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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 Association Rockville-Pinneberg, founded in 1984, is under the leadership of Bernd Hinrichs since 2006.  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.


The City of Rockville became a Friendship Sister City with Jiaxing, China, in 2009.

Jiaxing sent a delegation to Rockville on December 15 and 16, 2014.  The purpose of their visit was to:

  • Meet with the Mayor and Council of the city of Rockville;

  • Hold discussions with appropriate Education Departments;

  • Visit schools in Rockville and explore the possibilities of establishing sister school relations between our two cities; and

  • Learn more about the fields of administrative supervision and the utilization of public funds.

Our honored Jiaxing delegates wereShen Linong (Deputy Director of National People's Congress Jiaxing Committee); Wang Liren (Secretary General of National People's Congress Jiaxing Committee); Shen Qiuming (Director of Jiaxing Municipal Bureau of Supervision); Dong Wei (Deputy Director of Jiaxing Municipal Bureau of Finance); Xu Xinquan (Principal of Jiaxing High School); Li Zhenchao (Association Consultant of Jiaxing, Foreign Affairs Office).

On Monday, December 15th - after a long ride from New York - a Welcome Reception was held at the Rockville City Hall, and afterwards the delegates had an opportunity to observe a regularly scheduled meeting of the Rockville Mayor and Council.

On Tuesday, December 16th, the delegates met with Rockville school principals at Julius West Middle School.  This meeting gave an opportunity for both the Jiaxing delegation and Rockville schools to know more about the school systems on each side.  For example:

  • Chinese middle school students need to pass an entrance examination to get to their desired high school.  So in China a high school can have students from many different middle schools but this is not the same situation in the US.

  • Jiaxing High School has a very good exchange program with a German high school.  This program helped the Jiaxing high school students to do College studies in Germany.

  • The Jiaxing delegation asked many questions about private schools.

  • Jiaxing representatives verbally invited the Principal of Julius West to visit Jiaxing next year. (We'll keep our fingers crossed!)

  • JW middle school sent approximately 10 students who can speak fluent Chinese to lead the Jiaxing delegation while touring the school to witness regular daily activities. JW already has an admirable Chinese language training program.

Mr. Craig Staton, Principal at Julius West Middle School commented: 

“The Julius West MS staff really enjoyed hosting the delegates from Jiaxing, China.  The best part of the visit was seeing how our student ambassadors appreciated the experience of chaperoning and touring the building with the guests.  These students, who all take Chinese as a second language here at Julius West, were able apply some of the language skills they are acquiring from class as well as learn about the Chinese culture.”

After a lunch at the Teppanyaki Grill & Buffet, the delegation was given briefings by Rockville City Staff.  Both sides learned a lot regarding many different subjects - Rockville citizenship identification, city tax, general tax, tax in Jiaxing, salaries (teachers, police, private schools), land use, zoning, budget preparation/execution and supervision.

At the end of their busy day our guests were honored at a reception/dinner at the Rockville Hilton Hotel.  The evening began with a Happy Hour/Ice-Breaker sponsored by Westat, Inc., one of RSCC's longtime corporate sponsors, and we would like to recognize them for their thoughtful and greatly appreciated support of this event.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by some highly talented young pianists:

  • Samuel Huie: 11 year old pianist, won first place in the 2014 American Protégé International Talent Competition at Carnegie Hall just weeks ago, was a first prize winner at the 2013 World Invitational Pianist Competition and took first place in the Maryland State Teachers Piano Competition.

  • Evan Xue: 9 year old pianist, has won numerous awards at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

  • Jenny Zhang: 8 year old pianist, who won first place in the 2014 American Protégé International Talent Competition and will next perform in Carnegie Hall in spring 2015.

Thanks go to Vivian Kwok, Director & Pianist, Seasharp Music Studio, a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, who has taught young music students in Rockville since 2000.

Among attendees were representatives of the Chinese Embassy: The Honorable Ying Zhang (Third Secretary, Congressional and Sub-national Affairs); and The Honorable Chuan Chen (Second Secretary, Embassy of the People's Republic of China).

Other dignitaries included:
The Honorable Bridget Donnell Newton, Rockville Mayor; The Honorable Virginia Onley, Rockville Councilmember; The Honorable Sidney Katz, Montgomery County Councilmember; John Lin, Representative, Asian Pacific American Task Force; Bruce Adams, Director, Office of Community Partnerships Montgomery County, Community Engagement Cluster. 
Rockville Deputy Assistant City Manager, Jennifer Kimball and the Asian Pacific American Task Force Liaison, Janet Kelly also attended.

After introductions, a delicious meal was served.  The opportunity for conversation with the delegates was facilitated by local attendees from Rockville's Asian-American community.  We thank them for their interpretation skills!

We hope this trip was beneficial for our Jiaxing guests, and that coordination and cooperation between our two cities can continue to grow.

RSCC hopes that members of Rockville's Asian-American community will also become RSCC members, and help us advance our efforts toward a full-fledged "Sister City" relationship with Jiaxing.

The City of Rockville captured the visit with this beautifully prepared video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcfNG393KlM&feature=youtu.be

(Special thanks to RSCC Director Bing Huang for his help in preparing this story.  Double-click on photos to expand.)

