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Nov 17, Thursday - 7 pm Bagpiping by Daniel Ferry, Dunfermline Sister City visiting student, with the Riverview High School Kilty Band at Riverview High School

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Nov 17, Thursday — 7 pm Bagpiping by Daniel Ferry, Dunfermline Sister City visiting student, with the Riverview High School Kilty Band at Riverview High School

Special thanks to Dr. Fred Bloom for sponsoring Daniel and his mother for the visit to Sarasota. And thanks to all Sister Cities members who helped with the visit.

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Nov 16, 2016 Luncheon 11:30 am University Park Country Club "DUNFERMLINE SISTER CITY “CLAN GATHERING”, Pauline Mitchell


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Nov 16, 2016 Luncheon 
For all Members, Friends, Scots & wanna-be Scots

City Director Pauline Mitchell invites you:
Arrival of guests 11:30 am
Lunch served 12:00 Noon

University Park Country Club
7671 The Park Blvd., 
University Park, Fl. 34201

Cost: $26,— per person

and the introduction of our talented exchange student
who will delight you with Bagpipe music.
You have a choice of entree and a vegetarian menu. 

Prices include gratuity.Drinks can be ordered from the waiter. No charge for Coffee, Iced Tea, or Soda.

Reservations due no later than Friday, Nov. 11th.

Choice of Entree — Option — Tell us your lunch preference when you pay by credit card or write it on your check. If you are registering late please RSVP by email to

A: Grilled Flank Steak
Mushroom Wine SauceGarlic Mashed Potatoes
B: Stuffed Filet of SoleScallops and ShrimpLobster Basil SauceRice Pilaf

Served with A. or B. — Green Beans Amandine

C: Vegetarian — Mediterranean Vegetable Ratatouille Strudel  
Dessert: Carrot Cake

You can pay by check or credit card


SCAS or Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
C/O SCAS Treasurer Werner Knoop
7115 Kensington Court
University Park, FL 34201

Or go to, payment link is in the left column

We look forward to seeing.

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From the Desk of SarasotaCity Manager Tom Barwin

December 2, 2016
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3…2….1…!  Santa himself arrived in Sarasota to light the tree at Selby Five Points Park Thursday evening!  Hosted by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association, it was a fun, festive evening filled with holiday music and many families mingling with Santa.  Tonight (Friday, Dec. 2), we’ll welcome the holiday season at St. Armands Circle with the 38th Annual Holiday Night.  Festivities start at 6 p.m. and include a special visit from Santa, tree lighting and Christmas carol sing-along.  And, read on for details about Saturday evening’s annual Downtown Holiday Parade!

  • City Commission
    Mon., December 5 - 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers
  • Downtown Improvement DistrictTues., December 6 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall Annex — SRQ Media Studio
  • Development Review Cmte.Wed., December 7 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall — Room 112
  • Firefighters’ Pension Plan Board of TrusteesWed., December 7 - 9 a.m.City Hall — Commission ChambersAgenda
  • Citizen Tax Oversight Cmte.  
    Thurs., December 8 - 2 p.m.
    City Hall — Commission ChambersAgenda
  • Trepass Hearings — 16-047357Thurs., December 8 - 3:30 p.m.
    City Hall Annex — SRQ Media StudioAgenda

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Commission Reporter
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Landscape Maintenance Tech I (Part Time)
Manager, Accounting & Payroll Systems
Payroll Specialist I
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Senior Pension Analyst    
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This Week’s Items to Know:

Lido Beach — Long Term Project   After hosting a well attended open house earlier this week to answer questions and gain additional public input, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is poised to make a determination on the Lido Beach shoreline protection project.

Although the project began over 20 years ago, during the past three years, the plans have gone through extensive review by the U.S. Army 

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Corps of Engineers (ACE) and independent peer reviews.  No significant concerns have been raised by federal or state agencies. Sophisticated computer modeling shows the beach renourishment will not change the volume of sand on Siesta Key beach and the project would not effect the quality of the human environment.

Over the years, aerial photography has documented significant accretion of sand from Lido into growing Big Pass shoals in close proximity to Lido Beach.

