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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.

The RSCC Monthly Board Meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each month, at City Hall, from 7:30 PM to 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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MEMBERSHIPS ARE FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR (Jan-Dec).  We urge new and renewing members to send in their Membership Dues for 2016 as soon as you can.  Thanks for your support of RSCC!

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RSCC will

host Rockville Sister City Day (<--- click for flyer) to be held in Rockville Town Center on Saturday, September 24th between 4 and 6 PM.  The German themed event, which celebrates Rockville Sister City Corporation’s thirty years of service, will feature draft beers served by World of Beer and Gordon Biersch, the music of the Rockville German Concert Band, food with a German flare provided by local vendors, the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department as well as other enthusiastic participants

hold its Annual Membership Meeting at Rockville’s historic Glenview Mansion on Thursday, September 29th between 6:30 and 9:00 PM.  From 6:30 to 7:30 PM there will be a social gathering.  Light refreshments, including wine, as well as hors d'oeuvres will be served.  The meeting will take place between 7:30 to 9:00 PM

host its annual German - American Day Dinner at Normandie Farm Restaurant on Sunday, October 9th between 4:30 and 7:00 PM.  In addition to great food, including Normandie Farm’s famous popovers, there will be a speaker and music provided.

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

See more details below (keep scrolling down!)

DIM SUM - Another Great Turnout !

RSCC's annual Dim Sum event was held at the New Fortune Restaurant in the Walnut Hill Shopping Center in Gaithersburg on Sunday, August 14, 2016.  Once again it was a delicious afternoon of great food and conversation.  About 35 people were in attendance.  Thanks to those who attended and helped in our Fund Raising event.


Due to schedule conflicts, this year's Annual Meeting will be held on THURSDAY, September 29.   All RSCC Members (Individual, Family and Corporate) are urged to attend!

You are invited to attend the Rockville Sister City Corporation Annual Membership Meeting, which will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2016 starting at 6:30 PM at Glenview Mansion.

Rockville Sister City Corporation, a nonprofit organization celebrating its thirty years of service, promotes and facilitates international cultural relations between the City of Rockville and Rockville’s Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany as well as Rockville’s Friendship City, Jiaxing, China.

Immediately prior to the Annual Membership Meeting, there will be a social gathering.  Light refreshments, including wine, as well as hors d'oeuvres will be served.  The Rockville Sister City Board of Directors and Members of the Rockville Mayor and Council will be in attendance.

During the Annual Membership Meeting there will be reports from RSCC Directors, including activities regarding Rockville’s Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany and Rockville’s Friendship City, Jiaxing, China.   Of particular interest will be detailed information provided on upcoming celebrations regarding the 60th Anniversary of Rockville’s Sister City Relationship with Pinneberg.  There will also be a video presentation regarding Rockville Sister City activities over the past year.

Additionally, the General Membership in attendance will vote on nominees to RSCC’s Board of Directors and on two amendments to RSCC’s Bylaws.  The proposed bylaws changes involve greater flexibility in the scheduling of the RSCC Annual Membership Meeting and making minor textual corrections to RSCC Bylaws.  Please see the attached PDF detailing these proposed changes to RSCC’s Bylaws.

Contact: Drew Powell, President, Rockville Sister City Corporation at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com or RSCC Phone 240-314-5029 or (cell) 301-520-2642

The Social and Annual Membership Meeting are free to all attendees (members and non-members).  Please make every effort to attend this important event and feel free to bring a friend.  Thank you!

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 4-6 pm

Working in conjunction with the City of Rockville, Rockville Sister City Corporation will host Rockville Sister City Day, to be held in Rockville Town Center on Saturday, September 24th between 4 and 6 PM.  The German themed event, which celebrates Rockville Sister City Corporation’s thirty years of service, will feature draft beers served by World of Beer and Gordon Biersch, the music of the Rockville German Concert Band, food with a German flare provided by local vendors, the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department as well as other enthusiastic participants.

RSCC will have a tent at the event to advertise our relationship with Pinneberg, Germany; to promote RSCC; and to (hopefully) increase membership.  There will be live music on the Rockville Town Square Plaza stage.  The German Band (part of Rockville's Concert Band) will perform.

