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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.

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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 [...]

Sonoma-Greve in Chianti Sister City Committee  August Activities – What a Month!

The Sonoma-Greve in Chianti Sister City Committee invites you to participate in any, and all, of the following events: August 13 Sonoma Stompers vs Pittsburg Diamonds Fundraiser on Sunday, [...]

Don’t Miss This Presentation about Italian Renaissance Art – August 16, 2017

The Sonoma-Greve in Chianti Sister City Committee is proud to present a lecture by Alexandra Lawrence, a specialized private tour guide in Florence, Italy and a university instructor at [...]

Language Scholarship Awarded to SVHS Student in 2017

A scholarship of $500 was awarded in May to SVHS student Ariana Lopez Casillas. We congratulate her for her excellent scholastic record and many extracurricular activities, and wish her [...]

“Rethinking Women: A Look at Female Painters and Poets in Renaissance Italy”

Join us for an exciting presentation by former Sonoman Alexandra Lawrence, now a full-time resident of Florence, Italy, where she works as a licensed tour guide. Her presentation is [...]

Upcoming Events

Tokaj High School Students Visit Sonoma @ City of Sonoma
Aug 16 – Aug 30 all-day
St. Stephen’s Day (Hungary)
Aug 20 all-day
SSCA Board of Directors Monthly Meeting @ Sonoma Creek Club House
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sonoma-Greve in Chianti’s 34th Sister City Anniversary @ Sonoma Plaza
Aug 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sonoma-Greve in Chianti's 34th Sister City Anniversary @ Sonoma Plaza


Please join us on the Sonoma Plaza for our celebration of the Sister City Partnership between Sonoma, CA, USA and Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy–our 34th Anniversary!

We’ll meet at the Tuesday night Farmer’s Market on August 22 at 5 pm, near the Bear Flag Monument (North East corner of the park, near the winemakers). Bring a potluck dish to share. Join us!

Independence Day (Ukraine) 1991
Aug 24 all-day
Penglai Committee Meeting @ Jacuzzi Winery
Sep 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Celebration of 5th Anniversary of Sonoma-Tokaj Partnership – September 14, 2017 @ Buena Vista Winery
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Sonoma-Tokaj Sister Cities Committee.  Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, catch up on our recent activities, and hear our exciting plans for the future.  Meet our 2017 wine harvest interns from Tokaj!

This complimentary event is made possible with the generous support of the Buena Vista Winery.

RSVP by Wednesday, September 13.  Walk-ins are welcome.


Grito de Dolores (Mexico) 1810
Sep 16 all-day
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