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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.

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.

FOR 2015

Please do it now.  Do it here.

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REMINDER: Brigitta Mullican has stepped down as RSCC President

Any RSCC member interested in serving as RSCC President should contact Jack Rodgers or Chris Malone immediately at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com


This year's Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 (instead of Tuesday the 22nd).  The meeting will be from 7:30 pm until 9 pm in the Conservatory of the Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville.  A review of RSCC's activities over the past year will be presented.

RSCC will have five Director positions to fill at the Annual Meeting on September 24th, so please consider taking over one of those positions, or tell a friend.  Come to the Annual Meeting and give your opinions on where RSCC should be headed and how best to get there.  Contact President Chris Malone (RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com) for more information.


Sunday, October 4, 2015, RSCC will once again have a dinner in observance of German-American Day.  The venue will again be The Mykonos Grill in Rockville.  The cost will again be $45 per person, which includes a $5 fundraiser/donation for RSCC.  Click here or on the flyer to the right (-->) to download your reservation form.  Contact Gerrie Checkon for more info at 301-279-0708.
German-American Day is a holiday in the United States, observed annually on October 6.  The holiday, which celebrates German American heritage, commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German families from Krefeld, near the Rhine, landed in Philadelphia.  These families subsequently founded Germantown, Pennsylvania, the first German settlement in the original thirteen American colonies.  Originally known under the rubric of "German Day," the holiday was celebrated for the first time in Philadelphia in 1883, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the settlers from Krefeld; and similar celebrations developed later in other parts of the country.  The custom died out during World War I as a result of the anti-German sentiment that prevailed at the time.  The holiday was revived in 1983.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 as German-American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German American immigration and culture to the United States.  On August 6, 1987, Congress approved S.J. Resolution 108, designating October 6, 1987, as German-American Day.   It became Public Law 100-104 when President Reagan signed it on August 18.  A proclamation (#5719) to this effect was issued October 2, 1987, by President Reagan in a formal ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, at which time the President called on Americans to observe the Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  [Wikipedia]



Pat Wilson and Roald Schrack, long-time supporters of RSCC, welcomed George Albrecht and Brigitta Mullican to their relatively new abode in Gaithersburg recently.  Pat and Roald are now in the Mund Building on the Asbury Campus.  They have a beautiful apartment on the seventh floor with two balconies over-looking the campus.

Roald has always had his ear to the ground regarding Rockville politics, and still follows it with much more enthusiasm than Gaithersburg politics, which he finds rather "bland".

He related some of his interesting family history, including this information about his former father-in-law, Calvin Bryce Hoover: “I gave a short talk on him at a Sister City meeting five years ago but I consider his importance to history sufficiently important that…you mention him again.  What is important is that the Morgenthau Plan was defeated and instead, Germany was assisted in regaining its status as an important and vital part of Europe.  He deserves greater recognition for the role he played.

To top off the visit, Roald joined Brigitta and George in an afternoon at the MoCo AgFair, where Roald (who is 89) reminisced about his early days as a cowherd for his grandfather while observing the award ceremonies for 2-year old heifers.  “After up close and intimate relationships with cows I appreciate going back occasionally and seeing them in these beauty contests - checking out my sensitivity to their finer points.  Selective breeding has assisted evolution in producing an animal that is not only beautiful (to my eyes at least) but extremely efficient in converting cellulose to protein.


Former RSCC President, Brigitta Mullican, is shown presenting retired teacher Sue Thorpe with a Shadow Box of memories and a Certificate of Appreciation for Sue's dedication and achievements as the primary Liaison between Rockville's Wootton High School and various schools in Pinneberg, Germany.  During her time at Wootton, Sue was the head of the Arts Department and coordinated the Education Academy.  Since she has a strong love for traveling, she coordinated the student exchange trips for Wootton and Pinneberg students.

Sue said, "For two years, students from Wootton High School traveled to Pinneberg and toured many incredible historic and cultural cities.  And the Wootton students and their families welcomed German students and staff to Rockville.  In all of these exchange visits, the highlight was the personal relationships that were established and which continue to this day.  It was always a privilege and an honor to be a part of these special programs."

