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Rockville-Pinneberg
60th Anniversary - 2017 !

For an amazing 58 years Pinneberg and Rockville have maintained a meaningful and intense friendship.  The initiators were former mayors Henry Glissmann (SPD) and Dickran Hovsepian.  The German-American Society Rockville-Pinneberg, founded in 1984, is under the leadership of Bernd Hinrichs since 2007.  The Pinneberg City leadership has dedicated a Rockville Room at City Hall.  The corresponding organization in Rockville was founded in 1983 under the name of Rockville Sister City Corporation.

WELCOME !  WILLKOMMEN !  欢迎 ! (huān yíng)

This is the official site of the Rockville Sister City Corporation (RSCC) in Rockville, Maryland, representing a long-standing relationship between the people of Rockville, Maryland, and the people of Pinneberg, Germany.
The relationship was established in 1957.

Rockville is also in the process of developing a Friendship Relationship with the city of Jiaxing, China.


2016

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR....
TIME TO JOIN RSCC OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2016

Please do it now.  Do it here.

Memberships are for the Calendar Year (Jan-Dec).  We urge new and renewing members to send in their Membership Dues for 2016 as soon as you can.  Thanks for your support of RSCC!


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FORMER RSCC DIRECTOR DICK KNORPP HAS PASSED AWAY

We have lost another great Rockville Sister City supporter.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Knorpp family.  May he rest in peace.

Richard Knorpp was born on February 11, 1940 and passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2016.  He was a resident of Naples, Florida.

Dick was a kind and helpful person.  One could always count on his service.  He helped the Rockville Sister City programs for many years, especially the

student exchanges.  Dick served on the Rockville Sister City Task Force for two years and was one of the RSCC's founding Directors.

The world has lost a great guy - kind, caring, generous and a great friend.  The RSCC remembers and thanks Dick for his work and guidance over the years.

The Knorpp family is planning to hold a memorial service in Rockville sometime this spring.


THE RSCC CHRISTMAS DISPLAY AT GLENVIEW MANSION

As in years past, RSCC decorated a Christmas tree in the Glenview Mansion’s Sister City Room.  The display of German and Chinese themes was accomplished by Director Liz VonKaenel and her jolly elves.

"MEET & GREET" WITH CITY OFFICIALS CANCELLED

The Friday, January 22, 2016  "Meet & Greet" event with the new Rockville Mayor and Council has been canceled because of the impending snowstorm.  RSCC is working with the City Clerk's office to get a new date for the event.  Thanks for your understanding.

 


RSCC HAS A NEW PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT

At the January Board Meeting, Chris Malone stepped down as President.  Drew Powell, who was serving as RSCC's Vice-President, then assumed the role of President.  Director Brigitta Mullican was chosen by the Board to become the new Vice-President.  Best wishes to these new Officers.


DIRECTOR VON KAENEL HOSTS RSCC BOARD & GUESTS AT DECEMBER MEETING

 

 

 

One of Liz's many (7 !) Christmas trees

It has been a tradition that RSCC Director Liz Von Kaenel hosts the December RSCC Board Meeting at her beautifully decorated house.  After the regular monthly meeting, the Board (and guests from the Rockville City Government) partook in some holiday cheer and merriment. 

RSCC was pleased to have Rockville City Manager Barbara Matthews, RSCC City Liaison Andy Lett, and Rockville Council Members Beryl Feinberg and Virginia Onley join the holiday party.

RSCC also recognized Christian Jessen-Klingenberg as our newest RSCC member.  Mr. Jessen-Klingenberg is from Pinneberg, Germany and teaches at the Potomac German School.


GIFTS FROM FRIENDSHIP CITY JIAXING ON DISPLAY IN CITY HALL AND
GLENVIEW MANSION'S SISTER CITY ROOM


On display in the Sister City Room

"Shrimp"

Qi Baishi (January 1, 1864 – September 16, 1957) was an influential Chinese painter.

Born to a peasant family from Xiangtan, Hunan, Qi became a carpenter at 14, and learned to paint by himself.  After he turned 40, he traveled, visiting various scenic spots in China.  After 1917 he settled in Beijing.

He is perhaps the most noted for the whimsical, often playful style of his watercolor works.


On display in Rockville City Hall's main lobby

During the December 2014 visit of Jiaxing officials in Rockville, copies of a watercolor by famous Chinese artist Qi Baishi were presented to the City of Rockville and to the RSCC.  These gifts have been framed and are now on display.  Please stop by either the Rockville City Hall or the Sister City room in Glenview Mansion (or both!) to enjoy these lovely pieces of art.

HELP RSCC WITH YOUR AMAZON PURCHASES

RSCC is now a member of Amazon Smile, which means every time you make a purchase on Amazon.com, a tiny portion of that purchase price will be donated to RSCC.  This is a simple, "no-brainer" way to help RSCC.  Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ to begin.  When asked to pick your "Charity" (Non-Profit), type in "Rockville Sister City Corporation" as shown, and you're on your way.  We thank you for your support!

