Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

Citizen Diplomats—Carving a Path toward Peace since 1963


Help Wanted - VP Communications, VP Membership, Events Director, Public Relations Director, Grants Writer and Secretary

Logo%2BSign.jpgSarasota Sister Cities needs a new Vice President of Membership, a Vice President of Communications, an Events Director, a Public Relations Director, a Grants Writer, and a Secretary. 

To apply or discuss contact our President 
Marianna Janz-Wecke at

Click below for Job Descriptions:

Click below for more about the Communications VP

SCAS One World Award To Mary Elemendorf

SCAS One World Award To Mary Elemendorf

A number of our Sarasota Sister Cities Assn members and others have requested further information about our SCAS One World Award, which is our most prestigious recognition. This year the One World Award will be bestowed to Mary Elemendorf, Anthropologist & Noble Laureate, for the individual winner and the Sarasota Audubon Society for Environmental protection and education as the Organization winner. The criteria and previous winners are described in the attached file.   The awards will be presented at our Festa Di Carnevale, Treviso dinner February 11, 2017 organized by Treviso City Director Anna Madaschi. 
The event is one of our most significant activities so please plan to attend to honor these outstanding winners. More info and to register go to

Best Regards,
Ray YoungVP Education

One World Award

The One World Award is Sarasota Sister Cities premier international award that honors one remarkable individual and one organization that have enhanced “understanding and respect” among citizens of the world through their extraordinary work or volunteer service. The annual One World Gala each year shines the spotlight on these area individuals and organizations which have demonstrated their continued ability to create and maintain strong bonds of understanding among the world’s citizens, through their extraordinary work and service to the community.  

Previous Individual Winners

Robert Roskamp, Roskamp Institute (2011) a worldwide leader in finding cures for Alzheimer’s disease and mental disorders.

Nicholas Bollettieri, IMG (2012) has excelled in fostering international relationships that have impacted our Cultural Coast and individuals, families and communities around the world. He coached & developed gifted tennis players worldwide at his Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy which became the IMG academy now expanded to additional sports training.

Former Mayor Lou Ann Palmer (2013) – Led the development of Sarasota for many years and personally enhanced relationships with five Sarasota’s sister cities.

Linda Rosenbluth (2014) – Former President & City Director for SCAS. Organized the first non-profit event at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, the first “phonathon” for United Way and Sarasota’s first “AIDS Awareness Week”, an initiative duplicated in communities nationwide. She has represented Sarasota on missions to Azerbaijan, Morocco, Poland and Israel, and enhanced relationships with officials and citizens of our sister cities

Andrew Ezzell & JoAnn Patrick Ezzell — Give Something Back Foundation (2015) Have built Schools, Classrooms & Libraries in Vietnam, Thailand and Haiti, Provided educational opportunities for Girls in Afghanistan and developed a Collaborative Online Education Program, including an international website competition, for Students & Teachers across the World.

Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs — Circus Arts Conservatory (2016) They combined their expertise and passion for the circus by creating Circus Sarasota which became the Circus Arts Conservatory. Their mission is to provide a circus that represents the circus arts at the highest level and that is linked to the community through performance, education and integrated arts programming.

Eighty percent of ticket revenue is used for community outreach programs that serve children, the elderly and those in care facilities. The year-round outreach programs are Humor Therapy Program, Education Program and Sailor Circus.

Previous Organization Winners

The ORT Organization (2012) 
This is a Jewish global educational program for the underprivileged. Educating and elevating disadvantaged children across the globe with skills needed to lead productive lives. ORT schools educate 30,000 Jewish and non-Jewish students daily in Israel, Argentina, Mexico and many other countries around the world. Sarasota Christian School (2013) Has promoted diversity and international relationships and has supported and maintained connections with schools in twelve foreign countries. The school has an active international student body. Accepted by Jeff Shank & Dawn Graber.

Embracing Our Differences (2014)
Promotes a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. The program employs art as a catalyst to spark discussions and promote the importance of peaceful coexistence achieved throuogh a huge outdoor exhibit at Sarasota’s City Island Park.

THE HIGHLAND GAMES, at Robarts Arena, Saturday February 4, 9-5 pm.




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Robarts Arena, Saturday February 4, 9-5 pm.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy Scottish Culture, Sports & Country Dancing!
Soak up the Spirits of the Scots with a “wee dram” at the Sister Cities” Booth, all are welcome.

