Chop House supports successful international wine dinner





April 2012  














Toluca Engineering students Welcome Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at UNT Health Science Center - 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 Enter off of Clifton Street and park in parking lot 6. Use the most southwest entrance to the building by the flag poles 


Emerging Leaders Network's Protocol Workshop. Join us to learn about the business and cultural etiquettes of Latin America. 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Gardens Restaurant, 3220 Rock Springs Rd, 76107. Cost is $25 for Sister Cities members and $30 for non-members.

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Trier Youth Exchange hosted by Arlington Heights High School, Trinity Valley School and All Saints Episcopal School





Friday- Sunday

Fort Worth Official Delegation to Guiyang and Beijing for  Signing Celebration





Trier High School student farewell potluck dinner 6:30 p.m. at UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. 76107. Enter parking lot 6 off of Clifton Street. Use most southwest entrance to the building near the flagpoles. The Fort Worth Kids Who Care students who performed in Trier last month will do an encore performance of some of the musical numbers from "Choices."   

















Nagaoka 25th anniversary exchange committee will meet 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine on Camp Bowie, 6140 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76116


FYI Youth Executive Board meeting from 2:00- 3:00 p.m. at UNT Health Science Center atrium, 3500 Camp Bowie 76107. Please enter off Clifton Street, parking Lot A, most southwest door entrance by flag poles to atrium.    









FYI Youth Board Elections 2012-2013 & Photo Show of  Spring Exchanges to Italy & Budapest 3:00-4:30 p.m. at UNT Health Science Center atrium, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. 76107 Enter off Clifton Street, parking Lot A, please use most southwest door entrance by flag poles to atrium.  "Gelato" ice cream will be served.  


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.

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  • Grazie to our Youth Ambassador group returning from the Reggio spring exchange led by Nelcy Cardenas, alum and member of our Emerging Leaders Network.  Over 70 youth attended their presentation about the International Leadership Academy.
  • Pre-travel orientation is scheduled this month with Tarrant County College students going to Reggio Emilia. The group will also visit the cities of  Florence, Milan, Venice and Rome  in May for an Architecture & Art Appreciation exchange.  Briefings will be held with the Reggio Emilia Association of Architects and local artists .
  • Planning continues with TCU Nursing Professor Sharon Canclini who in July will be conducting site visits in Reggio Emilia for 2013 nursing service exchange. 
  • Our committee will not be meeting this month, but plan to join us for an early May meeting.



  • Our Kids Who Care group had a wonderful experience in Trier last month as they performed their original musical,"Choices" for the community.Thank you for representing Fort Worth so well. 
  • This month, the Trier and Budapest committees are welcoming 15 students and one teacher from Trier for an exchange with Arlington Heights High School. 
  • Come to the farewell potluck dinner for the students from Trier, Germany on the Arlington Heights High School exchange on Thursday, April 19th at UNT Health Science Center. The Fort Worth Kids Who Care students who performed in Trier last month will do an encore performance of some of the musical numbers from "Choices." See calendar for details. 


  • Domo Arigato to the Fort Worth Japanese Society for a wonderful demonstration of kimono dressing at our meeting last month. 
  • The Nagaoka group is making plans for the 25th anniversary exchange to Nagaoka October 2-12. The exchange will include a side trip to Kyoto and other locations.  Join them for their meeting this month to hear more details and save those dates now. See calendar.



  • We wish our Bandung chairman Brent Clifford a pleasant journey as he travels to Bandung this month. He will meet with our colleagues at the city of Bandung offices.
  • The Bandung and Nagaoka committees will meet together this month and discuss upcoming plans for the Nagaoka 25th anniversary exchange, so see the calendar for details.



  • Welcome back to our Fort Worth students and their delegation leader, Budapest youth chair Andrea McCormick. They visited Budapest and Vienna last month. 
  • The city is recruiting students to come to Fort Worth for ILA and cultural week. 
  • Join the committee this month with the Trier group as they welcome our German students. See calendar for details.



