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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.

The RSCC Monthly Board Meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each month, at City Hall, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (except December).  The public is invited.

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.



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RSCC will

  • host its annual German-American Day Dinner at Normandie Farm Restaurant on Sunday, October 9th between 4:30 and 7:00 PM.  In addition to great food, including Normandie Farm’s famous popovers, there will be a guest speaker and music.
    Flyer here.  SIGN UP NOW - Payment DUE 10/6 !

  • celebrate Rockville’s sixtieth anniversary with its Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany in 2017

See more details below (keep scrolling down!)

Our Rockville Mayor and Council thanked all its volunteers at the Glenview Mansion on Thursday, September 15.
Here's a photo with the Mayor and Council and the RSCC Board.


Working in conjunction with the City of Rockville, Rockville Sister City Corporation hosted the Rockville Sister City Day, held in Rockville Town Center on Saturday, September 24th.  The German themed event celebrated Rockville Sister City Corporation’s thirty years of service, and featured draft beers served by World of Beer and Gordon Biersch, the music of the Rockville German Concert Band, food with a German flare provided by local vendors, the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department as well as other enthusiastic participants.

RSCC had a tent at the event to advertise our relationship with Pinneberg, Germany; to promote RSCC; and to increase our membership.  There was live music on the Rockville Town Square Plaza stage courtesy of The German Band (part of Rockville's Concert Band).

Thanks also to The City of Rockville for its generous support and assistance.


Many thanks to our sponsors and event supporters

Rockville Go & Chess Group
John Goon, POC -
Face Painting by Betty

Rockville Sister City Day Event Photos

In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus: Eins, zwei, g'suffa!
Da läuft so manches Fäßchen aus: Eins, zwei, g'suffa!
Da hat so mancher brave Mann: Eins, zwei, g'suffa!
Gezeigt was er so vertragen kann
Schon früh am Morgen fing er an
Und spät am Abend kam er heraus
So schön ist's im Hofbräuhaus.

 (Sing along with the Band!)

Photos courtesy of Steve Fisher
and Brigitta Mullican


This year's Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, September 29, at the Glenview Mansion.

There was a social gathering prior to the Annual Membership Meeting.  Light refreshments, including wine and hors d'oeuvres were served.

Reports were presented by RSCC Directors, including activities regarding Rockville’s Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany and Rockville’s Friendship City, Jiaxing, China.  Information was provided on upcoming celebrations regarding the 60th Anniversary of Rockville’s Sister City Relationship with Pinneberg.  A presentation regarding Rockville Sister City activities over the past year was shown.

The General Membership in attendance voted on nominees to RSCC’s Board of Directors and on two amendments to RSCC’s Bylaws.  The proposed bylaws changes reflected greater flexibility in the scheduling of the RSCC Annual Membership Meeting and making minor textual corrections to RSCC Bylaws.  The new amendments were approved as presented.

It was announced that Rockville City Clerk/Director of Council Operations (and former RSCC Director) Kathleen Conway would replace Rockville Superintendent of Recreation (and now former RSCC City Liaison) Andy Lett.  Thanks to Andy for his great help, and a warm welcome to Kathleen!

Click here for mini-bios on your newly elected (or reelected) RSCC Directors.

RSCC Annual Meeting Photos

October 2016 – marks the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the RSCC

October 3, 1990

"Germany was officially reunified and its five states, which had been abolished in 1952, were reinstated as regions of one country. East and West Berlin became one unified city and the German flag was raised above the Brandenburg Gate."

The Week in Germany

Normandie Farm Restaurant - Sunday, October 9th (flyer here).

We hope you will attend this annual event and RSCC Fundraiser!

German-American General von Steuben – Hero of the Revolutionary War
Copyright German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® 2016
Regarding the upcoming German-American Day in October

We tend to overlook the German-Americans who had a large influence on the freedom the United States enjoys today.  On July 5, 1776, the German-American newspaper, Der Wöchentliche Pennsylvanischer Staatsbote, was the first paper - in any language - to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence the day before.  The newspaper also published a German translation of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776.

Germans started immigrating to the British Colonies as soon as Jamestown was founded.  By the start of the American Revolution, about 10% of American colonists spoke German.  Most of the Germans who assisted the rebelling American Patriots were colonists fighting for the same reason as their fellow British colonists.  However, many Germans also supported the Loyalist cause and served as allies of Great Britain, whose King George III was also the Elector of Hannover.

German-speaking patriots were sprinkled across each of the thirteen colonies.  One of the most famous patriots was Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who left his German roots to assist the American rebellion.  Von Steuben was born in a Magdeburg fortress in 1730 and by the age of 17 had already served in the military as a Prussian officer.  He was a member of an infantry unit as well as a staff officer in the Seven Years War.  He served in Russia periodically as a member of the General Staff.  This position gave von Steuben the knowledge and experience that would treat him well in his future as an American militant.

Von Steuben was discharged at the age of 33 due to speculations and found himself in financial predicaments.  After looking for employment in several foreign armies across Europe, von Steuben met Benjamin Franklin in Paris in hopes of joining the Continental Army in America.

In September of 1777, von Steuben landed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and a few months later, was reporting to General Washington at Valley Forge.  He did not speak English but was able to communicate with some of the officers in French.  With the help of Alexander Hamilton, von Steuben drafted a program and trained 100 chosen men.  Von Steuben’s prior knowledge and experience allowed him to successfully train Patriots to win the American Revolution.

