Welcome to Sarasota Sister Cities!
The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) is proud to welcome you to our global community right here on Florida’s gulf coast with men and women dedicated to building a better world with peace and understanding as Citizen Diplomats.
You make Sister Cities stronger by adding your experience, skills, and enthusiasm to your association! You can help to advance our community and our mission on a global scale.
Together, we can find and train more skilled peacemakers, and provide lasting friendships with citizen diplomats in our Friendship and Sister Cities through exchanges in the arts and culture, youth and education, business and economic ties, community development, tourism, sports and medicine.
Through the Sarasota Sister Cities community, you can exchange ideas and build lifelong friendships with people who share your passion for friendship and service.
Take advantage of the resources and activities available through exchanges that our City Directors and their assistant Vice-City Directors engage in to make your experience with Sarasota Sister Cities both rewarding and fun.
New Member Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start
Get the most out of your membership by participating in our projects, activities and travels to our Friendship and Sister Cities to strengthen our bonds of friendship and build peace. Join us and be part of our official delegation.
Here are some ideas:
- Serve on a committee where you can use your skills
- Identify a need in our community and suggest a hands-on project to address it
- Work with a youth service program
- Host a Sister Cities youth exchange student
- Help Board members plan and organize programs for our members and Sister Cities friends
- Grow our membership and recommend a friend or colleague for membership
How can I meet other Members
Our monthly activities and projects provide a great opportunity to expand your contacts and friendships to citizen diplomats locally and in other countries while creating a foundation of support with our Friendship and Sister Cities communities around the world.
The monthly Luncheon programs and Speakers Bureau feature local, national and global business, cultural, civic, and political speakers.
Explore Sister Cities International opportunities: attend SCI’s annual conference usually held in a different city each year in early summer and meet other citizen diplomats and learn something new or join a SCI world cruise.
- Connect with citizen diplomats in our Friendship and Sister Cities around the world who share your interests, hobbies or volunteer work
- Plan or join a Discussion Group to exchange ideas on topics you’re interested in
- Get involved with our international Sister Cities projects
- Participate in a vocational training team
- Join our Board or serve as an Advisor
Join A Committee
You have an enormous opportunity as a volunteer in Sarasota Sister Cities to become involved and active. It’s personally rewarding and great fun! We have many levels of time commitments as well as types of volunteer of service to SCAS and our community.
We encourage you to join at least 1 or 2 committees and see what works best for you. Committee work is where you really get to know fellow members and make new friends. To become part of a committee, simply contact the Committee Chair or any of our Board members. See more below.
Furthering the work of SCAS in our local community with our international Sister Cities happens in our committees. Being part of a committee is the best way to get to know members, enjoy personal rewards and contribute to our success.
Sister City Committee – City and Assistant City Directors
If you have a particular fondness for one of our Sister Cities – perhaps having visited or lived there, and speak the language, or you simply want to learn more about a Sister City, please contact the City Director to get involved in activities they are planning.
Arts & Culture Committee – Sue Gordon
Plan some fun socials and informative and interesting visits with city and alliance partners for your fellow members and visiting international delegations. Host a visiting student or City delegate.
Fundraising Committee – Betty Greenspan
We need your skills with grant writing and fund raising. Bring your fresh ideas and success stories and help us raise funds for our projects.
ONE WORLD AWARD Gala – Honorary Chair Mayor Liz Alpert
Co-Chairs – Isabelle Eidet, Katherine Benoit, Kenney DeCamp
The One World Award shines the spotlight on individuals and organizations that 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 our community. Make an impact and serve on the One World Award Selection Committee or volunteer to plan the next OWA event.
2021 OWA Honorees: Maestro Victor DeRenzi & the Sarasota Opera
Youth & Education Committee – Dawn Graber
Bring your teaching skills and put on your Educator hat and assist our VP Education and our Youth Ambassador, Matthew MalonI with new projects. Let’s promote the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through diplomacy programs such as the Diplomacy Sessions where students learn to be skilled crisis negotiators and young diplomats.
Write A Play Committee – Sue Gordon and Dr. Fred Bloom
Serve on the Selection Committee at the Florida Studio Theatre (FST) to choose the winning plays at the Young Playwright Festival, or plan to host students from our Sister Cities. Help to plan activities during their stay and accompany our foreign visitors to meetings.
Membership Committee – Isabelle Eidet
Plan to attend a Membership Committee New Member Coffee soon after you join to meet other members. Invite a friend or colleague to join us and grow our membership. Having a strong and involved membership positions us for continued success.
PR and Communications Committee – Jana Stanley
If you have a background in PR and communications or enjoy photography, writing and speaking, please join our committee and work on SCAS public relations and external communications, writing press releases, speaking to the media and public, or work on the newsletter or the website.
Programs & Planning Committee – Dr. Ray Young
Please inform us if you have an idea for an inspirational or educational program and/or speaker. You are also welcomed to participate as a program speaker/presenter. Please contact the Programs & Planning Committee Chair to determine your schedule for presenting.