MAY 2013   




Cinco de Mayo - Toluca Style, Rose Marine Theatre, 1440 N. Main Street (76164), 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

$5 members; $10 non-members. RSVP by April 30 to eva@fwsistercities.org. Event includes refreshments, gallery exhibit Cantos y Corridos, Vaquero Exhibit, live music, Ballet Folklorico de Fort Worth, and a special presentation from Artes Academy's production Vaquero Tales.




Deadline to sign up to travel to Trier for the 25th anniversary celebration.




Official exchange to Toluca led by Toluca Chair Doug Harman, Vice-Chair Manuel Reyes and Director Emeritus Mike Hyatt and to meet new Mayor Gonzalez and city officials.




Jr. International Leadership Academy student & parent orientation, UNT Health Science Center- Lubiel Auditorium, next to Atrium, 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard (76107), 6:00 p.m. Enter off Clifton Street, parking Lot 6, most southwest door entrance by flag poles.  




Nagaoka 4th of July exchange meeting, Central Market - Café on the Run, upstairs, 4651 West Freeway (76107), 5:30 p.m.




Bandung exchange final orientation, home of William and Mary Ann White, 2428 Shirley Avenue (76109), 6:00 p.m. Please bring a bottle of wine to share.




TCU Nursing exchange to Reggio Emilia.





Youth Ambassadors final travel orientations for Nagaoka, Trier, and Mbabane, UNT Health Science Center - Lubiel Auditorium, next to Atrium, 3500 Camp Bowie (76107), 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Enter off Clifton Street, parking Lot 6, most southwest door entrance by flag poles.  




Trier committee social gathering, Becky Renfro Borbolla's downtown condo, 8th Floor, Garden Terrace Room, 333 Throckmorton Street (76102), 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Please sign up to bring a main, side, or dessert to share. Iced tea and water will be provided. Bring wine to share if you choose.




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!



  • Chair Veronica Chavez Law and membership chair Jessica Bonilla organized an exciting Italian cultural evening in April to discuss future programs for the group.  An Italian supper club is being proposed so that members can experience the culture of Italy while dining, as well as discuss updates of Sister Cities' activities. Stay tuned for details on June's event.
  • TCU Nursing exchange led by TCU Professor Sharon Canclini will be immersed in Italian culture and learn about the health care system in Italy during their exchange May 18-27. Visits and a future partnership with the University of Reggio Emilia are being developed for future exchanges with the TCU Nursing Department.
  • Reggio Emilia will send students to our summer International Leadership Academy and Kids Who Care summer camp in July. 


  • The Trier committee will meet informally this month at the home of chair, Becky Renfro Borbolla. Members are invited to re-connect with each other or introduce new members to the group. Please sign up to bring a main, side dish, or dessert and wine if you would like. Iced tea and water will be provided.
  • To celebrate 25 years of friendship, the City of Trier is hosting a wonderful program in Trier, June 25-30. There is still space available so contact Beth at 817/632-7105 for more information. Deadline to register is May 3.
  • Nikolas Juncker, an alum from Trier, will work in the Sister Cities office as an international program coordinator intern from May until August.
  • Many thanks to the Hill family of Fort Worth and to the Fort Worth Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and to all the volunteers who helped host Trier intern Alena Backes. She interned with the CVB, working directly with the tourism staff.
  • Danke to the host families and Trier committee volunteers for their help with the Arlington Heights High School Ambassador program with Trier.

  •  Nagaoka is sending a large delegation to Fort Worth led by Mayor Tamio Mori for the 4th of July celebration. Nagaoka has donated fireworks for the celebration along the Trinity River in honor of 25 years of friendship. The delegation will be here July 2-5. The membership is invited to a re-affirmation lunch planned for Wed., July 3.
  • A delegation of young professionals will also accompany the group. The eight Fort Worth young professionals who went to Japan in April are planning a business mentorship program for them. 

  • A delegation of 17 Fort Worth Ambassadors led by Board Chairwoman Ann Rice will travel to Bandung June 11-21. The group's final orientation is this month. See calendar for details.


  • Budapest is currently recruiting students to come to Fort Worth this July for Texas International Leadership week, which is scheduled for July 5-13.
  • The committee is moving forward with the plans for a special event in November celebrating Hungarian culture.


  • Chair, Doug Harmon and committee members have planned an exciting event in May - Cinco de Mayo - Toluca Style! Thursday, May 2 at the Artes de la Rosa Marine Theater. Attendees will learn about the famous Vaquero exhibit, enjoy live music during a tour of the Mexican art exhibit, see a Ballet Folklorico and more. See calendar for details. RSVP to Eva by April 30.  
  • A visit to meet the new mayor of Toluca is planned for May 5-8 with Committee Chair, Doug Harman, Vice Chair Manuel Reyes and Director Emeritus Mike Hyatt. Toluca noted their commitment to our relationship and discussions will preview future initiatives that will continue to benefit our two cities.
  • Sister Cities and Artes de la Rosa are partnering on a theater arts internship program. Gustavo Pereyra, a theater arts student from Tec de Monterrey in Toluca, will intern with Artes de la Rosa from June - August.
  • Welcome to international program coordinator intern and ILA alum from Toluca, Diana Karen Navarro. She will work in the office from the end of April until July 28.


  • Directors Emeriti Mike Hyatt and Mary Palko, as well as Mae Ferguson, President/CEO, returned from a successful trip to Mbabane April 4-11. While there they conducted a final evaluation of the Health & Social Center funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They also met newly elected Mayor Arnold Dlamini and U.S. Ambassador Mikala James. Future projects and initiatives were discussed.
  • The Mbabane committee celebrated April Poetry month on April 25, Celebrating Mother Africa: Earth Day Open Mic Poetry event. Thank you special guest Poet Mike Guinn, founder of the Fort Worth Poetry Slam and artist Jo Dufo who created art during the event, for an enjoyable evening.
  • Mbabane is recruiting high school students and a teacher to come in July to ILA. Thank you to the members of BELA (Black Ecumenical Leaders Alliance) who will sponsor five scholarships for the Mbabane students. 


  • Youth Ambassador students and FWISD educators led by SCI board member and youth advisor, Glen Mears, are meeting monthly to prepare to share our culture during the exchange to Guiyang in July. The exchange will include visits to Xi'an to see the historic Terracotta Soldiers and the Great Wall of China.
  • Guiyang will send students and teachers to participate in the International Leadership Academy. 

Fort Worth Youth International 

  • Congratulations and thanks to our graduating officers led by President Nathan Bowser. 75% of the officers have been involved since middle school and will remain involved in the alumni program. Sister Cities salutes their dedication to our mission.
  • Enrich your summer by hosting an international student in July for a week or weekend. Contact Beth Weibel at 817/632-7105.

 Emerging Leaders Network (The Net)   

  • Thank you to the six university student interns who worked so hard this spring. Thank you to Katrina Elmasri (UNT), Christine He, Diana Muradyan (UNT), Larkin Churchill (TCU), Ashton Myles (TCC), and Langtian Shi (UNT). Their work is most appreciated.
  • The Emerging Leaders Network members are helping plan the activities and hosting the young professionals coming to Fort Worth from Nagaoka, Japan for the 4th of July celebration. Many volunteers are needed.
  • The ILA 25th anniversary committee led by Carlo Capua, Nelcy Cardenas and Lindsay Wilson, are planning the 2014 celebration. If you participated in ILA as a youth, join the Facebook page and get involved. There are already over 500 members and it is growing every day.
  • NET members are recruiting volunteers for activities during the International Leadership Academy. Contact the office for more information on events where you can help. 



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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