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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
Rockville is also in the process of developing a Friendship Relationship with the city of Jiaxing, China.
Welcome to our Newest and Returning Members
Individuals: Houston Hancock; Douglas Clark; Julie Pfefer; Terry Santoro
Individual Renewals: Bill Michie: Bob Eckman
Families: JamesMcNerney & Lisa Adams; Gabriela & Gabriel Romero
Corporate: Rockville Kiwanis Club; Gottfried Services
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF RSCC!
Denny and Linda Freezer had the pleasure of hosting for one night, Martin and Marion Vollertsen of Eutin, Germany. They were nearing the end of a journey with multiple stops in the U.S., including over a week in their Sister City of Lawrence, Kansas. As Martin, who is the Chair of the Friends of Lawrence, described in an email, "There are only two German cities in our state of Schleswig-Holstein, who established sister city ties with America: Pinneberg found Rockville in Maryland and Eutin found Lawrence in Kansas. Eutin is pronounced Oy-teen - emphasis on the second syllable. This year there are three reasons to celebrate the Eutin-Lawrence affiliation: 50 years contacts between Eutin and the University of Kansas in Lawrence (KU), 25 years signing the formal Sister City documents, and Lawrence’s 160th birthday."
Clockwise from left: Martin Vollertsen, Marion Vollertsen, Gerri Kochan, Linda Freezer, Norman Hampton, Jean Kerns, Gabriele Williams, Denny Freezer, Lisa Duhm, and Brigitta Mullican
Martin and Marion have very deep ties to Lawrence; their older daughter even married a local man with German ties on both sides of his family! But they met Bernd and Ingeborg Hinrichs at a function of the Hamburg U.S. Consulate General and subsequently became friends, and when Bernd lent Martin his copy of "Rockville: Portrait of a City", Martin was hooked and decided he had to see it for himself. On this trip they also visited Boston MA, Lawrence KS, Chapel Hill NC, Mount Vernon and Alexandria VA, Gettysburg PA, Baltimore MD, and Washington DC.
The photo shows a dinner gathering on October 12th at Gordon Biersch to celebrate the visit of the Vollertsen's.
The following morning Denny took Martin and Marion on a walking tour including City Hall and its Friendship Garden, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Confederate Statue next to the Red Brick Courthouse. Martin is a serious student of the American Civil War and has researched a young soldier from Eutin, named August Otto, who fought at Gettysburg as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Union Army. On the occasion of their 25th Sister City anniversary, he set up an historical exhibit and Otto became his "local hero". Denny has toured Gettysburg extensively and was able to share multiple documents and maps.
Martin and Marion were fascinated by the historical plaques throughout Rockville, as they also visited the Police Station. Martin was a police officer for 42 years, and retired as Police Chief, and Denny tried to arrange a meeting with Chief Treschuk but Monday was a day with no holes in his schedule so it didn't work out. Then later in the morning, Martin and Marion headed for Gettysburg, guided by their trusty GPS "Linda".
All in all, a slight detour on the Sister City concept, but a good time was had by all! Perhaps Rockville can become Eutin's Stepsister City or Cousin City!
A Special Thank You to the City of Rockville
to thank the Mayor and Council for their
in-kind support of the RSCC during the past
year - staff support, printing and mailing
of the RSCC Newsletter, bus transportation
for visitors from Pinneberg, providing space
at City Hall for the RSCC Board to meet, and
especially liaison help from Superintendent of Recreation Betsy
and Councilmember Virginia Onley. We look forward to a
great 60th Anniversary of our Sister City
relationship with Pinneberg in 2017! RSCC Booster John Moser
RSCC Booster John Moser
"John Moser was born near what would later become East Berlin, in 1924. Due to his Jewish heritage, his parents sent him to live with relatives in the United States when he was 13. In 1943, John joined the US Army where he served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division for three years. After coming home, John stumbled upon his childhood next-door neighbor, Virginia Latta, on the snowy sidewalks of Rochester, NY, and they were married in 1947.
For the majority of his career, John was an intelligence analyst for the US Government, and an intelligence officer for the US Air Force Reserves. After retirement from both of those in 1983, John started his next career as an administrative assistant to the MD Senator Gerald Winegrad. He served in this position for 10 years and loved it - knowing the people who really got things accomplished, helping the constituents who reached out to their senator, wheeling and dealing. John recognized that the City of Rockville was not represented at the state level by a lobbyist, and successfully convinced the city to let him take on that role for them.
Although unsuccessful at getting the Air Force to let him resume active duty for the Gulf War, John took on the role of Director of the Retiree Activities Office for all DC area Air Force retirees, which position he held until 2014.
John and his family settled in Rockville in 1953. In addition to his 'real' work, John began his lifelong dedication to local volunteer activities, accompanied by Jinny and later by their daughter Faith. When he came home from work in the evening, he often at a quick dinner before heading out to one of several committee meetings. The list of organizations for which he worked is long, and encompassed civic, art, and political arenas. Jinny's death in 2002 did not slow John's involvement - if anything, he picked up even more causes.
John greatly enjoyed the
theater, reading and travelling.
He and his second wife, Marlene, enjoyed
many trips throughout the world in their
nine years together."
RSCC offers its sincere condolences to Marlene and the Moser family.
