Upcoming Activities (in green)

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City of Rockville proclaims on May 6:

Taiwan-Amercian Hertiage Week

DC Taiwanese School, graduating senior, Elizabeth Tang, will receive the proclamation, along with Principal & RSCC Director David Tang, and RSCC Pres. David Hill

The City regularly proclaims this second week of May so, in recognition of its Taiwanese-American citizens and our Sister City relationship with Yilan City, Taiwan.

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RSCC in the Rockville Memorial Day Parade

Look for the RSCC contingent in the annual parade.  With groups representing both Pinneberg, Germany and Yilan City, Taiwan

May 27, 10:30am start, Town Center streets.

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Cameroon and Nigerian Officials Visit Rockville

RSCC in conjunction with the City of Rockville, REDI, MC and businesses host a group visiting from Cameroon and Nigerian.

Postponed to June, tentatively June 14.

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Come cruise with 

RSCC, DAGRP & friends,

to tropical islands!

RSCC and our sister cities are planning a joint cruise to Bermuda and the Bahamas, departing the port of Baltimore on June 27, for ten days on Royal Carribean Cruise Lines.  All RSCC directors, members and friends of the organization are welcome to join the journey.  Participants should make their own bookings (we can recommend a travel agency).  We will assemble a group and seek further amenities, so be sure to tell use you will participate.

Past Activities (in blue)

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TECRO screened the movie BIG

by Taiwanese Director Wei Te-shing, on March 23.  RSCC also hosted Dir. Wei for a tour of our City.

This is a great movie.  The topic is a pediatric oncology ward; a fraught subject.  It is poignant; you will laugh, cry, and reflect.  Overall, this is a border-less film about the human experience, powerful and thoughtful..  See it if you can.

[In Mandarin, with English subtitles.]

Click for movie trailer

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RSCC hosted a table at this City of Rockville event.

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DAGRP 40th Anniversary

RSCC's sister city corporation in Pinneberg, Germany celebrated it's 40th anniversary on FEb. 25, with a gala event.  Rockville and RSCC were represented by former Mayor Steve van Grack and RSCC President Emeritus Drew Powell.  Thank you for making the trip and representing us so well.  Congratulations to DAGRP in our sister city for their years of friendship.  They innovated the citizen corporation concept, and RSCC followed, being founded two years later.

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(l to r) U.S. Consul General Hamburg Jason Chue; former Rockville Mayor Steven van Grack; Pinneberg Burgermeister Thomas Voerste; RSCC President Emeritus Drew Powell; DAGRP Vice President Cristian Jessen-Klingenberg

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Double 10 day parade

2023 Taiwan National Day Celebration

October 7, 11am-2pm,  TECRO Cultural Ctr., Gaithersburg

Rocktobierfest, 2023

September 30, 11am - 5pm, Rockville Town Center

Bavarian inspired beer, food and music right in Rockville Town Center!

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2023 Rockville-Taiwan Bubble Tea Festival

September 23, 10am - 4pm,  Rockville Town Center

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RSCC Annual Meeting (of the Corporation)

September 21, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Glenview Mansion Civic Center

Experience a Taiwanese Night Market here in the Washington DC area!

(Come hungry, buy vended food and drinks)

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TAAGWC Night Market (picnic)

Sept. 9, 2023, 11:30a - 3:00p

901 Wind River Lane, Gaithersburg

RSCC @TAAGWC Thanksgiving Luncheon

RSCC officers/directors enjoyed a generous invite to the annual thanksgiving luncheon of the Taiwanese Assoc. of America, Greater Washington Council, on Nov. 12.

Dir. Kuan Lee was event emcee, Dir. David Tang is a member.  Pres. Drew Powell, Sec. Steven Fisher, and Dirs. Xi Chen, David Hill, and Liz Von Kaenel were guests.