Sue now lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, where she is involved with special programs in the College of Education at Penn State University. She is also very blessed to care for her grandchildren and to be a part of their early learning experiences.

Thanks again, Sue, for your help and support in this important People-to-People endeavor!

We have a new family from Pinneberg living in Rockville
by Denny Freezer

In an almost unbelievable coincidence, Christian and Katharina Jessen-Klingenberg, and their sons Frederik (5) and Alexander (3), had just bought a house in Pinneberg, moving there from Hamburg, when, and here I will let Christian continue the story: 
"Literally days later I got a job offer from the German School Washington D.C. to work there as a teacher for the coming three years. After some consideration, I accepted that offer which, after all, is a great opportunity to experience life in the United States.  And then we found a house for ourselves in Rockville - only to find out AFTERWARDS that Pinneberg and Rockville were twin cities.  So my family and I won't live in Pinneberg but in its partner city Rockville for the next three years.  I do not know if this has a meaning but I would like to ask if we could contribute something towards enlivening this partnership even further.  We would be more than happy to serve our small part so that this coincidence will be more than just that."
The family has settled in their new home, which in another coincidence used to be the residence of the Head of the German School, although they are still awaiting their household shipment from Germany.  Christian, who is a huge history buff and can't wait to explore Civil War battlefields in the United States, previously spent 5 years at Oxford, and will be teaching History and Latin at the Deutsche Schule Washington D.C.  Katharina is applying for a work visa to work there also, and both boys will attend the German School.
As you can see, the Jessen-Klingenbergs are a great addition to Rockville, and Christian and Katharina and their sons have already in a very short time made many friends in our community.  From Christian's statement above, you can see that they are anxious to delve into American life and really get to know Rockville and the surrounding area.  Please give them a big welcome when you see them!

by Liz von Kaenel

At 7pm, Monday August 31st, the German film "Wings of Desire" (with English subtitles) was shown at Montgomery College's Parilla Performing Arts Center.  

Set in West Berlin, two angels roam the city unseen and unheard by its human inhabitants, observing and listening to their diverse thoughts.  The film is also a meditation on Berlin's past, present, and future.  Wim Wenders won in Cannes as the best director,1987 and the Grand Prix by the Belgium Film Critics' Association, l988. Siskal and Ebert gave the film two thumbs up.

In attendance were Liz VonKaenel, John and Rita McKee, George Albrecht and our new Rockville resident, Christian Jessen-Klingenberg,

The Maryland Public Television (MPT) "Our Town" production (about Rockville) will have a debut screening at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater on Friday, September 18, 2015 with a one hour reception starting at 7:00 PM, then screening at 8:00 PM.  The next day, Saturday, September 19, 2015, there will be an outdoor screening in Town Center (weather permitting and without the reception), starting at 8:00 PM.


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!


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The 7th Jiaxing International Cartoon Biennale will be held in late October this year in Jiaxing.  Please find more details in the attachment.  The Invitation is in both English and Chinese versions.

Jiaxing has launched an international cartoon competition with submitted works to be received no later than October 2015.  There are two components to the program.  One is a themed approach for the applicant to draw a cartoon to depict a "My Dream" concept, and the second entry can be on any subject the applicant wishes.

If there is anyone interested to take part in this, please let RSCC know.


Tentatively, 30 representatives from Pinneberg will arrive in Rockville for 5-7 days in early May 2017.
Rockville will send 30 representatives to Pinneberg for 5-7 days in late May/early June 2017.

We hope that you will not only be interested in attending our 60th anniversary in Pinneberg, but that you will also consider being a host for our Pinneberg friends when they come to Rockville.

We are seeking input from RSCC members in two areas:

1) What would be new and exciting places to take our Pinneberg guests in and around Rockville/DC? and  2) What would be places in and around Pinneberg and/or Hamburg that folks from Rockville would like to visit? (The Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg should easily qualify for a spot in #2: http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/ )

Please send your ideas, comments, and/or desires (including your interest in journeying to Pinneberg) to us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com 

Let's make this coming Anniversary (one of the longest partnerships in Sister City history) something special!

