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Sylvia Sass with her Lifetime Achievement Award

Still Going Strong: Sister Cities International Honors Tacoma’s Sylvia B. Sass with Lifetime Achievement Award

By Lori Ann Reinhall   The year was 1956 and Tacoma’s Mayor “Big John” Anderson had just returned from the White House Conference on Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. There he had convened with mayors from 40 major U.S. cities with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and knew he was facing a formidable task: to help rebuild international relations around the world in the aftermath of the war. Big John knew that this new mission would take a powerhouse team, so he turned to one of Tacoma’s leading ladies to head up the endeavor: Sylvia B. Sass. Mrs. Sass, as she was known back then, was soon on board as the mayor’s representative for what was then known as the Town Affiliation Association, today Sister Cities International. Now, 61 years later, she remains active...view

The Eisenhower Peace Price

Best Moments from the Sister Cities International 61st Annual Conference

This year’s conference was one for the books. From the beautiful setting of Virginia Beach to our compelling keynote speakers, everyone had a wonderful time connecting with the SCI network on the shared topic of citizen diplomacy and strengthening local programs. Read below for the best moments from the conference, and be on the lookout to register for next year’s conference in Aurora, Colorado. Opening Ceremony and Parade of Flags The first day of the conference began with an annual tradition: the Sister Cities International Parade of Flags. Led by mounted patrol, students from the Youth Leadership Summit carried city flags donated by over 120 member cities around the world through the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The flags were then displayed on stage...view

Youth Leadership Summit Students Enjoying the Beach

Oceans, Food Safety, and Fun! 2017 Youth Leadership Summit Recap

In concurrence with our Annual Conference, Sister Cities International holds a Youth Leadership Summit each year where students from all over the U.S. and the globe gather to learn about citizen diplomacy and garner leadership skills for a future in international relations. This year’s Summit was extra fun for our students as they enjoyed the sites of Virginia Beach and worked together to solve international issues. Read below for our day by day recap of the Summit. Day One, July 12th: Futures in Citizen Diplomacy On Wednesday July 12th, nearly 90 students arrived in Virginia Beach from across the U.S. and the globe for the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit. They settled into their dorm rooms at Virginia-Wesleyan, which, for many, served their first sneak peak of college...view

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As the world becomes smaller, and connections online become more frequent than face-to-face interactions, multicultural understanding at the community level is more important than ever. Sister Cities International enables citizen diplomats in communities across the world to develop relationships with communities in other countries that are based on cultural understanding and mutual cooperation.Donate