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Roselle Sister Cities Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Humanities

Mission: Our mission is to promote the Village of Roselle and build relationships with cities and people from other countries.

Results: Tree Reforestation Program Joan Domke and Leslie Rojek from the Roselle Sister Cities Association presented their donation check for a $1000.00 to the Village Board at the meeting on Monday, March 9th , 2020. The Tree Reforestation Program is making Roselle a green and beautiful town to live in. -------------------------------------------------------------------- For several weeks, Bochnia has an honorable street in Roselle, in its partner city in the USA. The modest ceremony of naming took place on November 12, while the Grand Opening was scheduled for February during the annual carni- In the year of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland, I dreamed of a Balthasan street in Roselle … The Committee for Affiliate Cities decided that it was a good idea, and that the same city authorities should be persuaded – Barbara relates in an interview with Bochnianin.pl Rajska-Kulig, a resident of Roselle with Bochnia roots (she emigrated from Bochnia to the USA in the late 1980s). The idea was presented to the mayor of Roselle and the city council there. In the end, the official decision was made and here it is! One of the streets in the center of the town bears the honorary name of “Bochnia Sister City Street”! At this point, it is worth clarifying that “honorary name” means an appropriate designation in the field (on special brown boards), but it does not involve bureaucratic consequences and, for example, change of addresses. Officially, it’s still Prospect Street. In Roselle, it is only the second such honorary name. By the way, an interesting solution, right? Prospect Street is located in the very center of the town – there is a town hall, local museum, police and fire brigade. The honorary name of “Bochnia Sister City Street” was given to her during the ceremony taking place on November 12, connecting the celebration of Poland’s regaining independence and American Veteran’s Day. Its grand opening will take place on February 2, 2019, during the annual carnival gala.

Target demographics: The Sister City program is an international movement to promote peace through partnership between communities using educational, cultural, humanitarian and governmental exchanges.

Geographic areas served: Roselle, IL

Programs: Roselle Sister Cities Scholarship The Roselle Sister Cities Scholarship offer of $1000.00 to a Lake Park student this spring has been postponed. With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the school year and students having classroom work off campus, the offer of our scholarship was unsuccessful. The Roselle Sister Cities Association Board voted to postpone the offer to a later date. Stay tuned as we will post the offer again. We look forward to more normal times and financially assisting a future Lake Park student in their continuing education choices.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Roselle Village Trustee, I know Roselle Sister Cities is not only a great organization for what it does to bridge people across the world, but also for what the Association does to give back to the community locally. I can’t wait to see the future Bridges that will be built - Germany next!

Lee Trejo, Roselle Village Trustee

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Roselle Sister City Association is an extraordinary nonprofit supported by dedicated individuals. It continues to make donations in support of community organizations and has helped bring guests to Roselle from sister city Bochnia, Poland for cultural and educational exchanges. Roselle Sister City Association has participated in local cultural celebrations such as the Rose Parade and Taste of Roselle. A recent event was held outdoors in Roselle, "Erntedankfest", to share the progress made in the search for a sister city in Germany. Opportunities are provided to form new friendships, share our hospitality and culture with our neighbors at home and internationally. This fosters a peaceful understanding of who we are and how much we are alike.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I've learned as co-chair of the German Committee over the past year, it is one thing to secure a Sister Cities partnership, yet quite another to sustain true efforts in fostering a robust and lifelong relationship. Through their 20 plus year partnership with Bochnia, Poland. RSCA has done an exceptional job in setting the highest standard for the German and Italian Sister Cities Committees. Through thoughtfully planned fundraisers and the efforts of both committee and community members, many Bochnia high schoolers have been afforded the opportunity to visit Roselle and to enjoy the U S. cultural and educational experience. They remain integral to the fabric of Roselle's history and culture and are visible at many local events promoting the tried and true RSCA values of peaceful and positive foreign relations through cultural exchange, void of political agendas. Thank you to the RSCA for nurturing the "arms wide open" community that Roselle is and remains.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the Mayor of Roselle, I would like to personally thank the Roselle Sister Cities Association for their continuous generosity to our community. I admire that they are always looking for new and innovative ways to grow their membership to adopt other ethnic sister cities and also for the relationship that they have formed with Roselle's first Sister City Bochnia, Poland. It is with great expectation that I look forward to the Roselle Sister Cities Association's next endeavors. I know that whatever it will be, many will benefit from their hard work and dedication. Again, thank you to the Village of Roselle's Sister Cities Association!

Mayor Andrew J "Andy" Maglio

Principato

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nonprofits offer the opportunity to change the world or to help neighbors in a local community. The Roselle Sister Cities Association does just that and more. Committee members work tirelessly to promote peace and understanding through exchanges that focus on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development. The considerable efforts of these dedicated volunteers bring to life the citizen diplomacy that is at the heart of the Roselle and the sister cities mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to be involved with the Roselle Sister Cities Association as a member of the committee searching for a German Sister City. We are excited to follow the excellent example set by the Polish committee who have had an ongoing, active relationship with Bochnia, Poland for 20 plus years. The cultural and educational exchanges that Roselle has had with Bochnia haas helped to build world peace and cultural awareness. The group is a stand out in our community, participating in many community events such as the Annual Rose Fest, the annual Rose parade and The Taste of Roselle. The group donates locally as well as in conjunction with the Sister City in Poland. We are fortunate to have this group representing our town in such a positive way in the world.