This much needed project proposes to recycle the accreted sand back to Lido Beach to maintain an 80-foot berm plus a beach area averaging 96-feet, spanning 1.5 miles along the shoreline.  Lido Beach will be replenished with recycled sand every few years for 50 years with federal, state and local government participation.

The infrastructure and wildlife on Lido Beach need protection from the forces of Mother Nature, and with that in mind, City staff has worked closely with ACE to preserve and protect the shoreline.  This long term program will reduce expected storm damage, maintain a suitable environment for seabirds and turtles, and continue Lido Beach as a recreation destination.

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In response to public input, the City and Army Corps have created permit provisions which require that Siesta Key, Big Pass and Lido will be closely monitored.  If any negative or unanticipated impacts occur from the project, timely adjustments to the plan will be made to address them.  This is similar to arrangements with Longboat Key and recycling sand from New Pass, which have been very successful.

Thanks to City Engineer Alex DavisShaw for shepherding this project through an extraordinarily long and complex process, and to the Lido Key residents for their insights and persistence in pursuing an environmentally smart and sustainable project. 

FDEP will accept public input on the project until December  15.  Comments should be sent to: or 

Holiday Parade:  Sat., Dec. 3rd - 7 p.m. The Downtown Holiday Parade will head down Main Street tomorrow night (Sat. Dec. 3)! 

Although the event starts at 7 p.m., Public Works crews will begin setting up parade barricades as early as 9 a.m.  While these preparations are underway, the usual streets will be closed for the weekly Downtown Farmers Market.  So, please plan ahead and bring your patience when you come downtown tomorrow!  A list of scheduled road closures can be found here.

Santa is always a crowd pleaser at the Downtown Holiday Parade.

This is the first year the Downtown Holiday Parade will be spearheaded by someone other than Paul “Mr. Downtown” Thorpe, since he turned over the reins last year.  At the helm now, is Danny Bilyeu, former City Commissioner and current field representative for U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan.  With Danny’s love of the Sarasota community, we’re confident the parade is in good hands.  In fact, we’re told participation is up this year — and two dozen more floats will be in the parade.   Hope to see you there!    

Van Wezel — Record Sales   While many enjoyed a long holiday weekend, our dedicated employees at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall were busy, busy, busy on Black Friday and 
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Cyber Monday!

Ticket sales shattered expectations — up 20 percent!  In fact, it was the best 4-day sale the Van Wezel has experienced — even better than last year’s record sales.

In total, 3,780 tickets were sold resulting in $172,462 in sales.  Revenue-wise that translates into a 60 percent increase from Thanksgiving 2015.

Executive Director Mary Bensel is doing a great job attracting diverse, popular performances to the Hall, where there is something for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations to Mary and her hard working staff who put in the long hours at the box office and answering the phones.

Parking — FPA Top Honors   Great news!  We learned this morning that our Parking Supervisor, Cheryl Woodard, received top honors for the Florida Parking Association’s Carol Eastering Award!  You may recall, Cheryl was one of three state finalists for the award which recognizes
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exemplary professionalism in the parking industry within Florida.

Honored for her work ethic, diligence and commitment, Cheryl’s outstanding achievement now will be recognized by the International Parking Institute.  Also, as the grand prize winner, her registration fees for next year’s FPA conference will be waived — plus, she’ll receive a $350 cash prize.  Congratulations!

We’re proud of Cheryl’s daily efforts with the City, and her dedication being recognized by her peers in the parking profession.  And, thanks to Parking Manager Mark Lyons for encouraging Cheryl over the years as her job responsibilities transitioned — and for getting the ball rolling and nominating her for this prestigious award.  Keep up the great work!

Saprito Pier Cleanup     Before Thanksgiving we put out a request in Weekly Briefs seeking volunteers for an inaugural cleanup of the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier and we wanted to provide you with an 
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Photo courtesy:  Rusty Chinnis.

update.  The cleanup was a tremendous success!

Many volunteers showed up bright and early on a Saturdaymorning with their own scuba gear and kayaks ready to lend a hand to remove debris around the pier. Lots of stuff was plucked from the bay including discarded fishing line, an old tire and even a laptop computer.  Check out this compilation video produced for Sarasota Bay Watch by Ernesto Lasso de la Vega. It even includes underwater video!