  • Join us in our Bienvenidos pot luck dinner for the Toluca Engineering University students on Tuesday, April 3rd. Check calendar for details or contact beth@fwsistercities.org
  • Muchisimas Gracias to all the host families and the local businesses who mentored our Toluca Engineering and Bio- Tech Engineers students from the Tech de Monterrey. Company visits included - Lockheed, UTA Robotics and Bio Medical Departments, DFW, Bell Helicopter, UNT Health Science Center, Fort Worth Police Department Crime & DNA lab, Trinity River Vision Authority, Tarrant Regional Water District, and Cowboys Stadium . The hands-on tours, mentoring and meeting with successful Fort Worth Engineers was a true inspiration and motivation for our Toluca students.  They also visit the FWISD Texas Academy of Biomedical Science students to discuss curriculum and explore future collaborations.
  • Fort Worth Chamber is reviewing interested Fort Worth companies for a trade mission from Toluca, with a possible visit late April or early May.



  • Dr. Staussa Ervin, committee chair is busy coordinating the Service Adventure team going to Mbabane in June.  The group is collaborating with Mbabane for a mural design for their Central Library, which houses the new Rotary Reading Corner, with books purchased through their generous donation of $1000.  Muralist Jo Dufo is collaborating with other art teachers and FWISD art director Beverly Fletcher for the ideal art images for "Telling the Story of Friendship" that will further  motivate and inspire the children to read.
  • Mbabane is also busy recruiting for their high school students and University Alumi led by teacher Ngwane Dlamini who will come in July to ILA with thanks to the members of the BELA organization (Black Ecumenical Leaders Alliance) who sponsor the scholarships  for the students.
  • Our committee will not be meeting this month, but plan to join us for early May meeting where we will sample favorite international recipes and brainstorm programs for next year.


  • The Fort Worth Ambassador Delegation of 39 with 30 Texas Wesleyan Choir members, led by Choir Director Dr. Jerome Bierschenck, will be led April 13-22 by Senator Jane Nelson, City Council Liaison for Guiyang, Dennis Shingleton and Brad Mahon, Fort Worth Sister Cities International Board of Directors.  Guiyang is preparing all formalities for receiving our delegation, including local historical tours, visits to the University, schools and cultural performing groups sharing their traditions via song and dance. The Fort Worth leadership will have exchange meetings in developing future initiatives for our new partnership. 
  • Our inaugural Fort Worth youth delegation is also practicing the Chinese language and preparing a presentation on our culture for their June exchange. Thanks to members and Guiyang natives, Sam Chen and wife Lisa.  
  • Guiyang is recruiting for the ILA program and have already committed to sending 15 students and 2 English teachers and staff from their International Affairs Department.  Host families are needed for July. If interested, please contact Beth (817) 632-7105. 


Fort Worth Youth International

  • We will be electing 2013  youth officers at the April 29th meeting! Italian ice cream (gelato) will be served! Come to learn tips on interviewing for those summer jobs and enjoy photos from spring exchanges to Italy & Budapest. 
  • Our FIRST "International Kite Festival " was  a great success and congratulations to  Jordan Edwards who received a Gift Card Prize for the most creative design.
  • Calling all current 6-7-8th graders to register for our exciting Jr. ILA program in July.  Info is available on our website and the application deadline is April 23rd.   
  • Enrich your summer by hosting an international student in July for a week or weekend. Contact Beth at (817) 632-7105.


 Emerging Leader Network (The Net)

  • The NET members are happy about welcoming our 12 engineering students from Toluca TEC de Monterrey to Fort Worth for their mentorship program. 
  • Join them at the April 5th Latin American Protocol Workshop. 
  • The NET is also very proud of our associate delegation leaders who traveled to our sister cities of Reggio Emilia and Budapest last month. Congratulations to Sierra Ballard (Reggio Emilia, Italy) and Carina Clemente (Budapest, Hungary) and Maria Carranza (Budapest, Hungary). 
  • We are also recruiting for summer internships and facilitators for ILA. Please see the website for details and applications.




Mae Ferguson




Joseph Ramirez

Vice President/COO



Irene Chase

Vice President



Beth Weibel

Sr. Program Manager


Eva Rodriguez

Executive Assistant


Libby Taylor

Marketing Coordinator



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