Dear Friend/Member of Sarasota Sister Cities:
(PLEASE DISREGARD THIS NOTICE—If you have joined Sister Cities or paid dues since July 1, 2016)
It is dues renewal time. The original renewal notice went out the first week in October, the beginning of our fiscal year. We look forward to a year full of activities with our speakers’ bureau, Meet & Greets, luncheons, and so on. If you have joined since July 1st or have already renewed, please disregard this notice.
At what level will you be joining?
$40 Individual $60 Family $150 Business
$100 Patron $150 Sponsor $500 National Sponsor
Make CHECKS payable to SCAS and mail to:
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
1565 First St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Or pay by CREDIT CARD at
Do you need a NAME BADGE? Please send me a note at email@example.com and I will order you one.
Vice President for Membership
Sarasota Sister Cities
Dear Friend/Member of Sarasota Sister Cities:
We also need assistance with our Sister Cities. Please let us know if you have an interest in working with our sister cities in Canada, China, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Russia, or Scotland, We also need help in Membership, Education, Economic Development, Social Media, and Fund Raising.
Email us if you would like to help out and we will put you in touch with the right person.
Thank you for your consideration.
Many happy Holidays, Nikolaus, and Christmas greetings and a little family tradition I like to share. I wish you and your families and loved ones very Happy Holidays and the very best for the New Year 2017.
Nikolaus Day On December 6th
Every year, the families in many European Countries celebrate Nikolaus Day on December 6th.The evening before, children polish their boots and shoes (dirty ones will not be accepted by Nikolaus) and place them or stockings at the fireplace or at the front door.
Traditionally Nikolaus (or Knecht Ruprecht) will bring nuts, apples, clementines and chocolate and/or little toys. For kids (as well adults) whose behavior was a little in question over the year, Nikolaus might just leave a rod behind. In the old days, coal was much appreciated because people often hardly had anything for their fireplaces and heat the rooms.
But as families had more and more central heat, they forgot about the reason why Nikolaus brought them some coal. Nowadays it is like a punishment if there is coal in their shoes.
According to the legend, the custom began because of historical St. Nicholas of Myra (now the Anatolia region of modernTurkey), who died on December 6th, 346.
He was a Greek Christian bishop known for miracles and giving gifts secretly and is now the Patron Saint of the little children, sailors, merchants and students.
Known as Nicholas the Wonderworker for his miracles, he is also identified with Santa Claus. St. Nicholas had a reputation for leaving secret gifts, such as coins, in people’s shoes overnight.
Marianna Janz-Wecke, SCAS President
Social Marketing Report November 2016
Our blog sarasotasistercities.com is our online newsletter. We keep a calendar events at the top and amplify the information with photos on older posts.
We will be glad to publish information about Sarasota Sister events. Email it to me, preferably with graphics, and I will post it on the blog. You can also post information directly yourself on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest pages.
If you see a mistake on our systems please let me know and I will correct it.
We email our members several times each month with notices of events. We use two email addresses — firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
You can post information and photos and interact with others on our social media addresses. All of our members and friends are encouraged to join us. These systems work best if we have a number of our members posting.
We continue our efforts with our Facebook page. If you use Facebook please check out our page, and contribute thoughts, ideas, and events facebook.com/SarasotaSisterCities
If you use Twitter please join us. It is easy to create an account and post directly yourself. And prove to everyone that you are up to date. twitter.com/SarasotaSisterC
We also continue our efforts on LinkedIn and Pinterest.
And of course our Web Site. We use a consultant to update the site and we change it infrequently. It does pick up info from the blog automatically and has links to our social media. sarasotasistercities.org
We maintain our membership records on
From this site you can update your own records and membership records. You should be able to log in initially using your email address and your zip coe. Membership VP Dave Harralson maintains this site and can help you get access firstname.lastname@example.org
I maintain a blog that has spreadsheets showing Board contact info and Members Contacts. boardssc.blogspot.com
The Board is open — you have to ask me for access to obtain access to all our membership.
We have many photos on line. You can see them on our Pinterest page or see them from the left column of the blog. Or Click Here.
Google has provided us a domain email for free, since we are a non profit. We will create an email address as Board Members request. The address will be your title or name, followed by @sarasotasistercities.com
The system is similar to gmail. It also provides a way to share documents and photographs. A little confusing but you can figure it out.
Using the domain email is of course voluntary. If you do use the email it might make it simpler to use it with a separate web browser - perhaps use the Microsoft browser for your regular email and use Chrome or Firefox for you Sister City email. That way you won’t have to log in and out of the two email systems. Or you can choose to forward the Sister City email to your regular account.
A few of the new emails have started in the Estonian!! language. We don’t know why. Great for internationalism but not so good for comprehension. If this happens give me a call at 309 634 5557 and I will help you get it back to English.
If any of you would like to help improve our social marketing systems give me a call or send me an email or just jump in and start posting to our Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Twitter addresses. And if you know anyone who can help with this effort please put me in contact with me. I am likely beyond help but would appreciate it nevertheless.
I continue to post news releases with little success. It is easy to write a news release on the Tampa Bay News Wire and theoretically the papers will pick this up. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
News Release tampabaynewswire.com
If you have articles or photos to share, please send them to us and we will post them to the blog and social media.
Sister City Blogs
We have established a blog for each of our Sister Cities. We encourage the City Directors to post photos and notices on their blog.
Sarasota Sister Cities Social Marketing Plan
Sarasota Sister Cites Plan
We use social marketing to inform our membership. Our principle addresses are:
Web sarasotasistercities.org Pinterest pinterest.com/sarasotasister
Sister Cities assisted with the US Open Lawn Bowling
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In the United States of America:
THE US OPEN 2016, hosted by:
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.