Scottsdale Sister Cities elects new president

Kathy (submitted photo)

Kathy George (submitted photo)

Kathy George of Paradise Valley has been elected as president of the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association.

Ms. George joined SSCA in 2012, after a long career with the Arizona Education Association. Before assuming her position as president of Scottsdale Sister Cities, Ms. George headed up SSCA’s Membership and Alamos committees, according to a press release.

“In a time when the world scene is depressing and overwhelming, it’s vital that we find ways to do some personal diplomacy,” stated Ms. George in the release. “Our mission is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one person, one community at a time.”

Sister Cities International was founded in 1956 following a White House conference on citizen diplomacy led by the late U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He envisioned an organization that could be the hub of peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world. U.S. cities that form Sister Cities organizations form relationships with cities around the world.  Those relationships include cultural and educational exchanges, as well as business and economic development.

Scottsdale Sister Cities was formed in 1969 and has about 150 members. Its membership is not confined to Scottsdale residents.  With support of the city of Scottsdale, SSCA has relationships with:  Alamos, Mexico; Cairns, Australia; Kingston, Canada; Interlaken, Switzerland; Haikou, China, Marrakech, Morocco; Killarney, Ireland; and Uasin Gishu, Kenya.

Recent SSCA highlights include a visit from Kenyan medical leaders, an exchange trip to Marrakech, Morocco  by Scottsdale high school students, and an exchange trip by Swiss students to Scottsdale, the release stated.

For more information on Scottsdale Sister Cities, go to or call 480-945-0384.

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