Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

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October 2016 Social Media Report

We use social marketing to inform our membership. Our principle addresses are:

Blog      sarasotasistercities.com
Web        sarasotasistercities.org 
Pinterest  pinterest.com/sarasotasister

Email      sarasotasistercities@gmail.com
Twitter    twitter.com/#!/SarasotaSisterC

Facebook facebook.com/SarasotaSisterCities
LinkedIn  
linkedin.com/in/sarasotasistercities
Google+  http://goo.gl/HgfrE

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 email our members several times each month with notices of events. We use two email addresses - sarasotasistercities@gmail.com and craighullinger@sarasotasistercities@gmail.com
You can post information and photos and interact with others on the addresses below. 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.
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/sarasotasistercities

Pinterest pinterest.com/sarasotasister

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 
www.imembersdb.com

From this site you can update your own records and membership records.  Membership VP Dave Harralson maintains this site and can help you get access: membership@sarasotasistercities.com

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 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. Use of these blogs is of course optional for eachC City Director. 
dunfermlinesarasota.blogspot.com
hamiltonsarasota.blogspot.com
meridasarasota.blogspot.com
perpignansarasota.blogspot.com
rapperswil-jonasarasota.blogspot.com
telmondsarasota.blogspot.com
trevisosarasota.blogspot.com
vladimirsarasota.blogspot.com
xiamensarasota.blogspot.com

craighullinger@sarasotasistercities.com

Our Social Networking report:  socialnetworkingreport.blogspot.com

Sarasota Sister Cities Social Marketing Plan
sistercitiessocialmarketing.blogspot.com

Sarasota Sister Cites Plan
sscplan.blogspot.com

Sunsets Sarasota
sunsetssarasota.blogspot.com

socialmarketing301.blogspot.com

Calendar of Coming Events

Sep 14, 2016 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club — Using Facebook, Blogs, LinkedIn etc for your Organization, Family, or Business, Craig Hullinger and Olga Pliner

Sep 7-30 “And Then There Was Quiet — New York After 9/11” Photographic Exhibit, by David Gordon

Sep 20-21 — 12:00 pm to 12:00 pm Gifts made by credit card through the Giving Challenge Web site between noon on Sept 20 and noon on Sept 21 will be matched. GivingPartnerChallenge.org.

Sept 29, 2016 Cuba AC/BC – After Castro/Before Castro, Eladio Amores
4:00 pm, Selby Library (Free Event) 1331 First St, Sarasota
5:00 Meet & Greet: Louie’s Modern Restaurant, 1289 N. Palm Ave

Oct 19, 2016 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club - Our Delightful Sister City Merida — Cultural Program, Mike Fehilly

Oct 26, 2016 Friendship City, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland: History & Culture,
Primo Bader, Nelly Carmardo, Charlotte Hull & Candace Wehbe
4:00 pm, Herald-Tribune Community Room,
Herald-Tribune Bldg, 1741 Main St, Sarasota;
5:00 pm Meet and Greet Location TBD

Nov 16, 2016 Luncheon 11:30 am University Park Country Club “The Joys of Traveling & Bagpiping in Dunfermline and Beyond.”, Pauline Mitchell.

Nov — Date to be determined, 2016 War & Peace, Ray Young, Craig Hullinger, Beth Ruyle, Troy Scott Co-Sponsored w/ Military Officers Association
4:00 pm, Community Foundation of Sarasota 2635 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota
5:00 pm Meet and Greet Location TBD

Dec 13, 2016 Holidays in Our Sister Cities – Unique Festivities, Sister City Directors
5:00 pm, Vineyard Wine Bar 1528 Main St, Sarasota

Jan 11, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, Xiamen, China, Dr. Carolyn Bloomer and Dr. Hongying Liu

Feb Date to be determined, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, Carnevale in Traviso, Anna Madaschi and Isabel Eidet

Mar 15, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club. Honor Our Mayors, Hope Byrnes, Kenney DeCamp, Dave Harralson

Apr 12, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, Annual Membership Meeting and Elections, Marianna Janz-Wecke 
Scroll down for more info on each event:
All the Scoop that is fit to print and some that is not:
Blog          sarasotasistercities.com (This is our online newsletter)Web          sarasotasistercities.orgPinterest   pinterest.com/sarasotasister
You can Post Directly to the sites below:

Facebook  facebook.com/SarasotaSisterCities
Twitter       twitter.com/#!/SarasotaSisterC
LinkedIn    linkedin.com/in/sarasotasistercities
News Release tampabaynewswire.com

Our Email  sarasotasistercities@gmail.com

Sister Cities International

60th anniversary celebration and 2016 Diplomatic Leadership Awards

 Thank you to all who helped us celebrate our official 60th anniversary on the day of our founding while honoring Robert J. Dole, former U.S. Senator; Timothy Chorba, former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore; Connie Morella, former U.S. Congresswoman and U.S. Ambassador to OECD; andJerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to President Barrack Obama and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, White House, at the 2016 Diplomatic Leadership Awards Reception on Monday, September 12.

