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A Triangle of Sun, Sand, and Innovation: Sister Cities in Argentina, Florida, and Spain Meet to Strengthen Relations

Contributed by Marianne Winfield, Executive Director, Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities, and Oscar García, Chair, Sister Cities Mar del Plata, Argentina. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. In February 2017, Oscar García, Chair of Sister Cities in Mar del Plata, Argentina, was appointed by Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International (GFLSCI) as liaison for GFLSCI between Fort Lauderdale, Argentina and Spain, and recently took a trip to Spain to talk about GFLSCI programs and initiatives.  Mr. García was received at the US Embassy in Madrid by Mr. Christopher Quade, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy, where Mr. García introduced Mr. Quade to several Sister Cities initiatives that GFLSCI is developing around the world, as well as ones...view

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Spring Leadership Meeting Sharpens Focus, Intensifies Mission of Sister Cities International

Blog contributed by Lori Ann Reinhall of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. Click here to view the original blog post on medium. Day One: Welcome to Washington The Sister Cities International Spring Leadership Meeting convened in our nation’s capital and home office to SCI, March 15–17, with the SCI staff, Board of Directors, and State Representatives. Travelers came from all over the country, battling difficult weather conditions that had caused numerous flight delays and cancellations. In the end, most could not be stopped by Winter Storm Stella, and the three-day summit kicked off with various committees meetings and a rigorous training session for the new designee State Representatives. On the first afternoon in D.C., the SCI leadership team braved the...view

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Music as International Language: Seattle Music Exchange Project Strengthens Sister City Ties

Blog contributed by Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. When the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association received an email from pianist Angelo Rondello making inquiries about the possibility of arranging a sister city tour, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew of Rondello as one of the rising stars on the local musical scene but hadn’t yet had the chance to hear him perform live, let alone meet him. With our association going through a period of rebirth and rebuilding, I hadn’t either given much thought to setting up concert venues in Norway. My own response wasn’t immediate, but once an initial meeting was set up, I soon realized it would be the beginning of something new and exciting. Angelo and...view

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