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July Calendar







Delegation from Nagaoka, Japan in Fort Worth for 25th anniversary and 4th of July Celebration




Fort Worth and Nagaoka 25th Anniversary celebration luncheon and parade with Mayor Betsy Price and Mayor Tamio Mori. Mikoshi Parade, Exchange Avenue (76106), 11:15 a.m. Luncheon, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, 128 E Exchange Avenue (76106), 12:00 p.m. Tickets required for luncheon.




Fort Worth's 4th Celebration at Panther Island Pavilion. Enjoy fireworks donated by Nagaoka, Japan. Gates open at 2 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.




Emerging Leaders Network, Steer Fort Worth and Vision Fort Worth breakfast with Nagaoka, Japan young professionals, Marriott Residence Inn, Conference room, 2500 Museum Way (76107), 8:15 a.m. $5.00 per person.




Toluca, Reggio Emilia, Trier, and Mbabane Youth Ambassadors arrive for Jr. ILA and Texas Leadership Week exchange




Harashin Scholars final travel orientation for Nagaoka, UNT Health Science Center, Lubiel Auditorium, 500 Camp Bowie (76107), 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Enter off Clifton Street, parking Lot 6, most southwest door entrance by flag poles. Mandatory for students and parents.




Jr. International Leadership Academy, FWISD McLean 6th Grade Center, 3201 South Hills Ave. (76109), 8:20 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.




Jr. ILA recognition ceremony, McLean 6th Grade Center, 3201 South Hills Ave. (76109), 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.




International Leadership Academy (ILA) at TCU with students and teachers from Italy, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and Mbabane, as well as Fort Worth students.




Youth & Educator Ambassadors to Guiyang, X'ian and Beijing, China for educational exchange.




City Council recognition of ILA delegates, Fort Worth City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton (76102), 10:00 a.m.




International Leadership Academy cultural presentations by sister cities youth and cookie reception, University Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 2720 South University Drive (76129), 6:30 p.m. Parents, host families and guests asked to bring favorite cookie desserts.




Reggio Emilia committee "That's Italian" supper club, Portofino Italian Grill, 6115 Camp Bowie Boulevard (76107), 6:30 p.m. Cash bar and 7:00 p.m. dinner on own. RSVP by July 15th to Seating is limited.





International Leadership Academy home hosting weekend


22 - Aug.16


International intern from Nanjing, China, Ring Tu, arriving for internship at Sister Cities office.




International Teacher Workshop - "Global Fluency in the Classroom",  Country Day School, Martin Center, 4200 Country Day Lane (76102), 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  RSVP by July 17th to Pay at door $45. Contact for details




ILA Closing Ceremony and Recognition, TCU, Ed Landreth Auditorium, 2800 South University Drive (76129), 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Corner of University Drive and West Cantey.


28 - Aug.6



Fort Worth Harashin Scholars depart for Nagaoka, Japan.





  • Reggio Emilia has 14 students and one teacher participating in the International Leadership Academy and Texas Leadership Week which includes a day trip to Austin.
  • Join Chair Veronica Chavez Law and membership chair Jessica Bonilla on July 18th for this month's "That's Italian" Supper Club where members can experience the culture of Italy while dining, as well as discuss updates of Sister Cities' activities. See calendar for details. Also, mark your calendars for the next "That's Italian" Supper Club meeting, Oct. 4th and Jan. 6th
  • The Culinary School of Fort Worth is planning a fall exchange with the Reggio Culinary School Sept. 2-14. Contact Irene for day hosting, helping with transportation or home hosting one of the student chefs and teacher.
  • Be sure to come by the office and meet our intern from Trier, Nikolas Juncker. He is working in the Sister Cities office as an international program coordinator intern. He will be here until the beginning of August.
  • Many thanks to Hilde Horchler for leading a delegation to Trier for the celebration of the 25th anniversary between Fort Worth and Trier. Other ambassadors who joined are Director Emeritus Mike Hyatt, Board member Doug and Judy Harman, and Jane Bass.
  • An Oktoberfest committee, chaired by Anne Moroneso, has been formed and is planning a wonderful celebration. Save the date for Sat., Oct. 12th.
  • Nagaoka is sending a large delegation to Fort Worth led by Mayor Tamio Mori for the 4th of July celebration. The city of Nagaoka donated fireworks to Fort Worth in honor of 25 years of friendship, and the delegation will be here July 1-6th. A celebration luncheon will be held Wed., July 3rd. The public is invited with tickets available online.
  •  A delegation of young professionals will also accompany the group from Nagaoka. Fort Worth's 8 young professionals who went to Japan in April are planning a special business mentorship breakfast for them on the morning of July 5th.
  • Thank you to Board Chairwoman Ann Rice for leading a delegation of 17 ambassadors to Bandung and Bali in June. The delegation met with city officials, universities, high schools and the fire department. We are sure you represented Fort Worth well. Details for a photo sharing party to come.
  • Bandung is sending a university student and ILA alum, Reza Alamsyah, to Fort Worth July 13-28th. Reza will represent Bandung as an international university student facilitator.


