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Welcome to St. Louis - Stuttgart Sister Cities

Serving the St. Louis community since 1960, St. Louis - Stuttgart Sister Sisties (SLSSC) is actively involved in encouraging multicultural experiences through 

Cultural events
Student exchanges
Business trade missions


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SUMMER MEMBERSHIP EVENT, AUGUST 20th - ST. LOUIS-STUTTGART SISTER CITIES.
You are invited to
SUMMER MEMBERSHIP EVENT
ST. LOUIS-STUTTGART SISTER CITIES

At:
Kirkwood Station Restaurant and Brewing Co.
105 E. Jefferson Ave, Kirkwood

Wednesday, August 20, 5pm to 7pm.

Guest Speaker: Dorris Keeven-Franke will speak about UTOPIA-Revisiting a German State in America

Complimentary Appetizers, Cash bar.

Everyone: Please invite your prospective members.
R.S.V.P. Traude Wilson 314.550.6439

Parking available next door, also at the adjoining church parking lot, along the street and across Kirkwood Road.

Stuttgart Boy's Choir
World-class European boys choir from Stuttgart to perform in St. Louis.
Get ready to hear them sing at two concerts:
   • Saturday, June 14th - A Mass and Concert at 5:00 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard.
   • Tuesday, June 17th - 7:00 pm Concert at the St. Francis Xavier College Church at Saint Louis University, located at 3628 Lindell Boulevard at the corner of Grand Avenue.
Click here to view SLSSC news release. Click here to view the June 17th program.
Susanne Evens Represents SLSSC, Meets Stuttgart and St. Louis Mayors.
An article regarding the Stuttgart Mayoral visit to St. Louis for this year's Winter Ball Karneval appeared in the Stuttgarter Amtsblatt. Click here to view a photo of the article.
April 2014 news coverage about the visiting Stuttgart artists and Deputy Mayor Fezer's delegation.
Missouri Meetings and Events
Ladue News, The St. Louis Melting Pot
Photo Update (March 23, 2014)
Photos of St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities' celebration of St. Louis' 250th Anniversary with artists' cake at MAC have been uploaded. Click here to view them.
Photo Update (March 1, 2014)
Photos from the 27th Winter Ball, that took place on Feb. 8, 2014, have been uploaded to the photo gallery. Click here to view them.

27th Winter Ball Karneval

SLSSC, an official STL250 Celebration Partner, announces that the 27th Winter Ball Karneval will be held at The Missouri Athletic Club on February 8, 2014. For the official press release click here.

Additional, The Community News (O'Fallon, Missouri) has an article about the upcoming event. Click here.

To view the invitation in pdf format, please click on the image to the left.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 27th. For a pdf version of the response card, please click here.

 

Radio Interviews

Susanne Evens, Bob Case, and Bob Schott recently went on the air to talk about the upcoming Winter Ball Karneval.
Susanne Evens appeared on AM 1380 The Woman; Bob Case appeared on KTRS 550; and, Bob Schott appeared on Kevin and Sue McCarthy's Travel Planner Show.
To listen to Susanne Evens' interview, click here.
To listen to Bob Case's interview, click here.
To listen to Bob Schott's interview, click here.

2013 Annual Meeting Photos
Members enjoyed a nice dinner event, including the election and reelection of officers, and presentations made to the German School Association, the German Culture Center, St. Louis University, and John Burroughs. Students from John Burroughs and a German student studying at UMSL spoke about their experiences visiting each other's Sister City. Click here to view photos of the event.
Summer Party 2013 Photos
Our SLSSC Members Summer Party was held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the beautiful home of Mark and Shannon McCullough. It was a typical hot summer day in St. Louis and all our fun-loving members enjoyed the music by Mike Orzel and the beautiful surroundings of the Galloway Manor. Click here to view photos of the event.
Maifest Dinner Photos
On May 7th, Board Members and Members of St. Louis Stuttgart- Sister Cities celebrated with St. Charles Sister Cities their annual Maifest Dinner. Click here to view photos of the event.
Leipzig Jazz Band
After a whirlwind concert tour starting in Kansas City last Wednesday, the Leipzig Jazz Band arrived in St. Louis on Sunday, April 21 and immediately whisked off to Mascoutah Illinois to enjoy the sounds of the Northwinds Concert Band and dinner at the Römertopf. On Monday morning, April 22, they held a workshop at Lindbergh High School, traveled up the Arch and did some shopping and gave a concert Monday night at the Tavern of Fine Arts. They held another workshop at Ft. Zumwalt on Tuesday morning and left quickly for the airport to fly back to Germany. And we thought only Americans traveled liked this. Thanks to the wonderful sounds we all enjoyed the last few days and to our host families who played an integral part in making this happen.