After his apparent success, von Steuben was appointed Inspector General at the request of General Washington.  He assisted and commanded troops through the end of the Revolutionary War and was discharged from the military with honor on March 24, 1784.  Von Steuben established residency and remained in New York where he died a prominent figure in 1794.


Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt, October 15-16, 2016

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[Here is the announcement of the Goethe Society's Klassisches Oktoberfest from our former RSCC President.  "It will be in English and is usually very interesting and educational.  Greetings to you all!"  Rotraut Bockstahler, Sarasota, FL]:

"This year's Klassisches Oktoberfest will take place Saturday, 29 October 2016, from 10:30 am-4 pm at the Goethe-Institut (1900 K St NW, Suite 03).  This year, in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we'll be celebrating the Bard's continuing influence on German literature and culture.  The day's events will kick off with coffee at 10:30 am.  At 11 amDrew Lichtenberg, Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg of the Shakespeare Theatre, will give a talk on "Shakespeare and the German Romantics: A Mutual Legacy."  His talk will explore how the rediscovery of Shakespeare by Goethe and his contemporaries helped transform German literature and redefine what it means to be German.  Following the talk, there will be a traditional Oktoberfest lunch with beer and bratwurst, followed by a screening of German director Max Reinhardt's sparkling (and star-studded) 1935's Hollywood version of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

For further details about the talk and our speaker, please visit the Goethe Institut's website at:  https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/wsh/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=20831399

The cost is $30 for members and guests, $35 for non-members (includes lecture, lunch, and film).  To RSVP, Checks payable to AGS should be sent to Dr. Nicholas Fessenden, AGS Treasurer, 7324 Kindler Road, Columbia, MD 21046 with your registration....  I hope that you will join us for this fantastic event!"

(More on) Board and Card Gaming in Rockville...

Fridays are for board and card gaming in Rockville. The Rockville Go & Chess Group meets every week from 7 to 11pm in the Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum Drive, Rockville, MD and is hosted by RSCC member John Goon.  The group actually plays a large variety of games, old and new.  In addition to the traditional games like Go and Chess, many of the newest generation designer games are represented.  These include Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Splendor, Power Grid, Caverna, SeeLand, Star Realms, Jaipur, Seven Wonders, Hanabi, Dominion, and Race for the Galaxy.  Card games like Bridge have a robust following of beginner/intermediates.  Many of the games are stored on-site.

The group sponsors community service activities throughout the year.  These include volunteer visits to the Children's Inn at NIH and the Bethany House Apartments to support monthly game nights there.  These projects started over 7 years ago and are going strong.

Other group outreach activities involve hosting game days at county libraries.  The 2016 schedule follows:

Saturday, 10/08. Aspen Hill Library,  1-4 PM.
Saturday, 10/29. Twinbrook Library, 1-4 PM.
Saturday, 12/03. Twinbrook Library,
1-4 PM.

The Rockville Go & Chess Group has been a part of the Rockville community since 2001.  The average weekly attendance is 25.  Anyone interested in participating and/or volunteering can contact: John Goon at spineyone@yahoo.com .


A finalized schedule, coordinated with the Cities of Rockville and Pinneberg, is in the works.  Here are the dates:

Rockville Delegation visits Pinneberg, Germany - May 31, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Custom tour of Germany with focus on German ingenuity - June 3-12, 2017, including optional stop in Pinneberg for the 60th Anniversary celebration.  If you would like to join the festivities in Pinneberg, but then see more of Germany, a special customized tour is being planned; join anniversary celebrations with our hosts in Pinneberg and then continue on the tour, which starts the evening of June 3 and concludes on June 12.  Visit Bremerhaven, Lüneburg, Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Weimar/Eisenach/Wartburg, Nuremberg, and Munich!  Email us for details at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

Pinneberg Delegation visits Rockville, Maryland - October 5, 2017 to October 8, 2017

We hope that you will consider being a host for our Pinneberg friends when they come to Rockville.

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

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


The new RSCC Phone Line is:  240-314-5029

If you have a question or suggestion for RSCC, call the "hotline" and we will return your call as soon as possible.
This phone line is provided through the courtesy of Rockville City Hall.


If you take a look at the top of this webpage, you'll find two ways to donate to RSCC.  On the top, you (or your friends) can donate to RSCC via the safe and secure PayPal site.  Simply click where you see the "DONATE NOW" button.  Remember, RSCC is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are deductible to the extent of the IRS law.

One other way to help RSCC is to join "Amazon Smile" when you shop at Amazon.   See more info below.


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!


What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.  You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.


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.


The Jiaxing Foreign Language School (JFLS) in Jiaxing and Julius West Middle School (JWMS) in Rockville would like to establish a sister school relationship.

If you are interested in helping with this endeavor, please contact RSCC Director Bing Huang.





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

Our Sister City - Pinneberg

Our Friendship City - Jiaxing

German Life Magazine - as described by David E. L'Heureux, former President Emeritus, RSCC

"One of the finest magazines I have seen.  Over a period of time this very informative bi-monthly magazine in English provides you with an excellent view of Germany, German life, culture, society, festivities, food, sightseeing and everything else you might want to know about in a very attractive glossy-paged publication.  Not only are the presentations wonderful, but there are also ads leading to German clothing, food, recipes, books, music, souvenirs and activities in the United States.  Pictures abound.  Issues are not only informative, but educational as well.  Great for adults and children as well.....  By the time you put down one issue, the next one is at hand."

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

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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.


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: Andy Lett

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



Rockville Sister City Corporation
Rockville City Hall
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD  20850-2364
RSCC Phone Line:
or  via E-mail: RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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