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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.

FOR 2015


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On Friday, April 9th, RSCC held another successful Wine Tasting/Fund Raiser at Glenview Mansion - Rockville’s own "Downton Abbey."

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, fruits, and pastries - as well as six different wines - were in abundance.  Special thanks go to the following merchants for their support:

Food Lion

Giant Food Stores

Harris Teeter



Trader Joe's



In addition, guests were treated to an exceptional evening of classical and contemporary music presented by the "piano prodigies" of Seasharp Music Studio.  Special thanks go to Ms. Vivian Kwok, Seasharp's Director, for her support of RSCC's endeavors. http://seasharpmusicstudio20850.blogspot.com/

Relaxing in Glenview Mansion's Sister City Room between performances are Vivian Kwok and her talented students.

RSCC Member Lois Vuolo (left) helped coordinate the children's performance times.

Samuel is just one example of the level of professional development associated with the students

Read more about these amazing kids here

A special raffle was held for the remaining photos from Pinneberg's
Fotokreis exhibit which was held in October 2013 at the Rockville Senior Center.  Thanks again to the Pinneberg Fotokreis for their generous donation of their professionally produced photos.

The Fotokreis collection

For more details, please click here

Teresa DeWitt enjoys her raffle prize from the Fotokreis collection.

Rockville "Hometown Holidays" Coming in May

23-24 (Sat-Sun) -  RSCC will man the beer tent!  We ask members to volunteer (click here) for an hour or two!  This is one of RSCC's major fund-raising events of the year - and we need your help, please!

25th - Memorial Day Parade - Come march with fellow members!  Help decorate our parade truck!  Be part of the city-wide activity!  The Coordination Council of Chinese-American Associations (CCCAA) Dragon Dance group again is interested in participating in this year’s Memorial Day Parade with RSCC.



Again this summer, thanks to the generous support of the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, Bethesda Big Train Baseball will showcase the extraordinary nonprofits of Montgomery County.  Big Train Baseball (now a program of BCC Baseball) will honor two nonprofits at each of the 22 home baseball games of the Bethesda Big Train to be played at Shirley Povich Field this summer.  For more information about Big Train Baseball, including the schedule and directions to the field, please log onto http://www.bigtrain.org/.  Povich Field is located in Cabin John Regional Park near Westfield Montgomery.

The RSCC Board has selected the game for Friday June 26 (v. Gaithersburg Giants).  We will have a booth to be manned for the game and up to 100 FREE tickets available.  Join us for an evening of volunteering and America’s favorite pastime.  More details coming.  Watch this website!


RSCC President Brigitta Mullican and RSCC Member George Albrecht were recently in Pinneberg as guests of former DAGRP President Hans Georg Beplat and his friend Ilke Allwardt.  During the 5-day visit, they visited the Hamburg Harbor during its 826th (!) birthday celebration.  Brigitta's cousin, Karlheinz Werner and his wife Petra came from Frankfurt to Pinneberg and overnighted at a local hotel, also partaking in the harbor festivities, as they have done from time to time.

Brigitta attended a Pinneberg Stadtrat (City Council) meeting, and she and George were guests of honor at a wonderful party on a Friday night at a local restaurant (more photos will appear in the June RSCC Webpage update).

Pinneberg City Council Meeting

Pinneberg Bürgermeisterin (Mayor) Urte Steinberg, RSCC President Brigitta Mullican, and DAGRP President Bernd Hinrichs

60th Anniversary Planning Meeting

(L-R) Herbert Hoffmann, Brigitta Mullican, Bernd Hinrichs, Margrit Ziegler, Ingeborg Hinrichs, Birgit Drechsler, Ilke Allwardt, Hans Georg Beplat

Their primary mission in Pinneberg was to meet with counterparts and members of the Deutsch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft Rockville-Pinneberg (DAGRP: German-American Society, Rockville-Pinneberg) to begin planning for the RSCC-DAGRP 60th Anniversary in 2017.

60th Anniversary Information (as of May 2015)

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.

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/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.

While waiting for a return flight in Hamburg, Brigitta and George were visited by David Patrician, son of former RSCC President Jim Patrician and former Director Chana Hoch-Patrician.  One time exchange student in Pinneberg, one time English Teacher in Korea, one time Voice of America employee, one time Radio/TV personality in Germany, and soon to be married, all-around American-German raconteur and Renaissance Man, David sends regards to all his friends in Rockville.

RSCC/DAGRP thanks David for the donation he made in honor of his mom and dad, to support  Pinneberg students during their visit to Rockville last year.


RSCC welcomes Mr. Gilbert Santiago as its newest Director.  Mr. Santiago was appointed by the Rockville Mayor and Council on April 27, 2015 for a three-year term expiring on April 1, 2018.

David Patrician and Brigitta Mullican


This year's Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 (instead of Tuesday the 22nd)

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.
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Please remember our Sponsors in your shopping and professional travels.


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


City of Rockville, Maryland - POC: Laura Creech

111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD  20850




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

1600 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  301-294-3830   


 The JBG Companies
Fishers Place and Twinbrook Metro

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


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

110 Crabb Ave., Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  301-881-6725     


Law Office of Thomas K. Brown, LLC

22 West Jefferson Street Suite 401, Rockville, MD  20850

Phone:  1-888-783-9180    



International Travel Consultants

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

Phone: (301) 294-0222


Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

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

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


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/ 


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



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/


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


Renewable Energy Corporation

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


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

or  Brigitta Mullican (RSCC President) at (301) 230-0890
or  via E-mail: RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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