In 2007 with the support and encouragement of Scottsdale Sister Cities Association Board of Directors, several high schools initiated student clubs focused on increasing international awareness and involvement of Scottsdale young people.
Since then the program has grown to six high schools that have International Clubs. Those high schools are: Arcadia High School, Chaparral High School, Coronado High School, Desert Mountain High School, Notre Dame Preparatory and Saguaro High School.
The Scottsdale Sister Cities Board has approved the formation of a student Junior Board. One representative of each International Club is a member. The purpose of the Junior Board is to coordinate student activities of the international clubs in Scottsdale and to help city wide events.
Each club has a full set of student officers who are elected in the spring of each year. Each club has one or more high school staff/faculty members who serve as club sponsors and/or advisors.
Members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale serve as mentors and volunteers to assist with organization of exciting international projects. Members of the Junior Board are the first to know about exchange trips that give students an opportunity to attend classes overseas, live with host families, establish international friends, and experience new cultures.
Scottsdale Sister Cities Association promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time. It strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. It motivates and empowers private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term sister city programs.
Scottsdale Sister Cities Association manages seven sister-city relationships for the City of Scottsdale – Alamos, Sonora, Mexico; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Interlaken, Switzerland; Haikou, Hainan, China; Marrakech, Morocco and Kenya.
Scottsdale Sister Cities Association Board members come with varied international business, consulting, educational, armed forces, governmental. cultural, community service and non-profit experiences.
Several members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale serve on the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association Board, including Craig Miller, Max Rumbaugh and Max Haechler.
Additionally, many local Rotarians mentor and assist the high school students with their international projects. For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations – visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.
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