Many thanks to Sarasota Bay Watch for coordinating the event and our SPD marine patrol for literally diving in to help.  Sustainability Manager Stevie Freeman-Montes was also on hand for the event which emphasized bringing the community together to help improve the quality of one of our most precious natural resources in Sarasota.  Thanks to all!

SPD Marine Patrol Officer Mike Skinner retrieving a discarded tire from Sarasota Bay.
Photo courtesy:  Rusty Chinnis. 

SPD — Lock Your Vehicles!   SPD is reminding everyone to lock their vehicles!  During this hectic holiday season, it’s especially important to take a moment and lock your car doors.  We’re receiving reports ofd23ebd02-a568-4fd2-8ac3-1723ec04178f.pngcar burglaries in the city limits which could have been prevented just by locking the doors. 

Would-be burglars are looking for easy prey and some are tugging on car door handles to see if the car is locked.  SPD has received reports of laptop computers, tablets, cell phones, eyeglasses — even cash being stolen.  This can happen quickly.  So, never leave your car open and unattended.  Also, SPD recommends that you secure packages or belongings out of sight — in the trunk or under a blanket.

Enjoy peace of mind this season….and lock it up!      

Coffee with a Cop - Dec. 8   If you’re looking for a break from holiday shopping and festivities, consider stopping by SPD’s next Coffee with a Cop, scheduled for Thurs., December 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the 12th Street Cafe.

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We appreciate the 12th Street Cafe hosting the event.  The cafe is located at 1100 N. Tuttle Ave. (behind 7-11 at the corner of 12th St. & Tuttle Ave.)  

Upcoming Events 

Gem & Jewelry Show
Municipal Auditorium
Fri., Dec. 2 — Sun., Dec. 4
10 a.m. — 5 p.m. 
Holiday Night on St. Armands St. Armands Circle 
Fri., Dec. 2 
6 p.m. — 9 p.m.  Details

Yoga in the Park Bayfront Park
Sat., Dec. 3
8 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.

Downtown Holiday Parade Main Street
Sat., Dec. 3
7 p.m.

Run for the Birds Ed Smith Stadium & Vicinity
Sun., Dec. 4
8 a.m.

Coffee with a Cop 12th Street Cafe — 1100 N. Tuttle Ave.
Thurs., Dec. 8
8:30 a.m. — 10 a.m. Details 

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

The following is the current show schedule through 2016. For more information visit    

Sarasota Orchestra - Masterworks: The New WorldFri., December 2 - 8 p.m.
Sat., December 3 - 8 p.m.
Sun., December 4 - 2:30 p.m.
Tickets — Sarasota Orchestra 
Fame The MusicalWed., December 7 - 7 p.m.

Oak Ridge Boys’ ChristmasSat., December 10 - 8 p.m.

Beach Boys ‘Christmas’Mon., December 12 - 7:30 p.m.

Garrison KeillorTues., December 13 - 8 p.m.

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The Sarasota Ballet — George Balanchine’s JewelsFri., December 16 - 7:30 p.m.
Sat., December 17 - 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets — Sarasota Ballet Website

A Christmas CarolWed., December 21 - 8 p.m.

Rogers + Hammerstein’s CinderellaTues., December 27 - 7 p.m.
Wed., December 28 - 7 p.m.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian NutcrackerThurs., December 29 - 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

42nd StreetFri., December 30 - 8 p.m.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s ConcertTues., January 3 - 7 p.m.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in TherapyThurs., January 5 - 8 p.m.

Sarasota Orchestra — Masterworks: Beethoven & Brahms
Fri., January 6 - 8 p.m.
Sat., January 7 - 8 p.m.
Sun., January 8 - 2:30 p.m.
Tickets — Sarasota Orchestra Website

Dirty DancingTues., January 10 - 8 p.m.
Wed., January 11 - 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Matthew MorrisonThurs., January 12 - 8 p.m.

Jay LenoFri., January 13 - 8 p.m.

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Dick Fox’s Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian & Bobby RydellSat., January 14 - 8 p.m.

Michael BoltonSun., January 15 - 7 p.m.

Engelbert HumperdinckMon., January 16 - 8 p.m.

