Building Bridges of International Understanding and Goodwill
Our mission is to promote the City of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, Inc., as ambassadors of international friendship and goodwill. The mission is accomplished through programs such as student, educational, cultural and economic development exchanges, which create long-term international partnerships.
Message from the President
"The world is a very large place, yet in so many ways we are ONE community."
Dear Scottsdale Sister Cities Members, Supporters, and Friends,
It is my privilege to follow in the footsteps of so many wonderful past presidents and to work with a very dedicated board of directors, and our members of all ages. I am so excited about our new web site, which will be so much easier to navigate and help keep our members and the public apprised of what SSCA is up to now, and in the future.
I’m struck in these tumultuous times how easily we can find ourselves retracting – moving away from an international, interconnected perspective and understanding. The world is, on one hand, a very large place, yet in so many ways we are ONE community. Though it is sometimes hard to remember this fundamental fact. SSCA takes our mission seriously: to build bridges of understanding between our community and those in other parts of the world. The friendships and relationships that have been birthed through SSCA are but one way to remind us all that “Out of Many, We Are One” (this year’s theme of Sister Cities International’s Young Artists program). We are celebrating our anniversary - FIFTY years! For fifty years dedicated people have reached across our borders and expanded the boundaries of our views and understanding of others’ customs. The current SSCA walks in the footsteps of a long contingent of people who walked ahead of us, some who are no longer with us, and the many people who continue to share in our mission.
The past decade saw an amazing expansion to building these bridges – we’ve expanded from four Sister Cities to our current eight. It has brought an amazing expansion of our youth programs and increased the number of student participants. We are so proud of our students, as we watch them broaden their horizons and perspectives, as they gain a recognition of the wider world and an accompanying understanding of the world’s similarities and differences. The growth in their awareness of the challenges that are faced by us all is awesome. We are so grateful to the parents who support us, and their children with our mission and programs.
We thank all of our members – we couldn’t do what we do without you! Each of our Sister Cities has an organizing committee, generally coordinated by a board member, and includes interested SSCA members. If you have a favorite city or have an interest in a specific city, please consider joining a city committee. I hope you, and your families and your friends will join with us in some of our many activities and programs.