OCTOBER 2012  






Nagaoka 25th anniversary and Young Professionals Business Mentorship Exchange to Nagaoka, Japan.




Bandung Youth Exchange Host family orientation, Arlington Height High School,. 4501 West Freeway (76107), 6:00 p.m.




Fort Worth Youth International Executive Board Meeting, UNT Health Science Center Atrium, 3500 Camp Bowie (76107), 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Entrance off Clifton St. parking lot #6 - most southwest door entrance.




Fort Worth Youth International "Destination Desserts-Tastes of the World", UNT Health Science Center Atrium, 3500 Camp Bowie (76107), 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Entrance off Clifton St. parking lot #6 - most southwest door entrance. Non-members and parents always welcome.




Executive committee meeting, Murphy Mahon Keffler Farrier LLP, Tindall Square Building No. 2, 505 Pecan Street, Suite 101 (76102), 12 noon.  




Application deadline for Youth Ambassador Exchanges/Delegation Leader and Assoc. Delegation Leaders.




Trier 25th Anniversary celebration dinner, Greenwood's German and European Restaurant, 3522 Blue Bonnet Circle (76109), 6:00 p.m.




Bandung High School student exchange farewell potluck dinner, UNT Health Science Center, Medical Education Training Building (the MET building) room 109-111, 6:00 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!


  • Applications are on the website now for the Reggio youth exchange with a deadline of Oct. 22nd.
  • The Culinary School of FW is planning a March exchange to Reggio and proposing a reciprocal exchange.
  • TCU Nursing School is planning their first exchange to Reggio Emilia for 2013.



  • Danke Shon to our intern from Trier, Simon Kohl, for his hard work as an international program coordinator this fall. Thank you also to his host families, Jeff and Heather Todd, and Gayland Poole and Katie Sherrod.
  • Join the Trier group for dinner and German music at Greenwood's restaurant on Oct. 30th to celebrate 25 years of friendship.  Bring your favorite Trier memories with you and check out the calendar for details.

  • Thirty middle school students and 5 delegation leaders were in Fort Worth for the Ambassador Middle School program last month. Many thanks to the hosting schools: Daggett Montessori, Fort Worth Academy and Trinity Valley School, and all the host families for their participation.
  • 25th anniversary exchange to Nagaoka departs Oct. 2-12 led by Director Emeritus Mary Palko and Nagaoka Chair Tom Brents.
  • Eight young professionals are headed to Nagaoka for a business mentorship program this month. They will learn about Nagaoka's business community while shadowing young professionals from Nagaoka who have careers in similar industries.

  • Bandung High School No. 5 is sending 10 students and 2 teachers to Fort Worth for an educational and cultural exchange with ambassador school Arlington Heights High School Oct. 20-Nov. 2.
  • Join the committee in saying goodbye to the students at their farewell potluck dinner Oct. 30th. See calendar for details.
  • Adults and educators, as well as adult culinary students, are invited  to travel to Bandung and Bali June 11-25, 2013. Stay tuned for details.


  • Fort Worth received a special invitation to participate in Budapest World Heritage Day, which celebrates and highlights both Hungarian and Fort Worth culture.
  • The Budapest committee is planning some local cultural events for the year so stay tuned for dates and details.


  • Communications continues with the office of the newly elected Mayor of Toluca and staff to strengthen the partnership. 
  • The partnership with Generation Hope Laptop program will include a BLOG site with Toluca to share their culture with more than 375 6th-8th graders.
  • Thank you Trinity Valley School for agreeing to host a 3 week exchange for 12 high school students and 2 teachers from Tec de Monterrey in November.


  • Travel on the  "Mbabane Service Adventure" planned for next year in June.  The exchange will include painting murals at child care point centers, tours and  a safari, including 2 days in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Space will be limited, details and applications are available online now.
  • Rotary Reading Corner will continue to expand at Mbabane Central Library with books donated and purchased throughout the year. 
  • Mbabane schools will participate with the Generation Hope program in developing a Blog site to share cultures. The program will kick off October 6th.


  • Guiyang nominated and Fort Worth won the 2012 International Friendly China City Award presented in Sept. in Chengdu, China. Chairman of the Board of Sister Cities International accepted on Fort Worth's behalf.  
  • Recruiting and planning has started for the summer exchange in July for high school students and educators. Registration and details will be on our website soon.  Extended tours will include Beijing and Xian.
  • An inaugural teacher exchange will include meetings with Guiyang teachers to develop ongoing partnerships.

Fort Worth Youth International 

  • Join the group Oct. 14 for "Destination Desserts-Tastes of the World" and learn about spring and summer exchanges for 2013. Local community service projects will be discussed, as well as a culinary class and other international programs.
  • Applications for next year's exchanges are now available on the website and are due Oct.22nd. Limited scholarships are available.

 Emerging Leader Network (The Net)



  • Thank you NET members for joining the "Sayonara" get together for the young professionals traveling to Nagaoka on the business mentorship exchange.
  • Applications for Associate Delegation Leader positions are now on the website.   Deadline to apply is Oct. 22.
  • Gain international experience as a spring or summer intern.  Contact Beth if interested.
  • Several NET members are volunteering at the Mayor's International Dinner Nov. 1st . If you would like to get involved and see the fun, contact Beth to sign up.
  • Five members are currently serving as international program coordinators for Sister Cities.



Mae Ferguson



Joseph Ramirez

Vice President/COO


Irene Chase

Vice President


Beth Weibel

Sr. Program Manager


Eva Rodriguez

Executive Assistant



Fort Worth Sister Cities International
610 Grove Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Phone: 817.632-7100 Fax: 817.632-7110





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