Elvis LivesTues., January 17 - 8 p.m.

Zoltan MagaWed., January 18 — 8 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton MarsalisThurs., January 19 — 8 p.m.

Sarasota Orchestra-Pops: The Songs of Elton John and More starring Michael Cavanaugh
Fri., January 20 — 8 p.m.
Sat., January 21 — 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Tickets — Sarasota Orchestra Website

Adam Trent:  The FuturistSun., January 22 — 7 p.m.

RiverdanceTues., January 24 — 8 p.m.

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Wed., January 25 — 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Spend the Night with Billy CrystalThurs., January 26 — 8 p.m.

Kenny Rogers — Final World Tour
Fri., January 27 — 8 p.m.

Gladys KnightSat., January 28 — 8 p.m.

Johnny MathisSun., January 29 — 7 p.m.

Boz ScaggsTues., January 31 — 8 p.m.

To purchase tickets over the phone call 941-953-3368 or stop by the Box Office at 777 N.Tamiami Trail. For a complete schedule of events, visit

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Briefs From Barwin Nov 18, 2016


From the Desk of SarasotaCity Manager Tom Barwin

November 18, 2016

Photo of the Week

With the temperature dropping to a pleasant 60 degrees, there were some
happy hounds and humans at the Arlington Park dog park earlier this week.  Gus, a Staffordshire terrier, was enjoying a far off stare from atop a picnic table.  Dog parks
are special in that they help create a sense of community where canines and humans alike can socialize.  Here at Arlington, we encountered a group of regulars who like to catch up on neighborhood issues, and other matters, while their pooches play.  The Parks and Recreation Department has received input from residents throughout the
city and staff is currently reviewing options to possibly add more dog parks to our community. 

  • City Commission
    Mon., November 21 — 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers

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Application Developer
Commission Reporter
Inventory Technician
Landscape Maintenance Tech II
Landscape Maintenance Tech I (Part Time)
Manager, Accounting & Payroll Systems
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Senior Pension Analyst          
Utility Mechanic I — Water Distribution
                      Click here for all job descriptions 

This Week’s Items to Know:

1. Thanksgiving Holiday — City Hall Closed Thurs. & Fri.  Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is next week!  City Hall will be closed on Thurs. November 24 and Fri., November 25 for the holiday. 

Please note

Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day:

* Regular Thursday collection will be on Fri., November 25

* Regular Friday collection will be on Sat., November 26


Bobby Jones Golf Club will host the 8th Annual ‘Turkey Shoot’ on Thanksgiving Day with a special 8:45 a.m. shotgun offer: $23 for 18 holes riding plus a discounted breakfast buffet at the on-site restaurant, Libby’s Greenseide.  As our staff members at Bobby Jones like to say, “Don’t be a turkey, join the fun!”

Lido Pool will be open regular hours both days.

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will be closed on Thanksgiving and open Friday 6 a.m. — 10 a.m.

A special thank you to our dedicated City employees — including many in SPD, Utilities and Parks & Rec — who will be working on the holiday to ensure the community is safe and City operations continue.

We hope you and yours have an enjoyable holiday weekend!    

2. Garbage Schedules — New Software Coming   The Public Works Department soon will unveil a new tool to help remind you about solid waste, recycling and yard waste collection dates.

Called ReCollect, the software will allow residents to view a calendar showing the collection dates at their specific address.  There’s also an option to sign up for weekly reminders.  Throughout the year,  collection days change a handful of times due to holidays.  So, this could be a helpful tool to be reminded about any changes.  Residents will have the option to receive those reminders via text message, email or phone call.

Also, an interactive section called “Be Cart Smart” allows residents to learn which items can be recycled and where hazardous waste drop-off sites are located.

A sneak peek of what the calendar will look like —  tailored to your specific address. 

In addition, the Public Works Department will be able to share messages about recycling events, recycling education and other information related to solid waste.

Several cities in Florida already are using the software, including St. Pete.  

We look forward to launching it next month via the City of Sarasota homepage.  We’ll keep you posted.