                                                                        AYE! CALLING ALL LADS AND LASSIES,
                                                                         ALL SCOTS AND WANNA-BE SCOTS!!

                                                                                 COME JOIN US AT THE                                                       SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION BOOTH AT THE 23 rd ANNUAL                                                                                                                                                   SARASOTA HIGHLAND GAMES                                                                              organized by the Scottish Heritage Society                                                                                                                                 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2017,   9AM — 5PM                                                    SARASOTA FAIRGROUNDS, 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, Fl. 34237                                                    Entrance fee at the door: $15,—.  In advance at SCOT’S CORNER, 17th Street: $12,—.                                                                                                                                                                 It’s like being in Scotland for a day*:)) laughing!                                                  SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION OF SARASOTA NEEDS YOUR PRESENCE TO                                                                                                       REPRESENT US BY WALKING AS A GROUP IN THE OPENING PARADE                                                                                                                                                                                                     AT 12 NOON                                                                                                   ==========                                                                We gather at the Sister Cities Booth at 11:30 am sharp. 
                                    We also need Sister Cities representation at our Booth to inform the general public about our organization,                                    the activities we offer and the many opportunities to volunteer. This is a great opportunity to showcase one                                     or all of our beautiful Sister Cities.  In other words: we are looking for new Members! The Highland Games                                    annually draw approximately 4000 visitors.                                                                                                    *************
               Below is a schedule for which we need TWO PEOPLE IN EVERY TIME SLOT.                                                                                                        ==============================
                                    The times are as follows: 9 am       —     10:30 am                                                                               10:30 am   —   12 noon                                                                               12 noon     —    1:30 pm                                                                                 1:30 pm   —    3:00 pm                                                                                 3:00 pm   —    4:30 pm                                                                        If your time to work at the Booth does not coincide with the Opening Parade, please make a big effort to
                                                                      JOIN US FOR THE OPENING PARADE ONLY!                                                                                                                               THE GAMES ARE HELD RAIN OR SHINE, JUST LIKE IN SCOTLAND!                                                   Don’t miss out on the fun, the sound of the bagpipes, the beating of the drums, Highland and Irish Dancing                                    competitions, & Athletic events, and great shopping too. Come and soak up the Spirit of the Scots!                                                                      Spirits also come in the form of a good “WEE DRAM” of Whiskey and  refreshments at our Booth for your enjoyment!

PLEASE  REPLY  asap TODunfermline City Director PAULINE MITCHELLemail: pjmitchellusa@yahoo.comtelephone: (941) 485 5199

Global Body Language, Kenney DeCamp, February 2, 2017 4 pm Selby Library

kenney.tifGlobal Body Language
Kenney DeCamp

4:00 pm
February 2, 2017
Selby Library
1331 First Ave, Sarasota
Kenney, a Sarasota Sister City Board Member, is a recognized body linguist who has lectured and performed internationally. Body language is a developing aspect of the human being. By the time you are an adult it has become a ‘who you are’ pattern within your lifestyle. Globally there are gestures expressing aspects of body language of a cultural region. Learn more about your own body language and some of these global communicative gestures.









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5:00 pm.  Our monthly Meet & Greet will follow at Louies Modern 1289 N Palm Ave, after the lecture.

For further Information, Contact:
Ray Young, e-mail:
phone: 941-227-7509

Briefs From Barwin


From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin

February 3, 2017
Photo of the Week
The Ringling Bridge and Causeway will be part of the designated race route for the Music Half Marathon this Sunday, February 5.  The run offers participants stunning views of our beautiful city.  For many, scenery like this will be a welcome distraction as they push through their 13.1 mile endurance challenge.  To ensure the safety of runners, temporary lane closures will be in effect 6:30 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.  More details below.        

  • City Commission
    Mon., February 6 — 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers
  • Downtown Improvement DistrictTues., February 7 — 9 a.m.
    City Hall Annex — SRQ Media Studio
  • Parks, Recreation & Environmental Protection Board
    Tues., February 7 — 10 a.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers
  • Public Art CommitteeWed., February 8 — 1 p.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers
  • Planning BoardWed., February 8 — 6 p.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers

Black History Month   
During Black History Month, we’re reflecting on race relations in Sarasota,
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including our municipal golf course, the Bobby Jones Golf Club, which opened with much fanfare in 1927.

