Fort Worth Elects Global Leaders

Fort Worth, TX – Brackett & Ellis’ Veronica Chavez Law Takes the Reins

Newly elected officers at Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s 33rd Annual Meeting, are Chairwoman, Veronica Chavez Law, Brackett & Ellis; Chair Elect, Becky Renfro Borbolla, Renfro Foods; Past/Nominating Chair, Johnny Campbell, Sundance Square; Treasurer, Frank Tilley, SeatonHill; Secretary, Casey Dyer Oliver, Texas A&M; Development Chair, Rich Lowe, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP; Long Range Planning Chair, Pat Miller, Texas Christian University; Exchanges and Outreach Chair, Dr. Sheryl Harris, Tarrant County College; and Marketing Chair, Lydia Rickard, LCOMM Marketing.

New board members include: Jason Brown, Doss, Knight & Associates; Florence Bruner, Firehouse Auto Sales; David Campbell, Huitt-Zollars; Shanna Cate; Trinity River Vision Authority; Jeff Dyer, Crescent Realty; Cindy Johnson; Rachel Malone, Merrill Lynch; Bonnie Melhart, Texas Christian University; Steve Peglar, WhitleySmith Company; and Andy Roseliep, BB&T.

The Bob Bolen Award for Outstanding Board Leadership was awarded to Dr. Michael Roemer. The Rotary Club of Fort Worth was awarded the Eisenhower Award for Organizational Involvement and Matt Graves received the prestigious Volunteer of the Year award.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Chairman of the national office of Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C., spoke to the Members Circle about the importance of sister city relationships. “As mayor, I believe that the most important infrastructure any city can invest in is its relationships with other people, cultures, and cities. By building bridges for peace and creating cities of opportunity, we can thrive in a 21st global economy,” said Nirenberg. “These connections not only add cultural value, but have unlimited economic potential.”

Board members returning for a 2nd term include: Michael Crain, Dr. Paul Geisel, Dr. Michael Jacobsson and Walter Stucker. City chairs to serve a two-year term are: Bonnie Melhart, Bandung, Indonesia; Jason Brown, Budapest, Hungary; Robert Fitzgerald, Guiyang, China; Nommo Donald,  Mbabane, eSwatini; Libby Watson, Nagaoka, Japan; Rachel Malone, Nîmes, France; Dr. Michael Jacobsson, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Florence Bruner, Toluca, Mexico; and Shanna Cate, Trier, Germany.

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Fort Worth Named Best Sister Cities Program in America

Fort Worth Sister Cities International recognized for excellence a record ninth time

Fort Worth, Texas – Since 1985, Fort Worth has benefited from a Sister Cities program that promotes international education, as well as exchange and commerce, for and with the city’s citizens. This weekend, leadership at the 2018 Sister Cities International Annual Conference in Aurora, Colorado, recognized the Fort Worth program as the best in the nation. This is the ninth win for Best Overall Program for Fort Worth Sister Cities International (FWSCI).

“We are pleased to recognize Fort Worth Sister Cities International for its outstanding achievements in citizen diplomacy,” said Roger-Mark de Souza, president and CEO of Sister Cities International. “Our winning programs demonstrate real impact in their own cities and around the world – and we could not be prouder of their efforts.”

The awards competition, which was open to more than 500 similar programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding sister city organizations that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. Fort Worth Sister Cities’ selection was partly based on community involvement and engagement.

“My congratulations to Sister Cities on receiving this impressive award,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Fort Worth is a growing hub for international commerce and creativity, and that’s one place where Sister Cities comes in. Business begins with relationships and Sister Cities does an incredible job at nurturing interactions and friendships.”

Founded by Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for 500 communities with over 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries on six continents. FWSCI was established in 1985 and has eight sister cities. Fort Worth will add its ninth sister city, Nîmes, France, in 2019.

Mayor’s International Dinner Big Success

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities Recognizes Global Award Recipients

Mayor Betsy Price and Dinner Chairs, Joanna and Michael Crain, lead the crowd of nearly 400 through an evening of international cuisine and entertainment as Sister Cities recognized and honored individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, and international commerce.

