We invite you to join Sister Cities of Durham with your Membership Dues for the 2021 calendar year Your dues help us carry out our mission of cooperation and mutual respect for all peoples and especially with Durham's 9 Sister Cities as we promote world peace. We do this with a variety of exchange programs in the areas of education, the arts, business, local government, medicine and the environment.
Family = $35; Individual = $20; Student = $10.
You can use the PayPal donate button below, or mail to Sister Cities of Durham; PO Box 767; Durham, NC 27702
Sister Cities of Durham, Inc.; PO Box 767; Durham, NC 27702
Statement about the events of Jan. 6,
2021 at the US Capitol building
Adopted by the Board of Directors on January 18, 2021
Sister Cities of
Durham, along with our Sister Cities colleagues across the nation and around
the globe, strives to develop a peaceful world, with mutual understanding and
collaboration. We are committed to
these values personally, locally, nationally and globally.
national, and global health is better served by respectful engagement with each
other; we thrive through the connections that build trust and reliance in a
complex social fabric.
Since Sister Cities’ creation in the 1950s, in the dark shadow of the Cold War, our values and our actions have been a bright beacon to many.
The traumatic events
in Washington on January 6th, as angry citizens essentially seized the Capitol,
tragically dimmed that beacon. The chaotic scenes undermined our moral stature,
both to those around the world who look to us as exemplars of the rule of law
and to those in this country who sought refuge and the hope of peaceful,
productive lives in a robust democracy.
We believe the violence of that day is a wake-up call. This is not who we want to be as a country, even as it reminds us that since our founding, violence and intimidation have too often tarnished us. Time and again, when violence has occurred, we have overcome it and sought to contend with its aftermath. We have done that successfully (so far) in this instance, and democracy has prevailed.
But democracy works
by people on all sides expressing their differing points of view peacefully.
As we work to emerge from these deeply troubled times, in the midst of a deadly pandemic and with ragged rips in our social fabric, let us reemphasize our search for mutual understanding and collaboration in our quest for growth that benefits all.
Durham's Sister Cities: Arusha in Tanzania; Celaya in Mexico; Durham in England; Kavala in Greece; Kostroma in Russia; Sibiu in Romania; Tilaran in Costa Rica; Toyama in Japan; Zhuzhou in China
Our 2020 Annual Meeting was on Nov. 6th, on Zoom
International contacts joined our meeting from Tanzania, Mexico, England, Greece, Russia, Costa Rica, Japan, and China.
Our own Mayor Steve Schewel welcomed these international guests.
The plans now are to use this technology to have more virtual contacts around the world.
-- The 7th Annual SCD/Mayor's Award for "Promoting International Understanding" was presented by Mayor Steve Schewel to Heidi White, Director of International Student Services at DTCC. (See below.)
-- The 9th Annual Dorothy Borden Awards for long term service to Sister Cities were presented to
Nancy Proia and Linda Horstman.
Members of the Board of Directors were elected: Connie Gomez-Joines, Bob Ashley, Sue Mathias
In spite COVID, we accomplished a lot this year.
-- Our biggest success this year was the 3rd Annual Festival of Nations as a virtual festival (see the report below), especially international youth groups singing "We Are the World" as their statement in support of World Peace.
-- The plans for the Peace Grove of Trees at Durham Central Park will become a reality in January.
-- Our City Committees reported a number of significant projects this year, including:
1) The Japan Bell Ringing on Zoom to commemorate the 75 years of peace between the US and Japan since the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945,
2) Durham delegation visited Tilaran,
3) The 7th annual visit of the Toyama College of Foreign Languages,
4) Donation of COVID Masks from Zhuzhou to Durham's Fire Department.
Regretfully the COVID crisis caused the cancelation of several projects, including the Kavala Wine Tasting, the visit of Castle Theatre from Durham University, Library programs, and a visit to Sibiu.
With the new year of 2021 and the hope for better circumstances, we are looking forward to resuming our many contacts with our international friends around the world.
The Annual Dorothy Borden Volunteer Award for service to Sister Cities was presented at the Annual Meeting:
Pictured left: 2020 recipients
Nancy Proia and Linda Horstman.
This award is named for Dorothy Borden, the Founding President of Sister Cities of Durham. Recipients are selected based on long time service and commitment to SCD.
See the full list of recipients in the "Documents Tab".
The Festival included virtual presentations about the international groups in Durham and our links with Durham's 9 Sister Cities and 18 Countries around the world represented in Durham.
Viewers were able to explore culture of cities and countries, view performers, and learn about tourism opportunities, and find interesting items in the Marketplace.
Below is one of the videos of international youth singing "We Are the World" (Toyama, Japan)
Go to the Festival of Nations site to view all five youth singing groups from our Sister Cities in
Arusha, Tanzania; Kavala, Greece; Zhuzhou, China; Durham, NC; Toyama, Japan
Our Board of Directors:
President: Sue Mathias
Vice President: Guillermo Solares
Secretary: Chris Boyer
Treasurer: Mark Goodwillie
At Large: Bob Ashley
At Large: Connie Gomez-Joines
At Large: Tom Harris
At Large: Rich Jaworski
At Large: Vivian Wan
City Committee Representatives to the Board:
Arusha: Ronda Pierce, Gwenn Bookman
Celaya: Guillermo Solares, Elsa Jimenez
Durham, UK: Nancy Proia
Kavala: Betty Tilley Seddon, Randy Griffin
Kostroma: Anne Berkley, Ann Evangelisto
Sibiu: Mitch Scurtu
Tilaran: Melissa Perez
Toyama: Chris Boyer, Yuki Temma
Zhuzhou: Mark Goodwillie, Lusia Li
Non-Voting: Executive Director, Brady Surles
Board of Directors Meetings, 2021, Locations TBA
10 am, Jan 30, Planning Retreat, Zoom
7 pm, February 18, Zoom
7pm, March 18, Zoom
7pm, April 15, Zoom
7 pm, May 20
7 pm, June 17
7 pm, July 15
7 pm, August 19
7 pm, September 16
5:30 pm, October 22, Annual Meeting
7 pm, November 18
7 pm, December 16 - tentative
We appreciate the support of our partners:
City of Durham
Durham Public Schools
Center for the Global Learner at Durham Tech Community College
Durham County Public Library
We strive to develop a peaceful world, with mutual understanding and cooperation, one person and one community at a time.
Our Mission: We partner with the City of Durham to organize and promote Sister Cities activities for Durham residents and to establish international Sister Cities relationships.
Pictured is our sign at Durham Central Park.
The Peace Grove of Trees at the Park will represent our nine Sister Cities, with our partnership with Durham Central Park.
Durham students welcome visiting students from our Sister Cities at RDU airport.
We invite you to join us in Sister Cities of Durham to promote a greater understanding of Durham's international connections.
Annual Membership Dues per Calendar Year:
-- Family Membership $35
-- Individual Membership $20
-- Student Membership $10
Also Life Time Membership $300
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Sister Cities of Durham
PO Box 767; Durham, NC 27702
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