The first 32 years of its existence, Bobby Jones was limited to whites only. Locals recall that African Americans were allowed to caddy but could not play on the course with whites.

That all changed in 1959, when six African American men from the Sarasota area met with then-City Manager Ken Thompson. They explained that they wanted to play golf on our affordable public course primarily because they no longer wanted to make the long drive to Tampa where courses were becoming racially integrated. They told Mr. Thompson they did not want to cause a disturbance or use the clubhouse. Hearing that, according to a Tampa Tribune news article published on February 12, 1959, Mr. Thompson informed the group they would not be prevented from playing.

According to local historians, four of the six who attended that meeting played Bobby Jones Golf Club the very next day by themselves peaceably after 4 o’clock. No one interfered with their play that day or any day forward, as locals recall. One of the foursome on the course that historic day was Robert “Bud” Thomas. Each year during the MLK Day celebrations, a golf tournament is held in Bud Thomas’ memory to remember the important role he and his friends played in integrating Bobby Jones. 

Mayor Willie Shaw and Vice Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie have suggested that I have this locally important historical event be commemorated with a historical marker at an appropriate and prominent location at Bobby Jones, which I am pleased to have directed staff to pursue.  

City Career Opportunities Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

Application Developer
Building Inspector (Single License)
Electrical Maintenance Mechanic
Golf Course Attendant (Part Time)
Inventory Technician (SPD Part Time)
Landscape Maintenance Tech I
Maintenance Mechanic II — RLT
Manager, Accounting & Payroll Systems
Manager, Newtown Redevelopment
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Procurement Specialist II
Refuse Equipment Operator SA
System Integrator  
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator C
                      Click here for all job descriptions 

This Week’s Items to Know:

1. Music Half Marathon — Sun., Feb. 5    This Sunday, thousands of runners will lace up and take to the streets for the popular Sarasota Music Half Marathon.  Once again the event is sold out with the number of entrants capped at 4,000. 
16e7ba2e-dbe6-41d6-b340-3d673a253fbf.jpgTraffic-wise, here’s what you need to know:  The half marathon starts at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 6:30 a.m.  Temporary lane closures will begin at 6 a.m. and will be along Tamiami Trail,  Ringling Bridge, St. Armands Circle, S. Orange Ave., S. Osprey Ave., and Cherokee Park. Bridge.    
  • S. Orange Ave. will be closed to all traffic from Mound Street to S. Osprey Ave.  (approx. 6 a.m. — 10 a.m.)
  • S. Osprey Ave. will be closed from McClellan Dr. to Webber St. (approx. 6 a.m. — 10 a.m.)

For more details on lane closures click here.

2. LS 87 Update — Microtunneling Started   We’re pleased to report the microtunneling portion of the Lift Station 87 project is underway!  Work started this past weekend, and during site inspections this week I observed firsthand that the microtunneling is going well.

Microtunneling is a specialized trenchless construction technique and it’s being used to install a 36-inch wastewater main under the Hudson Bayou.  The

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boring machine was launched on the south side of the Osprey Bridge from a 30-foot deep shaft.  Depending on the underground conditions, the machine should advance 20-40 feet per day creating a tunnel 8-feet below the bottom of the bayou where the wastewater main will be installed within a 60-inch diameter protective steel casing.

Microtunneling under the bayou should be finished within four weeks.  This has been a long time coming and we look forward to a successful conclusion!  In the meantime, the City remains in litigation with the original engineer of record for the project, AECOM, due to their flawed design to microtunnel safely under the bayou.

3. FDOT — Siesta Dr. Construction  Plan Ahead:  We’ve been notified by FDOT officials they will begin a stormwater drainage improvement project next week (Feb. 6) at Siesta Dr. and San Remo Terrace1e9d8a75-a2e9-4058-9d14-b039fec493f4.jpg For the next couple of months, lane closures are expected at night during non-peak hours Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

Those heading to Siesta Key should be on the lookout for crews working at night and during the daytime until the project is finished in the Spring.  For more details on the project click here.        

