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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


Please do it now.  Do it here.

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Tom Briggs, Brigitta Mullican, Janice Solomon, Jerol Briggs and Gil Santiago
man the beer spigots!

On Saturday, May 23rd and Saturday May 24th, RSCC manned one of the Refreshment Tents in downtown Rockville.  RSCC Vice President Jack Rodgers was in charge of this year's event.


“Thanks to all who helped man the RSCC beverage booth during Hometown Holidays.  Working with each other builds team spirit and also earned a significant contribution for RSCC programs.  In addition to the $1000 reimbursement from the city, RSCC will probably gain an additional $300 to $400 from tips and the sale of mugs.  A final accounting will be provided later by the city.”


RSCC Director Liz Von Kaenel was again in charge of decorating and preparing for RSCC's Memorial Day parade entry.


Liz reported, "As one of the long-time participants, since the early l980s, RSCC helped the City celebrate and honor the Memorial Day holiday.

The day began with RSCC Director Drew Powell placing a memorial flower wreath at Rockville's memorial flame.  This wreath laying is a tradition instituted by our sister city Pinneberg.

For the parade, our unit was led by George Albrecht and Steve Fisher, in jaunty German hats, carrying the RSCC banner.  This was followed by Liz von Kaenel in German dress riding in Jack Rodgers' Corvette convertible.  A pickup truck was decorated with flowers - black-eyed Susans for Rockville, roses for Pinneberg, and peonies for Jiaxing.  Two large flags from our sister/friendship cities also were displayed on the truck.

A group of young people from the CCACC delighted the parade onlookers with Chinese dragon dancing accompanied by traditional drumming.

Pre-Parade Prep

RSCC VP Jack Rodgers and Director Liz Von Kaenel

RSCC's Truck

RSCC Directors Ying Chen and Bing Huang help with the banner for Jiaxing

Post-Parade Photo Op

Chinese Dancers pose with "Chris" Van Hollen, U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district

Bing Huang and Ying Chen, both in Chinese dress, carried the Jiaxing banner.

Many thanks for behind the scenes work on the truck go to: Liz von Kaenel, Gerrie Checkon, Julie Pfefer, Steve Fisher, and Maury Ward.

As a complete surprise, RSCC won the Parks and Recreation Department's prize as their favorite unit in the parade."


Director Bing Huang received the following from Twinkle Lee (Jiaxing Liaison to Rockville) after forwarding her photos from the parade: "It is so nice of you to share with us the photos taken in the parade.  It made me just feel like being there with you in person.  Sorry to say that Jiaxing didn't have an official flag or logo or so at this moment.

I'd also like to share with you a piece of information that the 7th Jiaxing International Cartoon Biennale will be held in late October this year in Jiaxing.  Please find more details in the attachment the Invitation both English and Chinese versions.  Would you please help to pass the Invitation on to those may be interested in this.  If there is anyone interested to take part in this, please let me know.  It is also getting hotter in Jiaxing.  As I've heard there is a saying that the year 2015 might be one of the hottest years on record due to the El Nino phenomenon.  Just sincerely hope that the climate change will not bring much harm to people's daily life."

Do you want tickets to the BETHESDA BIG TRAIN NIGHT - FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2015 - 7:30?

RSCC has 100 free general admission tickets for distribution for the baseball game on June 26 between the Gaithersburg Giants and the Bethesda Big Train.  The teams are composed of collegiate baseball players from local colleges and colleges across the USA.
Free tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis (regular ticket prices are $9.00 adults, $7.00 students and seniors 65+, and $5.00 children 6-12 yrs.).

Time: Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Location: Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park
Address: 10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, MD
(North of Democracy Blvd, South of West Lake Terrace, west of Westfield Montgomery Mall)

Reservations: If you are interested in free tickets for the June 26th, please send an email to rockvillesistercities@gmail.com.  We need all reservations by June 22.

Please include the number of tickets requested, names of all guests and the email address of at least one adult guest in each family.  We will confirm your reservation by email.  The Rockville Sister City Corporation attendance list will be available at Povich Field at the entrance table on June 26.

Join us for an evening of volunteer appreciation and America’s favorite pastime.


Andy Lett has taken over the duties of RSCC’s City Liaison from Laura Creech.  RSCC wishes to thank Laura for her help and assistance and wishes her well in her new duties.  We also wish to welcome Andy and look forward to working with him in the future.  Andy is Rockville’s Superintendent of Recreation.

by Liz von Kaenel

At 7pm, Monday August 31st, the German film "Wings of Desire" (with English subtitles) will be shown at Montgomery College's Parilla Performing Arts Center.  The event is free of charge.

Set in West Berlin, two angels roam the city unseen and unheard by its human inhabitants, observing and listening to their diverse thoughts.  The film is also a meditation on Berlin's past, present, and future.  Wim Wenders won in Cannes as the best director,1987 and the Grand Prix by the Belgium Film Critics' Association, l988.  Siskal and Ebert gave the film two thumbs up.

Hope to see you there.


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 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!
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) resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.pngPhone: 540.635.6500    Email: SMconservation@gmu.edu
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
Heurich House - DC  / German Embassy / Dumbarton House, etc http://www.heurichhouse.org/
Western Maryland RR - Cumberland MD http://www.wmsr.com/?gclid=CNruguGb-cUCFVUWHwodnH8AVw
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/
Hamburg - Fischmarkt (very early) http://english.hamburg.de/museums-attractions-hamburg-en/295006/fischmarkt-hamburg-elbe-english/


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.

  • Bill Michie, RSCC Member, relates the following article about All the Ways Germany Is Less Car-Reliant Than the U.S.:  Compared to Americans, Germans own fewer cars, drive them shorter distances and less frequently, and walk and cycle and ride transit more often.  They have slimmer waistlines to show for their active transport habits and suffer fewer traffic deaths whether in a car or not.  They spend less household income on getting around even as they pay much more in driving costs.  They use less energy per person on ground transport, resulting in lower carbon emissions. (See the Sustainability Indicators for U.S. and German Transport Systems chart for a great list of performance measures).

Source: http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/02/all-the-ways-germany-is-less-car-reliant-than-the-us-in-1-chart/385163/?utm_source=nl_daily_link4_020515

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.


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



Richard Gottfried CPA, LLC

Tax Returns for Businesses, Individuals and Trusts

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



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/


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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