Awards were presented to:

Bell – THE GLOBAL NEXUS AWARD

Rotary International – THE GLOBAL CITIZENS AWARD

Bell received the Global Nexus Award as good representatives of Fort Worth to the world, creating commerce and a healthier community for all. Rotary International was given the Global Citizens Award for their strong representation of Fort Worth by creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational and humanitarian initiatives.

The event was made possible by the Fort Worth Sister Cities 2018 Members Circle, a network of individuals, organizations, corporations and community leaders committed to expanding global relationships for peace and prosperity at home and abroad. Funding and in-kind support from the City of Fort Worth plays a key role in its mission, but most work is made possible through public support through the Members Circle.

The dinner was held May 24 to celebrate 33 years of service by Sister Cities to the City of Fort Worth. Entertainment was provided by La Pompe, Fort Worth Scottish Pipes & Drums and Arts Fifth Avenue.

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Fort Worth Elects Global Leaders

Fort Worth, TX – Sundance Square’s Johnny Campbell Leads Sister Cities

Newly elected officers at Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s 32nd Annual Meeting, are Secretary, Casey Dyer Oliver, Texas A&M University; Treasurer, Frank Tilley, SeatonHill; Development Chair, Julie Johncox, JP Solutions; Government Relations Chair, Michael Crain, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty; and Exchanges & Outreach Chair, Dr. Sheryl Harris, Tarrant County College.

New board members include: PJ Budler, the Cattle Market; Mark Davidovich, JP Morgan; Vishal Gandhi, Hillwood; Ratna Goenardi, Sugar Biscuit Cakery; Andrew Johnsen, BNSF Railway Company; Cindy Milrany, Freese & Nichols; Andy Roseliep, Bank of America; Andy Taft, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.; and Libby Watson.

The Bob Bolen Award for Outstanding Board Leadership was awarded to Greg Irwin.  The Fort Worth Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas and Women’s Policy Forum were awarded the Eisenhower Award for Organizational Involvement and Sherri Whiting was awarded the prestigious Volunteer of the Year award.

Tim Quigley, Chairman of the national office of Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C., spoke to the Members Circle about the importance of sister city relationships and the close connection with Department of State priorities. “When public policy fails, citizen diplomacy is our connective tissue,” Quigley told the crowd.

Board members returning for a 2nd term include: Veronica Chavez Law, Michael Parker, and Lu Pham. City chairs include: Ratna Goenardi, Bandung; Greg Jackson, Budapest; Nommo Donald, Mbabane; Libby Watson, Nagaoka; Tom Law, Jr., Reggio Emilia; Anette Soto, Toluca; and Hannah Behrens, Trier. 

Fort Worth Sister Cities celebrated raising $300,000 for its annual Members Circle campaign with the help of Campaign Chair, Bob Jameson, and is setting a launch for the 2018 campaign for January 2, 2018. 

The Members Circle is a thriving network of individuals, organizations, corporations, and community leaders committed to expanding global relationships for peace and prosperity at home and abroad. For information on joining the Members Circle, contact Danielle at 817-632-7106 or danielle@fwsistercities.org.

Mayor’s International Dinner Big Success 2017

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities Recognizes Global Award Recipients 

Mayor Betsy Price and Dinner Chairs, Becky & Henry Borbolla, lead the crowd of nearly 400 through an evening of international cuisine and entertainment as Sister Cities recognized and honored individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, and international commerce.

Awards were presented to: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company – THE GLOBAL NEXUS AWARD Catholic Charities of Fort Worth –  THE GLOBAL CITIZENS AWARD Bob Jameson – GLOBAL IMPACT AWARD

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company received the Global Nexus Award as good representatives of Fort Worth to the world, creating commerce and a healthier community for all.

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth was given the Global Citizens Award for their strong representation of Fort Worth by creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational and humanitarian initiatives.

Bob Jameson received the Global Impact Award for his long-time service to the Fort Worth community and development of international partnerships through global business, culture, and tourism.

