Sister Cities of Cary, North Carolina, USA


Sister Cities for the Town of Cary

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary,NC
The Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park blends technology with nature, fitting a superior performing arts center in the midst of hardwoods and pines by Symphony Lake.

Association Board Members

Sister Cities of Cary

Sister Cities of Cary Mission Statement

Role of the Sister Cities Association

History of the Sister Cities Movement

Sister Cities of Cary Meeting Minutes

The Current Association Board Members are:

  • Jane Belford
  • Huijin Chuang, Liaison to Hsinchu City
  • Joan Conwell, Executive Board Member, Liaison to Le Touquet
  • Karen George, Secretary
  • Phil Shepard, Treasurer and Liaison to Markham
  • Werner Hunn
  • Jennifer Jones, Immediate Past President
  • Mícheál Lynch, Vice President, Liaison to County Meath
  • Liz Mazurik
  • Juergen Rathgeber, German City Development
  • Barbara Shepard, President
  • Terry 'Doc' Thorne
  • Birgül Tuzlali, Turkish City Development

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The Sister Cities of Cary are:

  • LeTouquet, France, founded 1992
  • Hsinchu, Taiwan, founded 1993
  • County Meath, Ireland, founded 2001
  • Markham, Ontario, Canada, founded 2002

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Sister Cities of Cary Mission Statement

Through Sister City Association membership, we create a diverse community by promoting and benefiting from cooperative international exchange programs among our sister cities. We are part of an international community working towards world peace. We seek open dialogues to find unique solutions for quality of urban life. We also hope to grow as individuals and expand our understanding of international community. All sister city relationships are built through support provided by individual members, business and industry sponsors.

The Sister City Association meetings are open and all members are encouraged to participate actively. Membership is open to any individual or business interested in promoting and fostering the sister city relationships.

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Role of the Sister Cities Association

The Sister Cities Association, from its founding in 1988, strives to further global understanding and to encourage and assist sister city relationships between citizens in U.S. communities and cities throughout the world. The Sister Cities Association focuses on the following aspects in building its sister city relationships:

  • Cultural Exchange
  • Governance
  • Economic Development
  • Educational Exchange
  • Athletic Exchange

The Goals of the Association are:

  1. Educate Cary citizens on foreign cultures
  2. Support exchanges to and from our sister cities
  3. Support the Town with protocol for international visitors
  4. Involve youth in our sister cities activities
  5. Increase participation in regional, national and international initiatives
  6. Bring an international component to the Lazy Daze Festival
  7. Encourage Economic Development
Additional goals of the Sister Cities Association are to:

  • Exchange ideas and develop friendships with our counterparts in other cultures on a personal basis.
  • Establish an identity as members of the international community involved in the process of building world peace.
  • Develop a way for the diverse elements of our community to come together to enjoy and profit from a cooperative program.
  • Open dialogues with the people of another culture to find unique solutions to improving the quality of urban life.
  • Participate in a program with a real partner in another country so all members of the community can feel they are contributing to international understanding in a personal way.
  • Better understand our own community by interpreting our way of life to the people of another culture.

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History of the Sister Cities Movement

Sister city, county and state affiliations between the United States and other nations began shortly after World War II and developed into a national initiative when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the "People-to-People" program at a White House conference in 1956. Originally a part of the National League of Cities,
Sister Cities International (SCI) became a separate, nonprofit corporation in 1967 because of its tremendous growth and popularity.

President Eisenhower's intention was to involve individuals and organized groups at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal relationships, fostered through sister city, county and state affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts. As a result, many cities have developed relationships with other international cities.

Under SCI, a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network also dveloped between U.S. and international communities in an effort to increase global cooperation at the municipal level. SCI is a leader in the movement for local community development and volunteer action. It motivates and empowers private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term programs of mutual benefit.

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Our Sister Cities:

Le Touquet, France
Le Touquet, France

Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Hsinchu, Taiwan

County Meath, Ireland
County Meath, Ireland

Markham, Ontario, Canada
Markham, Ontario, Canada