January 25, 2012 | Leave a comment January 24, 2012 Registration Reminder: Annual Conference Early-bird registration ends Friday, February 3!The 56th Sister Cities International Annual Conference connects local leaders and motivated citizens who want to have a positive impact in their community and around the globe. This year’s conference will take place July 12 – 14 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, in Jacksonville, Florida. Register by Friday, February 3 to receive the early bird rate of $475. After February 3, registration is $625. Be sure to mark your calendar and register today to secure a great discount!Register now at: www.sistercitiesconference.org Reminder: Next Webinar on “Accounting for Sister Cities” Rescheduled for January 25The next session of Sister Cities International‘s Webinar Series will be held on January 25, 2012 at 2 p.m. ET. There is limited space available. E-mail email@example.com with your name and sister city affiliation to receive login information. Your membership will be verified before you receive the registration link. Call for Submissions: Young Artists and Authors Showcase 2012Now is the time to plan your submission to the international Young Artists and Authors Showcase. Be it a piece of 2D art, poetry, or a short essay, this program is a great way to recruit young people to participate in your Sister City program. All 13 – 18 year olds are eligible to submit work, based on the 2012 theme of “Youth as a Catalyst for Change.”Visit the website (http://www.sister-cities.org/programs/youth.cfm) to learn more about submission guidelines and to print entry forms. The deadline is April 30, 2012. Send Us Your Stories!Has your city hosted a gathering, event, or cultural exchange? Sister Cities International wants to hear about your most recent events! Select cities will be profiled in upcoming newsletters and on www.sister-cities.org. To submit your story, send a description (including date, location, number of attendees) and several photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now Accepting Board of Directors ApplicationsThe 2012 application form is now available for those interested in joining the Sister Cities International Board of Directors. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm ET. Contact Mary D. Kane, President & CEO or Carol Robertson Lopez, board Secretary, with questions regarding board candidacy. 2012 Membership DirectoryAs we prepare to print the 2012 Membership Directory, we want to ensure that we have correct information listed for your program. Click here to visit our online directory to see how your information will appear in the printed directory. If your program needs to make changes or updates, please email email@example.com.