Sister Cities of Durham, North Carolina

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

The Kavala Committee of Sister Cities Invites You
“A Benefit Reception”
Recognizing Durham’s Newest Sister City in Greece
Kavala is a beautiful port city on the Aegean Sea

6 – 8 pm, Thursday, Sept. 14 at Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Road

Greek Hors D’oeuvres, Greek Wines, Greek Beers
Presentations on Tobacco links between Durham & Kavala
Auctions of Baskets of Greek food and beverages
Sponsors: Parizade, Captain John’s Dockside, Mariakasis, CHL Wines

Cost $20 pp, payable to Sister Cities of Durham
PO Box 767, Durham, NC 27702 or at the door.

RSVP by Wed, Sept. 6 to: or 919-943-3705

Kavala, Greece has a unique connection with Durham.  The economy of both cities in the 19th and 20th centuries focused on tobacco.  Kavala was the port city for grading and shipping Turkish tobacco throughout the world, with much of it going to Durham's tobacco companies. Kavala also has a Tobacco Museum and we are partnering with Durham's Duke Homestead Tobacco Museum in this Sister Cities relationship.

                                                    WHAT IS SISTER CITIES?
Our Sister Cities are famous for Mountains and Waterways.   They are linked 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 with famous waterways such as the Volga River for Kostroma, the North Sea for Durham, England, and the Aegean Sea for Kavala. 

       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, In 2012 we added Zhuzhou, China and Kavala, Greece in 2017.  

       The mission of Sister Cities is to promote Peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation -- One Individual, One Community at a time.  

       The Mayors of the respective cities meet and sign the agreements. 
 Durham is part of  SCI - 560 US Cities and over 2,000 International Cities in 150 countries!

Interested in joining one of our City Committees?

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 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 UK
-- Programs with Duke Gardens
-- Kavala programs with Duke Homestead
-- 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, Duke Homestead Tobacco Museum

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

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, Gwenn Bookman
Durham, UK:  Richard Hill, Dick White
Kostroma:   Wendy White
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

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

8 students from Jordan High School led by teacher Daniel Muller visited Sister City Kostroma, Russia in June

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

Duke Office of Regional and Durham Affairs
Duke Homestead Tobacco Museum
Rotary Club of Durham