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Arlington Heights High hosting students from Trier, Germany 


Youth Ambassadors traveling to Italy and Hungary this month  


Seeking Middle School Students For Summer Jr. Academy   


Mexican University Students Visiting Local Engineering Firms on Unique Program





MARCH 2013    




Final travel orientation for Spring Youth Ambassador & Culinary Exchanges to Italy and Hungary, Arlington Heights High School, 4501 W. Freeway (76107), 2:00 p.m.  Entrance off first east side parking lot of Ashland Street.  Parent must attend with student.




International Leadership Academy interviews for applicants accompanied by a parent at scheduled interview time,  Arlington Heights High School , 1st floor, 4501 W. Freeway (76107), 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Room will be assigned upon arrival.  




Toluca TEC de Monterrey Engineering Mentorship Program host family orientation, UNT Health Science Center- EAD administration building room 291, 3500 Camp Bowie (76107), 6:00 p.m. Enter parking lot number 6  off of Clifton Street and use most southwest entrance to the building by the flag poles.




Youth Ambassador exchanges to Reggio Emilia, Italy and Budapest, Hungary. Culinary arts students also to Reggio Emilia.




Pre Travel Orientation for Ambassador delegates going to Bandung and Bali, Indonesia.




Budapest committee business meeting, home of Zim and Mac Zimmerman, 11400 Northview (76008), 6:00 p.m. Bring an appetizer and bottle of wine to share.




Trier host family orientation, Arlington Heights High School library, 4501 W. Freeway (76107), 6:00 p.m. Youth Ambassadors traveling to Trier also to attend with a parent. 




Board of Directors meeting, Fort Worth Club, 12th Floor, noon.




Toluca engineering students mentorship program in Fort Worth.




Farewell potluck dinner forToluca engineering students, UNT Health Science Center, MET Building Multipurpose Room, 1000 Montgomery Street (76107), 6:30 p.m. Committee providing drinks, desserts and paper goods. Host families bring main and side dishes.




High school students from Trier, Germany hosted by Ambassador School Arlington Heights High School .




Fort Worth Sister Cities offices closed for Good Friday.



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!



  • 27 Youth Ambassadors from area schools and chef students from the Culinary School of Fort Worth will be in Reggio March 9-17th. They will be immersed in the culture and traditions of Italy as they share our culture with schoolsSide excursions will include Florence, Verona and Parma.
  • Reggio Emilia is recruiting students to attend the International Leadership Academy and Kids Who Care summer camp .
  • Planning continues for an inaugural health care exchange with 15 TCU nursing students led by Professor Sharon Canclini and Dean of Nursing, Paulette Burns. 


  • The Trier committee welcomes new chairperson Becky Renfro Borbolla. Becky will be returning as the Trier Chair for one year.
  • 16 students from Trier arrive in Fort Worth March 28 - April 13 for an ambassador school program with Arlington Heights High School. The Trier group is making preparations to meet them.
  • We are excited to partner with the Convention and Visitor's Bureau on an international internship program. Intern Alena Backes will be in Fort Worth for 2 weeks in April to work with the Director and Coordinator of Tourism on international tourism projects. Many thanks to the CVB for working with us on this opportunity.
  • A small delegation will be traveling to Trier June 25 - 30 to celebrate our 25th anniversary with Trier. Board of Director's Emeritus Hilde Horchler will lead the delegation and if you are interested in joining the group, please call Beth Weibel. 

  • Youth Ambassadors and Harashin scholars are meeting monthly to prepare for their exchanges to Nagaoka this June and July.
  • Nagaoka is donating fireworks and sending an official delegation led by Nagaoka Mayor Mori  to Fort Worth for the fourth of July celebration. The Nagaoka committee will day and home host the delegation. We are partnering with the Trinity River Vision for this program. Stay tuned and help with the planning of this fun exchange. 

  • Many thanks to the KMI Indonesian organization and to the Bandung committee for organizing an interesting and fun cultural event last month!
  • 17 ambassador delegates will travel to Bandung and Bali June 11-21. Their first orientation meeting is this month. See calendar for details.


  • The Budapest committee congratulates the 8th-12th graders selected as youth ambassadors traveling to Budapest this month.
  • Join the committee for their first business meeting of the year this month. You will hear from the associate delegation leader who went with the students to Budapest this month. We will also hear about the Hungarian Ambassador's recent visit to the metroplex and learn more about the current political and economic news from Hungary.


  • Members are invited to  share your favorite pot luck dish and meet the Toluca university engineering program students March 27th as we bid them farewell. Check calendar for details or call the office.
  • The Toluca university engineering program students will be visiting several local businesses who are mentoring the 14 bio-medical and electrical engineering students during a one week intensive program in Fort Worth.
  • A visit to meet the new Toluca mayor and staff is being planned in late spring with committee Chair, Doug Harman,  Vice Co-Chair Manuel Reyes and Mae Ferguson to meet our new colleagues. 


  • Adults may still sign up and experience the "Mbabane Service Adventure" this June. The exchange will include painting murals at child care point centers, tours and a safari, including 2 days in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Information and registration is available online and deposits are due by Feb. 22nd.
  • 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.
  • Mark your calendars now for the April 25th  "Poetry Slam" planned by the Mbabane committee.  You will enjoy a video presentation Poetry Slam produced in Mbabane and local mural artist,Jo Dufo will paint during this event.


  • Albon Head, Guiyang Chair, and the Guiyang group are planning an educational program for the membership for March 21st 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. with guest speaker, Dr. Carrie Currier, Professor Political Science and Director of Asian Studies.
  • A program to match the Chinese students attending UTA's MBA program and Sister Cities Ambassadors is being considered.  Host families will periodically include the students in family gatherings and community events.  If interested, contact Irene Chase or call the office.
  • Educators may still sign up for the first teacher exchange to Guiyang.  Information will be shared on teaching methodologies.

Fort Worth Youth International 

  • Thank YOU to Sarika Sabnis and Josh Cristol for an exciting program last month. More than 65 youth attended to learn about the "History & Art of Henna".  Some even got Henna tattoos.
  •  Middle School students in current 6-8th grades can still apply for Jr. ILA until April 22nd . Registration details are available on our website.
  • Host an international student for a week or weekend in July .  Connect with the world right here in Fort Worth.  Contact Beth Weibel for details.

 Emerging Leader Network (The Net)  


  • Start planning ahead for your internships and contact Beth if you are interested. Office Internships and International Leadership Academy facilitator positions are open for Summer 2013.
  • Thank you to our NET members who are already planning the 25th anniversary of ILA taking place in 2014. It will be an amazing celebration.
  • NET members are going dancing this month! Join them and our Toluca engineering students at Billy Bob's on March 28th at 7:00 p.m. for free line dancing lessons.



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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