2013 Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award
Our very own Susanne Evens is the recipient of this year's Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award from the German American Heritage Society. Click here to view the article in STL Today.
February 2, 2013 - 26th annual Winter Ball Karneval - a Roaring 20s Party at the Frontenac Hilton
Photos from the 2013 Winter Ball have been uploaded to the photo gallery. Click here to view them.
Jazz from Leipzig Germany
Our next event is Jazz from Germany on Monday, April 22, 2013, featuring Germany's Leipzig Acoustic Jazz Ensemble. This is a free event at the Tavern of Fine Arts at 313 Belt Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112 Click here for more information.
Ladue News Pictures of 26th Winter Ball - A Roaring 20s Party on February 2, 2013
Radio Interviews (Jan 27, 2013)
Radio interviews on Wild 104.9 at 7 am, 93.7 the Bull and Z107.7 with Katy Kruze, Susanne Evens and Roy Leimberg talking about the upcoming Winter Ball are available for everybody's listening pleasure:
Radio Interview
Listen to our Radio Interview about SLSSC and our upcoming Winter Ball on KLOU with Michelle Esswein which will air on January 27 at 10 p.m.: St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, Inc. with Past President and Founder of the winter ball - Roy Leimberg and current President - Susanne Evens Click here to listen to the interview.
SAVE THE DATE! Make plans NOW to attend the upcoming 26th Annual Winter Ball – The Roaring 20s to benefit the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, Inc. (SLSSC) organization.

This formal event will take place from 6:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Frontenac Hilton, located at 1335 South Lindbergh Boulevard in Frontenac, Missouri.

One of the major fundraising events for the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities group, the annual Winter Ball brings together guests, members, patrons and corporate sponsors for a fun-filled evening, in the spirit of the Mardi Gras season.

This year’s theme will be a "Roaring Twenties" Party.

The Co-Emcees for this event will be SLSSC President Susanne Evens and Westplex 100.7 FM’s Katy Kruze, who is also a partner at the video production company LumiVid.

Roy and Harrison are taking reservations at (314) 481-3184 or via email at royleimberg@sbcglobal.net

Click here to view press release in PDF format.
Click here to view the program cover in PDF format.

As mentioned in STL Today on December 11th, several St. Louis notables including SLSSC President Susanne Evens recently traveled to Stuttgart for the annual conference of Sister Cities.
Click here to view the article.
Photo Gallery Update (Nov 25, 2012)
Photos from the Annual Meeting held on November 5, 2012 at the Frontenac Hilton are now online.
Click here to view the photos.
Oktoberfest 2012 Pictures Now Online (Oct 9, 2012)
Photos from Oktoberfest 2012 have been uploaded to the photo gallery. Click here to view them.
Long Live Freedom Exhibit at the University of Missouri St. Louis (Sept. 20, 2012)

Long Live Freedom: Youth Resistance to Nazi Germany

September 19 - October 18, 2012

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am – 5pm or by appointment




The German Culture Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis presents a new exhibition entitled "Es lebe die Freiheit" (Long Live Freedom). The exhibit, created in Frankfurt in 2011 by the Studienkreis Deutscher Widerstand 1933-1945 (Research Institute for the Study of German Resistance 1933-1945) describes resistance by young Germans to National Socialism.

Click here for detailed information.

Long Live Freedom Exhibit (Sept. 4, 2012)
SLSSC is one of the co-sponsors of the Long Live Freedom exhibit, which will make its American debut this September at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Click here for more information.
Stuttgart-Lauf 2012 Update (Sept. 4, 2012)
Congratulations to Mary Ann McCain, who took part in the international half-marathon in Stuttgart, Germany this past June.
Click here to view the article that ran in the Ladue News on Aug 24th.

St Louis - Stuttgart Sister Cities Presents

 

OKTOBERFEST

 

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

900 Coal Bank Road, Spanish Lake 63138 - Free Parking

 

Enjoy the beautiful park-like setting for

An old fashioned pig roast with all the fixings:

Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Relish Tray, Fresh Fruits Kaiser Rolls,

Wine, Beer, Soda & Water all included

Food will be served at 2 p.m.