The event was made possible by the Fort Worth Sister Cities 2017 Members Circle, a network of individuals, organizations, corporations and community leaders committed to expanding global relationships for peace and prosperity at home and abroad.  Funding and in-kind support from the City of Fort Worth plays a key role in its mission, but most work is made possible through public support through the Members Circle.

The dinner was held June 1 to celebrate 32 years of service by Sister Cities to the City of Fort Worth.  Entertainment was provided by the Taiko Drummers, Mariachi Real de Alvarez, Andrea Tullis from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, KJRI Dancers from the Consul General of Indonesia’s office, Swahili Carmel Choir from Christ Chapel Bible Church, and representatives from each of Fort Worth’s eight sister cities.

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.

The Amazingly Global Race Winners Announced

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities teams compete in downtown Fort Worth  

dsc_0518If you saw crazy costumes over the weekend in downtown Fort Worth, they were teams in the 3rd Annual Amazingly Global Race chaired by Carolann Morris, Inwood Bank, benefitting Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Mayor Betsy Price awarded trophies to race teams of four people who walked, ran, or rode to stations representing Fort Worth’s eight sister cities and attempted various feats ending with the awards festivities at the Flying Saucer.

dsc_0508“It’s so good to see how creative people can be in order to support our international efforts. Forming international relationships, fostering new business connections, and promoting tourism and cultural understanding are vital to seizing opportunities and overcoming challenges in this global era,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

Trophies were presented in the following categories:

GRAND CHAMPIONS & TOP FUNDRAISING TEAM – The Wonder Team:  Gloria Staring, Carolann Morris, Paul Acosta, and Steve Ortega

FASTEST TIME & BEST COSTUME – 2 Ballers Team:  Jason Murtaugh, Chad Morgan, Steven Deane, and Jeremy Reinhardt

BEST COSTUME RUNNER UP – The Golden Girls Team: Jerod Butler, Denise Harris, Derek Tillemans, and Andy Yates

TOP FUNDRAISER – Carolann Morris

dsc_0484“The Race is held annually to fund the international youth education programs of Sister Cities that give students leadership and communications skills preparing them for a global society,” said Mae Ferguson, President/CEO of Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Fort Worth Elects International Leaders for Sister Cities

FORT WORTH, TX – Sundance Square’s Johnny Campbell Takes the Reins

sc-3640Newly elected officers at Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s 31st Annual Meeting, are Board Chair, Johnny Campbell, Sundance Square; Chair-elect, Veronica Chavez Law, Brackett & Ellis, LLP; Secretary, Lu Pham, Dowell Pham Harrison LLP; and Treasurer, Walter Stucker, UBS Financial Services. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price serves as Honorary Chair.

New board members include: Mitzi Chollampel; Robert Chu, Jr., MD; Jeff Davis; Casey Dyer Oliver; Kelley Eubanks; Stacey Guillén; Jay Horn; Tom Law, Jr.; Richard Lowe; Mike Micallef; Patrick Miller; Tricia Nguyen, MD; Judy Schmeltekopf; Fredrick G. Slabach; and Melissa Thompson.

sc-3589Kids Who Care was awarded the Eisenhower Award for Organizational Involvement presented by Mark Nurdin, Bank of Texas and last year’s recipient, and Julie Johncox was awarded the prestigious Bob Bolen Award for Outstanding Board Leadership presented by last year’s recipient Ann Rice.

sc-3598“The annual meeting is a time to review accomplishments and recognize those responsible for our successes,” said Michael Bennett, Bennett Benner Partners, outgoing Chairman of the Board. A few of the year’s accomplishments were highlighted by President and CEO Mae Ferguson who said, “This year we sent delegations to Japan, China, Cuba, and Mexico. We coordinated youth exchanges to seven cities for over 100 students and welcomed 165 students and educators to Fort Worth creating a $14 million economic impact on the city of Fort Worth.”

