Having seen and understood the horrific atrocities, death, and destruction of major nations during World War II, President Dwight D. Eisenhower created a plan for citizens of all nations to cease the hatred by originating a program called “People to People.” The concept was to encourage citizens of all nationalities to connect with each other one-on-one, become friends, and cooperate in establishing understanding that whatever our differences are, we are all human beings and need to be buddies, not enemies.
Lou Ann Palmer
In light of what’s transpiring in the Middle East, this article about Sister Cities Association of Sarasota focuses on our relationship with Tel Mond, Israel. The only democracy in the Middle East could be in mortal danger. Heaven forbid that we might lose our wonderful sister.
Tel Mond settlement was founded in 1929. Named after Alfred Mond, a Zionist from Great Britain, there was nothing but sand, sand, and more sand. For years there were only citrus groves and very few settlers, most of whom came from Eastern Europe.
From Perpignan, France, Alain Taulere, owner of the Cafe of the Arts (now defunct,) pushed for adoption of his birthplace which became our third sister in 1994.
Thank you Mote Marine Laboratory for initiating Sarasota’s second sister city relationship with our Canadian counterpart. In 1990, the two cities participated in the “Jason Project”, a live video inspection by an aquatic robot of two wooden ships lying on the bottom of Lake Ontario since the War of 1812.
A letter to Sister Cities Association of Sarasota in 1993 from Michael Pender, Sr. unknowingly started the war over a relationship with Vladimir, Russia. Carl Weinrich was working to establish a YMCA there and Pender’s Sarasota Bay Rotary Club was attempting to initiate a Rotary club, too. SCAS President Hope Byrnes was very excited as well and the sisterly adoption began.