 

Bring your favorite German side dish and you could win:

 

First Prize - Winter Ball Ticket for February 2, 2013

Second Prize - SLSSC T-Shirt

Third Prize - German Cap

 

Music featuring Übercool

 

A FUN TIME FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

 

$40 per person includes everything

$10 for children 12 and under

 

Please RSVP by September 10 and make checks payable to:

 

SLSCC

and mail to: Traude Wilson, Treasurer,

436 Conway Gardens Lane, St. Louis, Missouri 63141-8626

 

For more information call: Susanne Evens @ 636 530 1010


St. Louis University - University of Stuttgart and St Xavier University in Mumbai, India exchange (Aug 28, 2012)
St. Louis - Stuttgart Sister Cities supports St. Louis University - University of Stuttgart and St Xavier University in Mumbai, India exchange! Click here for more information.
Annual Members BBQ 2012 Pictures Now Online (May 27, 2012)
Photos from the 2012 Annual Members BBQ/German Grillfest have been uploaded to the photo gallery. Click here to view them.
Membership Application & Renewal Form (May 13, 2012)
SLSSC's Membership Application & Renewal form has been updated for the July 2012 through June 2013 year.
Click here for a printable copy of the form.
GAPP Exchange Program Blog (May 13, 2012)
The German American Partnership Program (GAPP) is a short-term exchange program between the United States and Germany. Students from John Burroughs School recently visited many Germany cities, including Stuttgart. They blogged their experience, which you can view by clicking here.
You can also view last year's blog by clicking here.
Additional Winter Ball Karneval 2012 Pictures Now Online (March 26, 2012)
Additional photos from the 2012 Winter Ball Karneval have been uploaded to the photo gallery. They have been added to the other photos that were previously placed on the server on March 1st. In addition, they have been placed into a separate folder to make viewing of the new photos easier.
Click here to see the new photos.
Click here to see all of the photos.
Winter Ball Karneval 2012 Pictures Now Online (March 1, 2012)
Photos from the 2012 Winter Ball Karneval have been uploaded to the photo gallery. Click here to view them.
Alive Magazine (Feb 16, 2012)
St. Louis Stuttgart Sister Cities WINTER BALL KARNEVAL DINNER DANCE Fundraiser was featured on Alive Magazine's web site. Click here to access their Event Photo Galleries page.
Photo Gallery Update (Jan 23, 2012)
Photos from the Annual Meeting held on November 7, 2011 as well the the 2012 Winterball Kickoff Party held on January 19, 2012 are now online.
Click here to view photos from the Annual Meeting.
Click here to view photos from the 2012 Winerball Kickoff Party.
Interview on KLOU 103.3 (Jan 18, 2012)
Susanne Evens and Roy Leimberg were interviewed today for the Michelle Esswein Show on KLOU 103.3. The interview will be aired on January 29th at 10pm. The interview can also be found on Michelle Esswein's blog by clicking here. Just look for the entry for the January 29th Show. The interview begins around the 21:00 minute mark.
25th Annual Winter Ball Karneval Dinner Dance
The St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, Inc. organization (SLSSC) announce the details regarding their upcoming 25th Annual Winter Ball Karneval Dinner Dance. This formal fundraising event will take place from 6:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Frontenac Hilton, located at 1335 South Lindbergh Boulevard in Frontenac, Missouri.

One of the two major fundraising events for the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities group, the annual Winter Ball Karneval brings together guests, members, patrons and corporate sponsors from the surrounding area for a fun-filled evening, in the spirit of the Mardi Gras season.

This year's 25th annual gathering is anticipated to draw close to 500 guests, including the 2012 Karneval royalty and their entourages coming from the Kansas City Germania Club and the Chicago Rheinischer Verein. The event will also feature the Fanfahrenzug –Drum/Bugle Corps from Chicago. SLSSC Directors Norm Cleeland and Mike Orzel will serve as the Chairpersons for the 25th Winter Ball Karneval Dinner Dance.

The funds raised through the Winter Ball Karneval support the organization's cultural, educational and business/trade events and programming for members and the general public alike. These activities include student exchanges, as well as scholarships and educational grants which enable high school and college students, educators and business interns to study abroad.

According to Susanne Evens, President of the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities organization, "2012 marks an important chapter of a long-standing tradition in the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities history. This year's annual Winter Ball Karnavel will be a spectacular celebration 25 years in the making, which was started by long-time SLSSC Director (and formerly honored Prince) Roy Leimberg in 1988."

An international and a civic organization, St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, Inc. functions as a civic as well as an international organization, keeping a high profile in the St. Louis community by participating in local ceremonies, conventions, parades and festivals. The organization is united with St. Louis' other sister city groups and international associations through the office of the St. Louis Center for International Relations.

Tickets to the 25th Annual Winter Ball Karneval Dinner Dance are $50 per person, $75 for Patron and $250 for Sponsors. The SLSSC is seeking patron and corporate sponsorships, as well as items and certificates for the evening's silent auction. Ads in the 2012 Winter Ball Karneval Sponsor Book are also available.

