Fountain Hills Sister Cities

The Fountain Hills Sister Cities Corp is a community-based 501(c)3 organization 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 accomplished through cultural and student exchanges, educational programs and community events.

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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 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.

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Zamość

Zamość, a unique example of a Renaissance town in Central Europe, was founded in the 16th century by chancellor Jan Zamoysky with state-of-the-art Italian architectural brilliance and is called the "ideal town" for its colorful venues, bustling amphitheaters, and long-lasting military history. The unique culture of Zamość continues to flourish, with beautiful plays, concerts, and dances that occur in the town square on a regular basis.

 

Zamość, with a population of 66,000, 4 high schools, a music school, and a Higher School of Vocational Education is home to numerous restaurants, theaters, symphonies, hotels, shopping mall - "Galeria", a beautiful city park and even a zoo.

 

Preserved as a UNESCO heritage site, Zamość and its surrounding areas are home to genial wildlife and forests of which are incredibly uncommon on the entire continent.  Business is booming with recent renovations of historical buildings and constant tourism, one can expect a very warm and hospitable welcome.

Board of Directors - 2021

 

Carol Carroll - President & Director​

Elizabeth Matej-Horchem - Vice President

Christine Colley - Treasurer, Dierdorf Committee Chair

Lisa Ristuccia - Recording Secretary and PenPal Coordinator ​

Luke Salzman - Director, Student Exchange coordinator

Suzanne Nann - Director Social Media

Rozanne Boryczki - Director, Ataco Fhair

Bogumil Horchem -  Zamość Committee Chair

Michal Suchanek - Director, Youth College Student Represntative for Exchange Students

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.