The U.S. Sister Cities movement was founded on September 11, 1956 at a White House Conference on Citizen Diplomacy lead by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower urged attendees to "help build the road to an enduring peace" and "work out not one method but thousands of methods by which people can gradually learn a little bit more of each other". Originally part of People to People and then the National League of Cities (NLC), Sister Cities International (SCI) became a separate, non-profit corporation in 1967. Today, SCI is the nation’s foremost citizen diplomacy movement with more than 2,300 communities participating in 130 countries. Sister Cities of Newport News is a dues paying member of SCI.
Sold Out Again in 2017!
Many thanks to 2017's Featured Speaker:
General Denis Mercier (French Air Force)
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT)
Engaging Americans as Partners
in U.S. Foreign Policy
2016's Featured Remarks by:
U.S. State Department’s Deputy Assistant
Secretary in the Bureau of Public Affairs
Thank You for making our 2016 Breakfast a success.The event was again SOLD OUT. Karen Richardson, U.S. State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Public Affairs, discussed the role of Citizen Diplomats in U.S. Foreign policy. With the support of our sponsors, over $5,900 was raised to support Newport News' Sister City programs.
Our 2015 International Breakfast was SOLD OUT with over 214 guests attending to hear remarks by Maurice A. Jones, VA’s Secretary of Commerce & Trade. With the support of our sponsors, over $6,200 was raised to support Newport News' Sister City programs (pictures below).
2018 SCNN International Breakfast: