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  • Final travel orientation for trip to Reggio Emilia is Sept. 8th 6-8pm at The Gardens Restaurant. RSVP by Sept. 5th  to Eva
  • Delegation departs 21-30th.
  • Farewell and Grazie Mille to Reggio intern, Eleonora Simonazzi who concludes her summer internship in the Sister Cities office. Heartfelt thanks to her host family the Kilianis. 





  • The group is planning for the visit of Trier organist, Martin Bambauer.
  • Volunteers for home and day hosting are still needed, so join them at their meeting and find out where you can get involved. 





  • Domo to the Nagaoka committee for their efforts in coordinating the dinner honoring Mr. Hara and in recognition of the 20 year anniversary of the Harashin exchange program.
  • This month the Nagaoka group is hosting a potluck farewell dinner for the Japanese middle school students. Please see the calendar for details.




  •  The Bandung group is preparing for a professional firefighter's inbound exchange. Join the committee at their next meeting to assist in planning their visit. There are five firefighters visiting Fort Worth and they will stay at fire station number 2.





  • Köszönöm to the Budapest group and partners for welcoming Mayor Tarlos and his delegation to Fort Worth. Much was accomplished during their first visit and your help is most appreciated.





  • Planning is underway with the FW Chamber of Commerce and FW Economic Dev. Dept. to host a trade mission from Toluca. Proposed dates are being considered in early December.
  • The University of Toluca -Tech de Monterrey Engineering mentor program has been expanded to include biotechnical engineers. Up to 20 students will visit Fort Worth early April. If you can home host a university student contact Beth.




  • Another Service Adventure to Mbabane is being planned for June 2011. The exchange will be open to adults and youth and will be limited to 20 people. Applications will be on line by Sept. 10th 
  • Thank you to Commissioner Roy Brooks and Generation Hope Laptop program for donating another laptop computer to our Swazi friends to use for this collaboration.

Fort Worth Youth International

  • The final executive board meeting for the year is planned this month.
  • Spring & summer exchange details/applications will be posted online September 1st. All youth are invited to apply by October 21st.

Emerging Leaders Network (The NET)

  • The NET bids farewell and says thank you  to the international interns who worked in the Sister Cities office this summer. They have returned to China, Italy and Mexico.
  • The NET is excited about a new scholarship that is available for a young professional, alum or a university student to travel to one of our sister cities this year. Stay tuned for application and interview information.

Fort Worth to Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Reggio Emilia, Italy



Fort Worth Council representatives Danny Scarth and Kathleen Hicks, along with 42 members of Fort Worth Sister Cities, will spend 10 days in Italy at the end of September to celebrate Fort Worth's oldest sister city partnership with Reggio Emilia. The group hopes to strengthen economic ties and develop future initiatives.

Reggio 25th ann.The official reaffirmation ceremony will take place in Reggio Emilia's City Council Chambers where Mayor Granziano Delrio will preside. The delegation will attend numerous official functions during their stay renewing past friendships and creating new ones.

Barker Wins Newsletter Contest


James Barker was the winner of a $100 gift card as part the contest to re-name Sister Cities' newsletter. The new masthead above includes his winning entry.

The contest was announced on the Sister Cities Facebook page and submissions from around the world were submitted. After the board of directors and staff paired the selections down to a manageable five entries, the voting began in earnest on Facebook and ended August 12th.

James' entry, HERD 'ROUND THE WORLD, was a clear winner marrying Fort Worth's western heritage with our international outreach. Sister Cities is also re-designing many marketing pieces including its website launching Sept. 1. We hope to make communications with our members and the public easier.

Apply Now For 2012 Youth Exchanges

Seven exchanges are planned for students next year as part of the Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program. Global education and cultural awareness provide unique opportunities to expand and enrich students' lives both personally and academically. In 2012 students will learn about the history, language, food, culture and art of our sister cities in Italy, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Swaziland and China. Students live with host families during the exchanges, visit local schools and volunteer on local service projects. Youth Ambassadors will travel to sites of historical and cultural interest including excursions to Florence, Vienna, Beijing, Yogyakarta and Johannesburg.
Spring Exchanges: Reggio Emilia & Florence, Italy and Budapest, Hungary & Vienna, Austria. 


Summer Exchanges: Nagaoka, Japan; Trier, Rotenburg, and Frankfurt, Germany; Mbabane, Swaziland & Johannesburg, South Africa; Bandung & Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and Guiyang & Beijing, China. 


Space is limited and personal interviews will be held in November for selections. Deadline to submit application is October 21. Download an application or contact Irene Chase for more information. 

Nagaoka Students Visit Cowtown

This month, 25 students and 4 teachers from Nagaoka, Japan will visit Fort Worth as part of the Ambassador Middle School Program with William James, J.P. Elder and Fort Worth Academy where they will be hosted by families from these schools. The Nagaoka students will attend school with their hosts and share their culture, including language, origami, and music. They will in turn learn about Fort Worth traditions. This annual exchange now in its' eighteenth year provides both cities the opportunity to learn about each other's educational systems and develop international friendships.

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                        Mae Ferguson,           Joseph Ramirez,          Irene Chase,       

                         President/CEO           Vice President/COO         Vice President           

                         817.632-7104               817.632-7102             817-632-7101  

                                        Beth Weibel,               Eva Rodriguez,

                                Senior Program Manager       Executive Assistant

                                       817.632-7105                 817.632-7106

610 Grove Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Phone: 817.632-7100 Fax: 817.632-7110


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Calendar of Events

September 2011













Office closed for Labor Day holiday.



Host family orientation for Nagaoka Middle school exchange at FW Academy Library, 7301 Dutch Branch Road (76132), 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.



Reggio 25th Anniversary Exchange final orientation meeting, The Gardens Restaurant, 3220 Rock Springs Road (76107), 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Light dinner hosted and cash bar. RSVP by September 1st to Irene. 




Youth International Final Executive board planning, UNT Health Science Center Atrium, 3600 Camp Bowie (76107), entrance off Clifton Street, parking lot A - most southwest door entrance, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.














Emerging Leaders Network meeting, Chadra Mezza Grill, 1622 Park Place (76110), 6:00 p.m.



Board of directors meeting, The Fort Worth Club, 12thfloor, 12:00 p.m.







International Academic Ambassador Chair reception and orientation, UNT Health Science Center Atrium, 3600 Camp Bowie (76107), entrance off Clifton Street, parking lot A - most southwest door entrance, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  






Trier and Budapest committee meeting, Greenwood's German Restaurant, 3522 Bluebonnet Circle (76109), 6:00 p.m.



Bandung committee meeting, Junsuree House Thai, 1109 W. Magnolia (76104), 6:00 p.m.




Reggio Emilia, Italy 25th Anniversary Exchange.



Nagaoka Middle School Exchange hosted by William James, J.P. Elder and Fort Worth Academy middle schools.






Sayonara Pot Luck dinner for Nagaoka MS students at First United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 800 W. 5th Street (76102), 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


To sign-up for any of the listed events above, please email RSVP and

on the subject line enter RSVP with event name or call 817.632.7100. You may also fax to 817.632.7110.Thank you!