2021 Annual Award Winners


Omaha, Nebraska and Carlentini, Italy Sign Friendship Agreement

On September 22, 2021, the cities of Omaha, Nebraska, USA and Carlentini, Sicily, Italy signed a friendship city agreement to unite their communities and create strong bonds of friendship. Carlentini and Nebraska share a deep-rooted relationship going back several generations. They intend on strengthening their long standing bonds between the cities of Omaha and Carlentini through culture, technology, education, exchanges, and travel opportunities. Congratulations to Omaha Sister Cities and Carlentini, Sicily for this new friendsh...

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Fortworth Sister Cities International – Press Release 09/20/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mae Ferguson, President/CEO Danielle McCown, Exchanges & Outreach Associate FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Sept. 20, 2021) - Fort Worth Sister Cities International brings international attention to Fort Worth with its nine sister cities in China, Eswatini, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Mexico since 1985. Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s 36th Annual Meeting was held earlier this month at the Hilton Hotel, attended by over 200 community leaders and members. A major announcement was made regarding the creation of the ...

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Dr. Ricki Garrett, Ph.D Serving as the SCI National State Representative Liaison

Ricki Garrett, Ph.D.Ricki Garrett is CEO of Ricki R. Garrett, LLC, an association management firm and currently serves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has served as Alderwoman-at-Large and Mayor Pro Tempore of Clinton, Mississippi since 2017. She is the State Representative of Mississippi for Sister Cities International and represents the State Representatives on the SCI Board of Directors and serves as the SCI National State Representative Liaison. In 2014, Ricki founded the first nurse practitioner association in ...

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A Historic First: Longmont’s Newest Sister City – Northern Arapaho Tribe

Three years ago, a Longmont delegation has visited the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming to learn more about the Northern Arapaho Tribe. The delegation advocated for the creation of a new Longmont Sister City - the Northern Arapaho Tribe, which local leaders recall will be the first sister city relationship between a sovereign tribal nation and a U.S. city! On Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 3:00 PM, Longmont will commence a signing ceremony of the new sister city. The event will be held at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road and is open to the public to ...

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Sister Cities Chennai and San Antonio Praised by US Consulate General

The United States Consulate General, Chennai commemorated Madras Week by enhancing cultural understanding and appreciation between sister cities Chennai and San Antonio, through a virtual tour of the two cities on August 20th, 2021. Storytrails  storyteller, Akila Raman, led the historic Chennai landmarks tour for officials from San Antonio, the Rotary Clubs of San Antonio and Madras East, students, and history enthusiasts in Chennai. From the San Antonio side, Director of San Antonio World Heritage Office Colleen Swain shared San Antonio’s cultural ...

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Dwight D. Eisenhower – Lunch & Learn

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum is having their August Lunch & Learn, featuring Sister Cities International. Read their press release about by visiting this page or read below. August Lunch & Learn Sister Cities International "I like to believe that people, in the long run, are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, August 31, 1959 Abilene, Kan. - The next ...

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NHAEON Haiti Earthquake Relief Campaign

  Haiti has recently been struck with a tragedy that has already affected thousands of people in their country. In addition to the earthquake they experienced, Tropical Storm Grace has inflicted widespread damage to the country. We reached out to Dr. Alix Desulme, past member of the SCI Board and currently SCI’s Country Representative for Haiti for information on how our sister cities network can support relief efforts. Dr. Desulme has been working with the Biden Administration and the Haitian Government to help the people of Haiti. For those SCI members ...

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Fort Worth, TX – Local Student Wins National Photography Award

Fort Worth Sister Cities International is proud to have a local student of Fort Worth, Texas bring home such an amazing achievement! Read about their success below! Citizen Diplomacy Through Art FORT WORTH, TEXAS (August 13, 2021) - Fort Worth Sister Cities International brings international attention to Fort Worth with its nine sister cities in China, Eswatini, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Mexico since 1985. This month local Fort Worth student Marissa Heckmann from I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA was announced as the third-place ...

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A “Fort Worth Discovery Tour” Partnership with Sister City Nagaoka, Japan

On August 20th at 7:30pm CST, the amazing Carlo Capua will be presenting a “Fort Worth Discovery Tour” on behalf of Fort Worth Sister Cities International.  This event will be entirely in Japanese in partnership with their Sister City friends in Nagaoka, Japan (Niigata Prefecture), and feature Fort Worth educator Dr. Michael Roemer and Nagaokan-turned-Texan Shigeaki “Shaggy” Meguro.  He will talk about Fort Worth culture, food, education, history, COVID, and explain how Juneteenth became the USA’s newest federal holiday thanks to the persistence of a 94 ...

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