Sister Cities of Durham, North Carolina

Arusha-Tanzania, Durham-UK, Kavala-Greece, Kostroma-Russia, Toyama-Japan, Zhuzhou-China

Our Sister Cities are famous for their Mountains and Waterways.   They are associated with famous mountains such as Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru,  in Tanzania,  the Wulingyuan Unesco World Heritage Site near Zhuzhou,   the Japanese Southern Alps near Toyama,  and Kostroma sits on the banks of the Volga River and  Durham, England is just 20 miles inland from the  North Sea.


       Sister Cities International celebrated their 60th Anniversary in 2016, based on President Eisenhower's goal of "Citizen Diplomacy" with "people to people contacts" around the world at his White House Summit in 1956.   Durham started its Sister Cities journey in 1975 with a signing with Durham, England.  This was formalized by associating with Sister Cities International in 1989 with Durham, England, Toyama, Japan and Kostroma, Russia.  In 1991 we added Arusha, Tanzania and in 2012 we added Zhuzhou, China.  In 2017, we added Kavala, Greece.  

       Sister Cities promotes Peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation -- One Individual, One Community at a time.   We celebrate this at the International Convention, July 13 - 16, 2016 in Washington, DC.


       The Mayors of the respective cities meet and sign the agreements. 
 Durham is part of  SCI - 560 US Cities and 1,855 International Cities in 150 countries!

The Youth Committee visited One World Market in Durham to better understand how handcrafts and art work are brought from developing countries to be sold in Durham, with the guarantee that those craftspeople are getting a "fair wage".  Youth Committee members represent most of the High Schools in Durham

Kostroma, Russia Delegate Marina Serebryakova, Chief Specialist of  the Tourism Department of Kostroma, presents a letter of greetings from the Mayor of Kostroma to Durham Mayor Bill Bell.

Some of our previous programs:
-- Educational Exchanges with Schools in Toyama, Kostroma, and Zhuzhou.
-- School Projects with Art, Photography, and Water Projects. 

-- Librarian Exchanges with Kostroma
-- Photo/Art Exchanges -Kostroma, Durham
-- Programs with Duke Gardens
-- Maternity Clinic and Orphans' Uniforms Projects in Arusha
-- Medical Exchanges with Toyama
-- Toyama-Sister Cities Japanese Pavilion at Duke Gardens
-- Partnering with Durham Library, Durham Tech Community College, Duke Gardens

The Kostroma, Russia Delegation visited the Sister Cities display in  the City Hall Lobby. 

Board of Directors, 2016 - 2017

President:      Gwenn Bookman
Vice Pres:      Eve Marion
Secretary:      Vita Jones
Treasurer:      Vivian Wan
        At Large Members:
Ann Evans           Rich Jaworski 
Silvia Rincon        Brady Surles
Dick White
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Executive Director:  Brady Surles


Chairs of our City Committees:

Arusha: Ronda Pierce, Mariam Kalala
Durham, UK:  Richard Hill, Dick White
Kostroma:   Anne Berkley, Ann Evangelisto
Toyama      Mavis Mayer, Chris Boyer
Zhuzhou:    Mark Goodwillie, Lusia Li
Kavala:   Betty Tilley Seddon, Randy Griffin

    Become a Member
And consider volunteering for our general activities or to serve on one of our City Committees.

Annual Membership Dues are:

Individual                     $20

Family                          $35

Youth                            $10

Organizations             $150

  (Businesses, Educational Institutions)

Life Time                     $300


DONATIONS:  
We also invite you to make a
Tax Deductible Donation to our Annual Fund. 
We are a 501 (c) 3 Non-profit.

Please consider making a Donation of $25, or $50, or $100 or more.
Checks to :  Sister Cities of Durham
Mail to:   Sister Cities of Durham
                 P. O. Box 767
                 Durham, NC 27702

  
     We appreciate your support!



The 2nd Annual Sister Cities & Mayor's Awards for "Promoting International Understanding" were presented at the Annual Meeting,  at City Hall.
Durham Mayor Bill Bell (second from left), City Councilman Don Moffitt (far left), and Sister Cities Board member B. C. Dash (far right) presented the awards to representatives of these Rotary Clubs:

-- Rotary Club of Durham
-- North Durham Rotary Club  

-- Southwest Durham Rotary Club
-- Sunrise Rotary Club of Durham

-- Rotary Club of Durham, England 


The Mayor's Award was also presented to:
 -- Star Sampson, Principal, Holt Elementary Language Academy
 -- Durham Children's Choir

We appreciate the support of these Organizations:
CoCo Jazz and Arts Center
Durham Technical and Community College

Duke Office of Regional and Durham Affairs