Sister Cities of Durham, North Carolina

Arusha, Celaya, Durham-UK, Kavala, Kostroma, Sibiu, Tilaran, Toyama, Zhuzhou


Students from Toyama College of Foreign Languages met with Durham students who will travel to Toyama in June, 2019.

Above: Tilaran, Costa Rica Approved to be a New Sister City by City Council, April 1, 2019.
 Pictured are members of the Tilaran Organizing Committee, led by Ilba Prego (4th from left), and Roxana George, Pres of the Costa Rican Assoc (3rd from left)Join us when City Council recognizes Tilara at the  7 pm, Monday, April 15 City Council Meeting at City Hall.

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, 2018 - 2019

President:      Bob Ashley
Vice Pres:      Vita Jones
Secretary:      Richard Jaworski
Treasurer:      Mark Goodwillie
        At Large Members:
Eddie Davis              Ann Evans               
Rich Jaworski           Sue Mathias          Guillermo Solares     Dick White
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Executive Director:  Brady Surles

Chairs of our City Committees:

Arusha: Ronda Pierce, Gwenn Bookman
Celaya:  Alberto Lopez, Elsa Jimenez
Durham, UK:  Nancy Proia
Kostroma: Anne Berkley
Sibiu:    Mitch Scrutu
Tilaran:   Ilba Prego   
Toyama      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 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

Students from Jordan High School led by teacher Daniel Miller visited our Sister City Kostroma, Russia, June 2017
and will return to Kostroma in July 2019

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