Congratulations to the newest RSCC Director, Kathleen Conway, who was appointed at the October Board Meeting
RSCC's Officers for 2015 and Board
Chinese Students visit Rockville
Students from Beijing, China visited Robert Frost Middle School from October 1-7, 2014. RSCC President Brigitta Mullican (right) met with the Principal of Frost, Dr. Joey Jones (center), and the visiting Principal from Beijing, Ms. Chun Lin Yang (in pink blouse), to learn more about their sister school relationship.
One Month of Sister City Hospitality
by Lisa Duhm
Twenty-three-year-old Lisa Duhm came to the US as an intern at the German Press Agency, in order to know how journalism works in the Capital City. What she did not expect to find: A network that connects her hometown to the city of Rockville and has given her the opportunity to get to know the American way of life.
Brigitta Mullican doesn't usually ask for favors, her hands-on, do-it-yourself mindset is what keeps her going. But this time, she was serious: "Could you write this article for our website?", was one of the first things she asked when I arrived at her home in Rockville just about a month ago. It was my first time in the US and - overwhelmed by all the new impressions and trying to return some of Brigitta's extraordinary hospitality - out came my: "Yes, of course, no problem." I did not expect how time would fly by during the next four weeks.
The Fall Wine Tasting/Fundraiser at Glenview Mansion
To celebrate the beginning of autumn, Rockville Sister City (RSCC) held a wine tasting and fund raiser at Glenview Mansion on Friday, November 7. Attendees included both RSCC members and a large group of friends, neighbors, and folks looking for a new experience. Six varieties of white table wines were served along with champagne, dessert wines, and a buffet of appetizers and dessert. An objective of the event was to present types of wine that complement each part of a meal. As always, however, the main purpose was to create a great social evening and raise funds for RSCC programs. The wine tasting was a success on all accounts. Rockville cable channel 11 recorded the affair with interviews and a video.
Typically, champagne is often served before dinner to stimulate conversation and to accompany hors d’oeuvres or appetizers such as caviar, shrimp or sushi. The latter two dishes were provided as part of the buffet along with a choice of Korbel or Chandon champagne. Both champagnes received positive reviews from guests, as did the shrimp and sushi.
Dinner entrees may be accompanied by various wine selections. White dinner wines can be sweet, tart (acidic), dry, or effervescent. They also vary with respect to alcohol content (normally 7 to 12 percent) and viscosity. While taste preferences are unique for each person, tart wine may best balance foods that contain more fat such as pork while dry, sweeter wines can enhance the delicate flavor of cheese, fish or chicken. The six dinner wines provided for tasting along with spicy chicken wings were:
The most preferred choice was Piesport Michelsberg, a favorite at previous wine tastings. Some thought the Gewürztraminer Pflazo was a little too sweet to accompany an entrée.
Dessert wines and digestives mark the end of a meal. Some believe these drinks, which often are sweet and contain significantly more alcohol (15 to 25 percent alcohol), may improve digestion. Also, it is assumed that consumption with a full stomach can limit the impact of higher alcohol content. Two dessert wines were served - Moscato (California) and Pear Port (Virginia). along with choices of pastries, cake, and cookies. The Pear Port, a fortified wine produced by Horton Vineyard, was the big hit of the evening. This white port was enthusiastically endorsed by guests and its supply was quickly consumed.
Pinneberg Students Visit Wootton High
For additional info on
this story in last month's RSCC Web
Site, go to Gazette.net:
Holidays at Glenview Mansion
RSCC has been invited to decorate the
Pinneberg Room Christmas tree at
Glenview Mansion. Director Liz
VonKaenel plans to do that on Sunday,
November 30th, starting
around 1 PM.
If you are interested in helping, please
Want to become a Director of the RSCC Board?
The City of Rockville has three vacancies to fill on the RSCC Board. If you would like to become involved in the activities and operations of RSCC, call President Brigitta Mullican at 301-230-0890 for more details. We gladly seek your recommendations and ideas; put them into action by becoming a Director!
Photos from the recent Pinneberg Fotokreis exhibit at the Rockville Senior Center during October 2013 were generously offered to the Rockville Sister City Corporation by our friends in Pinneberg for sale to enthusiasts and those who appreciate fine photography.
Each photo is matted and ready for framing - a fine addition to your living room or den - and your purchase is fully tax-deductible as a donation to Rockville Sister City Corporation (a 501(c)(3) entity).
All photos are approximately 15-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches; matted at ~ 20 x 16 inches
For pricing and more details, please click here.
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.
Corporate Sponsors -
Calendar Year 2014
City of Rockville, MD
Nexus Holidays DC
The JBG Companies
The Finest Performance
Sigy's Service Center
110 Crabb Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
Rockville-Twinbrook Real Estate
Phone: 301-807-4575 or 301-424-0900 ext 113
Law Office of Thomas K. Brown, LLC
Rob Crow, III
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AAA.com Phone: 301-944-9519
Bruce Case, President
Phone: 301-417-1000 http://www.americancustomcontractors.com/
One Bank - Rockville
387 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
PO Box 1547, Rockville, MD 20849
Kiwanis Club of Rockville, Inc.
THANKS TO ALL OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF RSCC !
To find out more about the Rockville Sister City Corporation, please contact
Rockville Sister City Corporation
Information Line at (240) 314-5029