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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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RSCC's annual Dim Sum event will be at the New Fortune Restaurant in the Walnut Hill Shopping Center in Gaithersburg.  Those of you who have attended previous Dim Sum fundraisers know what a delicious and varied menu is in store.

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 2:00 pm.


We hope to get a minimum of 40 people, so please plan to attend.

Here's your reservation form

OR    pay by PayPal 

Please fill out all details and send it immediately.  Thank you!

(from the Pinneberger Tageblatt, August 4th, 2016)

Lots to discuss in the coming days: (from left) Bernd Hinrichs, president of the German-American Society, Drew Powell, president of the Rockville Sister City Corporation, and his son Tyler Powell and spokesman Herbert Hoffmann. (Photo: Erdbrügger)

A visit with dear friends
President of the Rockville Sister City Corporation as guest in Pinneberg / Reception for the 60th anniversary of the partnership planned

It is raining outside, but Drew Powell still has a good mood.  "I love to be in Pinneberg.  Despite the rain," he says.  Since 1 January Powell is president of Rockville Sister City Corporation in the United States.

With his son Tyler, Powell is currently a guest in Pinneberg of Bernd Hinrichs, president of the German-American Society Rockville Pinneberg (DAGRP).  Together with spokesman Herbert Hoffmann the four stopped by the editorial staff of the Pinneberger Tageblatt.

Powell has traveled in Germany before, but now for the first time he was in the town of Pinneberg.  It is a visit among friends.  For 59 years Pinneberg has had a partnership with Rockville, Maryland.  (The DAGRP was founded in 1984.)  The partnership between Rockville and Pinneberg (existing since 1957 - one of the oldest partnerships in Germany) continues through official and unofficial meetings.  So Powell's visit is not only a pleasure trip, but also for the exchange of ideas on the 60th anniversary of the friendship, which will happen in 2017.  Some of what is planned, says spokesman Herbert Hoffman, is this.  On 2 June there will be a large reception in Pinneberg.  It will be a big affair: The American ambassador in Berlin and Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Albig are invited.  For the remembrance book chronicling the event, Chancellor Angela Merkel is to write the greeting.  A delegation from the United States will participate in the festivities.

In return, the residents of Rockville plan to do the same: "We are preparing a reception and an Oktoberfest," says Drew Powell.  For this visit to the US from 5 to 8 October, Herbert Hoffmann has organized an "Indian Summer Tour" through Canada and the USA.  A second delegation from Germany will also make their way to Rockville – showing how the two locations, with German-American friendship, really function. [erd]

Another note from our friend Herbert Hoffmann in Pinneberg reminds us:

"Bald ist es wieder soweit.  Das Pinneberger Summer Jazz Festival startet vom 11.-14.08.16.  Wir freuen uns auf viel gute Musik und Besucher."

"Soon, it will be that time again.  The Pinneberg Summer Jazz Festival runs from 11-14 August 2016.  We are looking forward to a lot of good music and many visitors."

Herbert Hoffmann (left) and Pinneberg Mayor Urte Steinberg (center) join in the fun at The Pinneberg Jazz Fest.




  • “Rocktobierfest” (in Rockville) is being scheduled for
    Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Noon-5pm. 
    Details to follow. 

[The 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. 

Rockville 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 Pinneberg, Germany.]

  • German-American Day Dinner
    Sunday, October 9th - Normandie Farm Restaurant
    (flyer here).

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


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)

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.


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.


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 2-12, 2017, including stop in Pinneberg for the 60th Anniversary celebration.

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.

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. Would you like more information about the custom tour as it becomes available?

Please send your ideas, comments, and/or desires to us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com 

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


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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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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