Photo credit: Monica A. Menco/Artesia Animastra Vineyard
Fostering Global Citizen Diplomacy
Sister Cities International (SCI) was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 during the Cold War Era as a 501(c)3 nonpartisan, nonprofit, national membership organization to serve a network of tens of thousands citizen diplomats around the globe who champion peace and prosperity. Through the SCI program platforms, over 145 countries have hosted visiting International leaders, engaged in cultural and arts exchanges, developed youth and education programs, provided humanitarian assistance, and stimulated economic and sustainable development.
Sonoma Sister Cities Association (SSCA) was established on September 8, 1986, by official agreement between SCI and the City of Sonoma, as a nonprofit organization to create long-term partnerships between Sonoma and communities in other countries where we have mutual, beneficial interests. Today, SSCA has seven sister city relationships that extend to four continents. Our citizen diplomats are ordinary citizens who, as a group of volunteers, pursue municipal, business, trade, educational, humanitarian, social and cultural exchanges with our sister cities. Under the auspice of the City of Sonoma and with the support of local elected officials, we are a driving part of SCI’s global network of sister city partnerships.
Learn About SSCA
Through international people-to-people relationships, our mission is to promote global peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – – one individual, on community at at time. This mission is advanced through four broad-based goals with our global partners to
- Facilitate cultural and arts exchanges
- Support humanitarian assistance projects
- Offer youth and educational programs
- Stimulate economic and sustainable development
Meet the Board of Directors
Pictured: (Back Row/L-R) Joanne Sanders (Chamson Chair), Patrick Garcia (Patzcuaro Chair), Barry Walner (Bocce Sonoma), George McKale (Treasurer and Aswan Chair), Hans Steuck (Vice-President) (Front Row/L-R) Sylvia Toth (Tokaj Co-Chair), Monica Menco (Communications and Public Relations Director), Farrel Beddome (President), Diana Short (Greve Chair), Violet Espiritu (Secretary), Gigi Pfleger (Membership) Not Picured: Joan Toth (Tokaj Co-Chair) and Jack Ding (Compliance)