Coming Events

April 2 - 5:30 pm Thistle Ball

April 5 - 11:30 am Annual Meeting Sarasota - Yacht Club

Apr 20 - 4:00 pm Presentation on Polynesian Cultures of the South Pacific followed by a Meet and Greet

April 30 - May 1 - DragonBoat Race and AsiaFest

May 6th to 8th - Pentathlon World Cup

May 21 - Florida Studio Theater: Young Playwrights Festival

Aug 1-12 - Dunfermline, Scotland trip

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We look forward to seeing you at the events.

Annual Meeting / Annual Report

Election of Officers

11:30 am Tuesday April 5, 2015 

Sarasota Yacht Club
Address: 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone:(941) 365-4191

The luncheon will open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The meeting will commence at noon and will be chaired by President Beth Ruyle-Hullinger.

The agenda for the meeting include the Annual Report by the President, the distribution of the Revised Bylaws, and the Nomination and Election of Officers.

RSVPs, meal selection and $25 payment are requested by April 1, 2016 to meet requirements of the Sara Bay Country Club. All meals coffee, tea or soda; cash bar is also available.

RSVP to 
Gail Sanderson (
with your menu choice.

at the

Sarasota Yacht Club
1100 John Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota 34236

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Menu Choices:  (choose one)

#1 Chicken Florentine, with vegetable, potato/rice & dessert

#2 Chef’s Salad & dessert

#3 Vegetarian – Chef’s Selection - & dessert
Payment & Notification of Menu Choices:
Send check for $25 to Sarasota Sister Cities, 1565 First St., Sarasota, FL 34236 and email Gail Sanderson ( with your menu choice
Pay online for luncheon at and click on Payments in the menu bar and pay.  Then email Gail Sanderson ( with your menu choice

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The Caledonian Club of Sarasota invites you to join them at the 30th Anniversary "Thistle Ball": 

Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 5:30 PM 
Venetian Golf & River Club
502 Veneto Boulevard, North Venice
$60,- per person, RSVP by March 18
For info contact: Mary Ellen at:

Sarasota Sister Cities Association

April Presentation

Polynesian Cultures of the South Pacific 

Raymond A. Young

The central Pacific Ocean was colonized by some of the greatest Navigators of all time, the Polynesians. The Polynesian triangle is defined by Hawaii, New Zealand & Easter Island, and includes Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti & the Marquesas. 

Originally contacted by Captain James Cook during his three voyages to the region and the location of the Mutiny on the Bounty, fascinating stories abound from the region. The origins and unique culture of the Polynesians will be described, including their customs, ceremonies, food, & materials. Finally, the dramatic effect of European & American contact & occupation on the population and culture of the Polynesians will be revealed.

4:00 pm  April 20, 2016

Audubon Nature Center

Celery Fields, 999 Center Rd & Palmer Blvd, Sarasota

A Wine & Cheese Meet & Greet will follow immediately after the presentation at the same location.

For further Information, Contact: Ray Young, Sarasota Sister Cities Assn, phone: 941-227-7509 at the same location for a small donation of $5.00 to SCAS.

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Sarasota Festival of New Plays - Young Playwrights Festival May 21, 2016




The City of Sarasota will welcome students from Sarasota Sister Cities who won a playwriting competition connected to the Florida Studio Theatre. The Florida Studio Theatre accepts plays written by students from all over the United States plus Sarasota’s Sister Cities. The winning plays are performed by The Florida Studio.

The students’ plays will be performed Saturday, May 21, 2016. More information will be provided shortly.

For more information about the “Write a Play Program” at Florida Studio Theatre 

Photos from previous Young Playwright Festivals

Sarasta Mayor Suzanne Atwell meets with the Young Playwrights group.

Sarasota Sister Cities viewed a number of plays written by students, including students from our Sister Cities of Tel Mond, Israel, Vladimir, Russia, and Dunfermline, Scotland.  The young playwrights from Tel Mond and Dunfermline were in Sarasota and signed autographs. The cast and creative director provided outstanding performances.

Young Playrights from left to right
Aleksandra, Kara, Clare, Ori

Ori and Bill Wallace

Ori, Camy, Kara, and Aleksandra