Please stop by and enjoy some good beer and great music.



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 for families.

Visit http://emsps.com/cog for details.  Please add the date to your calendar and tell your gamer friends.

Pre-register to save money and time.  http://emsps.com/cog/registration/preregister.html

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.

A few things are best done in advance:  Share your tournament and other gaming interests by completing a very short survey.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DQ2XG9M

Point of contact is John Goon, PO Box 1745, Rockville, MD  20849
301-315-8297(H),  301-613-8297(Cell)

October 2016 – marks the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the RSCC

Normandie Farm Restaurant - Sunday, October 9th (flyer here).

We hope you will attend this annual event and RSCC Fundraiser!

German-American General von Steuben – Hero of the Revolutionary War
Copyright German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® 2016
Regarding the upcoming German-American Day in October

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 Staatsbote, 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 militant.

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 American Revolution.

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 1794.

Local Octoberfests

Bavarian Inn, Shepardstown Octoberfest
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 12 noon to 6pm

October 1st & 2nd - Frederick Fairgrounds

Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt, October 15-16, 2016 http://www.frederickcountylandmarksfoundation.org/fclf_schiffevent.html#octoberfest

Are you a bicyclist?  Montgomery County Farm Tour and Picnic

Sunday, October 2, 2016

(More on) Board and Card Gaming in Rockville...

Fridays are for board and card gaming in Rockville. The Rockville Go & Chess Group meets every week from 7 to 11 in the Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum Drive, Rockville, MD and is hosted by RSCC member John Goon.  The group actually plays a large variety of games, old and new.  In addition to the traditional games like Go and Chess, many of the newest generation designer games are represented.  These include Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Splendor, Power Grid, Caverna, SeeLand, Star Realms, Jaipur, Seven Wonders, Hanabi, Dominion, and Race for the Galaxy.  Card games like Bridge have a robust following of beginner/intermediates.  Many of the games are stored on-site.

The group sponsors community service activities throughout the year.  These include volunteer visits to the Children's Inn at NIH and the Bethany House Apartments to support monthly game nights there.  These projects started over 7 years ago and are going strong.

Other group outreach activities involve hosting game days at county libraries. The 2016 schedule follows:

Saturday, 10/08. Aspen Hill Library,  1-4 PM.
Saturday, 10/29. Twinbrook Library, 1-4 PM.
Saturday, 12/04. Twinbrook Library,
1-4 PM.

The Rockville Go & Chess Group has been a part of the Rockville community since 2001.  The average weekly attendance is 25.  Anyone interested in participating and/or volunteering can contact: John Goon at spineyone@yahoo.com .


A finalized schedule, coordinated with the Cities of Rockville and Pinneberg, is in the works.  Here are the dates:

Rockville Delegation visits Pinneberg, Germany - May 31, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Custom tour of Germany with focus on German ingenuity - June 3-12, 2017, including optional stop in Pinneberg for the 60th Anniversary celebration.  If you would like to join the festivities in Pinneberg, but then see more of Germany, a special customized tour is being planned; join anniversary celebrations with our hosts in Pinneberg and then continue on the tour, which starts the evening of June 3 and concludes on June 12.  Visit Bremerhaven, Lüneburg, Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Weimar/Eisenach/Wartburg, Nuremberg, and Munich!  Email us for details at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

Pinneberg 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.

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 us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com


David and Nadine Patrician (RSCC Family Members) welcomed their first child, Ellie, recently.  Ellie was born on May 27th.  Congratulations to the new parents!

David was one of three Rockville high school students to spend time attending high school in Pinneberg (in 1989).  Since then, he has traveled widely, and has worked in South Korea and the USA (Voice of America).  He now lives and works in Northern Germany.  See more about David at...




Former RSCC City Liaison Betsy Thompson was on an extended tour of Ireland.  On September 2nd she posted on Facebook:  “(Husband) Gary has arrived!!!  Met up with my friends from Rockville and Pinneberg, Germany (22 of us!) in Galway today.  A great day of hugs and catching up with dear friends as we explored this city with our guide, Liam.”

