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Sister Cities of Jasper wins Award

Sister Cities of Jasper wins Award for Best Overall Program

(Jasper, Indiana) – Sister Cities of Jasper has won the Sister Cities International 2018 Award for Best Overall Program for a city with a population 10,000-25,000. The competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

“I am pleased with our Sister City program for all its endeavors and congratulate them on this prestigious award”, said Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz. Sandy Wehr of the Jasper’s Sister Cities program said, “We are very honored and believe this award is great for our Sister Cities partnership with Pfaffenweiler and other German cities”.

For many years, Sister Cities of Jasper has sponsored an exchange program through Jasper High School and partners in Poessneck (poes-neck) and Staufen, Germany. Sister Cities of Jasper also presents the annual German Heritage Award and an essay contest at Dubois County high schools which includes a scholarship to each winner.

The Stone Carver Group, a club under the umbrella of Sister Cities, teaches the art of stone carving learned from the master stone mason in Pfaffenweiler. Housed in the Dubois County Museum, the group works to restore old tombstones in Dubois County.  They showcase their skills at the Strassenfest and other festivals throughout the county.  Weddings, graduations and study continue to bring visitors between Jasper and Pfaffenweiler and plans for the 35th Anniversary Celebration of our Sister City Partnership are underway.  Jasper and Pfaffenweiler maintain contact through SKYPE and our citizen ambassadors.

“We all stand to learn from these superstar Sister City programs as they impact their communities across a broad range of sectors that include business entrepreneurship, youth leadership, and arts and culture,” said Roger-Mark De Souza, Sister Cities International’s President & CEO.


Founded as a Presidential Initiative by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for 500-member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries on six continents. The sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers who work tirelessly to promote the organizations’ mission of creating world peace and understanding through programs and projects focusing on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development.



Sister Cities of Jasper strives to promote and preserve the German Heritage in Jasper and Dubois County   while strengthening the partnership with Pfaffenweiler and promote the ideals of world peace and understanding through citizen diplomacy.