Kavala, Greece is now officially our 6th Sister City with Durham!
Pictured: Katie Vanhoy of Duke Homstead & Tobacco Museum
meeting with leaders of the Kavala Tobacco Museum. A Delegation of 15 Sister Cities of Durham members visited Kavala, July 19 - 22, as guests of the Mayor' office and the Cosmopolis International Dance Festival.
At ourAnnual Meeting and Awards Ceremony: Friday, Oct. 26
We will present the 5th Annual Sister Cities/Mayor's Awards for
"Promoting International Understanding"
Previous Recipients, 2014 - 2017 are:
INDIVIDUALS: Kathie Davidson, Bill Ingram, Star Sampson, Wendell Tabb,
Lenora Helm Hammonds, Susan Urakami of Toyama, Japan, Shuangyan Duan of Zhuzhou, China,Tatiana Podvetelnikova of Kostroma, Russia, Mayor Bill Bell
ORGANIZATIONS: Latino Community Credit Union, Durham Children's Choir,
Durham Bulls, Sister Communities of San Ramon, Nicaragua.
Rotary Clubs of Durham, The Rotary Club of Durham, England,
American Dance Festival
The Dorothy Borden Annual Volunteer Awards were presented to :
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.
We also have two Friendship Cities in China --Kunshan and Xianning.
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? [email protected]
July 27 - Aug 7 was an exciting time for Durham students from 5 area high schools who welcomed 18 students from Russia and England for two weeks of cultural understanding by sharing dances, music, stories, the Durham Bulls, Durham parks, and 6 days at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.
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, 2017 - 2018
President: Eve Marion
Vice Pres: Vita Jones
Secretary: Richard Jaworski
Treasurer: Vivian Wan
At Large Members:
Bob Ashley Ann Evans
Rich Jaworski Sue Mathias
Silvia Rincon Dick White
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Executive Director: Brady Surles
Chairs of our City Committees:
Arusha: Ronda Pierce, Gwenn Bookman
Durham, UK: Scott Hill, Nancy Proia
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:
(Businesses, Educational Institutions)
Life Time $300
We appreciate your support!
The 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:
City of Durham
CoCo Jazz and Arts Center
Durham Technical and Community College -Center for the Global Learner
Duke Office of Regional and Durham Affairs
Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum
Rotary Club of Durham
Triangle Community Foundation www.trianglecf.org