Other elected officers include: Richard Casarez; Travis DeVault; Staussa Ervin, EdD; Ashley Freer; Greg Irwin; James Meintjes; Pat Miller; and Mary Jo Polidore. City chairs include: Hannah Behrens; Michael Crain; Paul Geisel, PhD; Sheryl Harris, EdD; Greg Jackson; Michael Roemer, PhD; and Anette Soto.

 “We have many things to look forward to next year. We’re going to Cuba in February, Jordan in April and Swaziland in September; we’re welcoming new mayors from Germany and Japan; and we are recruiting students currently to go to each of our sister cities on educational exchanges,” said Campbell. “We do this because we’re citizen diplomats. We care what the world thinks about the U.S.A. and we want to know more about the rest of the world all in an effort to create friendly relations which is needed more than ever.”

Mayor’s International Dinner a Big Success 2016

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities Recognizes Global Awards Recipients 

Finale pic with MayorMayor Betsy Price and Dinner Chairs Phil and Anne Moroneso lead the crowd of nearly 500 through an evening of international cuisine and entertainment as Sister Cities recognized and honored individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, and international commerce.

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Jacques Marquis accepting the Global Citizens Award on behalf of the Cliburn

Awards were presented to:

THE GLOBAL CITIZENS AWARD

The Cliburn 

 

THE GLOBAL NEXUS AWARD

Alcon

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Bettina Maunz accepting the Global Nexus Award on behalf of Alcon

The Cliburn was given the Global Citizens Award because they are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational and cultural initiatives.

Alcon received the Global Nexus Award due to their positive connections around the world and for their long history with the City of Fort Worth’s international efforts through the Sister Cities organization since 1985.

md-2278The event was made possible by the Members Circle, a network of individuals, organizations, corporations and community leaders committed to expanding global relationships for peace and prosperity at home and abroad.  Funding and in-kind support from the City of Fort Worth (4% of FWSCI’s total budget) plays a key role in its mission, but most work is made possible through public support like that received through the Members Circle.

md-2325The dinner was held May 5 to celebrate over 30 years of service to the City of Fort Worth.  Entertainment was provided by the Mondo Drummers, Ballet Folklorico de Fort Worth, Steven Li from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Youlan Ji from The Cliburn, Panther City Five band, and many community leaders and members of sister Cities performing various international songs and dances.

Sister Cities Presents Annual Awards

Fort Worth, Texas – Volunteer Awards and Youth Scholarships Announced 

Volunteer awards and youth scholarships were presented at Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s annual holiday party recently.  Premier awards were presented to the Volunteer of the Year, Tara Forrest, and Youth Volunteer of the Year, Bogdana Oliynyk.

IMG_0184Ms. Forrest is a teacher at Fort Worth Country Day and has been involved with Sister Cities for many years.  She has led the Jr. International Leadership Academy for the past ten years and hosted students from Nagaoka, Japan.  She also served as the delegation leader to Japan for the prestigious Harashin scholars program in 2015.

IMG_0179Ms. Oliynyk has served in several leadership positions on the youth board and traveled to several sister cities including Guiyang, China and Bandung, Indonesia.  She was also chosen as the recipient of the Sister Cities International Youth Volunteer of the Year award which was presented in Minneapolis, MN at the national conference in July 2015.

“Led by a dedicated board of directors and with the help of more than 2,000 volunteers a year, we want to recognize these individuals for their commitment to our vibrant city, its people and its bright future on the global stage,” said Michael Bennett, Chair of the Board.

IMG_0166Three prestigious youth scholarships were also presented including:

The Yamagata Emerging Leaders Scholar, in honor of Elaine Yamagata and the late Tadashi Yamagata, was presented to Selin Karsi who will travel to Trier, Germany in 2016.

The Fort Worth Japanese Society scholarship was presented to Alisha Sharp who will travel to Nagaoka and Tokyo, Japan.

IMG_0175Henry Chao and Zoe Nichols-Payne were recognized as this year’s Rotary International Scholars.  These two ninth grade students will develop and organize a service project to be conducted at a school in Guiyang, China in June 2016.