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60th ANNIVERSARY PLANNING

Tentatively, 30 representatives from Pinneberg will arrive in Rockville for 5-7 days in early May 2017.
Rockville will send 30 representatives to Pinneberg for 5-7 days in late May/early June 2017.

A finalized schedule, coordinated with the City of Rockville, is in the works and the above dates are subject to change.

We hope that you will not only be interested in attending our 60th anniversary in Pinneberg, but that you will also consider being a host for our Pinneberg friends when they come to Rockville.

We are seeking input from RSCC members in two areas:

1) What would be new and exciting places to take our Pinneberg guests in and around Rockville/DC? and  2) What would be places in and around Pinneberg and/or Hamburg that folks from Rockville would like to visit? (The Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg should easily qualify for a spot in #2: http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/ )

Please send your ideas, comments, and/or desires (including your interest in journeying to Pinneberg) to us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com 

Let's make this coming Anniversary (one of the longest partnerships in Sister City history) something special!

* In addition, DAGRP plans to sponsor another "USA East Coast Tour" (with a stopover in Rockville of 2-3 days) in October 2017.  Although accommodations will most likely be in a Rockville hotel, we will plan various activities for our friends while they are here.

Do you have suggestions, or can you help plan for the upcoming anniversary?  If so, contact us at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

 

List of Suggested Things to Do - Rockville/Pinneberg 60th
Things need to be fairly close by, not too expensive, fun/interesting, and not too strenuous - planning needs to start now
- suggest something!
ROCKVILLE
Historic Peerless Bldgs - Wire Hardware, B&O Station, etc - coordinate with Peerless http://www.peerlessrockville.org/
Local Tech/Biotech Companies - Coordinate w/REDI, RV Science Center, etc http://www.rockvillesciencecenter.org/
Udvar-Hazy Museum https://airandspace.si.edu/visit/udvar-hazy-center/
Baltimore Inner Harbor - Aquarium, Science Center, Lunch http://baltimore.org/article/baltimore-inner-harbor
Front Royal Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (in conjunction with a visit to Front Royal, a picnic in the GW Forest, and a wine tasting in Virginia) Phone: 540.635.6500    Email: SMconservation@gmu.edu
http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/
Visit to St Michaels, MD or similar (Crab Feast) http://www.stmichaelsmd.org/
Bike Trip (10K or less)  
DC Tour via Seg-Way http://www.capitalsegway.com/?gclid=CLy-m_mS-cUCFUyPHwod2rgANQ#/?playlistId=0&videoId=0
Amish Country Tour (Eyre or Similar) http://fieldtripmaker.com/
DC by Night http://www.grayline.com/tours/washington-dc/dc-after-dark-5889_9/  
National Trolley Museum http://www.dctrolley.org/
Gettysburg Battleground - Ike Farm - Cozy Restaurant - Fire Fighter Memorial, etc (round trip w/lunch) http://www.nps.gov/eise/index.htm
Blues and Jazz Club - Bethesda http://www.bethesdabluesjazz.com/
Visit the Naval Academy, Annapolis http://www.usna.edu/homepage.php
Tour Frederick, Schifferstadt Museum  & Covered Bridges http://www.frederickcountylandmarksfoundation.org/fclf_schiffgen.html
http://www.visitfrederick.org/historic-covered-bridges-driving-tour
Heurich House - DC  / German Embassy / Dumbarton House, etc http://www.heurichhouse.org/
http://www.germany.info/embassy
http://dumbartonhouse.org/
Western Maryland RR - Cumberland MD http://www.wmsr.com/?gclid=CNruguGb-cUCFVUWHwodnH8AVw
PINNEBERG
Model Train Wunderland - Hamburg http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/
Hamburg Auswanderungs Museum - Ballinstadt http://www.ballinstadt.net/BallinStadt_emigration_museum_Hamburg/Welcome.html
Nearby Arboretum - Ellerhoop or similar http://www.arboretum-ellerhoop-thiensen.de/
Visit to Bremen? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bremen
Watt Wanderung? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudflat_hiking
Spargelessen? http://www.niedersachsen-tourism.com/
Bike trip?  (10K or less)  
Jazz Boat or Club Hans Georg knows the one
Hamburger Dom ? http://english.hamburg.de/hamburg-events/290760/hamburg-hamburgs-dom-english/
Hamburg Hafen Tour http://europeforvisitors.com/hamburg/articles/sightseeing-boats-harbor-tours.htm
Airbus Factory tour http://www.airbus.com/company/aircraft-manufacture/how-is-an-aircraft-built/
Planten und Blomen (by Night) http://plantenunblomen.hamburg.de/
http://plantenunblomen.hamburg.de/wasserlichtkonzerte/
Hamburg - Fischmarkt (very early) http://english.hamburg.de/museums-attractions-hamburg-en/295006/fischmarkt-hamburg-elbe-english/

FREE GERMAN COURSES ON-LINE THROUGH DEUTSCHE WELLE

http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/german-courses/s-2547


News  & Notes

The Rockville Science Center is offering to provide tours, etc., of local science, technology and nature facilities for visitors coming to Rockville.  This would also be a great opportunity for RSCC members to learn about technology in Rockville.  If you have a suggestion for a tour or visit, please let us know and we will try to arrange things.