Ireland with friends

A bicycle tour through Ireland / Pinneberger Tageblatt from 15 Sep 2016

Members of the German-American Society and friends from Rockville went with Betsy Thompson on a bicycle tour through Ireland.

For decades Betsy Thompson from Rockville ensured actively and passionately that the partnership between Rockville and Pinneberg was filled with life.  "Many of those [in Pinneberg] who visited Rockville, remember with fond memory the commitment and kindness they received.  It was always a matter of course, to make the stay of Pinnebergers in Rockville interesting and lively," says Herbert Hoffmann of the German American Society.

Betsy is 5th from the left

So it was obvious for the Pinnebergers to fulfill a special birthday wish by Betsy Thompson.  For her 60th birthday she had the idea to do cycling through Ireland together with some of her Pinneberg friends.....   A total of 22 participants were present.  Eleven from Rockville and the same from Pinneberg.  These included, among others, Margrit Ziegler and Bernd Hinrichs from the board of the German-American Society.

The trip started in Dublin.  Next via Galway to Doolin on the west coast.  There all shared a house where all took care of their own daily wants and needs.  The Irish weather was not always on the side of the participants.  Storm and rain ensured a few days when, despite rainwear, not everyone arrived at home dry in the evening.  Nevertheless, all were satisfied with the trip and they especially enjoyed the spectacular scenery.  Conclusion:  The basic idea of a good partnership could not have been implemented any better.  [Reporter: erd]

Discovering Another World by Isabella Paternostro

For two weeks in July 2015, I, a local Rockville girl who has never left the country, was awarded a scholarship to China with the Summer Camp for Mandarin Test-Takers Overseas by the Confucius Institute at University of Maryland College Park.  Within those two weeks, a group consisting of myself, 68 other students, and teachers from France, Portugal, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States visited the famous landmarks in Beijing and Xi’an, met a host family, took classes at a local school in Xi’an, and watched incredible cultural performances. The most exciting part of this trip was the morning and night markets, where I could buy food and gifts purely in Chinese.  It is a different world in China, the culture gives a new appreciation of Rockville’s diversity.

Sister City news article FROM 1985

To RSCC - "What a wonderful surprise to get the 1985 newspaper article about the Richard Montgomery High School student’s trip to Germany and Pinneberg.  I remember it well, because my wife and I connected with Jennifer at the end of her trip.  We continued visiting with some of our distant relatives in the Schwabia area of Wurttemberg.  Now, fast forward 31 years to the middle of July 2016 and Jennifer Villforth-Veazey and her husband and three children went to the Wurttemberg areas.  Jennifer has made other trips to Germany but this was the first visit for her husband and the three children, so they will be interested how their "Mom" got her start!

'Jenna' lives in King George County on the banks of the Potomac River with her husband Warren, and children Carl, Dylan and Ellie.  Thanks for bringing to light Jenna’s first trip to Germany."  John C. Villforth, Gaithersburg, MD


"What a fun surprise! I just found the FB site this article was posted to as well. 

I was a part of a 1983 trip to Pinneberg too.  I believe this was to set up the sister city exchange program?  There were only three of us students and two German teachers, Mrs. Von Nordheim and Ms. Olson

As my father said, I took my own children (the same ages I was when I made each trip) to Germany this summer.   I'm sure they'll get a kick out of seeing the students' reactions to Germany 'back in the day.'

Thank you for sharing!"  All the best, Jenna Villforth Veazey


The new 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.


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.


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 https://smile.amazon.com/ 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!


What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.  You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.


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.


The Jiaxing Foreign Language School (JFLS) in Jiaxing and Julius West Middle School (JWMS) in Rockville would like to establish a sister school relationship.

If you are interested in helping with this endeavor, please contact RSCC Director Bing Huang.





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

Our Sister City - Pinneberg

Our 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 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 2015
The Rockville Sister City Corporation gratefully wishes to acknowledge the following Corporate Sponsors.
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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: Andy Lett

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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