Mr. Shen Linong (center, right) presents a gift to Julius West Principal, Mr. Craig Staton.  Looking on are Nancy Deprey (MYP/IB Coordinator) and Tom Gillard (Staff Development Teacher)

RSCC President Brigitta Mullican introduces our Jiaxing guests and recognizes Bruce Romer (right) for Westat's support of the dinner.

Ying Zhang and Chuan Chen, from the Chinese Embassy chat with John Lin (from Rockville's Asian Pacific American Task Force) and his son, James

Betty Chan-Bolhofer (left from CapitalOne Bank, an RSCC Corporate Sponsor) and Anna Tavongsa helped as citizen-interpreters during the evening.

Vivian Kwok & her talented Students

Samuel Huie

Jenny Zhang

Evan Xue

Christmas Greetings were also received from Jiaxing's Twinkle Lee at the Jiaxing Foreign Affairs Office

FOR 2015


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Want to become a Director of the RSCC Board?

The City of Rockville still has vacancies to fill on the RSCC Board.  If you would like to become involved in the activities and operations of RSCC, call President Brigitta Mullican at 301-230-0890 for more details.  We gladly seek your recommendations and ideas; put them into action by becoming a Director!

Holidays at Glenview Mansion

RSCC decorated the Sister City Room Christmas tree at Glenview Mansion again this year.  Director Liz VonKaenel and her helpers did a wonderful job.  Thank you, Liz!


Join RSCC on a Trip to Pinneberg This Year!

The German-American Society in Pinneberg (DAGRP) has invited an RSCC delegation to visit Pinneberg, Germany the first week of May 2015, in order to begin planning efforts for the 60th anniversary celebrations that will take place in both Pinneberg and Rockville in 2017.  If you are interested in joining this delegation, meeting new friends in Pinneberg, and helping DAGRP and RSCC in planning for our 60th, please contact President Brigitta Mullican.

Photo Sale!

Photos from the recent Pinneberg Fotokreis exhibit at the Rockville Senior Center during October 2013 were generously offered to the Rockville Sister City Corporation by our friends in Pinneberg for sale to enthusiasts and those who appreciate fine photography.

Each photo is matted and ready for framing - a fine addition to your living room or den - and your purchase is fully tax-deductible as a donation to Rockville Sister City Corporation (a 501(c)(3) entity).

All photos are approximately 15-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches; matted at ~ 20 x 16 inches

For pricing and more details, please click here

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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.

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Corporate Sponsors - Calendar Year 2014
The Rockville Sister City Corporation gratefully wishes to acknowledge the following Corporate Sponsors.
Please remember our Sponsors in your shopping and professional travels.


City of Rockville, MD

111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD  20850


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

Westat Inc.
Bruce Romer, Contact

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


The Finest Performance Foundation, Inc.

15 Clemson Court, Rockville, MD  20850

Sigy's Service Center
BMW Specialist



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


Rockville-Twinbrook Real Estate
Victor Llewellyn, Contact


Phone:  301-807-4575  or  301-424-0900 ext 113




Law Office of Thomas K. Brown, LLC
22 West Jefferson Street Suite 401, Rockville, MD  20850
Phone:  1-888-783-9180    



International Travel Consultants -
Languages: English and German
1010 Rockville Pike, Suite 401, Rockville, MD  20852
Phone:  301-294-0222  or 1-800-466-4660          Fax:  301-294-5324 



Rob Crow, III
Twinbrook Resident

6 Montgomery Village Ave, Gaithersburg, MD  20879
Ofc:  301-258-7757     Fax:  301-921-2653
E-Mail: robcrow@remax.net

Think "AAA" for  •Membership, •Travel, •Car Care, •Insurance, •Banking, and more!

Become an AAA member today!

Visit or click AAA.com    Phone:  301-944-9519
AAA Rockville, Care Care Center, 718 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Rockville Economic Development, Inc.
95 Monroe Street
Rockville, MD  20850

Phone: 301-315-8096


 Case Design/Remodeling

  Bruce Case, President


Phone:  301-229-4600

American Custom Contractors
Attn: Kate Nelson
15728 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855

Phone: 301-417-1000    http://www.americancustomcontractors.com/

Capital One Bank - Rockville

387 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD  20850

POC:  Betty Chan-Bolhofer
betty.chan@capitalone.com   (301) 251-1435


Rockville Volunteer Fire Department

PO Box 1547, Rockville, MD  20849
Phone:  301.424.0310

Serving the citizens of Rockville for over 90 years

Kiwanis Club of Rockville, Inc.
P.O. Box 1401
Rockville, MD 20849-1401
Phone:  301-168-2146

POC: John Tyner  Tyner@Taliesan.com

Richard Gottfried CPA, LLC
Tax Returns for Businesses, Individuals and Trusts

Phone: 301-762-5182

7501 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1500E
Bethesda, MD  20814
Phone:  301-986-6000

                                  POC: Todd Pearson Todd.Pearson@bfsaulco.com


To find out more about the Rockville Sister City Corporation, please contact

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

or  RSCC Information Line at (240) 314-5029
or  Brigitta Mullican (RSCC President) at (301) 230-0890
or  via E-mail: RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com

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