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TECRO Rep. Bi-Khim Hsiao speaks

Senator Chris Van Hollen speaks [RSCC table right]

Taiwanese music with modern instruments

RSCC Medical Gloves and Instruments Donation Received in Cote d'Ivoire

Early in 2022, RSCC started a drive to donate medical gloves to a hospital in Cote d'Ivoire with great need (see original posting below).  That glove donation, along with a bag of medical instruments has arrived and staff there express their gratitude.

Link to descriptive video (in French).

Translation of message spoken in video

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Staff with boxes of medical gloves
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Doctor with bag of medical instruments
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Pinneburg Committee Chair, Dir. Hannelore Quigley addresses gathering

RSCC Pinneberg Committee Chair, Dir. Hannelore Quigley addresses gathering.

German-American Day Picnic, 2022

October 9, Woodley Gardens Park Pavillion

On a blustery Sunday, we gathered to celebrate our German Sister City and the German immigrant heritage of the USA, loosely on official German-American Day.  Great German-themed picnic food and camaraderie also shared.

2022 Rockville-Taiwan Bubble Tea Festival

September 24, Town Square Plaza

On a beautiful autumn day, approx. 7,000 attendees enjoyed this year's festival.  Kudos to the RSCC Yilan Committee, chaired by Kuan Lee, and other event partners for staging this hugely successful event.

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RSCC Dir. Max Wappel was emcee.

RSCC Dir. Max Wappel emceed.  [Background: Rep. Hsiao, RSCC Pres. Powell, City Council Member Ashton]

A special recognition was given to RSCC's own Drew Powell (Pres.).  For his work in cementing the Rockville-Yilan Sister City relationship and further friendship.  He was awarded an honorary citizenship to Yilan City.  [at right] He is accepting a key to their city.

This link is a virtual speech by Yilan City Mayor Chiang for the occasion.  [mp4 format, spoken in Mandarin with subtitles]

Link to Mayor Chiang's virtual speech

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RSCC Pres. Drew Powell receives honorary Yilan citizenship from Rep. Bi-Khim Hsiao and Dr. Hung-bin Ding

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TECRO Representative Hsiao

TECRO Representative Bi-khim Hsiao

Mayor Newton  [RSCCPres. Drew Powell and City Council Member Ashton in background]

Mayor Bridget Newton  [Backround: RSCC Pres. Powell and City Council Member Ashton]

County Exec. Marc Elrich

County Exec. Marc Elrich

City Councillor Mark Pierzchala

City Council Member Mark Pierzchala

Membership Appreciation Wine Tasting, June 9, Glenview Mansion

This year's Membership Appreciation Wine Tasting Event featured wines from Germany, and Maryland's own Links Bridge Winery.  RSCC Board Members, RSCC Members, and guests mingled, sipped wine and ate light food.  [Kudos to Dirs. Hannelore Quigley and Liz von Kaenel, and the Events Committee for creating this event.]

Treas. John McKenzie and Pres. Drew Powell at the welcome table, in the hall.
Treas. John McKenzie and Pres. Drew Powell at the welcome table, in the hall.
The selection of German wine.
The selection of German wine.
Dir. David Hill tends wine service.
Dir. David Hill tends wine service.
Dir. Liz von Kaenel staged the food layout.
Dir. Liz von Kaenel staged the food layout.
Fruit and dessert in the dining room.
Fruit and dessert in the dining room.
Pinneberg firemen waiting to march in the Rockville Memorial Day Parade
Pinneberg firemen waiting to march in the Rockville Memorial Day Parade
Both fire companies in the RFVD firehouse
Both fire companies in the RFVD firehouse

Freiwillige Feuerwehr Pinneberg besucht Rockville

Pinneberg Volunteer Fire Brigade visits Rockville

Members of the Pinneberg Fire Brigade visited our own Rockville Volunteer Fire Department from May 27 – June 5, 2022.  Both sister cities have largely volunteer fire services that have shared a history of visiting each other.  The Pinneberg Brigade visited this year to honor the 100th anniversary of the RVFD and simply revive this exchange connection after COVID times.