As a prelude to the February gala, St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities organization will hold a Pre-Winter Ball Kick-Off Party on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the new German restaurant the Rhine Haus Eatery & Pub, located at 255 Union Boulevard in the Central West End area of St. Louis. The pre-party happy hour is FREE to SLSSC members and $20 for guests, and will include complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and attendance prizes (including Winter Ball tickets.) The 2010's Winter Ball royalty Prinz Harrison I and Prinzessin Ilona I will greet attendees of the Pre-Winter Ball Kick-Off Party in their full regal garb.

"We are excited to celebrating our 25th Annual Winter Ball Karneval event," notes Winter Ball Karnavel Co-Chairperson Mike Orzel. His Co-Chair counterpart Norm Cleeland adds, "The Winter Ball Planning Committee has been working hard to make this event exciting and memorable!"

For more information about the 25th Annual Winter Ball Karneval – including sponsorships and donations – or to purchase tickets for the Dinner Dance, please contact the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities organization at (636) 530-1010, via email at sevens@aaatranslation.com, or at the organization's website at slssc.org.

And to make reservations for the upcoming Pre-Winter Ball Kick-Off Party on January 19th, please contact Michael Schmid at (314) 306-8198 or via email michaeljschmid@yahoo.com.
 
SLSSC 2010 Winter Ball Karneval, Prinz Harrison I & Prinzessin Ilona I with court.

Click here for more information about the event
Click here for invitation front cover
Click here for invitation back cover
Click here for RSVP form - front
Click here for RSVP form - back

Serving the St. Louis community since 1960, St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, Inc. (SLSSC) is actively involved in encouraging multicultural experiences through cultural events, student exchanges and business trade missions. St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, Inc. is a membership organization open to anyone interested in joining and wishing to participate in its activities.


Chancellor Merkel's visit to the White House (Jun 8, 2011)
The St. Louis Chinese American News publishes an article of the visit and SLSSC ties to the event. Click here to read more.
German Sister Cities Program Gives St. Louis Dibs on an Obama Announcement (Jun 8, 2011)

Most people probably recognize the German city Stuttgart (pronounced "Shtoot-gart," we looked it up) as the headquarters for Mercedes-Benz and Porsche (it's on the logo). Jason Bourne probably hid out there for a while. Those things are awesome, not gonna lie, but they're far from our closest tie to the city. Click here to read the full article from the River Front Times.


Press Release - St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities Organization Honored (Jun 6, 2011)

ST. LOUIS – The Honorable Francis R. Slay, Mayor of the City of St. Louis, and the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities will hold a reception in the Mayor's Office on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in honor of Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, receiving the "Medal of Freedom" Award from President Obama at the White House State Dinner. Click here to read the full press release.


18th Stuttgarter Zeitung-Lauf 1/2 Marathon (May 29, 2011)

Hal Lutz, husband to board member Mary Lee Salzer, represented SLSSC in the Stuttgart half marathon. Read more about Hal's story.


SLSSC Membership Event (May 23, 2011)

SLSSC hosted a membership event at GCC Food and Brewery for over seventy guests. Click here for photos.


24th Annual Winter Ball Karneval (Feb 19, 2011)

St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities is hosting the 24th Annual Winter Ball Karneval Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel. Special guests of honor are S.T. Prinz Steven I and I.L. Prinzessin Cynthia II along with members of the Germania Club of Kansas City and German-American Citizens Association of Kansas City.

Click here for more information about the event
Click here for invitation cover
Click here for RSVP form

2011 Winter Ball Photos are now available! Click here.

Click for photos of the 2010 Winter Ball
Click for photos of the 2009 Winter Ball
Click for photos of the 2008 Winter Ball
Click for photos of the 2007 Winter Ball

50th Anniversary Recap (Jan 1, 2011)
St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 with events throughout the year. Click here for more information.
Strassenfest (Oct 1-3, 2010)

Strassenfest returned again to West County just south of Chesterfield Mall, Oct. 1-3. There were expanded family and kids activities. Fun for all ages!

Instead of a beer booth as in previous years, SLSSC hosted the the wine booth. We'd like to thank all of our volunteers who made this year another success!

Click here for Strassenfest Photos.


Concertino Stuttgart (September 4-5, 2010)

The Concertino Stuttgart mussicians are returning to St. Louis to play works by Bach, Handel and Joplin among others. These highly regarded European musicians are sponsored by SLSSC in conjunction with the UMSL German Culture Center. Both performances are free of charge and open to the public. There will be a wine and cheese reception after each concert. The first performance will be held at the Florissant Community Center on Saturday Sept. 4 at 3pm. Those who wish to attend should call the box office at 314-921-5678.

The second performance will be held on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 1pm at St. Peter & Paul Church in Soulard.


