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!
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
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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:
(Businesses, Educational Institutions)
Life Time $300
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