Please   note: Our office will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. We will   however be regularly checking the voicemail of our main line 202.347.8630.   Please leave your name and number in this general mailbox and we’ll get back   to you as soon as possible. 

Happy   Holidays!


Coming soon! Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala

Member Satisfaction Survey

Proposed Bylaw Changes Deadline Announced

Applications for Open Positions on the Board of   Directors

US/Mexico Sister Cities Association Youth Award


Jan 12, 2013
Culver City Sister City   Committee 50th Anniversary Celebration

Jan 14, 2013
Santa Cruz Sister Cities   Committee Meeting

Jan 17, 2013
Sister Cities International   Inaugural Gala



Give the gift that keeps on giving all year with a donation to Sister Cities   International. Your gift makes a different today.

How is your sister city organization celebrating Martin Luther   King Jr. Day of Service on January 21, 2013? Make sure to tell us all about   it at

Attention members!

To ensure that your   membership dues payments are received on time, please update our new address   in your system:

915 15th   Street, NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20005



sistercitties internationalComing   soon! Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala

The exclusive Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala is less   than a month away! Come celebrate the inauguration of our Honorary Chairman,   the President of the United States at the beautiful International Hall of   Flags at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce situated a block from the White House.

Doors will open for the Gala at 7:30 pm on January 17, 2013 and there will be   live music, and open bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres!

General Colin L. Powell; Senators Richard   Burr (R-NC), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Robert Casey   (D-PA), Daniel Inouye (D-HI) (In Memoriam); Representatives Gerry   Connolly (D-VA), Lois Capps (D-CA), Jerry Costello   (D-IL), Susan Davis (D-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Michael Honda   (D-CA), Randy Hultgren (R-IL), William Keating (D-MA), Steven   LaTourette (R-OH), Zoe Loftgren (D-CA), Michael McCaul   (R-TX), Sue Myrick (R-NC), and Frederica Wilson (D-FL) are on the   Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala Honorary Host Committee. So join   us for this exclusive event showcasing the important role of everyday citizen   diplomats in promoting peace and prosperity around the world!
Reserve your tickets today at or call   202-347-8630.


Member   Satisfaction Survey

Attention members! Remember to complete the 2012 Annual Membership Survey! This survey should   take fewer than 10 minutes to complete and will help to determine priorities   for Sister Cities International in the coming year.  These priorities   include the services we offer, where we allocate resources, and how we   implement our strategy to strengthen and assist the over 500 U.S. cities that   form the Sister Cities International network.

We   hope that you will take the time to provide us with feedback and help shape   the future of Sister Cities International. Click here to start the survey.


Proposed   Bylaw Changes from the Membership

Each year, Sister Cities International’s Governance Committee   receives and reviews suggested changes to our bylaws and board policies   submitted by our members. These proposed changes are then voted on by the   membership during the 2013 Elections.

Members of Sister Cities International may now submit proposed   changes to the Governance Committee for review.  Bill Boerum, chairman   of the Governance Committee, requests any proposals for changes to the Sister   Cities International bylaws, procedures, or board policies be submitted by   Monday, January 21, 2013 to President & CEO Mary D. Kane at (, or in a letter   postmarked by January 21, 2013 to our main office (915 15th Street NW – 4th   Floor, Washington, DC 20005).

To   view all current organizational documents, please click here.


Accepting   Applications for Open Positions on the Board of Directors

Sister   Cities International welcomes all qualified applicants to run for open   positions on the Board of Directors.  Elections to the Board of   Directors are held each year during the Annual Conference.  If you plan   to run for a position at the 2013 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX July   11 – 13, 2013, please carefully review all information on the elections   process to ensure your eligibility.

Eleven   (11) Board positions will be open during the Annual Business Meeting at the   Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas on July 12, 2013. This includes:

  • 9        Board of Director positions (three-year terms, 2013-2016)
  • 1        Young Professional Representative to the Board of Directors (two-year        term, 2013-2015, must be between 19-35 years of age)
  • 1        Youth Representative to the Board of Directors (two-year term,        2013-2015, must be 18 years of age or under)

It   is the policy of Sister Cities International Board of Directors that each   candidate applying for the above positions, including current directors who   are running for the board and wish to have their names placed on the ballot,   complete the following form and electronically submit the form and all   supplemental information to the Sister Cities International office by 5:00pm ET   on May 15, 2013 to Materials   received after this date will not be considered.

Please take note of all word count requests throughout the   application. If an applicant exceeds the desired word count, Sister Cities   International will edit your application to meet the requirements.
Please email completed applications to Mary Kane, President   & CEO, at


Application Packet must include:

  • 2013 Board Application (click to download)
  • Electronic        Photograph or Headshot (300 dpi or higher)
  • Official        letter from a representative of a dues paying Sister Cities        International member organization or an elected official, endorsing        candidacy

For more information on the 2013 Elections process, please CLICK HERE.

Applications   Open: US/Mexico Sister Cities Association Youth Award

Applications are now open for the US/Mexico Sister Cities   Association’s Youth Award!

The $1000 award will be granted to six college students and/or high school   students (17-24 years). The Award recognizes youth participants who   have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the youth movement in a   sister city or other community program. Please note, to be eligible for the Award, the   applicant must be active in a local sister city or community program   with an affiliation in Mexico and be a member in good standing with   the US/Mexico Sister Cities Association (US/MSCA.)

The Award will be granted at the 50th anniversary Convention of  US/MSCA   that will take place February 21-23, 2013 in Laredo, Texas.

To access the application and details, please visit the USMSCA website at or click here.

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