Festival of Nations (August 28-29, 2010)

The International Institute’s Festival of Nations unites the world’s many cultures for a two-day event. Musical performances, dance troupes & drum circles keep festival-goers feet tapping while the international cuisine offerings delight the senses. Watch Irish dancers, while eating traditional fare from Burma and then purchase banana leaf art pieces from Zambia. The festival also includes dance lessons, craft demonstrations, children’s activities & gift booths that line the beautiful tree-lined walkways of Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO. For more information, please visit www.iistl.org.

In addition we will be participating in a Sister Cities booth that features all St. Louis sister cities. Please stop by and say “Hi”. We can always use another volunteer so call Susanne Evens at: 636-530-1010.

The Festival of Nations is August 28-29, 2010. Starting at 10am both days, it ends 7pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. There is no admission fee.


Steven Folgarty Awarded SLSSC 50th Anniversary Scholarship (August 26, 2010)

The Honorable Mayor Francis Slay, the major of the city of St. Louis, has has presented the SLSSC 50th anniversary scholarship of $5,000 to Steven Fogarty on behalf of St. Louis - Stuttgart Sister Cities. Steven is a junior at University of Missouri-St. Louis majoring in Computer Science and will attend the University of Stuttgart for one year beginning this fall.

Steven’s great grandparents were German-speaking farmers. After the World Wars his grandparents and parents were not allowed to speak, but Steven would catch his great grandpa slipping into German. He loved the language and studied it in high school and went to Germany on a school exchange. He has continued studying German and plans to get a minor in German.

He has chosen University of Stuttgart for its connection to the arts and location in the Black Forest. His interests are biking and hiking, so the southern region will be ideal for him. We believe Steven Fogarty will be an excellent representative for St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, UM-St. Louis and the City of St. Louis.


17th Stuttgarter Zeitung Lauf (June 20, 2010)

In honor of the 50 anniversary, SLSSC President Suzanne Evens ran the 10k event in Stuttgart. Only two sister cities were represented this year, St. Louis and Bruenn, Czecheslovakia. Both runners from Bruenn won first place. Daniel (pony tail) won 1st place in the half marathon and Jiri (with the trophy) won the 10 K. Daniel is running the ultra marathon next month in Death Valley.

Click here for Stuttgarter Zeitung Lauf Photos.


Youth Group Exchange in Stuttgart (May 4-5, 2010)

SLSSC organize a group of St. Louis student dancers and musicians to participate in the Stuttgart Youth Group Exchange.

Here's what one student had to say:

I would just like to say thank you so very much for allowing me to be a part of the exchange program this year to Stuttgart. Without a doubt, this has been the best summer of my life because of the program. I have made friends that will last a lifetime not only hear in St. Louis, but also in Stuttgart. Being in Stuttgart for a whole week was absolutely amazing and it's an experience that I will never forget. I got to see and experience the different culture and lifestyle. It was also an honor hosting two of the Germans, Max and Marcel, who came over here as part of the exchange. They have thanked me and the organization a thousand times over for what we did. I just wanted to let you and the whole organization know how much being a part of this exchange was to me. I could be here writing for a year and not get through telling you how much fun I had. I really hope you guys give me the chance to take part again next year. I am looking forward to it very much. Once again, thank you for giving me this lifetime experience.

John-Mark Scott

Click here for photos of the Youth Group.


Twenty-Third Annual St. Louis-Stuttgart Winter Ball Karneval (February 6, 2010)

The 23rd Annual St. Louis-Stuttgart Winter Ball was held at the Frontenac Hilton Hotel and featured a sumptuous Dinner, Dancing, Live Music and Silent Auction. St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities celebrated its 50th anniversary in style. A record setting, 465 guests attended the night's festivities. Click on this link for the program invitation for details.

2010 Winter Ball Photos are now available! Click here.

Click for photos of the 2009 Winter Ball
Click for photos of the 2008 Winter Ball
Click for photos of the 2007 Winter Ball


Annual Christmas Party (December 5, 2009)

Jim and Joan Conway gratiously hosted the Annual Christmas Party in their home. Guests were treated to hor d'oeuvers, wine and a Christmas carol sing along. Roughly $1,100 in donations were raised for Payback.

Click here for photos.


Oktoberfest (October 11, 2009)

SLSSC presented an old fashion pig roast with all the fixings at a private estate in Spanish Lake. Attendees were encouraged to bring an entry for the potato salad contest. There was live music, hayrides and a bonfire.

