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August Calendar 


Mike Hyatt Wins National Award


Japanese Scholarship Program in Full Swing 


Fort Worth Wins National Humanitarian Assistance Award


Intern from China Assisting on International Projects 


Fireworks Big Hit at 4th of July Courtesy Nagaoka, Japan!


Students From 7 Countries Participate in Leadership Academies






Sept. 15


Hungarian university student interning with DFW Magyar Circle in Fort Worth on Hungarian heritage project




Harashin scholar students return to Fort Worth from Nagaoka, Japan




Emerging Leaders Network Celebrity Bartenders at "Rockin on the River." Trinity River Vision Authority's Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey Street (76102),

4:00 - 10:00 p.m.




Nagaoka 25th Anniversary volunteer appreciation gathering. Japanese Palace Restaurant, 8445 Camp Bowie Blvd. (76116), 6:00 p.m.




Harashin scholar students in Fort Worth from Nagaoka, Japan




Sayonara potluck dinner for Harashin scholar students, host families and Nagaoka committee.  Home of Harvey & Mary Yamagata, 4220 Ridgehaven Road (76112), 6:00 p.m. Committee providing desserts, paper goods and drinks.




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




Bandung and Bali Photo Sharing party. Home of Bill & Mary Ann White, 2428 Shirley Avenue (76109), 6:00 p.m. Bring wine to share.





  • Many members participated in the Italian supper club gathering last month at Portofino Italian restaurant.
  • Culinary students from the Instituto de Motti in Reggio Emilia will be in Fort Worth next month interning with local restaurants. Heather Kurima, Director of the Culinary School of Fort Worth, is coordinating this exchange. The Reggio group is planning a special event for September featuring the students, so stay tuned for details.
  • Danke to Nikolas Juncker, intern from Trier, Germany, who worked as an International Program Coordinator in the Sister Cities office this summer. Sister Cities is grateful for his hard work and enthusiasm.
  • The Trier committee is planning a trade mission with Trier in October led by a former intern to Fort Worth, Volker Klassen. Accompanying Mr. Klassen will be the Deputy Mayor over Industry and Economic Development, as well as 15 businessmen with interests in manufacturing, industrial logistics, shipping, rail and truck freight, and recycling.
  • An Oktoberfest party task force, chaired by Anne Moroneso, has been meeting to plan the celebration. Save the date for Tuesday, October 8th at 6:00 p.m. at Central Market.


  • Domo Arigato to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to insure that the 70 delegates from Nagaoka were well cared for during their visit July 1-6. Sister Cities is hosting a volunteer appreciation party for all those who volunteered on August 8 at the Japanese Palace.
  • Welcome to 8 students and 2 educators in Fort Worth August 9-17 for the Harashin scholarship exchange program. The committee will host a Sayonara potluck dinner August 15. See calendar for details.
  • Thank you to Board Chairwoman Ann Rice for leading a delegation of 17 ambassadors to Bandung and Bali June 11-21. We are sure you represented Fort Worth well. A photo sharing party and post-evaluating meeting is scheduled for August 21. Details in calendar.
  • Bandung sent university student and ILA alum, Reza Alamsyah, to Fort Worth July 13-28. Reza represented Bandung as an international university student facilitator at ILA.
  • Bandung's newly elected mayor is Ridwan Kamil. He is an urban developer and city planner.


  • The DFW Magyar Circle is hosting an intern from Budapest this month. Istvan Csiki is conducting a research project on Hungarian heritage and has been working in various U.S. cities in communities where there is a large Hungarian population. Come to the next Budapest meeting to meet Mr. Csiki.
  • A Hungarian Heritage celebration is planned for November 5. Stay tuned for details.


  • 8 university students from Toluca's Tec de Monterrey and their leader did a wonderful job leading the Jr. International Leadership Academy program in July. The students also served as facilitators for the International Leadership Academy.
  • 15 high school students and their leader from Toluca participated in the International Leadership Academy.
  • Toluca sister cities volunteer, Lucia Moncayo Torres, was nominated to serve as the official Fort Worth chair for the Toluca sister cities program. We look forward to working with her in the future.


  • Fort Worth welcomed 4 high school students, one university student and one teacher for Texas Leadership Week and ILA. The delegation shared their amazing culture at multiple events while in Fort Worth.
  • Fort Worth Sister Cities congratulates all the volunteers both in Fort Worth and in Mbabane on the award received for Humanitarian Assistance for the development of the Zone 4 Health and Social Center.


  • Fort Worth students and leader returned in late July from their experience in Guiyang and Beijing, China. This was the second youth outbound exchange to China.  

Fort Worth Youth International

  • The Jr. Leadership Academy and Texas Leadership Week were huge successes. Students from Reggio Emilia, Italy; Trier, Germany; and Mbabane, Swaziland participated in the Texas Leadership Week and shared their cultures with Fort Worth middle school students.
  •  The International Leadership Academy had 100 participants and we appreciate all the hard work from the delegation leaders, coordinators and university student facilitators.
  •  2014 Youth Ambassador Exchange applications will be on the website later this month.


Emerging Leaders Network (The Net)

  • 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.  
  • Many thanks to the NET members who managed the program with 32 young professionals from Nagaoka, Japan during their visit last month. The NET members shared information about Fort Worth, as well as discussed how we engage our under 40 population in civic involvement.  
  • The NET members will be celebrity bartenders at the Trinity River Vision's Rockin on the River August 8th, 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Join the fun and support the NET group. 
  • THANK YOU to the Fort Worth and international university student interns who worked in our office this summer. We wish you the best this upcoming school year. They include: Christi Clanton, TCU; Larkin Churchill, TCU; Angelica Zurekait, Texas Tech; Diana Navarro, Tec de Monterrey in Toluca; Nikolas Juncker, Trier, Germany; Chloe Marshall, University of Kansas; Tony Stripling, TCU; Ring Tu, Hong Kong Baptist University. We also thank our university student facilitators, who did an amazing job with our students from ILA: Amy Snider, TCU; Tamara Mathew, Houston Baptist University; Nayelly Dominguez, SMU; Mallory Moore, TCC; Madeeha Sadiq, Texas A&M; Chloe Marshall, University of Kansas; Tony Stripling, TCU.




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

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