Upcoming Webinars!

We have two exciting   webinars lined-up for members in the coming weeks!

1) Economic   Development: Assessing   Goals and Resources

Wednesday, March 27,   2:00 pm EDT
Featured speaker: Adam   Kaplan, Membership Director, Sister Cities International

Are you interested in incorporating economic development into your sister   city organization’s work? You do not need to be a businessperson or trade   guru to help your local committees! This webinar, presented in   conjunction with a new toolkit for members, will walk through the first steps   of building economic development programming: identifying resources and   gathering partners in your community. With some basic internet research and   phone work you can begin to build the network and knowledge you’ll need to   get started.
The “Economic   Development: Assessing Goals and Resources” webinar is   the first of a three-part series focusing on economic development. Stay   tuned for updates on future webinars!
2) J-1 Visa Process
Wednesday, April 10, 2:00 pm EDT
Featured speaker: Jennelle   Root Martell, Director of Programs and Grants, Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International will help you navigate the process of applying   for a J-1 Visa. Learn how Sister Cities International has partnered with   a number of immigration lawyers throughout the U.S. to provide pro bono   consultations related to inbound or outbound visas. We will be   highlighting our new online form through which members can request this visa   consultation.

  • To join us for the two webinars please        click on THIS LINK. Under the “Guest” tab, enter        your name and email address and simply click on “Join        Meeting.” (Do not select the “Register” option)
  • To simply listen to the audio-only        version of the call, please dial: 1-719-325-2630, access code: 839510.
  • Please note that no registration is        required. Simply follow the instructions for joining the webinar on        March 27 at 2pm EDT and April 10 at 2pm EDT.

A recording of the   webinar will also be available on our website


Annual Awards Nominations Deadline!

The deadline for   nominating your sister city program, or a sister city volunteer for the Sister Cities International Annual   Awards is April 3!   The Sister Cities International Annual Awards highlight your sister city   organizations’s achievements and brings international recognition to your   community’s contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. Established in   1962, the Annual Awards recognize exceptional sister city programs.

Applications   for the Annual Awards recognizing achievements in the year 2012 are now   open in the categories: Best   Overall ProgramInnovationVolunteer of the Year,   and Youth   Leadership. Current dues-paying members of Sister Cities   International with at least one formally recognized sister city partnership   are eligible to apply for the Awards.

A panel of judges will review the entries and the winners will be honored at   the 57th Sister Cities International Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas,   July 12-13, 2013.

Click here to   nominate your program today! Deadline for application is Wednesday,   April 3, 2013. 

Please   note that all submissions MUST be submitted electronically this year. Please review the details on eligibility,   rules and regulations, submission requirements, and evaluation before   submitting the electronic entry form.


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 12-13, 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:

  • 7 Board of Director positions (three-year        terms, 2013-2016)
  • 1 Board of Director position (two-year        term, 2013-2015)
  • 1 Board of Director position (one-year        term, 2013-2014)
  • 1 Young Professional Representative to        the Board of Directors (two-year term, 2013-2015, must be between 21-34        years of age)
  • 1 Youth Representative to the Board of        Directors (two-year term, 2013-2015, must be 21 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 5:00 p.m. EDT 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.

Register today for the
2013 Annual Conference!



An   exciting line-up of expert sessions, off-site visits, receptions, and   speakers awaits you in San   Antonio, Texas at the 2013 Sister Cities   International Annual Conference, July 12-13, 2013.

Here’s a quick peek at the specialized tracks featured in the agenda!

  • Fundraising 
  • Economic Development
  • Sister City University

For the detailed   agenda, please visit:

Invited Keynote Speakers include:

  • The Honorable Tara Sonenshine, Undersecretary of State for Public        Diplomacy
  • Carola McGiffert, Director of the “100,000 Strong”        Initiative
  • The Honorable Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio
  • The Honorable Henry Cisneros,  Former Secretary of Housing        and Urban Development & Former Mayor of San Antonio
  • The Honorable Seishi Kohyama, Mayor of Kumamoto, Japan

The 2013 Conference features two concurrent specialized tracks!

Focusing on building stronger, sustainable pan-pacific ties.

Providing youth with the tools to lead, network, and become informed global   citizens! Click here to find out more! Special   youth registration rate of $450 includes room and board during the   entire Youth Leadership Summit.



2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Open   to all Sister Cities International youth members!

The 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase theme is “The Power of Exchange.” Sister   city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between   international cities, counties, and states. Whether in person, online, or   through the mail, exchanges of people and ideas facilitate community   development and educational opportunities. Entries should illustrate the   long-term impact that exchanges have had on an individual or community.

The deadline for sending in entries is May 1, 2013. For   details, visit:

Click on the links below to download the entry forms:
Young Artists Form
Young Authors Form

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