At the close of World War II, international relationships had suffered and the global environment was tense. Responding to this tension, President Dwight Eisenhower proposed his “People-to-People” idea which stressed that developing personal, international relationships between people at all levels of society would rejuvenate global ties, lessening the chance of future world conflicts.
The National League of Cities was formed in the 1950s to put Eisenhower’s ideas into practice. Due to enormous growth and popularity of the mother organization, Sister Cities International (SCI) was established as a separate non-profit group in 1956. Today, SCI works to develops international relationships which promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.
In 1984, SCI’s Greenville chapter was formed to pursue Eisenhower’s dream of a peaceful planet. In today’s world, Eisenhower’s words are as crucial as ever. GSCI Past-President Tom Sowden said, “On the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, we are called once again to understand others and have them understand us.”
During its first decades, GSCI has worked to connect members of the Greenville community with citizens of its sister cities. Click on one of the cities below to learn more about its unique culture and relationship with the Greenville area.
President – Craig Lundgren
Vice President –
Secretary – Kristen Buch Warren
Treasurer – Stephen Shaughnessy
Communications – Lisa Rourk
City Program Directors
Bergamo, Italy – Josie Williams; Tamar Zwerdling; Catherine Hayes; Roger Varin, Sr
Kortrijk, Belgium – Stijn Van de Velde
Tianjin, Free-Trade Zone – Zhigang Tian
Clermont-Ferrand, France – Bill and Monique Glass; Nadia Price; Lisa Rourk
Roger Varin, Sr.
Dr. Roy Fluhrer
Robert Palmer (Youth Diplomacy)
Roger Varin, Sr.
Whitney Walters – ICU
Jane Cahaly – SC SCI
David Esch – International Taskforce
Julie Horton – City of Greenville
The Children’s Museum