4. Emergency Notifications — Registration Underway  The City of Sarasota uses an emergency notification system, called Rapid Notify, to alert residents of urgent matters including water outages, severe weather, flooding, etc.  We can target a specific geographic area for residents to receive alerts via email, text message, landline phone and cell phone.
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5. Downtown Circulator  Next Monday, Feb. 6, the City Commission will consider a contract agreement with a company to provide free on-demand rides around the downtown area via electric vehicle.  As the City Commission seeks ways to ease traffic congestion and move people, downtown organizations and staff believe this is an innovative, viable and sustainable option.
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City Hall during the City Commission meeting.

The company, The Gotcha Group, LLC, has experienced success in other communities with similar programs. 

Each vehicle would carry up to five passengers (plus a driver) and would run up to 12 hours a day seven days a week.  Ridership would be on-demand via cell phone app or telephone call and wait times would be generally 5-10 minutes, but passengers could also flag a shuttle if it’s going by.

A total of seven vehicles (including one handicap accessible vehicle) would be used with service boundaries being 14th Street to the north, Mound Street to the south, School Avenue to the east and Sarasota Bay to the west.

The possibility of moving residents and visitors in an eco-friendly vehicle that is on-demand is exciting and, we believe, the wave of the future.  If approved by the City Commission, the vehicles could be on the street by the end of April.

The company will have a vehicle on display outside City Hall for the City Commission meeting at 2:30 p.m.  We encourage you to stop by and take a look!

6. Use of Force Education Day — March 4  If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer and have to make split second life or death decisions, SPD is offering a special community training session for you!
Fri., February 17          

Upcoming Events 

Black History Open House 
N. Sarasota Library — 2801 Newtown Blvd.
Fri., February 35:30 p.m. Details National Stamp Exhibition  
Municipal Auditorium
Sat., Feb. 4 & Sun., Feb. 5 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Fine Arts Festival

Lido Beach Pavilion Sat., Feb. 4 & Sun., Feb. 5 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Black AIDS Awareness Day Fredd Atkins Park
Sat., Feb. 4
Noon — 4 p.m.
Sarasota Masters Art Festival 

J.D. Hamel ParkSat., Feb. 4 & Sun., Feb. 5 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Music Half Marathon
Start & Finish:  Van Wezel
Sun., February 5
6:30 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
DetailsBobby Jones Clubhouse Focus Group
Bobby Jones Clubhouse — 1000 Circus Blvd.
Tues., February 7
8 a.m. Details 

  Household Hazardous Waste
Collection Event
Payne Park — Parking Lots
Sat., February 11
8 a.m. — Noon 

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

The following is the current show schedule through February 2017.  For more information visit    

Sarasota Orchestra — Masterworks: Tchaikovsky to Tuur
Fri., February 3 — 8 p.m.
Sat., February 4 — 8 p.m.
Sun., February 5 — 2:30 p.m.
Sarasota Orchestra Website

Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay ManMon., February 6 — 8 p.m.

Itzhak PerlmanTues., February 7 — 8 p.m.

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Lily TomlinWed., February 8 — 8 p.m.
The Philadelphia OrchestraThurs., February 9 — 8 p.m.

Steve Martin and Martin ShortFri., February 10 — 8 p.m.

Dave ChappelleSat., February 11 — 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Ringling Town Hall — Geena DavisMon., February 13 — 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Neil Berg’s 108 Years of BroadwayTues., February 14 — 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Twyla TharpWed., February 15 — 8 p.m.

PippinFri., February 17 — 8 p.m.
Sat., February 18 — 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6Sun., February 19 — 7 p.m.

Ringling Town Hall — Jared CohenMon., February 20 — 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Alvin AileyTues., February 21 — 8 p.m.

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Lang LangThurs., February 23 — 8 p.m.

Sarasota Orchestra — Masterworks: Estonian VoicesFri., February 24 — 8 p.m.
Sat., February 25 — 8 p.m.
Sun., February 26 — 2:30 p.m.
Sarasota Orchestra

Jackie EvanchoMon., February 27 — 8 p.m.

Swan Lake — The Russian National Ballet TheatreTues., February 28 — 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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INFO @ SARASOTA SISTER CITIES January 14, 2017 #2:2

January 14, 2017  #2:2
All the news that’s fit to print as the New Year gets underway……….

