Member Appreciation Event Wednesday, December 13 at the DECC

Current DSCI members are invited to join us for an evening of refreshments and entertainment as we celebrate the year’s accomplishments around the Sister Cities holiday trees. Bring a friend! …perhaps they, too, will become a member.

Glenn Peterson will be recognized for his multiple years of service on the Board of Directors and the Växjö committee as he is presented with Duluth Sister Cities International’s Global Citizen Award. We are also pleased to announce that, with the help of Duluth Rotary 25, our original Ohara-Isumi-City peace bell and it’s beautiful cart have a new home at the DECC; come see it for yourself!

Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available and live music will be provided by pianist Parker Hinnenkamp.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Got Stock? #GivingTuesday on November 28th, 2017

Duluth Sister Cities International is now able to accept gifts of stock, in addition to cash or check donations! We are very excited about this development and hope that you keep us in mind as you move forward with your end of year giving plan.

Throughout the year, DSCI calls on members and others to help us keep doing what we’re doing; through your donations and renewed membership we are able to continue offering programming that enriches the lives of Duluthians by connecting them to a greater global community.

Want to get involved outside of your annual donation? Contact the office at (218)727-8375 and ask about ways to help! We have big plans for 2018 and your help is greatly appreciated!

Local Dan Stine Reflects on Visit to Växjö, Sweden with Family

Back in October, Duluthian Dan Stine and his family visited our Växjö, Sweden and set out on an adventure to explore our Swedish Sister City. Here is what he shared with us:

Just following up to let you know we had a great visit in Växjö Sweden this week. We spent most of a day there. We had both good and bad luck finding the sister city stone sculpture. We parked near the cathedral and walked into a café. No employee was readily available, so I asked a patron siting at a table, an older gentlemen, if he knew anything about the Duluth Sister City sculpture. Well, not only did he know, his friend created the sculpture. Plus, he had visited Duluth 25 years ago himself. He then hand drew a map to the sculpture. The bad-news part is that we could not initially find the sculpture based on his sketch – it was slightly off (but very close).

Well, as luck would have it, another person who visited Duluth as a young soccer player was able to help! We decided to have lunch and then visit the emigrant and glass museums. I figured, correctly, that the staff at the museum would be able to help us locate the sculpture. Turns out, of the two ladies helping, one was a high school student, working at the museum for school credit. They gave us a detailed city map and highlighted the exact location of the sculpture.

Although it would seem everyone in Växjö knew about Duluth and the sculpture, such was truly not the case. During our first attempt to find the sculpture, I talked to nearly two dozen walkers on a lakewalk and in a park. Although very friendly, none of them had heard of Duluth or knew anything about the sculpture! Maybe our questions will peak their interest.

However, we had a great time in Växjö, including a nice lunch, dinner and museum visit. It was well worth the couple extra hours drive on our trip from Oslo, Norway, via Gothenburg, Sweden, to Copenhagen, Denmark.

We (the Stines; Dan, Cheri, Kayla and Carter) have now visited three of the five Sister Cities; Thunder Bay, Petrozavodsk and now Växjö.

Have you visited one of Duluth’s 5 Sister Cities? Let us know! We’d love to hear your stories, view your photos, and share your experiences! Contact us via email at dsci@DuluthMNSisterCities.org or on the phone (218)727-8375.

ONE VILLAGE, Many Voices Fundraiser Concert November 3rd

It takes many voices to promote the importance of global understanding of people from other places and cultures. Please join us for an evening of inspiration and entertainment as three accomplished musicians give voice to this mission through harmony, rhythm, and song.

Featuring:

Sara Thomsen (singer/songwriter/director, Echoes of Peace Choir), Maggie Wheeler (singer/songwriter/”Janice” from ABC hit sitcom FRIENDS), and Emile Hassan Dyer (vocalist/percussionist/storyteller)

Friday, November 3rd 2017 at 7:30PM

Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica

Tickets are available at the DSCI Office, the CSS Spotlight Box Office, and through DSCI Board Members!

Adults: $20  Students: $10