4 David P.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Roselle Sister Cities has continued to be an active organization in our town for decades. They have fostered great dialogue and fellowship that transcends our national boundaries. I’m excited to see how the group continues to grow and remain relevant to our community for years to come!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Roselle Sister Cities Association is a wonderful non-profit organization. They maintain a very active relationship with their Polish Sister City Bochnia and are in search of a Sister City in Italy and Germany to connect with their roots. They donate locally to good causes and host cultural exchanges with their Sister City.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Roselle Sister Cities Association continues to create and enjoy cultural connections with other international communities. Our principal activities include creating and growing social relationships with communities in Poland, Germany and Italy. Roselle, located in the western suburbs of nearby Chicago, Illinois, offers a rich variety of educational, business and cultural experiences. The Roselle Sister Cities Association consists of several volunteers who are involved in Roselle with several leadership responsibilities. Our goal is to learn and grow and to connect with others around the world who share similar interests.
David W Smith

5 Dan H.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rosella Sister cities is super active non profit. They are involved in every public event that the city holds and are always enthusiastically promoting quality cultural exchange with Bochnia Poland. My family has never missed out on a chance to purchase sweet corn at their tent at the Taste of Roselle (except this year with covid) Every person in the organization is looking to give back and share a polish experience. Sister cities constantly donates locally and to their sister city Bochnia financially and culturally.

6

Advisor

Rating: 5

Great not for profit. I have enjoyed working with the board members and found them to be be dedicated public servants. Willing to promote both the interests of their community and the sister cities. Plus their efforts are highly educational for the children. Kenneth Johnson

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Roselle Sister Cities Association is a great nonprofit that embodies culture, family, values, and community. It is a great way to get in touch with your roots and work with others that have a similar bond. There are three great committee's including German, Polish, and Italian. Roselle is wonderful town to live and RSCA brings you closer to members of your community that you may not have otherwise known. They donate locally and bring guests to our town from Bochnia for cultural as well as education exchange.

19 Mateusz I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was one of the beneficiaries of the initiative back in 2008 when I was a student of a middle high school in Bochnia, Poland - the Sister City. Thanks to the Roselle Sister Cities Association I was able to come to Roselle and spent three weeks in the village. I attended classes at the west campus of Lake Park High School, and experienced American culture and hospitality. This stay had a profound impact on my future plans and life, and to this day it remains as a link between Roselle and Bochnia.

8 Beata I. W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Short of relocating to another country, there's no better substitute for learning about and experiencing other cultures than Sister Cities programs. And Roselle's volunteers have the experience and knowledge to pull it off better than anyone, orchestrating events to share the things that matter the most: food, music, and dancing!
They really do enrich the lives of those interested in understanding the residents of another country.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Roselle Sister Cities was established in 2003. It was founded on the idea of bringing peace to the world one friendship at a time. Formal agreements between Bochnia, Poland and Roselle were signed and a peace pole was erected in each city, commemorating the event. Written in several languages it says, "let peace prevail on earth."
Many personal exchanges have taken place, especially those involving students.
Roselle Sister Cities had numerous fund raising events to financially assist students from Bochnia traveling to Roselle.
Students were chosen from academic and artistic contest winners. Due to the corona virus, their fund raising activities are severely limited.
-Carolyn Dawley

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Roselle Sister Cities Association is a gem in the community! They foster great relations and understanding across international borders. Everyone gets to feel a renewed sense of pride in their own country, as they show off and share the things that feel most special to them, whether it is the food, the music, the dancing, the holidays, and more. They also broaden the experience and understanding of their residents for another country. It is vital to create these relationships that allow some to remain connected to their roots and others to grow beyond what they are already comfortable with. We always need opportunities to learn how we are more similar to people from other lands, than we are different.

They have also been generous members of their community, going out of their way to raise funds to support the disabled, the veterans, the hungry and more. I wish them many more years of success!

8 Barbara Rendall H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Roselle Sister Cities Association's mission is to promote the Village of Roselle and build relationships with cities and people from other countries. We initiate and establish direct contact with a country’s citizens, sharing and exchanging our culture, history & youth education, improving understanding & respect between people from other countries, exchanging our values in life and assisting with community challenges. The Association also promotes local, state, and national programs for international and municipal organizations, and connects local businesses to foster economic growth.

Each year, the association makes charitable contributions to the community. Past donations have included gifts to:
Polish Museum of America
Stepping Stones (Women escaping Domestic Violence)
Trinity Adult Day Care Center
Roselle Library Foundation
American Legion Post 1084
Roselle Lions Club
Roselle History Museum
United Methodist Church of Roselle Food Pantry
Village of Roselle (Reforestation)
and more.