Linkages Picnic
Tuesday August 19, 5:30 – 8:30
Buckland Lodge
Bring a dish to pass,
Linkages will provide the main course
RSVP to trschueler@gmail.com

Linkages Awarded US-Russia Peer to Peer Dialogue Grant

Linkages of Rochester has learned that its application to the US-Russia Peer to Peer Dialogue program has been selected for funding. The program, administered by the US Embassy in Moscow, offers opportunities for Russian and American organizations to team up to work on projects of mutual importance and interest to both societies. Linkages will partner with the Family Center in Rochester’s sister city, Velikiy Novgorod to address a prevalent social problem in both US and Russian society: domestic violence. Over a one year period professionals, students and individuals whose lives have been affected by domestic violence will compare approaches and programs that can prevent domestic violence and that can offer hope for a life free from violence to victims. The year-long dialogue will take place through videoconferencing, e-mail and other long distance communications. The project will also include two in-person exchanges. A group from Velikiy Novgorod will visit Rochester in October and an American group will visit Novgorod in spring 2015. Other partners in the project include Novgorod State University and the College at Brockport.

Breton Dancing and a C47 Returns to Rennes

**** From our sister-sister-cities program *****
PUBLICITY_CITY_HALL_CONCERT_For_Ray_And_Mike_2_(2) fest_noz_2014_(1)Dear Friends,
This Friday, April 25th, the Rennes-Rochester Sister City Committee (RRSCC) in partnership with the Alliance Française will be hosting a Concert at City Hall from 12:00 – 1:30 PM by the Rochester Franco-American Choir in honor of the soldiers that fought and died in Normandy almost 70 years ago. With the D-Day anniversary rapidly approaching, our committee has also linked up with the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo. Their C-47 troop transport that once dropped paratroopers on St. Mere-Eglise will be leaving again from Geneseo in mid-May to take part in D-Day celebrations, including again dropping paras over Normandy on June 6th. More info can be found at their website at http://www.rtn2014.org/.
Our committee has asked the museum to extend their trip to Brittany. They have agreed to fly over and stop in Rennes on June 9th as guests of the Aeroclub de Rennes. Eric Beaty, my counterpart in Rennes, has cleared the decks to make this happen. He told me today that the mayors of Rennes and St. Jacques-de-la-Lande will be there to personally greet the pilot and her crew. He and his committee expect hundreds to be at the airport.
We are raising $3,000 to cover fuel and flight expenses. Thirty people at $100 each can get this done tomorrow. All donations, regardless of size, are tax-deductible, freely accepted and much appreciated. Please forward your check, made out to ISCOR and earmarked for the Return to Rennes to Mike Leach at City Hall, located at 30 Church Street in Rochester 14614.
That isn’t the end. At Nazareth College from 7:30-9:30 PM, the RRSCC will be co-hosting Fest Noz, an evening of Breton dancing. Information on that affair is attached and we urge everyone to celebrate with us. Please RSVP to Hannah Berry at hrb9451@rit.edu. (There is still time…)
Both Hannah and Dr. Mireille Le Breton, board members of the RRSCC, have done a superlative job in putting both programs together. Our thanks to them cannot be expressed enough. Dr. Le Breton also heads up the Maison Francaise and the Alliance Francaise of Rochester.
We look forward to seeing you this Friday and we thank you for your continued support.
Ray Griswold
Rennes-Rochester Sister City Committee


LeSavoy2013Linkages Board member, Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, has been awarded a faculty post to the 2014 summer session of the SUNY Stony Brook/ St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI).The St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI) is an advanced study program organized every July in St. Petersburg, Russia at St. Petersburg State University.  This year’s institute will be held July 14-August 1, 2014. Continue reading LINKAGES BOARD MEMBER AWARDED FACULTY POST AT ST. PETERSBURG INSTITUTE

President’s Letter, Spring 2014


It’s been a very rough time for US-Russian relations. It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago we were witnessing the spectacle and excitement of the Olympics in Sochi. The stunning figure skating performances, incredible skiing and snowboarding feats and exciting hockey games between global rivals were riveting. Russia put its national stamp on the winter Olympics, showcased Russian culture and history to the world and made its mark as a global player through hosting and competing in the Olympics. As the crisis in Ukraine unfolds, the tensions between countries threaten to spill over into sister-city relations.

It’s important to remember that one of the principles of Sister Cities International is that sister city organizations do not get involved in national politics. Continue reading President’s Letter, Spring 2014

Welcome, Marina Trofimova

Linkages_groupMarina Trofimova, teacher of English from Velikiy Novgorod, Russia arrived in Rochester for a three week stay on March 20. She will spend her time in the US visiting schools in the Rochester area to observe how instruction is delivered to students at different grade levels. Pictured above is Marina (on right front next to Russian flag), Linkages members and other American friends at a reception held in her honor organized by the Linkages Education Committee at the home of Michael Brundage and his husband, Colin Cofffey on March 22. Continue reading Welcome, Marina Trofimova