Our Sister City - Pinneberg

Our Friendship City - Jiaxing


Paid members of RSCC are eligible for a discounted annual rate of $17.95 (vs regular subscription rate for one year - 6 issues - of $24.95) when subscribing to German Life Magazine.  Here is the form you should use:

German Life is a high-quality, highly interesting magazine about life and culture in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  We hope you will take advantage of this extraordinary offer, as part of your membership in the Rockville Sister City Corporation.

For a preview of German Life magazine go here:  http://GermanLife.com


Travel and Hosting Opportunities

Rockville residents are urged to include Pinneberg on their itinerary whenever traveling in Europe. The Rockville Sister City relationship is very well known in Pinneberg, and you are bound to receive a special welcome when you mention Rockville.

Frequently, students and other visitors from Pinneberg seek short-term accommodations in Rockville.  Residents who are interested in hosting visitors from our Sister City Pinneberg or our Friendship City Jiaxing are encouraged to volunteer.  Contact RSCC at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com


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Corporate Sponsors - Calendar Year 2015
The Rockville Sister City Corporation gratefully wishes to acknowledge the following Corporate Sponsors.
(Sponsor since...)
Please remember our Sponsors in your shopping and professional travels.

(2/24/2010)

Nexus Holidays DC  -  Xiaosheng Bi, Owner

932 Hungerford Drive  #7A, Rockville MD  20850
Phone: (301) 917-2222 • 1 (800) 919-8041 •  Fax: (301) 917-2240
www.nexusholidays.com    
www.nexusholidays.net



(9/1/2010)

City of Rockville, Maryland - POC: Andy Lett

111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD  20850

http://www.rockvillemd.gov/ 

 



(3/31/2011)

Westat Inc. - Bruce Romer, Contact BruceRomer@Westat.com

1600 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  301-294-3830   
http://www.westat.com



(3/20/2013)

 The JBG Companies
Fishers Place and Twinbrook Metro

5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 0200, Rockville, MD  20852
Phone:  301-468-0200     http://www.JBG.com


(12/1/2013)

Sigy's Service Center - BMW Specialist
Contact:  sigysbmw@aol.com

110 Crabb Ave., Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  301-881-6725     
http://www.sigysbmw.com/



(12/1/2013)

Law Office of Thomas K. Brown, LLC

22 West Jefferson Street Suite 401, Rockville, MD  20850

Phone:  1-888-783-9180    
tbrown@thomasbrownlaw.com

 

(1/9/2014)

International Travel Consultants

POC: Gabrielle Williams
1010 Rockville Pike #401, Rockville, MD 20851

Phone: (301) 294-0222


(3/4/2014)

Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

Laurie Boyer, Executive Director
95 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD  20850

Phone: 301-315-8096     http://rockvilleredi.org



(8/22/2014)

Rockville Volunteer Fire Department
Serving the citizens of Rockville for over 90 years

PO Box 1547, Rockville, MD  20849

Phone:  301-424-0310     http://rvfd.org/ 

(10/17/14)

Kiwanis Club of Rockville, Inc.
Rockville, MD  20849-1401

POC: John Tyner  Tyner@Taliesan.com

Phone:  301-168-2146     http://www.kiwanisrockville.8m.net/index.html

 

(11/23/2014)

Richard Gottfried CPA, LLC

Tax Returns for Businesses, Individuals and Trusts

richgott3@verizon.net     Phone: 301-762-5182

http://www.gottfriedservices.com/



(1/8/2015)

B. F. Saul Co.

POC: Todd Pearson   Todd.Pearson@bfsaulco.com

7501 Wisconsin Avenue - Suite 1500E - Bethesda, MD  20814
Phone:  301-986-6000     http://www.bfsaul.com/

(2/3/2015)

David Johnston - Senior Financial Advisor
Managing Director - Investments

7901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-230-5734 | 800-777-3664    Fax: 301-907-2062
Email:
david.johnston@wellsfargo.com

 



(2/3/2015)

Renewable Energy Corporation

7 W. Aylesbury Road, Suite H
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 560-9032     http://renewableenergysolar.net/

THANKS TO ALL OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF RSCC !


Rockville Sister City Corporation
Rockville City Hall
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD  20850-2364

or  via E-mail: RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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