Author: Danielle McCown

Sister Cities Youth Group Partners with Catholic Charities

Fort Worth, TX – Partnering on an Easter Egg Hunt for refugee families 

This week, the Fort Worth Sister Cities International Youth Group is partnering with Catholic Charities for their annual community service project.

The students will work on the Catholic Charities Need YPO Annual Event, Spring Fling.

Need YPO, the young professionals arm of Catholic Charities, is hosting an Easter egg hunt for refugee clients and their families.

“This event gives volunteers a chance to meet and play with some of the refugee families Catholic Charities has helped resettle,” said Jennifer DeHaro, service chair for Need YPO. “It shows support for our refugee populations in Fort Worth and gives a unique multicultural experience to those native to this city.”

Sister Cities youth will provide and manage carnival games, including several international varieties, at the event. The students also raised money to purchase emergency preparedness supplies to distribute such as flashlights, first aid kits, and batteries for the refugee families.

“We hope to make an impact on these refugee families because they have been through so much and deserve to relax and have a good time,” Fort Worth Youth International community outreach officer, Nate Wallace said. “The Youth Board is looking forward to this project and is ready to throw the best Easter egg hunt around for these amazing and inspiring families.”

Students ranging from 6th to 12th grade make up Fort Worth Youth International, the youth group of Fort Worth Sister Cities.

“Participating in the youth group has been one of the highlights of high school because it is incredibly meaningful,” Alexandra Galloway said. “Being in the Youth Group has given me eye-opening opportunities to give back to the Fort Worth community in ways I had never considered before such as working with refugees.”

The Easter Egg hunt will be at the La Dera Palms Apartments on April 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Fort Worth Pursuing Possible French Partner

FORT WORTH, TX – Sister Cities leadership to visit Nîmes, France

Fort Worth Sister Cities International has launched a long-range plan to select  new sister cities in countries where they can build mutually beneficial relationships through international education, exchanges and commerce. Nîmes, France is currently being considered.

“Our goal is to promote Fort Worth globally and enrich our local community creating a more peaceful and prosperous world for all. We find that important now more than ever,” said Johnny Campbell, board chairman and CEO of Sundance Square.

Sister Cities is sending a leadership team this month to explore the potential partnership with Nîmes which has a population of 142, 205.  Nîmes also has a rich history dating back 2000 years and is currently a candidate to be a UNESCO World Site because of its Roman history and monuments.  Nîmes also boast to be the starting point of this year’s Tour of Spain, the second most important cycling event in France after the Tour de France.  This will be the first time the tour of Spain has started in a city outside of Spain.

While in Nîmes, the Sister Cities team will meet with city officials, educators, chambers of commerce, as well as other economic development organizations, and civic clubs. They will also visit cultural attractions.

Anyone interested in learning more about this possible partnership or to get involved with future programs and exchanges focused on Nîmes, please submit your contact information to danielle@fwsistercities.org.

Sister Cities on Educational Mission to Jordan

Fort Worth, Texas – Delegation visits Jordan to find connections

Twelve delegates will depart Fort Worth March 27 on a twelve-day educational mission to Jordan to learn more about the country and to promote Fort Worth. The delegation will consist of representatives from business, education, and law sectors.

While there the delegation will visit Amman, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, and Petra.

Special meetings are set with Deputy Chief of Mission Henry Wooster at the U.S. Embassy; H.E. Mr. Akel Biltaji, current mayor of Amman and former advisor to H.M. King Abdullah II; Eng. Ziad Al Rihani, Vice Chairman of the Amman Municipal Committee; the Amman Chamber of Commerce; and individual businesses. Delegates plan to discuss current issues in Jordan and how the U.S. and Fort Worth could benefit from partnerships. The group will also visit several schools including a school for the deaf.

“We are exploring a new part of the world and learning about Jordan,” said Veronica Chavez Law, Chair-Elect of Fort Worth Sister Cities. “Pursuing new relationships like these is needed now more than ever. There is tremendous potential to grow a global movement of citizens committed to deepening ties in the face of forces pulling us apart.”

The delegation will be led by Veronica Chavez Law, Chair-Elect; Tim Quigley, Chairman of the Board of Sister Cities International; and Mae Ferguson, President/CEO. Other delegates include: Paul Geisel, Bandung Chair; Tom Law, Jr., Reggio Emilia Chair; Pat Miller, Long Range Planning Chair; and Ann Rice, Past Chair.

Other missions to connect Fort Worth internationally are planned this year to France, Swaziland, and Canada. To learn more about these opportunities, contact Danielle McCown at 817/632-7100 or danielle@fwsistercities.org.

Mayor’s International Dinner & Global Awards Announced for 2017

Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities honors global award winners & donors

Mayor Betsy Price and Dinner Chairs Becky & Henry Borbolla will lead the annual Mayor’s International Dinner on June 1 at the Omni Hotel as Sister Cities honors individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, and international commerce.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics will be awarded the Global Nexus Award recognizing businesses that are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating commerce and a healthier community for all.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth will receive the Global Citizens Award which is given to organizations that are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational, humanitarian, or cultural initiatives.

“Much of our work encompasses our call to ‘welcome the stranger,’ and we are honored that this award not only reflects our passion to serve the vulnerable and marginalized, but also that it gives a platform and a voice to those who have become our neighbors here in Fort Worth,” said Heather Reynolds, President & CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth. “We are committed to work within the laws of our land and in conjunction with our city to continue to show what global citizenship can be when we partner together- a mutually beneficial experience.”

Bob Jameson, President and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau will be honored with the Global Impact Award. This honor is given to individuals who have made significant efforts to promote Fort Worth globally and establish international partnerships. 

The dinner is made possible by the Members Circle which is comprised of individuals, businesses, and organizations who support the mission of Sister Cities with a financial contribution. For more information about the Members Circle, please visit weblink.donorperfect.com/memberscircle. If you would like to attend the dinner or get involved with the Members Circle, please contact Katie Wharry at 817-632-7101 or katie@fwsistercities.org.