Click here for more details.
Click here for photos.
World Trade Center, St. Louis, MO - Growing Global Conference 2009 (September 24, 2009)

Growing Global is World Trade Center Saint Louis’ signature event and is the largest international business event in the St. Louis region. Each year, more than 550 attend this dynamic program, which addresses issues businesses face as they grow globally. This year, Susanne Evens, President of SLSSC, delivered a presentation on St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities and made a case for why we are important culturally and economically.

Click here to see Susanne's presentation slides.


Strassenfest 2009 (September 18-20, 2009)

After a one year hiatus, Strassenfest returned this year to the St. Louis area, this time to Chesterfield. Despite the intermittent rain, there was good turn out. St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities thanks all of our volunteers who helped out at the beer booth. The money raised will go to scholarship grants, grants to the German Culture Center at UMSL as well as programs to foster student exchanges.

Click here for pictures from this year's Strassenfest.

Previous Strassenfests
Pics from 2007: http://www.slssc.org/images/photos/strassenfest07/index.htm
Pics from 2006: http://www.slssc.org/images/photos/strassenfest06/index.htm
Pics from 2005: http://www.slssc.org/images/photos/strassenfest05/index.htm

Welcome Back Barbeque (August 1, 2009)

SLSSC celebrated the return of Ben, Christie, Claire, Connor, Jaronda, and Patrick, six great students who represented St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities at the UNESCO World Youth Festival in Stuttgart. The students, their families and members of SLSSC were treated to a barbeque at the Chesterfield Centennial Park.

Click here for photos from the barbeque


2009 Unesco Youth World Festival (July 13-19, 2009)

Six St. Louis' area students joined more than 500 young people from all over the world in Stuttgart, Germany from 13 to 19 July 2009 for the second UNESCO World Youth Festival.


Aims of the Festival

The UNESCO World Youth Festival 2009 was organised and run by the City of Stuttgart in close cooperation with the Stuttgarter Jugendhaus GmbH. The Stuttgart Sports Office is in charge of coordinating the event. The Festival 2009 stands for:

* Promoting international understanding and hospitality
* Promoting the intercultural dialogue
* Learning with and from one another
* Encouraging young people to form personal contacts
* Overcoming prejudices
* Spanning links of friendships and networks around the globe
* Highlighting global contexts
* Setting an example in the areas of climate and energy, addressing themes and
* Encouraging people to ponder these issues

Congress on Climate

A main focus of the UNESCO World Youth Festival 2009 was a congress on climate issues on 14-15 July, which will be dedicated to the theme of "Climate protection and energy for your future." Together with the young people this vitally important issue will be addressed in workshops, lectures, round tables and presentations. The aim is to raise the participants’ energy consciousness.

Click here for photo of the St. Louis contingent preparing to disembark
Click here for photos from the UNESCO conference

Click here to read an article about the festival from Stuttgarterzeitung
Click here to read an English translation of that article

Click here to hear one of students give an interview on Südwestrundfunk


Stuttgarter Zeitung-Lauf - Half Marathon (June 21, 2009)

Boris Kaupp - SLSSC Half Marathoner
Boris Kaupp, a SLSSC boardmember, completed the 2009 Stuttgarter Zeitungslauf half marathon with a time of 1:44:51, an excellent effort! Click here to read more about Boris' marathon.

Click here for photos from the marathon

2009 German Nouveau Dinner (April 25, 2009)

We had beautiful weather, great German beer and wines, wonderful food and great people in attendance. SLSSC would especially like to recognize Diana and Bob Jackson for hosting the event at their sumptuous Wildwood home.

Click here for photos.

About our "chef" Stephanie Walter:

Stephanie Anna Walter was born in the sixties in Duderstadt, Germany.

At the tender age of four, she was already peeking into the cooking pots of her grandmother Hedwig, who opened and operated a restaurant and B&B in the country. Today Stephanie’s parents continue to successfully operate the restaurant and B&B in Brochthausen near Duderstadt, in Germany.

After graduating from high school Stephanie did not immediately study the art of cooking but completed her apprenticeship in banking in Göttingen, Germany, where she continued to work until her move to Monterrey, Mexico, with husband Harald and baby Maximilian.

During her time in Göttingen, Stephanie and her friend Julia started a cooking club with some colleagues for a once-a-month Friday night “kitchen encounter”. The challenge: to create a 5-course menu from scratch.

Today Stephanie and her family live in St. Louis, where she continues to enjoy cooking for family, friends, and occasionally for you!

Her cooking philosophy: Live, Love and Eat!


22nd Annual Winter Ball Karneval (February 7, 2009)
Sheraton Westport, Lakeside Chalet


Revelers at the Winter ball
We would like to thank all of our guests for supporting this year's Winter Ball Karneval which included over 300 members, friends and dignitaries. In particular, we wanted to recognize our friends from the Germania Club of Kansas City. There was lots of fun, friendships newly created and old ones rekindled. Proceeds will go to scholarships and grants.

