Highlights

Norfolk Sister City Association Programs and Events 2009-2014

 

Kitakyushu, Japan (1959)……………………………….……….……….……………Dr. Hiroyuki Hamada, Chair

  • Official delegation from Kitakyushu with City Reception and tree planting at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Kitakyushu Twinning, June 2009
  • Official out-bound program to Kitakyushu with Mayor Fraim leading the delegation, honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Kitakyushu Twinning,  July 31-August 1, 2009
  • Official out-bound “Voices of Virginia” Governors School for the Arts exchange , September 2009
  • Official out-bound youth exchange to Kitakyushu, July 5-13, 2010
  • Planning  for Zoo Exchanges to begin between Kitakyushu and  the Virginia Zoo in 2012
  • Japan Relief Fund Raising Event during Harborfest 2011
  • Host Japanese Naval Officers at an “American” cookout, August 4, 2011
  • 2012 Youth Summit, inbound youth delegation from Kitakyushu
  • November 2012, Governors School of Arts, Voices of VA outbound to Kitakyushu

 

Wilhelmshaven, Germany (1976)………………..…………..……Paige Snell and Barbara Boslego, Co-Chairs

  • Official in-bound student exchange from Wilhelmshaven, Germany, July 1-August 2, 2009
  • General membership Picnic honoring students, July 16, 2009
  • Official out-bound student exchange, July 10- August 2, 2010
  • Staffed Wilhelmshaven –Norfolk Sister City House, TBA Homearama East Beach, Norfolk, October 16-31, 2010
  • Official in-bound student exchange, July 22- August 12, 2011
  • Joint Wilhelmshaven/Membership Event aboard American Rover, August 7, 2011
  • April 28, 2012 Tanz den Mai, partnership with VAF, International Tattoo- Hullaballoo
  • December 2012, Wilhelmshaven to host membership holiday social

 

Norfolk County, England (1986)…………………………………………………………….W. Randy Wright, Chair

  • Thirty member Youth Choral Group (Cantabile) from West Norfolk , England concert tour, April 6-15, 2009
  • “Pub Night” for membership and friends at Abbey Road Restaurant in Virginia Beach, March 4, 2010
  • Part  I of 25th Anniversary  Celebration  between Norfolk England –Norfolk, VA relations featuring  large in-bound delegation of governmental  and gardening expects from all seven districts of Norfolk, England, April 16-24,2011
  • Formal dinner cosponsored with City of Norfolk celebrating 25 years of twinning and honoring  past governmental and civic officials April 17, 2011
  • Part II of 25th Anniversary  Celebrations  between Norfolk England –Norfolk, VA featuring  in-bound delegation of  governmental  and gardening expert  in conjunction the Virginia Rose Show, October 2-9, 2011

 

Toulon, France (1989)……………………………………………………..………..……………Brenda Duda, Chair

  • Official adult in-bound exchange from Toulon, France during the 2009 International Azalea Festival
  • Official City of Norfolk Reception honoring a 20th year celebration at the Chrysler Museum of Art, May 2009
  • Official adult out-bound exchange to Toulon, France as part of the 20 year celebration of friendship between the sister cities, June 30-July 7, 2009
  • Official student in-bound exchange of “English Contest Winners” from Toulon, France, July 7-July 23, 2009
  • General Membership Picnic honoring students from Toulon, France, July 16, 2009
  • Partnership with NATO festival honoring France as the 2010 Most Honored Nation
  • Wine tasting ceremony co-sponsored by Alliance Française, April 26, 2010
  • Organized  host families for 40 French performers who participated in Norfolk’s  2010 NATO Festival
  • Support of Toulon/Norfolk Architectural Sketchbook and Exhibit, April 25, 2010
  • Official in-bound student exchange of “English Contest Winners” from Toulon, France, July 2010 and 2011
  • Soiree Toulonnaise with Alliance Française, Celebrating Culture of Toulon, October 28, 2011
  • February  2012- Marti Gras Celebration
  • July 2012 Toulon Youth Inbound
  • July 14, 2012 Bastille Day Celebration
  • September 9, 2012  La Renitree Picnic
  • November 16, 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau

 

Kaliningrad, Russia (1992)………………….…………………………….………………….Anna Nagorniuk, Chair

  • Open World Program 2009: Norfolk hosted a Russian Judicial Delegation from the Ukraine, Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2009
  • Open World Welcome Dinner with membership and legal community  at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club, September 27, 2009
  • Open World Program 2010: Norfolk hosted a Georgian Judicial delegation, October 30-November  6, 2010
  •  Open World Welcome Dinner with membership and legal community  at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club, October 31, 2010
  • Open World Program 2011: Norfolk hosted a Russian Judicial Delegation from Penza , March 26-April 2, 2011
  • Dinner honoring Russian Delegation and Judge Henry Morgan’s 10 years of participation in OWP Rule of Law with large participation from legal community, March 28, 2011.
  • Open World Program 2011: November- Accountable Governance Delegation from Kaliningrad
  • April 21-29, 2012, Open World Program- Rule of Law delegation from Kaliningrad
  • October 2012, Open World Program- Higher Education

 

Halifax, Canada (2006)……………………………………………………………………………Wayne Buck, Chair

  • Facilitating exchange between Hampton Roads Partnership and the Grater Halifax Partnership
  • Official out-bound adult delegation to Halifax celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy, July 2010
  • Economic Inbound Delegation, September  21-26, 2010
  • Tourism Inbound Delegation, October 13-15, 2010
  •  June 7-11, 2012 Halifax delegation to visit Norfolk, during  OPSail 2012
  • July 19-23, 2012 Norfolk outbound to Halifax

 

Cagayán de Oro, Philippines (2008)……………………………………………….………Guia Caliwagan, Chair

  •  Fund raising for Student Scholarship Fund for travel to Cagayan de Oro, January 2009
  • Commissioned artist to create a Norfolk Mermaid to be sent to Cagayan de Oro, 2009
  •  “Golden Lady” Mermaid sent  to Cagayan de Oro November, 2010
  • Membership Event featuring Food and Culture of the Philippines, November 18, 2010
  • Cagayan de Oro Holiday social sharing Christmas traditions of the Philippines, December 8,2011
  • Fundraising for Cagayan de Oro Relief for Flood Victims, featuring singer Stephanie Reese,   January 19, 2012
  • March 2012 Official out-bound delegation postponed to Fall 2012 due to flooding disaster relief efforts
  • October 2012  Filipino Dance Company performance

 

Kochi, India  (2010)………………………………………………………………..……Ann Schwarz-Miller, Chair

  • Official out-bound delegation to Kochi for Official Twinning Ceremony, September  4, 2010
  • Physicians for Peace and EVMS send  students to Kochi, Summer 2011
  • Official in-bound delegation to Kochi for Twinning Celebration in Norfolk 2011, September  10-18, 2011
  • Gala Dinner Co-sponsored by City of Norfolk, celebrating Kochi, India and Norfolk’s twinning, September 2011
  • India Fest Honoree celebrating  NSCA’s sister city Kochi, September 17, 2011
  • 2012  Environmental Summit planning

 

Tema, Ghana (2010)………………………………………………………..…………Diana Chappell-Lewis, Chair

  • Official in-bound delegation from Tema, Ghana for Twinning Ceremony, Nov. 29-Dec.  4, 2010
  • Trade, Business, Educational , Green Technologies and Community Symposia,  2010
  • City-wide Twinning Ceremony, the Waterside –December 1, 2010
  • Co-sponsorship of official twinning dinner with City of Norfolk, December 1, 2010
  • Summer 2012 Outbound delegation to Tema

 
Ningbo, China (2012)………………………………………………………………………………Xiushi Yang, Chair

  • Norfolk Sister Cities’ newest sister city relationship.
  • NSCA officials traveled to Ningbo as part of a Commonwealth trade mission in April 2013 for a formal signing ceremony.

 

Norfolk Sister City Association Participation In:

  • Annual International Luncheon
    • 2009: Judge John Charles Thomas, “Citizen Diplomacy”
    • 2010: Dr. James V. Koch, “International Economy and Impact on Hampton Roads”
    • 2011: Dr. L.D. Britt, “Global Health Aspects”
    • 2012: Mr. Jerry Bridges, “Maritime Industry and International Relations”
    • Sister Cities International Young Artist Showcase 2009 through 2012
      • ODU Film (ONFilm) Festival , March 25th-28th, 2009
      • Annual Membership Picnic, July 20th, 2009
      • Sister Cities International Conference August 2009 through 2011
      • World Quest (World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads) October 2009 and 2010
      • Japan from the Outside Art Exhibit by Anna Pillow, ODU Senior, April 17th, 2010
      • Tidewater Home Builders Homearama, Norfolk East Beach, Norfolk Sister City House, October 16-31,2010
      • Membership Event Aboard the American Rover, August 7th, 2011
      • Norfolk Welcoming of Japanese  Maritime Self Defense Force, August 2-6, 2011
      • Hosted Sister Cities International Virginia State Meeting, September 23, 2011
      • First Annual -Taste of Sister Cities, October 16, 2011….November 2012 Second Annual