FEBRUARY 2013   




Deposit deadline for Bandung and Bali, Indonesia.




Emerging Leaders Network meeting, Cabo Grande Restaurant, 115 West 2nd Street (76102), 6:00 p.m.




New Board member orientation, Bennett Benner Pettit, 500 W. 7th, Ste. 1400 (76102), 12 p.m.




Youth Executive Board meeting,  Arlington Heights High School auditorium, 4501 W. Freeway (76107), 1:30-3:00 p.m. Entrance off first east side parking lot of Ashland Street & I30.




Fort Worth Youth International general meeting "History & Art of Indian Henna Designs",  Arlington Heights High School auditorium, 4501 W. Freeway (76107), 3:00-4:00 p.m. Entrance off first east side parking lot of Ashland Street & I30. Parents are welcome. Snacks will be provided.




Finance committee meeting, Bennett Benner Pettit, 500 W. 7th, Ste. 1400 (76102), 11 a.m.




Executive committee meeting, Bennett Benner Pettit, 500 W. 7th, Ste. 1400 (76102), noon.




Bandung, Indonesia Cultural Event - the Culinary Delights of the Islands of Indonesia, UNT Health Science Center Atrium, 3500 Camp Bowie (76107), off Camp Bowie turn on Clifton Street, parking lot #6, entrance most southwest doors by flag poles, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. There will be food and cultural musical performances.




Application deadline for International Leadership Academy.




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!


Experience Bandung & Bali at Local Event or Travel With Group in June


Students Interested in International Experience Apply Now - International Leadership Academy/Jr. Academy


Oshogatsu, Year of the Snake, Big Success




  • The Culinary School of Fort Worth is outlining an exchange to Reggio Emilia for this March, as well as a program in Fort Worth hosting a culinary group from Reggio later in the year.  
  • Reggio Emilia is recruiting high school students to attend the International Leadership Academy and the Kids Who Care summer camp.


  • Sister Cities is partnering with the Convention and Visitor's Bureau on an international internship program. We will welcome intern Alena Backes to Fort Worth for 2 weeks in April. She will work with the Directors and Coordinators of Tourism on special international tourism projects.
  • A small delegation will be traveling to Trier June 25-30, 2013 to celebrate our 25th anniversary. The Fort Worth Gessellschaft (Fort Worth committee) is planning some celebratory activities. Director Emeritus Hilde Horchler will lead the delegation.
  • Trier students will arrive in Fort Worth in March for an Ambassador School program with Arlington Heights High School.

  • Nagaoka is donating fireworks for Fort Worth's fourth of July celebration along the Trinity River in partnership with Trinity River Vision.  They are also sending an official delegation to join the celebration and continue our 25th anniversary celebration. Day and home hosts for the delegation will be needed.
  • Youth Ambassadors and Harashin scholars are meeting monthly to prepare for their exchanges to Nagaoka in June and July.

  • The Bandung group will host a February Membership event focused on the Culinary delights of the Islands of Indonesia.  Details available soon.
  • There are still spots available if you would like to travel to Bandung and Bali June 11-21 on an adult exchange. The deposit deadline has been extended to Feb. 15th.


  • Budapest is scheduled to host a membership event in November.  If you would like to help design this event plan to join the next meeting or contact Beth Weibel.
  • The Budapest committee congratulates the 8th-12th graders selected as Youth Ambassadors who will travel to Budapest this March.


  • Program details are being finalized for two Toluca groups coming in March. Share your favorite pot luck dish and meet 37 high school and university students and teachers March 27th as we bid them farewell.
  • All Saints Episcopal School is recruiting host families and planning the academic and cultural program for high school students from Toluca coming for 2 weeks in March.
  • The Toluca University Engineering program is underway with several local businesses recruited to day mentor 24 bio-medical and electrical engineering students during a one week intensive program in Fort Worth.


  • Mbabane elected a new mayor, Mayor Arnold Dlamini who took office at the beginning of the year.
  • Mike Hyatt and Mary Palko, Directors Emeriti and Mae Ferguson, President/CEO, will travel to Mbabane April 4-11th for a final evaluation of the Health & Social Center funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • There are still spots for adults to sign up and experience the "Mbabane Service Adventure" June, 2013. The exchange will include painting murals at child care point centers, traditional tours and a safari, including 2 days in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Information and registration is available online.


  • Albon Head, Guiyang Chair, and the Guiyang group are planning an educational program for the membership for March so stay tuned.
  • Sister Cities intern fluent in Mandarin helped translate for a group of Chinese tour operators hosted by the Convention & Visitors Bureau during the Stock Show & Rodeo.
  • Guiyang has canceled a planned dance group performance set for March 1st and will try to re-schedule.
  • Guiyang is hosting students and teachers this July. Space is still available for teachers to participate.

Fort Worth Youth International 

  • A presentation on "History & Art of Indian Henna Designs " will be made Feb. 10th. Learn about India's artistic traditions while you design your own creations and learn about upcoming programs.
  • International Leadership Academy applications are due Feb. 25th. This is an exciting summer program geared toward developing leadership skills. Join other high school students from our sister cities.
  • Whether you attend ILA this year your family could home host an international student for a week or weekend. Connect with the world right here in Fort Worth. Contact Beth Weibel for details.

 Emerging Leader Network (The Net) 



  • Sister Cities welcomes5 spring semester interns. Come by the office and meet them!
  • Learn about volunteering and exchange opportunities with this dynamic group of Fort Worth's up and coming leaders at this month's meeting.
  • Plan now for a internship as a facilitator at the International Leadership Academy this summer.  Contact Beth Weibel for details.



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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