Welcome back to China delegation

Special thank you to hosts of Toluca engineering and Trier students



May 2012




Jr. International Leadership Academy student & parent mandatory orientation.  6:00 p.m. at UNT Health Science Center Auditorium, 3500 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, 76107. Enter off Clifton Street, parking Lot 6, most southwest door entrance by flag poles to atrium. 




Reggio Emilia, Toluca, Mbabane programs and exchanges planning for 2012-2013. Open to all members and non- members.  Bring your favorite international appetizers/dish to share. Wine will be hosted. 6:00 p.m. at UNT Health Science Center atrium,  3500 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, 76107.    Enter off Clifton Street, parking Lot 6, most southwest door entrance by flag poles to atrium. 




Board of Directors meeting, 12:00 p.m. at the Fort Worth Club, 12th floor.




Nagaoka and Bandung- Tour of the Japanese Gardens at 6:00 p.m. Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. We will meet at a central location in the gardens to be determined.




Committee exchange debrief and photo sharing, 6:00 p.m. at the home of Greg and Becky Haskin, 304 Havenwood Lane N, Fort Worth 76112. Bring photos to share!




Summer Youth Ambassadors final travel orientations for Nagaoka,  Guiyang, Trier, and Mbabane.  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at UNT Health Science Center auditorium. 3500 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, 76107. Enter off Clifton Street, parking Lot 6, most southwest door entrance by flag poles to atrium.  




Emerging Leaders Network (NET) Visioning Retreat from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. at UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, 76107.




Office closed for Memorial Day




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  • Join us for our May meeting with Toluca and Mbabane to plan programs and exchanges for 2012-2013. Bring an international dish/appetizer to share and we will provide the wine.  Bring a friend; non-members always welcome.
  • Tarrant County College culinary students depart to Reggio Emilia this month. The group will also visit the cities of  Florence, Venice and Rome to explore culinary classes and savor the tastes of Italy.
  • Help us recruit great host families for our 17 students and teacher coming in July to participate in the International Leadership Academy. Contact Beth for details. 


  • Fort Worth artist Nancy Lamb and her husband Bob Powell are off to Trier, Germany this month. Nancy, along with another international artist from Bolivia, was invited to Trier to observe the special display of the holy robe at the famous Bishop's Museum. She was commissioned to paint an interpretation of what she observed. Her work will be featured in a special exhibit in 2013 in Trier entitled "Bring together what is Divided". 
  • The committee will not meet this month but stay tuned for details for a June meeting, where we will meet Nancy Lamb and learn about her experience in Trier.

  • Nagaoka and Bandung are getting together this month for a magnificent garden tour of the Japanese gardens. Join them and master gardener Scott Brooks as they explore one of Fort Worth's greatest cultural treasures. They will meet following the tour to begin the programs and exchanges brainstorming process. 
  • Details for the 25th anniversary exchange to Nagaoka, Kyoto, Toba and Tokyo are ready soon. The date has been set for October 2-12, 2012. $550.00 deposits are due June 29th and are non-refundable. 

  • Bandung chairman Brent Clifford and his family returned from their adventure in Indonesia this month, which included a 5-day visit to Bandung. Meet Brent at the meeting with Nagaoka this month and hear about his experiences. See calendar for details.
  • The committee is also excited that 10 students from Bandung are coming to Fort Worth for the International Leadership Academy. They look forward to welcoming them. 


  • The Budapest group is happy to announce that the city of Budapest is heavily recruiting for students to come to Fort Worth to participate in our cultural week and ILA programs in July. Stay tuned for details as our committee will plan to do a special welcome for them.
  • Mayor Price and the director of the Kimbell Art Museum are in discussions about details for the Budapest art museum to borrow the Carvaggio "Cards" painting, which is a part of the permanent collection for the Kimbell. 



  • Cook up your favorite recipe and share during our 2012-2013 brainstorming session this month with Reggio Emilia and Mbabane. Wine will be hosted.See calendar for details.
  • Toluca is sending 25 students and teachers for our ILA program in July. Please help us recruit hosts families- contact Beth for details.
  • Fort Worth Chamber is reviewing interested Fort Worth companies for a trade mission from Toluca coming June 24-27.  Contact Irene for details.



  • Bring your favorite international dish to share at this month's meeting with Reggio and Toluca, and we will provide the wines! See calendar for details.
  • 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 that houses the Rotary Reading Corner with books purchased through their generous donation of $1000. 
  • Mbabane is also busy recruiting for their high schools students and teacher who will come in July to ILA  with thanks to the members of the BELA organization (Black Ecumenical Leaders Alliance) who will sponsor five scholarships for the Mbabane students. 


  • The 71 member Fort Worth Ambassador Delegation and Texas Wesleyan Choir members was sucessfully led April 13-22 by Senator Jane Nelson, City Council Liaison for Guiyang, Dennis Shingleton and Brad Mahon, Chair of Sister Cities' Board of Directors. Guiyang hosted formal dinners, tours and showcased their beautiful city of culture and tradition. Many new lasting friendships have been established and our Guiyang committee members will be developing future initiatives for our new partnership. 
  • Guiyang  is recruiting for the ILA program and have already committed to sending 15 students and three English teachers and staff from their International Affairs Department. Host families needed for July, contact Beth for details.
  • Guiyang committee will plan a special presentation on China to all Sister Cities members. Please stay tuned for this event - " Discover China!"

Fort Worth Youth International

  • Congratulations and thanks to our graduating FYI officers, led by President Shelby Roberts this past school year.
  • More than 75% of  youth officers had been involved since middle school. They have vowed to stay involved in our alumni program as they prepare for college students. It was a great year and we salute their dedication to the mission of Sister Cities.
  • Enrich your summer by hosting an international student in July for a week or weekend. Contact Beth for details.

 Emerging Leader Network (The Net)

  • What an exciting month for our NET group! They are having a visioning session, led by Dr. Tom Fairchild, chief strategist for UNT Health Science Center. They will discuss, share and brainstorm direction for Fort Worth Sister Cities International's alums, young professionals and university students and how they are integrated into the organization for the next 25 years. We have an impressive group of young professionals and we look forward to hearing their thoughts about the future.


  • Fort Worth Sister Cities International is saying goodbye to eight fantastic spring semester interns. Many, many thanks to you all! We absolutely CANNOT do as much as we do without your involvement. You all worked so hard and should be proud. Also, congratulations to our TCU graduating seniors Hayden Ganther and Natalie Garcia. Big thank you to interns: Chelsea Tyra, University of North Texas; Anna Weeks, TCU; My Nguyen, TCU; Natasha Zinsou, TCU; Ashley Woeber, graduate of University of North Texas; Dru Mcilhenny, TCU.




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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