newest event,
Rocktobierfest, is scheduled for
Saturday, September 24 in
Rockville Town Center. The
event will include Maryland
breweries and wineries who will
offer tastes of their beer and
wine for a fee. There will also
be live music on the Rockville
Town Square Plaza stage. The
website will go live in the next
week or two.
is very excited to offer the
citizens and visitors to
Rockville the opportunity to
sample the beer and wine created
by Maryland businesses and to
celebrate the City of
Rockville's long standing
relationship with Sister City
BOARD GAME PLAYERS
RSCC Member John Goon has
informed us of the following:
The Congress of Gamers will be
held September 24-25 at the Rockville Senior
Center. The Congress is an effective and
highly regarded local mini-games convention.
All variety of board and card games can be
played here, and it has become a popular venue
http://emsps.com/cog for details. Please add the date to your calendar and tell
your gamer friends.
Think about using the "bring
& buy" to sell games you don't play, or
about trading them in our no-ship trade. Details are on the CoG web site.
Volunteer! We're still
looking for volunteers for a wide variety of
the tasks that improve a great convention.
Point of contact is
John Goon, PO Box 1745, Rockville, MD 20849
German-American General von Steuben – Hero of the
Copyright German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® 2016
Regarding the upcoming German-American Day in
We tend to overlook the
German-Americans who had a large influence on
the freedom the United States enjoys today. On
July 5, 1776, the German-American newspaper,
Der Wöchentliche Pennsylvanischer
was the first paper - in any language - to
announce the signing of the Declaration of
Independence the day before. The newspaper also
published a German translation of the
Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776.
Germans started immigrating to
the British Colonies as soon as Jamestown was
founded. By the start of the American
Revolution, about 10% of American colonists
spoke German. Most of the Germans who
assisted the rebelling American Patriots were
colonists fighting for the same reason as their
fellow British colonists. However, many
Germans also supported the Loyalist cause and
served as allies of Great Britain, whose King
George III was also the Elector of Hannover.
German-speaking patriots were
sprinkled across each of the thirteen colonies.
One of the most famous patriots was Friedrich
Wilhelm von Steuben, who left his German roots
to assist the American rebellion. Von
Steuben was born in a Magdeburg fortress in 1730
and by the age of 17 had already served in the
military as a Prussian officer. He was a
member of an infantry unit as well as a staff
officer in the Seven Years War. He served
in Russia periodically as a member of the
General Staff. This position gave von
Steuben the knowledge and experience that would
treat him well in his future as an American
Von Steuben was discharged at
the age of 33 due to speculations and found
himself in financial predicaments. After
looking for employment in several foreign armies
across Europe, von Steuben met Benjamin Franklin
in Paris in hopes of joining the Continental
Army in America.
In September of 1777, von
Steuben landed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and
a few months later, was reporting to General
Washington at Valley Forge. He did not
speak English but was able to communicate with
some of the officers in French. With the
help of Alexander Hamilton, von Steuben drafted
a program and trained 100 chosen men. Von
Steuben’s prior knowledge and experience allowed
him to successfully train Patriots to win the
After his apparent success, von
Steuben was appointed Inspector General at the
request of General Washington. He assisted
and commanded troops through the end of the
Revolutionary War and was discharged from the
military with honor on March 24, 1784. Von
Steuben established residency and remained in
New York where he died a prominent figure in
NEW RSCC PHONE LINE
RSCC Phone Line is: 240-314-5029
If you have a question or suggestion for RSCC,
call the "hotline" and we will return your call as
soon as possible.
Courtesy of the Rockville City Hall.
PAYPAL AND AMAZON SMILE
If you take a look at the top of
this webpage, you'll find two ways to donate to
RSCC. On the top, you (or your friends) can donate
to RSCC via the safe and secure PayPal site. Simply
click where you see the "DONATE NOW" button.
Remember, RSCC is a
501(c)(3) organization and your donations are
deductible to the extent of the IRS law.
One other way to help RSCC is to
join "Amazon Smile" when you shop at Amazon. See
more info below.
HELP RSCC WITH YOUR AMAZON PURCHASES
RSCC is now a member of Amazon
Smile, which means every time you make a purchase on
Amazon.com, a tiny portion of that purchase price
will be donated to RSCC. This is a simple,
"no-brainer" way to help RSCC. Just go to
to begin. When asked to pick your "Charity"
(Non-Profit), type in "Rockville Sister City
Corporation" as shown, and you're on your way. We
thank you for your support!
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60th ANNIVERSARY PLANNING
A finalized schedule, coordinated with the Cities of Rockville
and Pinneberg, is
in the works. Here are the
Delegation visits Pinneberg, Germany - May 31, 2017 to
June 6, 2017
tour of Germany with focus on German ingenuity -
June 2-12, 2017, including stop in Pinneberg for the
60th Anniversary celebration.
Delegation visits Rockville, Maryland - October 5, 2017 to October 8, 2017
We hope that you will consider being a
host for our Pinneberg friends when they come to Rockville.
We are seeking input from RSCC members in two areas:
be new and exciting places to take our Pinneberg guests in and
around Rockville/DC? and
you like more information about the
custom tour as it becomes available?
Please send your ideas, comments, and/or desires to us at
Let's make this coming Anniversary (one of the longest partnerships
in Sister City history) something special!
Do you have suggestions, or can you help plan for the upcoming
anniversary? If so, contact
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.
The Jiaxing Foreign Language School (JFLS) in
Jiaxing and Julius West Middle School (JWMS) in
Rockville would like to establish a sister school
If you are interested in helping with this endeavor,
contact RSCC Director Bing Huang.
FREE GERMAN COURSES
ON-LINE THROUGH DEUTSCHE WELLE
Travel and Hosting
Rockville residents are urged
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
Our Sister City - Pinneberg
Friendship City - Jiaxing
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. I ssues 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
is the form you should use:
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
For a preview of
Magazine go here:
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