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Freedom from Tyranny Rally

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June 4, Rockville Town Square

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Commemorating the 33rd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

On June 4, 1989, tanks and soldiers were ordered into Tiananmen Square to disperse peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end to rampant corruption.  At least ten thousand civilians and students were estimated to have lost their lives or have been injured.  Many people, especially the victims’ families, still grieve for their loved ones.  Courageous groups, like the Tiananmen Mothers, have never stopped seeking accountability, despite great personal risk.  Meanwhile, suppression of free speech and further human rights violations continue, often persecuting target populations, including Christians, Tibetans, Falun Gong, Uyghur Muslims, and Mongolians.

Even today, we recognize the heroic efforts of those who lost their lives, fighting for democracy, self -determination and human rights.  On June 4, 2022, between 11 AM and 1 PM, we will gather together in the Rockville Town Square (Rockville, Maryland) to honor this historic protest of thirty-three years ago. Tiananmen Square protestors’ exemplary courage serves as inspiration to a further calling for freedom and democracy around the world, beginning with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in Eastern Europe in the months that followed the Tiananmen Massacre. The spirit of Tiananmen’s protestors’ bravery echoes even now as many stand up to repression and tyranny in Ukraine.  We welcome people from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds to join us in the celebration of the pursuit of freedom.

RSCC and Memorial Day Events, May 27 - 30, 2022

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(l to r) Dir. Liz von Kaenal, Sec. Steve Fisher, Pres. Drew Powell,  Brandmeister (Fire Chief) Claus Köster, Dir. & Pinneberg Comm. Chair Hannelore Quigley.

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TCC Concert: Emcees Kaitlyn Chuang & Finna Hsu (left).  A trombone solo, Joyce Hsu, with piano accompaniment, Wan-Chi Su (right) among a number of fine musical performances.

RSCC kept a busy Memorial Day schedule participating in:

  • Fri., welcoming reception for the Pinneberg Fire Brigade in their exchange visit with the Rockville Vol. Fire Dept.
  • Sat. & Sun., RSCC hosted an organization table a the Home Town Holiday Festival, this year at Redgate Park.
  • Sat., RSCC Dirs. were guests at the Taiwan Cultural Center of DC, annual performance concert, at Montgomery College.
  • Mon., RSCC:
    • Laid a commemorative wreath, on behalf of our sister city, Pinneberg, Germany (a tradition since 1957) in the official Rockville Memorial Day Ceremony.
    • Marched a contingent in the Memorial Day Parade, including students from the Formosa Assoc. of Student Cultural Ambassadors (FASCA)

Presentation of the annual Sister City Pinneberg remembrance wreath at the municipal Memorial Day Ceremony, by Dir. David Hill.  [Done annually since Bürgermeister Glissman presented the first wreath in 1957.]

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RSCC Memorial Day Parade contingent, led by officers in a convertible Jeep, courtesy of Fitzgerald Auto Mall (thank you!).  Followed by Yilan City banner, sister city flags and students from FASCA.

Rockville Lantern Festival, Feb. 11, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater

The RSCC Jiaxing Committee hosted a very successful 3rd Rockville Lantern Festival this year.     Event held at the City Fitzgerald Theater on January 11.  Asian cultural performances showcased in the theater, while information, activity and food tables filled the lobby and downstairs social hall.

In the lobby of the Fitzgerald Theater.
In the lobby of the Fitzgerald Theater.
Falun Dafa Association of D.C. demonstrate Falun Gong
Falun Dafa Association of D.C. demonstrate Falun Gong
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activity tables, in the social hall

Calligraphy and paper folding activity tables, in the social hall

Dr. Sean Lin, RSCC Jiax-ing Comm. Chair and lead event organizer.
Dr. Sean Lin, RSCC Jiax-ing Comm. Chair and lead event organizer.
Sidney Katz [Mont. Co. Councilmember, Dist. 3], Marc Elrich [Mont. Co., Co. Executive], Drew Powell [Pres., RSCC]; Max Wappel & Xi Chen [event emcees]