3. Sarasota School of Architecture — Bay Plaza  Earlier this week, the community paid tribute to the Sarasota School of Architecture with visits from renowned architects Victor Lundy and Tim Seibert.  Mr. Seibert was the special guest of residents at Bay Plaza — one of his
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signature designs.

Mr. Seibert and Harold Bubil, a writer with the Herald-Tribune, discussed the history of Bay Plaza and the profound impact well done architecture can have on a community.  We certainly can see many positive examples in our special community which have improved the environment.

Thanks to the Sarasota Architectural Foundation and Janet Minker for coordinating the SarasotaMOD Weekend, including the Bay Plaza discussion and the Victor Lundy tribute.  All these engaging events were helpful reminders about Sarasota’s notable status in the realm of world class architecture.

4. Periscope — Featured Broadcast   We entered a whole new sphere on social media last week when our live Periscope feed of the Veterans Day parade was a featured broadcast on Periscope.  That
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means Periscope recommended it be watched by its 2 million active daily users.

Over 26,000 viewers around the world tuned in live on their smart phones, tablets and computers to watch the parade.  Another 2,000 viewers watched the recorded version later in the day. That’s a total of 28,000 viewers — a phenomenal reach. And, it was accomplished just using a cell phone, tripod and the Periscope app.

Using hashtags and keywords, the scope was noticed
and promoted by Periscope as a featured broadcast.

The live broadcast highlighted Sarasota’s community spirit, unity and patriotism.   And, being a featured global scope was a particular honor for our local military veterans on their special day.

In this new technology age, Periscope is another excellent tool to have in our communications toolbox, especially during an emergency when we, as a government organization, need to convey important information. 

If you’re interested in learning more, download the Periscope app on your smart phone or tablet — it’s free.  Our handle is @CityofSarasota.  Also, look for the Sarasota Police Department — @SarasotaPD.

5. Bobby Jones Golf Club — Reader’s Choice Award   18 out of the past 20 years, our historic municipal golf course has received the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Readers’ Choice award for best local golf course.  What an impressive record!

Now you have the opportunity to weigh in this year!  Just visit  Select Best Local Entertainment.  Then vote for Bobby Jones!

With two 18 hole courses and an executive course, Bobby Jones is an oasis for the urban golfer.  And, now with the new greens on the America Course receiving great reviews, we anticipate that will be even more reason why our hometown newspaper readers will rank Bobby Jones number one!

With the arrival of cooler weather, tee times are filling up quickly.  Visit to book a round!



Upcoming Events 

Men’s Sr. Better Ball Championship 
Bobby Jones Golf Club
Rd #1:  Sat., November 19 — 8 a.m.
Rd. #2:  Sun., November 20 — 8 a.m.
Starters List

Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival  
Selby Five Points Park 
Sat., November 19 & Sun., November 20
10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
DetailsALSO Turkey TrotRingling Bridge
Thurs., November 24
6 a.m. — 11 a.m.

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 


The following is the current show schedule through 2016. For more information visit    

Mannheim SteamrollerFri., November 18 — 8 p.m.

Decades RewindSat., November 19 — 8 p.m.

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Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016Fri., November 25 — 8 p.m.

Tosh Saves the WorldSat., November 26 — 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday TrioSun., November 27 — 7 p.m.

Jim BrickmanTues., November 29 — 7:30 p.m.
Sarasota Orchestra — Masterworks: The New WorldFri., December 2 — 8 p.m.
Sat., December 3 — 8 p.m.
Sun., December 4 — 2:30 p.m.
Tickets — Sarasota Orchestra
Fame The MusicalWed., December 7 — 7 p.m.

Oak Ridge Boys’ ChristmasSat., December 10 — 8 p.m.

Beach Boys ‘Christmas’Mon., December 12 — 7:30 p.m.

Garrison KeillorTues., December 13 — 8 p.m.

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The Sarasota Ballet — George Balanchine’s JewelsFri., December 16 — 7:30 p.m.
Sat., December 17 — 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets — Sarasota Ballet

A Christmas CarolWed., December 21 — 8 p.m.

Rogers + Hammerstein’s CinderellaTues., December 27 — 7 p.m.
Wed., December 28 — 7 p.m.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian NutcrackerThurs., December 29 — 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

42nd StreetFri., December 30 — 8 p.m.

