2017 will be the sixtieth anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Rockville and Pinneberg, Germany. The initiators were former mayors Henry Glissmann and Dickran Hovsepian. On October 13, 1957, the Rockville Mayor and Council approved a resolution establishing a Sister City relationship with Pinneberg. The Pinneberg Mayor and Council reciprocated on November 8, 1957. In 1958, the City of Pinneberg sent 210 rose bushes to the City of Rockville, and they were planted in the Rockville Friendship Garden at the Rockville Civic Center. Rockville established the "Pinneberg Avenue" in Twinbrook and Pinneberg named a street "Rockvillestrasse."

Rockville Sister City Corporation (RSCC), formed as a community nonprofit in 1986, organizes exchanges for people interested in business, arts, culture, health, science education, sports, music and tourism. Through the years, visits from Pinneberg have included public safety officials and student, music and sports groups.

In September 2009, the City of Rockville established a Friendship City Relationship with Jiaxing, Zhejiang Provence, China. There have been several exchanges including a visit to Rockville by six representatives of Jiaxing in December of 2014.

For more information, please visit www.rockvillesistercities.org or contact President Drew Powell at rockvillesistercities@gmail.com.

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