The event was hosted by the reception’s Honorary Chair, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi at the beautiful Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC.

Jerry Abramson, Timothy Chorba, Ambassador Kauppi, Mary Kane, Ambassador Aldona Wos, Connie Morella, Tim Quigley, Ron Nirenberg
Connie Morella, Mary Kane, Tim Quigley, Ambassador Wos, Bob Dole
Timothy Chorba
Mary Kane, Jerry Abramson, Tim Quigley
Learn more

Live video discussion for Global Collaboration Day this Friday, September 16

 00159923-5456-4b4d-a4a7-eb90f65d735f.jpgWe’re excited to join Design Squad Global for a live video discussion this Friday, September 16 at 12pm ET in honor of Global Collaboration Day.

We will discuss how we’re collaborating with other organizations to enhance sister city programs and our best practices for supporting global collaboration and the future of youth engagement in order to support their futures as involved citizens, capable leaders, and successful problem solvers of the 21st century.

Watch live at https://youtu.be/30IVdbvwks8

Watch live

Host the 2016 Young Artists & Authors Showcase winners and finalists in your community 

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Host communities will host the tour for 1-1 ½ months. This time commitment depends on the city, as some cities plan receptions around the tour while others display the art at local art galleries, libraries, or city halls.

Note: Hosts do not need to be YAAS participants or finalists, but do need to be dues-paying members of Sister Cities International. 

If you’re interested in hosting the tour, please email Alyssa Fox, membership manager for youth programs, at youth@sistercities.org.

Host the YAAS tour

Deadline approaching: High School Homestay spring 2017 applications

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Through the High School Homestay Program, U.S. sister city programs can select high school students from their international partners to take part in a year-long or semester-long exchange. SCI is a U.S. State Department-designated sponsoring organization and can process the J-1 secondary school student visa.

Click here to download a flyer with more information, including eligibility, costs, and deadlines. Visit http://sistercities.org/HSHS or email Alyssa Fox at afox@sistercities.org to learn more. 

Learn more
The latest from the Sister Cities Exchange
Sewing Group Changes Lives of Young Women in Africa

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Tell your sister city’s story! Did your sister city program’s ambassadors go on an interesting exchange or host an exciting cultural event? Tell us about your organization’s past or present experiences through a blog post for The Sister Cities Exchange.

Click here to download blog guidelines. Check out the blog here.

Please direct all questions and blog submissions to communications@sistercities.org.

Read the Sister Cities Exchange

September 20 and 21 - Noon To Noon - Giving Partner Challenge

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 Once again Sarasota Sister Cities participates in the
2016 Giving Challengewith Matching Support from The Patterson Foundation
For each contribution to Sister Cities from new donors — up to $100 apiece —The Patterson Foundation will provide an AMAZING 2 to 1 MATCH! 

And that’s not all, folks — contributions from returning donors – up to $100 each – will be matched 1 to 1! 

Minimum contribution is $25.

Be the one to make a difference during the 2016 Giving Challenge!

Mark your calendar for: September 20 & 21 from noon to noon!

To have your gifts be eligible for a match they must be made by credit card through the Giving Challenge Web site between noon on Sept 20 and noon on Sept 21.

Join us in our mission of international person-to-person diplomacy!

You can go directly to the site below to donate
https://givingpartnerchallenge.org/npo/sister-cities-association-of-sarasota-inc

Or visit www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org. and search for Sister Cities.

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INFO @ SARASOTA SISTER CITIES September 2, 2016 #11

All the news that´s fit to print—Some newspaper ought to adopt this as its motto….
 
And Then There Was Quiet — New York After 9/11” Photographic Exhibit by David Gordon.  Sponsored by Sarasota Sister Cities September 7at 6 om — Opening Reception, Artist’s Talk at the Manatee County Public Library at 1301 Barcarrota Ave, Bradenton.  These photographs chronicle the horror in NYC of 15 years ago.  The exhibit will run through September 30.
 
SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON at the Bird Key Yacht Club, Sept. 14
           Olga Pliner and Craig Hullinger will speak on Using Facebook, Blogs, Linkedin and other social media for your Organization, Family, or Business.  Register to attend online at www.sarasotasistercities.org. You can RSVP by email to craighullinger@sarasotasistercities.com  
       
A CUBAN TALKS ON CUBA BC-AC
          Sister Cities member Eladio Amores will provide an insiders look at Cuba before and after Castro.  This promises to be a fascinating talk……..
                    September 29, 4pm, Selby Library
After Eladio´s talk, we will  adjourn to Louie´s Modern on Palm Avenue for our Meet & Greet at 5pm.  If you can´t get there for Eladio´s talk, just come to the Meet &
Greet.  We’ll be glad to see you.
 
OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH LAWN BOWLING
          What is it?  New member Daniel Jittu knows all about it and would like for Sister Cities folk to get to know it as well.
          On November 5-19, and November 4-18, 2017, The City of Sarasota will be holding the US Lawn Bowling Open.  The 2017 Open marks the Club’s 90th anniversary in Sarasota.  Few clubs have been in our community as long as the bowling club. 
          The Club is located just north of the Memorial Auditorium.
          Bowls or lawn bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a “jack” or “kitty”. It is played on a bowling green which may be flat or convex or uneven. It is normally played outdoors and the outdoor surface is either natural grass or artificial turf.  Today the sport is played in over 40 countries with more than 50 member national authorities. The home of the modern game is still Scotland with the World Bowls center in Edinborough.
          We are exploring ways to help the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club with its US Open.
          For more information:

—How to play the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PonGXrse4MU

—How lawn bowling balls are made:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU30zrbLagk

—Bowls England: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150326/ARTICLE/150329778
 
NEW OFFICERS YOU SHOULD KNOW
 
Olga Pliner, City Director for Vladimir
          Olga was born in Moscow and took her degree at Moscow Sate Pedagogical University in Special Education.  She soon moved to Germany where she earned an MBA at Hagen University where she majored in Marketing.  She worked in companies managing sales, customer care, acquisitions, and account management.
          In May, 2012, she moved to the US and founded P&P Media Partners in Venice.  This trilingual lady is the publisher and manager of the German-language newspaper in Florida.  Pick up a copy at Geier’s and other fine stores.  Welcome Olga!
 
Isabelle Eidet, Assistant City Director for Treviso Province
          Isabelle grew up in Seattle, WA, and was employed by the State Department and the US Agency for International Development. She worked overseas for more than 30 years. She was also an Executive Director with R.H. Macy & Co.  She has lived and worked in Manila, Nairobi, New Delhi, Jakarta, Rome, Geneva, Vienna and has had several stints in Washington, DC in between foreign assignments. She has also served as a Board member with several NGO’s overseas.  Isabelle has lived in Rome for five years and traveled extensively throughout Italy.
          Isabelle moved to Sarasota with her husband Gary from Vienna, Austria, in 2011. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  Welcome Isabelle¡
 

Luncheon September 14, 2016 11:00

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Sep 14, 2016 Luncheon 11:00 am, Lunch at 12:00 
Bird Key Yacht Club
Cost $26.00

Program:  Using Facebook, Blogs, LinkedIn etc for your Organization, Family, or Business - Craig Hullinger, VP Communications SCAS and Olga Pliner, Vladimir City Director 
The cost is $26 per person with a choice of entree and a vegetarian menu. Drink tickets will be available for cash purchase.  There will be a table for display in addition to the registration table.  

Below is the menu for the Sept 14th meeting. Guests should arrive at 11 with lunch served at 12. Drink tickets will be purchased with cash at the sign in table only prior to lunch being served. No drink tickets may be purchased once the meal is in progress. The cost is Beer $6.00, Wine $9.00, Mixed drinks $10.00. Prices include gratuity. No charge for Coffee, Iced Tea, or Soda. Reservations due no later than Friday, Sept. 9th.

Choice of Entree:

Grilled Chicken Portobello
Sauteed Spinach, Tomato Basil Relish, Feta Cheese
Balsamic Reduction w/Grissiini Garnish

Or
Island Salad with Grilled Salmon
Chopped Romaine, Grilled Salmon, Toasted Almonds
Mandarin Oranges, Sliced Strawberries, Mozzarella Cheese
Citrus Vinaigrette
Or
Vegetarian Grilled Portobello
Sauteed Spinach, Tomato Basil Relish, Feta Cheese
Balsamic Reduction w/Grissini Granish

Dessert:
Grand Maarnier Melon Ball Cocktail with Bisotti

Please let us know your choice entree.

You can RSVP by email to craighullinger@sarasotasistercities.com 

or you can include your entree choice with your check.

You can pay by check or credit card

PAYMENT BY CHECK

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

PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD

Go to sarasotasistercities.com, payment link is in the left column

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