Author: Danielle McCown

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.

Youth Represent Fort Worth in Germany, Hungary, Italy & Mexico

Fort Worth, Texas – Goodwill Ambassadors travel to four Sister Cities 

Twenty-nine students and fourteen leaders are visiting four of Fort Worth’s eight sister cities this month including Trier, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Reggio Emilia, Italy; and Toluca, Mexico.

The youth of Fort Worth benefit from a global education.  In addition to learning leadership skills and participating in cultural exchange, they also receive training to become citizen diplomats representing the U.S., Texas, and Fort Worth which enhances their college and career opportunities

“Today’s global community and marketplace is increasingly interconnected, making cultural understanding and exchange a pivotal aspect of a student’s education. Our student-centered program ensures students develop the skills necessary for them to pursue their own goals and become globally-minded leaders in their communities,” said Johnny Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Sister Cities.

Educators from the FWISD, private schools, and local universities will lead the delegations including:

Trier, Germany: Tracey Cravens, North Side High School and Nancy Martinez, Sam Houston State University.

Reggio Emilia, Italy: Marvin Vann Griffith, Southwest High School, Heather Kurima, Trimble Tech High School, Jay Kurima, Texas Academy of Biomedical Science and Jose Frayre, Polytechnic High School, as well as Associate Delegation Leader Arian Martinez, Tarrant County College.

Budapest, Hungary: James Gleaton, Tarrant County College and T’Aundra Harlin, Uplift Summit International Prep., as well as Associate Delegation Leader Samuel Whiting, George Washington University.

Toluca, Mexico: Masaki Nakamoto, Paschal High School and Rhonda O’Brien, North Side High School, as well as Associate Delegation Leader Clara Counts, Tarrant County College and Educator Ambassador Jose Romero, Polytechnic High School.

More students will depart for exchanges in the summer.

Fort Worth Seeking French Partner

Fort Worth Looking to Create French and Canadian Partnerships

FORT WORTH, TX – Sister Cities launches search

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

“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 exploring potential partnerships with the city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada and Nimes, France. Calgary currently boasts a population of 1.4 million and is one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities. Nimes is smaller with a population of 142, 205 but has a rich history dating back 2000 years.

Sister Cities will be staging a luncheon and conversation with the French Consul General based in Houston, as well as local experts on international partnerships, to discuss the possible relationship with Nimes, France. The luncheon will be held February 23 noon in the TCU Dee Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center and ticket information is available by calling 817/632-7100 or online at http://www.fwsistercities.org/event/new-sister-city-discussion/.

Anyone interested in learning more about this possible connection with France or Fort Worth Sister Cities is invited to join the conversation. Tickets are available for purchase until February 17.