* In addition, DAGRP plans to sponsor another "USA East Coast Tour" (with a stopover in Rockville of 2-3 days) in October 2017.  Although accommodations will most likely be in a Rockville hotel, we will plan various activities for our friends while they are here.

Do you have suggestions, or can you help plan for the upcoming anniversary?  If so, contact us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

List of Suggested Things to Do - Rockville/Pinneberg 60th
Things need to be fairly close by, not too expensive, fun/interesting, and not too strenuous - planning needs to start now
- suggest something!
Historic Peerless Bldgs - Wire Hardware, B&O Station, etc - coordinate with Peerless http://www.peerlessrockville.org/
Local Tech/Biotech Companies - Coordinate w/REDI, RV Science Center, etc http://www.rockvillesciencecenter.org/
Udvar-Hazy Museum https://airandspace.si.edu/visit/udvar-hazy-center/
Baltimore Inner Harbor - Aquarium, Science Center, Lunch http://baltimore.org/article/baltimore-inner-harbor
Front Royal Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (in conjunction with a visit to Front Royal, A picnic in the GW Forest, and a wine tasting in Virginia) Phone: 540.635.6500    Email: SMconservation@gmu.edu
Visit to St Michaels, MD or similar (Crab Feast) http://www.stmichaelsmd.org/
Bike Trip (10K or less)  
DC Tour via Seg-Way http://www.capitalsegway.com/?gclid=CLy-m_mS-cUCFUyPHwod2rgANQ#/?playlistId=0&videoId=0
Amish Country Tour (Eyre or Similar) http://fieldtripmaker.com/
DC by Night http://www.grayline.com/tours/washington-dc/dc-after-dark-5889_9/  
National Trolley Museum http://www.dctrolley.org/
Gettysburg Battleground - Ike Farm - Cozy Restaurant - Fire Fighter Memorial, etc (round trip w/lunch) http://www.nps.gov/eise/index.htm
Blues and Jazz Club - Bethesda http://www.bethesdabluesjazz.com/
Visit the Naval Academy, Annapolis http://www.usna.edu/homepage.php
Tour Frederick, Schifferstadt Museum  & Covered Bridges http://www.frederickcountylandmarksfoundation.org/fclf_schiffgen.html
Heurich House - DC  / German Embassy / Dumbarton House, etc http://www.heurichhouse.org/
Western Maryland RR - Cumberland MD http://www.wmsr.com/?gclid=CNruguGb-cUCFVUWHwodnH8AVw
Model Train Wunderland - Hamburg http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/
Hamburg Auswanderungs Museum - Ballinstadt http://www.ballinstadt.net/BallinStadt_emigration_museum_Hamburg/Welcome.html
Nearby Arboretum - Ellerhoop or similar http://www.arboretum-ellerhoop-thiensen.de/
Visit to Bremen? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bremen
Watt Wanderung? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudflat_hiking
Spargelessen? http://www.niedersachsen-tourism.com/
Bike trip?  (10K or less)  
Jazz Boat or Club Hans Georg knows the one
Hamburger Dom ? http://english.hamburg.de/hamburg-events/290760/hamburg-hamburgs-dom-english/
Hamburg Hafen Tour http://europeforvisitors.com/hamburg/articles/sightseeing-boats-harbor-tours.htm
Airbus Factory tour http://www.airbus.com/company/aircraft-manufacture/how-is-an-aircraft-built/
Planten und Blomen (by Night) http://plantenunblomen.hamburg.de/
Hamburg - Fischmarkt (very early) http://english.hamburg.de/museums-attractions-hamburg-en/295006/fischmarkt-hamburg-elbe-english/

News  & Notes

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.

Our Sister City - Pinneberg

Our Friendship City - Jiaxing


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

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

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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



Richard Gottfried CPA, LLC

Tax Returns for Businesses, Individuals and Trusts

richgott3@verizon.net     Phone: 301-762-5182



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



Renewable Energy Corporation

7 W. Aylesbury Road, Suite H
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 560-9032     http://renewableenergysolar.net/


Rockville Sister City Corporation
Rockville City Hall
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD  20850-2364

or  via E-mail: RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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