Click here for photos


Twenty-second SLSSC Annual Christmas Party (December 5, 2008)


SLSSC Annual Meeting Attendees

St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, Inc. cordially invited friends and guests to our 22nd Annual Christmas Party hosted by Jim and Joan Conway to benefit The Familiy Resource Center.

Click here for photos


SLSSC Annual Meeting - Sheraton Lakeside Chalet (November 3, 2008)

SLSSC Annual Meeting Attendees

Annual dinner meeting with strolling accordionist, Charles Block

  • Election of Directors to St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities Board
  • Presentation by David Luckes, President and CEO of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation
  • Presentation to Webster University IBIE in Partnership with the State of Missouri
  • Presentation to German School Association
  • Presentation to UMSL German Culture Center
  • Presentation by Tori Lebsack and Christy Roeder about the SCI Youth Conference
  • Recognition of Volunteers for December 2007 - November 2008
  • Click here for photos


    SLSSC Oktoberfest - Spanish Lake (October 18, 2008)
    Saturday, October 18, 2008
    Time: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Spanish Lake, Missouri


    SLSSC Inaugural Oktoberfest Celebration - Guests enjoying a hayride.

    Everyone enjoyed a wonderful pig roast at a beautiful park-like setting and historical home previously featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. SLSSC extends a special thanks to the gratious hosts Joanne Gladney and Ron Naumer. Music was provided by Pat Auberry and Mike Orzel. There were games, a hayride and bonfire.

    Proceeds went to SLSSC scholarships and the 50th anniversary celebration fund in 2010.

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    Sister Cities International Conference - Kansas City (July 16-19, 2008)
    The City of Kansas City, Missouri played host to the 52nd Annual Sister Cities International Conference from July 16-19, 2008. The Westin Crown Center Hotel was "home base" for meetings and the final evening Gala. Delegates from the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Ghana, Guyana, Japan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Peru, Phillipines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Korea, Taiwan, and Uganda plus the United States gathered for the 4 day conference.

    A number of SLSSC boardmembers as well as boardmembers of other St. Louis Sister Cities were in attendence. Christi Roeder took part in the concurrent SCI Youth Conference that received youths from around the world. (Click here to read more of Christi's story)

    Keynote speakers for the 4 day event conference were: Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, a noted international speaker on Sustainability, Corporate social Responsibility, Population, Gender and Justice issues. Henrietta H. Fore, Administrator of the U.s. Agency for International Development (USAID). Goli Ameri, Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs. Senator Sam Brownback furrently serving on the Appropriations, Judiciary and Joint Economic Committees. He also serves in the Helsinki Commission on Security and Coopertaion in Europe, co-chairs the Senate Cancer Coalition and the Human Rights Caucus, chairs the Senate Values Action Team and is a founding member of the Senate Fiscal Watch Team. Mary Jean Eisenhower, President and CEO of People to People International (PTPI).

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    St. Louis Sister Cities members at the convention


    St. Louis Aces Tennis (July 5, 2008)

    Jasmin Woehr with SLSSC members
    On July 5, 2008, 20 members of St. Louis – Stuttgart Sister Cities welcomed Jasmin Woehr from Stuttgart as player for the St. Louis Aces for the 2008 season.

    Kids ages 6 – 13 were able to participate in a tennis block party – a tennis clinic taught by the Aces. Each child received a tennis racket and a t-shirt and they had a lot of fun.

    The matches started at 7:15 p.m. The St. Louis Aces lost to New York, but it was a great evening of tennis, particularly meeting Jasmin after the game.

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    Stuttgarter Zeitung-Lauf - Half Marathon (June 22, 2008)

    Bryan Hayes - SLSSC Half Marathoner
    Bryan Haynes ran the Stuttgarter Zeitungslauf half marathon this past Sunday in Stuttgart. He did very well despite a foot injury. Bryan placed 4,999 out of 9,638 actual runners, with 27,000 registered participants. The marathon also includes wheelchairs, inline skates, seniors and kids. Thank you, Bryan, for representing St. Louis at this event!

    Friendly Schwabians arch cooling veils of cold water over the streets of Stuttgart, Germany from their own garden hoses for the relief of ten thousand runners in the annual Stuttgarter Zeitung-Lauf half marathon run this past weekend... (Click here to read more of Bryan's story)

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    A Night in Vienna with Johann Strass & Franz Lehar (June 7, 2008)
    Ed Boyce has arranged that the full St Louis Symphony will present a concert, outdoors at Innsbrook on June 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10. The setting is a beautiful hillside with a lake as the backdrop. There will be food available or one is able to picnic. Lovely Innsbrook is 5 miles south of Wright City on Highway F. Old world costumes are welcome.

