May/June 2012 
Jacksonville Sister Cities Association

             Jacksonville Sister Cities Association
Volunteers Needed for 
Annual SCI Conference
Sister Cities International (SCI) is hosting the 56th annual conference in Jacksonville from July 11-14, 2012. 
If you are interested in volunteering, please send your telephone number and email address to Doug Coleman at
So far, 70 people have signed up, but more are needed!!!
Thank you in advance for your help!


JSCA Summer Social


Join fellow JSCA members for Spanish night at Suite dining and lounge in the Markets at Town Center on June 26, 2012.


Suite is located at 4880 Big Island Drive, Suite 1 Jacksonville, FL 32246.  
A limited number of free appetizers will be provided by the restaurant. Appetizers and will be half price until 7 p.m., drinks are half off until 8 p.m.

For more information call (904)493-9305 or visit,

This event is free and includes a cash bar. 
P.S. Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!

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Florida Sister Cities Launches                New Website 
Sisters Cities Florida Coordinator Chris Boehler created a website for all Florida chapters to access and share information. 
The site can be used as a resource and communications portal by emailing the site's webmaster to post your upcoming events for other Florida chapters to see. 
Visit the site,


Get Involved In JSCA!
One of the great benefits of JSCA membership is the opportunity to become directly involved in helping to plan our many wonderful programs and events. It's a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people with a shared interest in global diplomacy.
To see a list of all current projects in which you might volunteer to help, please visit our newest webpage at
We will update this site regularly, as we frequently complete and then start new projects. 
We have a great variety of programming -- educational, business, cultural -- where you can join us in planning the special projects and events which JSCA has on tap for 2012.
Contact information is included in each project description, so check it out!

Exchange Students
Visit Jacksonville 

Eleven exchange students visited in January.  
Story written by: Alice Hill


   "When are the Argentineans arriving?" was the question asked by everyone at Fletcher Senior High the last days of January.

   And arrive they did for their annual visit, all 11 of the exchange students plus their chaperone, on Saturday, January 28th, and were met by their American host families and host brothers and sisters. 

   During their 3 week stay at the beach, they attended classes with their host students and visited additional classes. They were asked everything and anything about Argentina, and graciously answered all the questions. 

   They were thoroughly enchanted with our American high school system, both because they do not change classrooms during the day as we do and because they follow a required course of study and do not have our electives to choose from. 

   They of course loved the "off campus" lunch policy and contributed to the economy at the beach by eating at as many restaurants as possible. They also loved shopping and were by the end of the stay on a first name basis with people at Best Buy, Walmart, Radio Shack, and Super Target. 

   Their were also several "outside the classroom" activities including visits to Sally Industries, and to the Mayor's office where the students met the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Chris Hand. Chris, being a Fletcher graduate, delighted the students by promising that the next time they visited, he would have city pins in purple and white, Fletcher colors. 

   Additional activities included a trip to swim with the manatees in Crystal River, an evening of ice-skating, and a visit to the School Board where the Superintendent presented each student with a certificate. 

   The 3 weeks flew by and both the American and Argentinean students found it difficult to say "good-bye", having become close friends with their families and host brothers and sisters.

   Each promised to return to Jacksonville one day to renew the wonderful friendships they had made here.



                 2012 SCI Conference  

                          SCI Conference

Don't miss the 
Sister Cities International 56th Annual Conference!
July 12-14, 2012 -- Jacksonville, Florida
Expand the global reach of your Sister City, County, or State program with the help of Sister Cities International. The 56th Annual Conference will be held July 12 - 14, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida.  
The annual conference gives citizen diplomats from around the nation the tools they need to connect communities and empower partnerships worldwide.  Attendees receive exclusive access to educational seminars and the opportunity to network and share best practices with other Sister Cities program leaders. 

Seminar topics include:
  • Training and recruiting the next generation of local volunteer leadership.       
  • Using social media to promote and publicize your program to new audiences. 
  • Improving economic development between sister programs through entrepreneurship.          Running a successful giving campaign to support your program. 
  • Best practices in global sustainable development programs.

Register now at: to receive the best possible rate!    


Questions?  Contact Anna Valero, Director of External Affairs, Sister Cities International, at


20th Annual World of Nations Celebration

The City of Jacksonville presents its 20th annual World of Nations celebration.
Metropolitan Park from May 3, 2012 through May 6, 2012.
Friday, May 4: International Party & Fireworks (from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.)  
Saturday, May 5: Naturalization Ceremony (10:30 a.m.)
Sunday, May 5: Parade of Flags (2 p.m.)
Ticket Pricing:
International Party Tickets $5 (Friday night only)
One Day Ticket $5 (Saturday or Sunday)
Two Day Ticket $8 (Saturday and Sunday)
Three Day Ticket $10 (Friday-Sunday)
For more information please call: (904) 630-3690 or visit
JSCA will have a booth at the event! 
450th French Discovery Anniversary Celebration
450th Discovery

On May 1, 2012, Jacksonville will celebrate the 450th anniversary of French Huguenot Captain Jean Ribault's arrival and the beginning of French history in Florida. 


On May 1, 1562, Jean Ribault sailed into what we now call the St. Johns River, and named it The River of May. He met with the indigenous, Mocama-speaking Timucua Indians on the North side of the river and claimed the beautiful land for France by placing a stone onto the ground in her honor.  


The next French exploration occurred in 1564, Fort Caroline- la Caroline - was built, and the "First Thanksgiving" took place on June 30th of the same year.


Nantes (France) is a JSCA sister city. 


For more information visit,


                    City Reports 

Bahia Blanca 
  • The committee is in the process of planning a soccer exchange in October with a high school in Bahia, and a scuba exchange with a scuba club.    


  • City VP Sheng Zhang traveled to China to meet with Jacksonville's three Friendship Cities to further strengthen relationships.
  • The committee hosted the JSCA social in March at Espeto Brazilian steakhouse. About two dozen members and guests showed up to a night of Brazilian cuisine, culture and music.   
Changwon City 
  • The public exchange officer agreement has been signed by Mayor Brown and sent to Changwon City. More details to come.

  • William Fullerton visited Murmansk where he met with members of the city administration, local students, teachers, and citizens to get a better understanding of their culture, education and economic development potential.        

  • The Nantes Committee is sponsoring the Loire Valley Wine Tasting event on May 20th at the Haskell Building from 4-6 p.m. Admission includes wines and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $35 per person. RSVP to Dr. Joanne Davis.   
  • A delegation of 13 students and two teachers from Nantes are expected to travel to Jacksonville on April 4th.


Nelson Mandela Bay

  • Tina Daniels and Steve Manis traveled to South Africa to participate in the mobile clinic dedication and ceremony on April 21-April 27.


 San Juan   

  • Plans are underway for "Doing Business with Jacksonville" seminar in San Juan, a sailing regatta and the symphony exchanges between Jacksonville and San Juan. More details to come.  
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