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Starting January 2017, the RSCC Monthly Board Meeting will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, at City Hall, starting at 7:00 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
Rockville is also in the process of developing a Friendship Relationship with the city of Jiaxing, China.
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VISITORS FROM JIAXING ! (see below)
RSCC will celebrate Rockville’s sixtieth anniversary with its Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany in 2017
CUSTOM TOUR OF GERMANY
DEADLINE for tour sign-up is
In conjunction with the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Rockville-Pinneberg Sister City relationship and the 250th Anniversary of the Drostei (historic Pinneberg landmark) in June 2017, RSCC is offering a unique tour of Germany that will encompass many examples of German ingenuity as well as insights into the sweep of German history.
The tour starts in Pinneberg, where tour group participants are invited to attend the 60th Anniversary Gala and the 250th Drostei Anniversary dinner gratis as the guests of the City of Pinneberg along with Rockville city officials. Following these festivities, the tour group will travel by motor coach with a dedicated guide to all of the following places: Bremerhaven, Lüneburg, Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Weimar, Eisenach, Wartburg, Nuremberg, and Munich! Local guides provide city tours and introductions to other venues, and tickets to the opening concert of the 2017 Bach Festival in Leipzig are included.
ROCKVILLE SISTER CITY MEMBERS RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT on the cost of this tour! For more details, please click here on our custom tour provider’s information page, email us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com or call 240-314-5029. You may sign up directly on the tour website. The deadline is January 31, 2017.
Please send your ideas, suggestions, comments, and desires to us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com and we will be in touch with you right away!
"Many have expressed a pretty firm
interest in joining the RSCC tour in Germany next June. The
website where you can sign up for the trip is linked below. Today
I visited it myself to sign up, and I wanted to share these tips with
If we do not have 25 travelers sign up by January 31, all deposits will
be refunded in full. The balance of the tour cost must be paid
two months before departure.
We do need 25 travelers to make this tour
a success. Please sign up NOW!
Public Broadcasting recently aired a Rick Steves special regarding some of the cities (above) to be visited that are associated with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. For more information:
MEMBERSHIP DUES HAVE INCREASED
"As of January 1, 2017, Membership Dues will be $25 for individual membership and $40 for family membership. The change in RSCC dues is necessary in order to continue our mission of facilitating Rockville's Sister City relationship with Pinneberg, Germany and Rockville's Friendship City relationship with Jiaxing, China, which includes an increasing number of local and international cross cultural activities and events. Thanks for your continued support of RSCC!"
HOLIDAY TIMES IN
THE SISTER CITY ROOM
DELEGATION FROM FRIENDSHIP CITY JIAXING VISITS ROCKVILLE
From January 8-10, 2017, six delegates from our Friendship City, Jiaxing, China met with Rockville city officials and members of the RSCC on a goodwill visit that included meeting with representatives of the Rockville Economic Development, Inc (REDI), visiting sites in and around Washington DC, a reception and formal recognition of the delegation at Rockville City Hall, plus numerous opportunities for tasting various cuisines around Rockville (to include a formal dinner at the home of RSCC Director Liz von Kaenel).
The purpose of the Delegation's visit to Rockville was to
recognize and celebrate the Friendship City relationship, to discuss cultural
and commercial initiatives and to discuss a possible expansion of Jiaxing's
relationship with Rockville from a Friendship City to a Sister City status.
This change in status requires additional discussion and recommendation from the
Rockville Sister City Corporation (RSCC) and discussion/approval by the
Rockville Mayor and Council.
Mr. Zhang Liangen was also ably assisted by RSCC Directors Bing Huang and Ying Chen. (Whereas in the US, family names come last!)
In 2019, Rockville celebrates its 10th Friendship City anniversary with Jiaxing.
The Rockville Channel 11 folks are to be commended for a great job with videos from the night of the reception. The two YouTube videos below are from the City Hall Reception (interviews with Delegate Li and RSCC President Powell), as well as a nice video of the entire Welcome Ceremony in the Mayor and Council Chambers.
Until January 31, the Rockville Memorial Library has a Sister City display featuring the 60th Rockville-Pinneberg Partnership Anniversary and the German Tour, June 2-12, 2017. This tour will include 2 days in Pinneberg for the Anniversary celebration. The tour is open to all, but one must join RSCC; see our website for an application, www.rockvillesistercities.org
RSCC Member Lynn Mandujano did a great job on the two display cases at
the Rockville Memorial Library, which will advertise RSCC's 2017 Germany Tour to
take place this June. It's nice that the library allowed RSCC to set up the
display one week early.
COMING IN APRIL
The first of many 60th Anniversary Events: The Rockville Volksmarch. Watch for more information in the coming months...
A BIT ABOUT OUR SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIP WITH PINNEBERG
NEWS & NOTES
German Word of the Week A - Z
Feeling a bit cold? Or are you frozen stiff? In German, there's a word to describe what it's like when it's really, really cold.
German Word of the Week:
FREE GERMAN COURSES ON-LINE THROUGH DEUTSCHE WELLE
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.
Year of the Rooster beginson January 28, 2017
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
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. Issues 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 toGerman 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 2016
City of Rockville, Maryland
Westat Inc. - Bruce Romer, Contact BruceRomer@Westat.com
1600 Research Blvd, Rockville,
The JBG Companies
Sigy's Service Center - BMW Specialist
110 Crabb Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
Law Office of Thomas K. Brown, LLC
International Travel Consultants
POC: Gabrielle Williams
Phone: (301) 294-0222
Rockville Economic Development, Inc.
Laurie Boyer, Executive Director
Rockville Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 1547, Rockville, MD 20849
Phone: 301-424-0310 http://rvfd.org/
Kiwanis Club of Rockville, Inc.
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
Wisconsin Avenue - Suite 1500E - Bethesda, MD 20814
David Johnston - Senior Financial Advisor
7901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
THANKS TO ALL OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF RSCC !