To purchase tickets over the phone call 941-953-3368 or stop by the Box Office at 777 N.Tamiami Trail.  For a complete schedule of events, visit

Weekly Briefs will be on hiatus until after Thanksgiving.  We’re thankful to be entering another holiday season in our special community.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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          All the SISTER CITY news that’s fit to print………….
          <<< November 15 (Tuesday) 4pm War and Peacea talk by Ray Young, Craig Hullinger, Beth Ruyle, Troy Scott co-sponsored with the Military Officers Association. Location:  Herald-Tribune Community Room, 1741 Main St.  (BRING YOUR SWORDS AND DUELING PISTOLS!!!)
          <<<November 15 (Tuesday) 5pm, Meet & Greet at the Vineyard Wine Bar, 1528 Main St. (FOR THOSE STILL STANDING)
          <<<November 16 (Wednesday) 11:30 am The Joys of Traveling & Bagpiping in Dunfermline and Beyond at the University Park Country Club, University.
          <<<November 17 (Thursday) 7pm Young Bagpiper Daniel Ferry from Dunfermline,  At Riverview High School with the Kilty Band,
          During Pauline Mitchell’s recent trip to Scotland that took over a dozen Sister Citiers, they met Daniel Ferry and his mother, Shonagh, as Daniel played the bagpipes.  Dr. Fred Bloomhad a “shazam” moment and thought “we’ve got to get this lad to Sarasota to play with the Riverside High School Kilties.”  Soon Ray Young is involving Sister Cities in Fred’s idea—and Daniel will soon be here.  Thanks for everything, Fred.
          Daniel is a senior in high school, interested in music and drama.  He will be spending a day at Booker High School and Sarasota Christian School, seeing what students do here.  He will then be practicing with the RHS Kiltie Band in preparation for a performance there.
          LET’S HAVE A BIG TURNOUT to support Fred, Ray, and Pauline—and our new friend, Daniel Ferry.  (see details in CALENDAR above)

          On November 10, a large crowd turned out to hear Kirk Ke Wang, Shanghai native and professor of visual arts at Eckerd College in the new Center for Asian Arts at the Ringling Museum of Art.  And SCAS had many members there.
          The event was co-sponsored by Sarasota Sister Cities, the USF Confucius Institute, the Gulf Coast Chinese Association, and the US-China Peoples’ Friendship Association.  
          Prof. Wang’s talk took us on a tour of Chinese art from the communist revolution to the present. The paintings he showed provided vivid examples of this evolution.  Especially interesting were photos of Prof. Wang with contemporary Chinese artists.
          Kirk Ke Wang, Thanks for a captivating art talk!  And a big thanks, too, to Duane Finger of the US-China People’s Friendship Assn. and SCAS for strongly encouraging Ringling to present this talk.
          Jian Li is a new resident in the Sarasota area and attended Sister Cities’ September luncheon.  She is energetic, enthusiastic, and full of creative ideas.  She is now managing an art exhibition in this area by a well-known Chinese artist, Jove Wang,  currently living in California.  Although Jian Li (or Li Volk,  her married name) is not yet a member of Sister Cities and this is not an official SCAS activity, let’s help her promote this effort.
          Jove Wang has exhibited in many galleries around the world.  Having travelled all of China, he paints scenes of indigenous Chinese cultures—and he has also painted Sarasota scenes.
          Jove Wang was invited to the most prestigious art institute of China in 1884, The Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts and later went to the Tokyo Academy if Fine Arts.  In 1990 he immigrated to the US where he quickly met with international success.
WHAT:  Expressive Compositions in Oil by Jove Wang
WHERE:  6-9pm at 7226 21st. E., Sarasota (Mapquest the address.  It is an industrial area off Whitfield….relatively close to 301)
QUESTIONS?  Email Jian Li at 
          Each year the Chamber presents this Expo where local businesses and organizations highlight what they do.  Each year it attracts approximately 1,000 visitors.  This year, Marianna Janz-Wecke, Beth Ruyle-Hullinger, Charlotte Hull, Craig Hulliinger, Kenney DeCamp, and Dave Harralson manned (peopled) our attractive booth. 
    We talked to many people about Sister Cities and passed out LOTS of brochures.  We hope we represented you well.
                                                                                                                          Questions and Comments to Yr ‘Umble Editor
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Nov 15 War and Peace 4:00 pm Community Room 1741 Main St, Sarasota - Presentation


