November 21-27, 2017: The trip of Miss Sister City 2017-2018 to El Salvador
Analucy Benavides was selected as Miss Sister City 2017-2018 and travelled to El Salvador in November. In San Miguel she participated in Carnival festivities and has visited several charities, including an orphanage and a nursing home, where she has distributed donated goods.
November 3, 2017: Coronation of Miss Sister City 2017-2018
The San Miguel Committee crowned its Miss Sister City 2017-2018 at a grand festival and fundraiser at the Elks Lodge in Fairfax, Virginia.
October 17-30, 2017: Arlington-Aachen High-School Exchange
Twenty students and two chaperones from Aachen visited Arlington and New York City in the inbound segment of the Arlington-Aachen High-School Exchange.
October 19-27, 2017: Arlington-Aachen Elementary-School Exchange
Fifty one elementary-school students from Aachen, accompanied by parents, visited Arlington in the inbound segment of the Arlington-Aachen Elementary-School Exchange.
September 24-October 3, 2017: SisterBike XVII
Bicyclists from Arlington, Aachen, and other cities toured the coastlines and hill country of Slovenia, Croatia, and in northern Italy in the 2017 edition of this annual long-distance tour organized by Bernie Chapnick.
September 25-October 6, 2017: Professional Firefighters Exchange
Three firefighters from Ivano-Frankivsk participated in a capacity-building training exchange with the Arlington County Fire Department.
September 23, 2017: Clarendon Day
ASCA participated in Clarendon Day, a huge street festival in one of Arlington’s most distinctive neighborhoods. The Ivano-Frankivsk Committee and the Reims Committee prepared and sold authentic Ukrainian and French food in their “Taste of Ukraine” and “Taste of France” booths.
August 16-20, 2017: Arlington County Fair
ASCA was among the many local community-service organizations participating in the 2017 Arlington County Fair.
July 12-16, 2017: Sister Cities International 2017 Youth Leadership Summit
Two high-school students from Arlington participated in the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit in Virginia Beach, VA under ASCA’s sponsorship.
July 22-31 Sister City Women’s Soccer Team Tour
The San Miguel Committee organized a ten-day soccer tour of San Miguel and nearby communities in El Salvador for members of the Arlington Soccer Association’s high school girls team Storm. The program, organized by coaches Mauricio Coreas and José Martinez, included friendly matches with local teams, sightseeing, and a visit to a local orphanage.
July 2017: English-Language Summer School in San Miguel
The San Miguel Committee organized its annual month-long English-language summer school in San Miguel. Kim Crittenden, an ESL teacher from Arlington, served as principal teacher for the eighth time.
July 8-26, 2017: Arlington-Aachen High-School Exchange (outbound)
Ten students and one chaperone from Arlington visited Aachen and Berlin in the outbound segment of the Arlington-Aachen High-School Exchange.
June 23-July 7, 2017: Arlington-Reims High School Exchange (outbound)
Twenty-two students and two chaperones from Arlington visited Reims and Paris in the outbound segment of the Arlington-Reims High School Exchange.
June 10, 2017: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I
The Aachen and Reims Committees cosponsored a lecture and discussion by Mitchell Yockelson, an investigative archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, based on his book Forty Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War One.
April 22, 2017: World War I and the American Century
The Aachen and Reims Committees cosponsored a lecture and discussion by Robert Dalessandro, chair of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission and author of numerous historical works on the American Expeditionary Forces contributions during World War I.
April 4-13, 2017: Arlington-Aachen Elementary School Exchange (inbound)
A large group of elementary-school students from Arlington, accompanied by parents, visited Aachen for the outbound segment of the Arlington-Aachen Elementary School Exchange.
March 23, 2017: Foreign Service Institute’s Volunteer Fair
ASCA’s chairman and several board members participated in the Foreign Service Institute’s volunteer fair, an event that informs retiring foreign-service officers of volunteer opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area.
March 14-24, 2017: Arlington-Reims High School Exchange
Nineteen eighth-grade students and two chaperones from Reims visited Arlington for the inbound segment of the Arlington-Reims High School Exchange.
March 18, 2017: Music of Survival Film Screening
The Ivano-Frankivsk Committee organized a screening of Music of Survival, a film documentary telling the story of 17 original members of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus who survived World War II as a musical ensemble that remains active to this day.
December 17, 2016: Posada Celebration
The Coyoacán Committee organized a Posada, a traditional Mexican Advent celebration that includes music, singing, and traditional foods.
November 22-26, 2016: Carnival in San Miguel
Members of ASCA’s San Miguel Committee visited San Miguel, El Salvador and participated in its world-famous Carnival. The ASCA delegation included Marisabel Jimenez, a student at Wakefield High School and the committee’s Miss Sister City 2016. The group also visited schools, hospitals, and senior centers to distribute needed supplies and donated items.
October 20, 2016: Runner from Reims Completes Marine Corps Marathon
The Reims Committee provided meals, housing, and enthusiastic moral support to Philippe Remen of Reims, who completed his first Marine Corps Marathon on October 30, 2016. Mr. Remen spent almost a week in Arlington preparing for the race and meeting fellow runners and members of the committee.
October 20, 2016: Chalons 95
Col. Harry Amos, U.S. Army-retired, and first president of the Reims Committee, represented ASCA at the Chalons 95 ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony. This event, held every five years, commemorates the anniversary of the selection of a U.S. soldier who died in France in World War One for burial in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
October 12-26, 2016: Arlington-Reims High-School Exchange (inbound)
Thirty students and three chaperones from Reims, France visited Arlington and New York City in the inbound segment of the Arlington-Reims High-School Exchange.
October 8-16, 2016: SisterBike XVI
Bicyclists from Arlington, Aachen, and other cities toured the coastlines and countryside of Greece, the 18th country visited on a SisterBike tour.
October 6-16, 2016: Arlington-Ivano-Frankivsk Student Exchange (inbound)
Eight middle and high school students plus three chaperones from Ivano-Frankivsk visited Arlington for the inbound segment of the Arlington-Ivano-Frankivsk Student Exchange.
October 6-14, 2016: Arlington-Aachen Elementary-School Exchange (inbound)
Forty-one elementary-school students from Aachen, accompanied by parents, visited Arlington in the inbound segment of the Arlington-Aachen Elementary-School Exchange.
October 4-17, 2016: Arlington-Aachen High-School Exchange (inbound)
Twenty students and two chaperones from Aachen, Germany visited Arlington and New York City in the inbound segment of the Arlington-Aachen High-School Exchange.
September 17, 2016: Clarendon Day
ASCA participated in Clarendon Day, a huge street festival in one of Arlington’s most distinctive neighborhoods. The Ivano-Frankivsk Committee prepared and sold authentic Ukrainian food in its “Taste of Ukraine” booth.