January 1, 2013 | Leave a comment 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! IN THIS ISSUE 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 www.sister-cities.org/submit-your-member-story. 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 Coming 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 www.SisterCitiesInaugural.org 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.usmsca.org or click here.