    The program is:

    A NIGHT IN VIENNA : Music by JOHANN STRAUSS & FRANZ LEHAR
    J.STRAUSS,II: Die Fledermaus Overture
    Pizzicato Polka
    LEHAR:Vilja-Lied from Merry Widow
    J.STRAUSS,II:Persian March
    Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
    Emperor Waltzes
    *INTERMISSION*
    LEHAR:Gold & Silver Waltz
    J.STRAUSS,II:Voices of Spring
    Thunder & Lightning Polka
    An der schoenen, blauen Donau
    Encore:
    J.STRAUSS,IRadetzky March

    For more information, contact Dennis Joerger 314-725-4829.


    German Nouveau Dinner Presented by Mike Orzel (May 24, 2008)

    SLSSC is hosting a German seasonal nouveau cooking event at the home of Bob and Diana Jackson in Wildwood. Mike Orzel graciously offered to be our chef and instructor for the evening. We are limiting this event to the first 35 people who sign up. The cost is $35 per person, which will include a cooking demonstration by Mike, a fabulous dinner, wine, beer and soft drinks. Interested parties please contact Susanne Evens.

    Speisekarte

    Smoked Trout on Bruchetta
    Endive Salad with seasonal vegetables
    Cucumber Soup
    Nouveau Roladen stuffed with White Asparagus & Prosciutto
    served withTruffle oil infused Spätzle
    Salmon with Dill Sauce
    Vanilla Kipferl with Ice Cream
    Wine, Beer and Soda/Water

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    SLSSC in the News (February 27, 2008)

    SLSSC received a wonderful 14 page write up in GATEWAY Magazine Volume 27. Thanks to Megan Kaupp who spent a lot of time researching in Stuttgart and St. Louis to create this wonderful article. You can purchase a copy at the Missouri History Museum.

    Yesterday's St. Louis Post Dispatch had a story about German wines and SLSSC was mentioned.


    21st Annual Winter Ball Karneval (January 26, 2008)
    Sheraton Westport, Lakeside Chalet

    Thank you very much for supporting this year's Winter Ball Karneval which included 300 members, friends and dignitaries. There was lots of fun and new friendships created. We raised approx. $10,000 for scholarships and grants.

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    Annual Christmas Party (December 7, 2007)
    (7:00-9:30PM)

    St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities cordially invites you to attend our 21st Annual Christmas Party to benefit Our Little Haven at the home of Jim and Joan Conway. Guest are encouraged to bring a hot/cold appetizer or dessert to share. Beverages will be provided.

    Please contact Norm Cleeland at 636-225-7332 or normc@accessus.net by Dec. 3 to RSVP and for directions.


    SLSSC "Has a Crush on You!" Happy Hour (August 22, 2007)

    Come join us Wednesday, August 22, 2007 for Happy Hour at PJs in Kirkwood at 5:30 P.M. Appetizers will be provided and your first drink is on us. Prost!

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    Strassenfest (August 3-5, 2007)


    Strassenfest volunteers

    Thanks to all our volunteers who made this weekend a success!

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    Opening of International Youth Fair with Samara in Stuttgart (May 7, 2007)


    From left to right Lord Mayor Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Stuttgart
    Susanne Evens, President St. Louis - Stuttgart Sister Cities, St. Louis
    General Consul for Russia Mr. Fedor V. Khorokhordin

    2007 St. Louis - Stuttgart Sister Cities Recipient (April 10, 2007)


    Julie Duke in Stuttgart
    Julie Duke received a $500 scholarship from SLSSC to help fund her recent trip to Germany. Julie writes:

    Hallo! This is Julie Duke from St. Louis. I'm now in Schwäbisch Hall! I've been here for about a week now. It really is gorgeous here, and I'm having tons of fun! Everyone is very nice.

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    Concertino Stuttgart (April 3-5, 2007)

    Concertino Stuttgart played at the Lee Theatre at UMSL, St. Peter and Paul Church in Soulard and the Sheldon Concert Hall.

    For those unable to listen to Concertino Stuttgart on April 3, 4 or 5, 2007, please visit the German Culture Center web site germanculturecenter.org.

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    Concertino Stuttgart

    Gala Winterball Karneval 2007 (February 10, 2007)

    Mark your calendars! Next year's Winterball will be held February 10, 2007. The Honorable Anna Mayer Beck & Mr. Randy Jackson, Anchor/ Reporter for Newschannel 5, are ... (Click here to read more)

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    Anna Meyer Beck and Randy Jackson


     
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