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Photo credit: Monica A. Menco/Artesia Animastra Vineyard
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

Our Mission

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

  1. Facilitate cultural and arts exchanges
  2. Support humanitarian assistance projects
  3. Offer youth and educational programs
  4. Stimulate economic and sustainable development
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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)

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Make A Difference – Get Involved

SSCA is a charitable non-profit registered with eScrip and AmazonSmile.  Designate SSCA as your preferred non-profit, and eScrip participating stores, Sonoma and Glen Ellen Market and Pharmaca, and AmazonSmile will give a percentage of your purchases to SSCA.

We thank you for designating SSCA as your charitable cause.

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Sonoma City Hall

Thank You to the City of Sonoma

SSCA would not be possible without the authorization and involvement of the City of Sonoma.  Each of our sister city relationships results from an official agreement between each city government.

Sister city relationships are the result of timely, careful communciations between representatives of each city who work with SSCA to advance the mission of Sister Cities International and create the opportunity for citizen to citizen diplomacy.  Our current mayor, Ms. Laurie Gallian, has been personally involved with delegation visits, as have other members of the City Council.   Click here for more infromation about the City of Sonoma.

Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:C.Maylett

Testimonial from a Former Sonoma-to-Tokaj Wine Student

In 2014 the Sonoma Sister Cities Tokaj Committee sent two students from Santa Rosa Junior Collete to Tokaj for a five-week study tour of the wine regions of Hungary.  [...]

“An Evening in Tokaj” – November 11, 2017 – Tickets Available Now!

The Tokaj Committee is proud to sponsor “An Evening in Tokaj,” our bi-annual fundraiser, to be held at Burlingame Hall in Sonoma.  A full Hungarian dinner will be served, along [...]

Tokaj Students Enjoy Local Sightseeing (and lots of hamburgers!) During August 2017 Visit to Sonoma

One of the primary goals of Sister Cities is to build relationships and foster understanding of different cultures.  In August, five high school students from Tokaj, Hungary, along with [...]

Fabulous SSCA Greve Lecture by Alexandra Lawrence Draws Record Crowd at Vintage House

When you walked into the back presentation room at Vintage House, you knew everyone was excited to hear what Alexandra Lawrence had to say about “Rethinking Women: A Look [...]

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Alexandra Lawrence Radio Interview

On Friday, August 11, Alexandra Lawrence made a guest appearance on the KSVY Morning Show.  With Alexandra was Mike Short, representing the Sonoma-Greve Committee.   The Morning Show hosts, Takeshi Lewis [...]

NPR Reports on the Chinese Legacy Project

National Public Radio (NPR) quotes two Sonoma-Penglai Committee Members, Jack Ding and Gordon Phillips, in an article about Chinese laborers in Wine Country and how they were discriminated against [...]

Update on the Sonoma Stompers Game, Sunday August 13th

The game will be held on Sunday, August 13 at 6:00 pm at People's Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field, 180 First Street West. Tickets are $14 each with [...]

The SSCA Board of Directors is seeking a new Board Secretary.   Click here to see the complete job description of this volunteer position.

Upcoming Events

Oct
19
Thu
Sonoma-Tokaj Committee Meetings @ TBD - Call Sylvia at 707-938-0224
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

PLEASE COME to one of our meetings! Call Co-Chair Sylvia at (707) 938-0224 for all info.

There is no cost to be a member of the Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee, but we do ask that members join Sonoma Sister Cities Association, our parent organization which holds the 501- c 3 designation.

Oct
23
Mon
1956 Revolution Memorial Day (Hungary)
Oct 23 all-day
Nov
6
Mon
Penglai Committee Meeting @ Jacuzzi Winery
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Nov
11
Sat
Save the Date – An Evening in Tokaj!
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Tokaj Committee is proud to sponsor “An Evening in Tokaj,” our bi-annual fundraiser, to be held at Burlingame Hall.  A full Hungarian dinner will be served, along with Hungarian folk dancing and music.  The date is Saturday, November 11, 2017, and tickets are on sale now.

There are several ways to obtain tickets:
1) Call co-chair Sylvia Toth at 707-938-0224, or email sonomatokajsistercities@gmail.com; or
2) go to eventbrite.com and search “Sonoma Tokaj” or
3) follow the link to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sonoma-tokaj-sister-cities-bi-annual-fundraiser-tickets-37501042628?aff=ehomecar

 

This event will sell out, so get your tickets now! If you signed up last week, please be sure to complete your registration. Contact us if you need payment info.

Nov
16
Thu
Sonoma-Tokaj Committee Meetings @ TBD - Call Sylvia at 707-938-0224
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

PLEASE COME to one of our meetings! Call Co-Chair Sylvia at (707) 938-0224 for all info.

There is no cost to be a member of the Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee, but we do ask that members join Sonoma Sister Cities Association, our parent organization which holds the 501- c 3 designation.

Nov
20
Mon
SSCA Board of Directors Monthly Meeting @ Sonoma Creek Club House
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dec
4
Mon
Penglai Committee Meeting @ Jacuzzi Winery
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Dec
14
Thu
Sonoma–Chambolle-Musigny Sister City Anniversary 1959
Dec 14 all-day
Dec
18
Mon
SSCA Board of Directors Monthly Meeting @ Sonoma Creek Club House
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dec
21
Thu
Sonoma-Tokaj Committee Meetings @ TBD - Call Sylvia at 707-938-0224
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

PLEASE COME to one of our meetings! Call Co-Chair Sylvia at (707) 938-0224 for all info.

There is no cost to be a member of the Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee, but we do ask that members join Sonoma Sister Cities Association, our parent organization which holds the 501- c 3 designation.

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