  • The Budapest committee is working on an entertaining program and Hungarian Goulash cook off scheduled for Nov. 5th. Stay tuned for details.


  • The Tec de Monterrey, Campus Toluca has 26 facilitators, students and teachers participating in the ILA program. The university facilitators for both Jr. & high school ILA meet all year to prepare for this exchange.
  • Plans are being finalized for a FW police training exchange this Sept. to Toluca along with municipal exchanges and possible official exchanges next spring. Thanks to Vice Chair Manny Reyes for his work on this exchange.
  • Summer intern, Diana Navarro, concludes her internship with staff this month. She coordinated the entire Jr. ILA program and we will miss her.


  • Special thanks to Chair Dr. Staussa Ervin for leading the June youth group to Mbabane where they shared our culture, took donated books and supplies to the Central library, schools and care point centers.
  • 4 high school students, 1 alum and a teacher will attend ILA. Thank you to the members of the BELA organization (Black Ecumenical Leaders Alliance) for their continued sponsorship of the Mbabane students.
  • Meet our Swazi youth and teacher on July 16th at the dessert reception and cultural program. Bring your favorite cookies to share.
  • Guiyang has a full cultural program for our Ambassador youth and educators exchange July 15-29th. While there the students will be home hosted and the teachers will share education and art techniques with Chinese educators. Their journey will include visits to the Miao Minority Villages in the area, ancient capital X'ian with tours of the Terracotta Warriors and overnight train to Beijing to see the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City.
  •  The Education Dept. has committed to sending students and teachers for next year's ILA as they had a testing schedule which conflicted with the program this year.


Fort Worth Youth International


  • Jr. ILA will have 53 area middle school students immersed in the cultures of our sister cities while developing leadership skills. The International Leadership Academy has 110 students, teachers, and facilitators participating in the program. Special thanks to all the families for hosting our international youth and teachers.
  • Dr. Michael Roemer, SCI Board member, is chairing the teachers' international workshop - "Global Fluency in the Classroom" July 29th. Registration includes lunch, resource materials, gift bags and one year membership to Sister Cities. Meet our sister cities educators from Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and Swaziland. Educators will share information about pedagogical techniques and discuss the global challenges meeting our classrooms with group activities. RSVP to by July 17th and contact Irene at irene@fwsistercities for details. Space will be limited.


Emerging Leaders Network (The Net)


  • The Emerging Leaders Network members are planning the activities and hosting the young professionals coming to Fort Worth from Nagaoka, Japan for the 4th of July celebration. Get involved and volunteer today. Steer and Vision Fort Worth will have representatives give special presentations on July 5th about why and how our community is so successful in engaging our under 40 population.
  • The ILA 25th anniversary committee is planning the 2014 anniversary celebration. If you participated in ILA as a youth, join the Facebook page and get involved. We already have over 500 members.
  • The NET members are recruiting volunteers for special activities during the International Leadership Academy. Contact the office for more information on the special events and how 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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