February 2, 2017, 4 pm, GLOBAL BODY LANGUAGE, Kenny DeCamp, Selby Library
          Location of the Meet & Greet following Kenney’s talk to be announced soon.
 February 4, 2017, Saturday 9-5 pm. THE HIGHLAND GAMES, at Robarts Arena
 February 11, 2017, 6:00 pm at the University Park Country Club, ONE WORLD AWARD at THE FESTA DE CARNEVALE — A Treviso Sister City Celebration, cocktail attire, Anna Madaschi
 March 15, 2017, Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club. HONOR OUR MAYORS, Hope Byrnes, Kenney DeCamp, Dave Harralson
 April 12, 2017, Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND ELECTION, President Marianna Janz-Wecke
 May 20, 2017, Florida Studio Theater’s  YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS CONTEST The Winners are coming!
 FESTIVALE DE CARNIVALE,  a TREVISO, ITALY, a Sister City Celebration with the ONE WORLD AWARD presentation
          SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017
                              COCKTAIL ATTIRE
$75 per person
          We celebrate the Province of Treviso, cradle of ancient communities.  During the period of the Venetian Republic, this area was known for its pleasant resorts and bountiful agricultural products.  Local waterways give Treviso the name of Watertown in the midst of picturesque landscapes and rolling hills.
          Treviso has a long tradition of Carnevale festivities in the month of February, its origin being in the ancient Roman Saturnalia.  It offered the public a time of entertainment and festivities.  Its dominant feature was the masquerade, serving as a brief freedom from the confines of social class, gender, and religion.
          Festivale de Carnivale is sure to be a memorable and marvelous evening of libation, conviviality, and community. Please join us! GET YOUR RESERVATIONS IN NOW!
          For questions, please contact Treviso City Director, Anna Madaschi at

          A good number of people reserved for the Xiamen luncheon after the deadline—or they just showed up without reservations.  The Bird Key Yacht Club ran out of menu items and had to serve items that people did not order.  The management was concerned about the inability to properly prepare for the event.
          If this trend continues, we anticipate possibly having to refuse those who attempt to register late or just show up at the event.  We, of course, DO NOT want this to  happen.
          Please be thoughtful and help us with this problem by registering on time for future meetings.
          On January 11 at the Bird Key Yacht Club, nearly 100 enthusiastic attendees celebrated Sarasota Sister Cities’ ten-year relationship with XiamenDr. Carolyn Bloomer, City Director for Xiamen and former visiting professor at Xiamen University, shared memories of the 2007 delegation trip to Xiamen.  Then Mayor Lou Ann Palmer was part of that delegation and remembered at the beginning of that trip the two delegations were bowing to each other, and at the end they were hugging, a reference to the fact that at that time, Chinese traditionally did not hug or touch in this way.
          Dr. Bloomer along with her Assistant City Director, Dr Hongying Liu and Jian Le Volk entertained people with the detailed and fascinating history between Sarasota and Xiamen.
          Thanks, Carolyn, Hongying, and Jian Li!

          Thanks to our member Kenney DeCamp, who served as the event’s MC and johannes factotum,  Selby Library had another hugely-successful Crystal Ball.  Sarabeth Kalajian,  head of Sarasota County Libraries told your editor that Kenney never disappoints, that his Crystal Balls are always wonderful events!
          Downstairs served as a large entertainment space with a variety of singers, dancers & entertainers. A variety of Sarasota’s best restaurants offered delicious small snacks:  chicken meatballs stuffed with mozzarella, barbecue, ravioli, orzo salads, unusually-flavored humus, meatball sandwiches, and other savories too numerous to mention.  Bars abounded throughout the library.
          Throughout the library, booths represented your Sarasota Sister Cities,  authors, spas, candy makers,  aromatherapy, literacy services, writing instruction, major community organizations such as The Ringling Museum, and many other groups.
           Among those Sister City members in attendance (in alphabetical order and with apologies to those your editor can’t remember now) were Marianna Janz-Wecke  Eladio & Judy Amores, Susan Atwell, Gloria Grenier, Maria des Neiges Grossas, Dave Harralson,  Charlotte Hull, Sylva Kanderal, Brianna & Werner Knoop, Anna Madaschi, Elke & Troy Scott, Rodolfo Sperandeo, and others.
          Whatta Party!  Thanks Kenney!

          Gail Sanderson, our luncheon coordinator, is in sick bay at Hawthorne Village after a hip replacement.  Send some thoughts and prayers her way for a speedy recovery.
          We miss you while you’re out, Gail!  Speedy Recovery!
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