Sidney Katz [Mont. Co. Councilmember, Dist. 3], Marc Elrich [Mont. Co., Co. Executive], Drew Powell [Pres., RSCC]; Max Wappel & Xi Chen [event emcees]

History of RSCC, Glenview Series Lecture, Jan. 13

As the January (2022) installment of the Glenview Series Lecture, RSCC directors presented on the history of the RSCC.  [These lectures usually presented at Glenwood Mansion, held jointly by Peerless Rockville and the City of Rockville of assorted civic and local history topics.]  This RSCC lecture had three portions: Pres. Drew Powell introduced the Sister City concept and its founding by the Eisenhower Administration in the U.S., Dir. David Hill described the local history of RSCC, and Dir. Hannelore Quigley summarized the history of our Sister Cities and spoke to her personal experiences as a student and adult member and with cultural exchanges.  This lecture was presented online.  Click here to review the presentation slides for the history portion of this lecture. (pdf format)

Click here for recording of this lecture.  [A very large mp4 file, runs 1 hr 8 mins.]

German-American Recipe Book

As a creative project since the COVID pandemic outbreak, RSCC and DAGRP (the Pinneberg Sister City org.) undertook a joint cross-cultural exchange project to make a German-American recipe book.  Click here for more information and access to the online book.

Artwork Celebration and a Contest, Welsh Park, Nov. 8

In 1990, Rockville held a competition for a piece of public art from a Pinneberg artist.  Artist Gabriele Schmidt-Heins won and installed the sculpture “On Site” in Welsh Park (near the corner of Mannakee St. and Martin’s Lane) the following year.  The artwork is symbolic of the Dingstatte open air law court that led to the founding of the town of Pinneberg.  In this thirtieth year anniversary, the artwork was cleaned, re-signed, and we held a re-celebratory ceremony in Nov.  In addition, the Pinneberg Committee held a children’s art contest of portrayals of the sculpture.  These were on display at the Rockville Science Center, judged and educational monetary prizes given.

Artist Gabriele Schmidt-Heins and former Mayor Dick Hovsepian at the original installation.

Artist Gabriele Schmidt-Heins and former Mayor Dick Hovsepian, “On Site” for the artwork construction.

The artwork site and gathering for the re-dedication.
The artwork site and gathering for the re-dedication.
Mayor Newton and RSCC Pinneberg Chair Hannelore Quigley present art contest awards.

Mayor Newton and Pinneberg Chair, Dir. Hannelore Quigley present contest awards.

A Generous Helping Hand from Yilan City

Mayor Newton and Councilmember Ashton receive the boxes of gifted PPE from Yilan City and Taiwan out front of City Hall.

Mayor Newton and Council Member Ashton, with TECRO representatives receive the PPE shipment in front of City Hall.

 

Early in the Covid outbreak, we ran out of PPE in our local area.  When Yilan City heard of this, they generously sent a gift of $70,000 worth of masks and gloves to the City of Rockville.  This was received by City officials and distributed to first responders in the City.  Thank you Yilan City and the Taiwanese representatives that made this possible.

Making things Official with Pinneberg, Many Years Later

Rockville and Pinneberg became Sister Cities in 1957 by Resolutions passed in each City.  This ostensibly pre-dated the protocols of Sister City Intl., since implemented.  It occurred to the Sister City groups last year, that this had never happened.  So we fixed it this fall.  By a live virtual meeting, the Mayors of both cities signed such a conforming protocol agreement, 63 years later.  This by no means erases our great relationship earlier, just puts the future on full footing.

Mayor Newton in Rockville, and Burgermeister Steinberg signing an official agreement on the 63rd anniversary of the Rockville-Pinneberg Sister City Relationship.
Mayor Newton in Rockville, and Burgermeister Steinberg signing an official agreement on the 63rd anniversary of the Rockville-Pinneberg Sister City Relationship.