Fountain Hills Sister Cities

The Fountain Hills Sister Cities Corp is a community-based 501(c)3 or-ganization providing opportunities for the people of our area to develop relationships through volunteers who reach out to interact with citizens of our Sister Cities. We seek to achieve international understanding, cultural sensitivities, humanitarian efforts and encourage trade and tourism. This is ac-complished through cultural and student exchanges, educational pro-grams and community events.

Ataco

The colonial city of Ataco was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and is located in the mountain region of El Salvador called Ruta de las Flores (Route of the Flowers), which typifies the beautiful flora surrounding the coffee fields in the cooler mountains.  The coffee is sold to Starbucks, among may other firms, and the coffee is rated with less acid often blended and mixed with other coffees. 

 

Ataco has about 13, 000 people in the city and another 6,000 in outlying villages.  The city is known for its arts and many festivals and fairs.  Colorful dresses are seen and marimba music is heard throughout the festivities.  There are numerous French and Italian restaurant as well as boutique hotels in the city.

Dierdorf

Dierdorf is nestled in the Westerwald region of Germany.  Ruins of ancient civilizations are being discovered in monasteries , abandoned clay pits and basalt quarries.  Dierdorf  is known for its pottery works and ceramics museum, lush woodlands, small lakes and outdoor activities.

 

Approximately 4,000 people live in Dierdorf.  Residents prefer to live here and work in other communities.  Some 12,000 people have settled in the five towns that surround Dierdorf  - each unique in culture and customs of the Westwald.

Kasterlee

Kasterlee is located in northern Belguim, near Brussels and Antwerp.  It covers more than 21,000 acres and has more than 17, 000 residents.  The town is the result of the 1977 merger of the villages of Kasterlee, Lichtaart and Tielen.  Most of the people are fluent in Dutch, English, French and German.

 

The city is primarily residential and tourism is an important industry.  There are numerous restaurants, hotels and an amusement park.  A performing theater as well as libraries, art galleries and cultural centers are housed in Kasterlee.  Kasterlee was the first  Sister City for Fountain Hills in 2000.

Zamość

Zamość, a unique example of a Renaissance town in Central Europe,  was founded in the 16th century by the chancellor Jan Zamoysky.  It was built in accordance with the Italian theories of the “ideal town.”Zamość  is an outstanding example of an innovative approach to town planning in accordance with a consistently implemented Renaissance concept as can be seen through their high level of architectural and landscape values.

Board of Directors

 

Carol Carroll - President & Director​

Christine Colley - Treasurer, Dierdorf Committee Chair

Clayton Corey - Secretary & Director​

Elizabeth Matej-Horchem - Director, Zamość Committee Chair

Bogumil Horchem - Director

Estelle Mackey - Director 

Sharon Morgan - Director

Mike Scharnow - Director

Michael Suchanek - Youth Director

Scott Schlossberg - Director

What is a Sister City?

 

A Sister City is a broad-based, officially approved long-term part-nership between two com-munities in two countries. A Sister City relationship becomes official with a signing ceremony of the top-elected officials of the two local jur-isdictions, following approval by the local city councils. Sister City partnerships have the potential to carry out the widest possible diversity of activities.