Sister Cities Founder General Eisenhower briefing the troops before D-Day

War & PeaceDate Changed to Nov 15, 2016
4:00 pm Herald-Tribune Community Room 1741 Main St, Sarasota — Presentation

5:00 pm, Vineyard Wine Bar 1528 Main St, Sarasota — Meet and Greet

Program Sponsored By

Sarasota Sister Cities
andMilitary Officers Association of America-Sarasota Chapter
Our Panel will discuss issues of War and Peace. Each panelist will make a short presentation about how our efforts can help to ensure world peace. We will discuss some of the efforts made by the US military.  A group discussion will follow the presentations, followed by a Meet and Greet where we can continue the discussion.
The Sister City Association began in 1956 during the United States presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. After viewing the horrific devastation of human life and property resulting from that tragic moment in world history, Eisenhower thought “citizen diplomacy” might help to reduce the threat of war.

“Citizen diplomacy” in Eisenhower’s way of thinking was an actual “eyeball to eyeball” interfacing of everyday citizens, meeting personally on each others “turf” (in the U.S. and overseas); learning how each lived, carried on their daily lives, overcame whatever challenges they faced, to bring about an enhanced understanding, and thus respect, of all global citizens. It was envisioned this could be accomplished through exchanges (visitations) of citizens, engaged in the arts, business, civic activities (service clubs, boy/girl scouts, etc), education, sports and government.

Sarasota Sister Cities will present a discussion of how citizen to citizen diplomacy works with and compliments military involvement and deterrence. Our three panelists will describe real world experiences and some of their thoughts on how we can continue and improve our efforts as citizen diplomats. Each presentation will be 5 to 10 minutes long leaving substantial time for questions and discussion. 


Troy Scott is a Past President of the Sarasota Military Officers Association — Sarasota Chapter and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Sarasota Sister Cities. He is a United States Army Colonel Retired and a veteran of the Cold War and two tours in Vietnam. He will discuss Army Civic action programs in Vietnam, Europe, and South America and efforts of the Army to maintain and improve relations with allied nations and individuals.

Beth Ruyle is the Past President of Sarasota Sister Cities and a former Member of the Illinois Commission For The Support of the Guard and Reserve. As the Director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association she worked on a number of citizen diplomatic efforts in support of peace. She will discuss citizen interchanges with the Soviet Union and China.

Craig Hullinger is Vice President of Communications of Sarasota Sister Cities, a United States Marine Corps Colonel Retired, and a veteran of the Cold War and two tours in Vietnam. He will discuss efforts to build and improve relationships with civilians in war zones. He will describe the Combined Action Program and efforts to win the hearts and the minds of the people and how Sister City exchanges helped prevent World War III.

Raymond Young is Vice President of Education and will serve as the moderator.  He will describe the premise of people-to-people exchanges established by President Eisenhower and describe additional academic programs that have furthered this cause, the Fulbright Program and the Peace Corps.

Meet & Greet to follow Vineyard Wine Bar1528 Main St., SarasotaFor further Information, Contact: Ray Young, e-mail:; 941-227-7509

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The Sarasota Sister Cities Board is asking for volunteers to be our:  
1. Secretary2. Events Coordinator3. Public Relations Director
If you have a special interest in Canada, China, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Russia, or Scotland, our City Directors need your enthusiasm and creative ideas for planning activities and exchanges. Our Sister Cities are:
Dunfermline, ScotlandHamilton, Province of Ontario, CanadaMerida, MexicoPerpignan, FranceRapperswil-Jona, Switzerland (Friendship City)Tel Mond, IsraelTreviso, ItalyVladimir, RussiaSiming District, Xiamen, China    
Our Vice Presidents for Membership, Education, Economic Development, and Fundraising want to add your ideas and expertise to their teams.
If you would like to like to add your energy to Sarasota Sister Cities, just let us know!   Send us an Email and right away we will put you in contact with the right person. In advance, we
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