about us

World peace through global people-to-people relationships

OUR MISSION & HISTORY

Aspen Sister Cities is a nonprofit organization run by a Board of Directors. Our mission is to share ideas and cultures through the international exchange of students and community members from Aspen and its sister cities. We support the Sister Cities International mission statement of promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation- one individual, one community at a time.

The Aspen Sister Cities program began in 1966 with a relationship with Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Germany. In 1985 Mayor Bill Stirling and the council established the Aspen Sister Cities Committee. Relationships with six more cities were subsequently established (Shimukappu, Japan-  Queenstown, New Zealand- Chamonix, France- Bariloche, Argentina- Abetone, Italy- Davos, Switzerland).

Affiliations between cities throughout the world began after WWII. Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House summit on citizen diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts. Today, this network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in nearly 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries.

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our sister cities:

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jill Sheeley

President

Betsy Ann Anastas

Vice- President

Morris Hogan

Treasurer

(Vacant)

Secretary

The Aspen Sister Cities committee meets at 5pm the second Thursday of every month in the Sister Cities room of the City Hall.

Due to the Covid pandemic, we are hosting our meetings via Zoom. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact us at: info@aspensistercities.com

SISTER CITIES COORDINATORS

Abetone - Italy

Abetone - Italy

Jill Sheeley

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Bariloche - Argentina

Bariloche - Argentina

Griff Smith  // Lala Caffarone

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Chamonix - France

Chamonix - France

John Armstrong

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Davos - Switzerland

Davos - Switzerland

Karinjo DeVore

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Garmisch - Germany

Garmisch - Germany

Betsy Ann Anastas

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Queenstown - New Zeland

Queenstown - New Zeland

Jill Sheeley

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Shimukappu - Japan

Shimukappu - Japan

Kamala Marsh 

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STUDENT EXCHANGE COORDINATORS

STUDENT EXCHANGE COORDINATORS

Kamala Marsh- Maria Carbonetti- Sarah Graber- Satya Leidner
(Middle School)

Jill Sheeley (High School)

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ASPEN CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

Ward Hauenstein

SNOWMASS TOWN COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

Alyssa Shenk

In the News // 

First Virtual Student Exchange between Aspen and Bariloche was a success!

First Virtual Student Exchange between Aspen and Bariloche was a success!

In spite of a pandemic, the objective for the Aspen-Bariloche Virtual Exchange was to find a way in which the students from Aspen, as well.. Read More →
Robert Christensen DDS PC, “Wonderful friendships have grown through this exchange”

Robert Christensen DDS PC, “Wonderful friendships have grown through this exchange”

My name is Robert Christensen and I am a practicing dentist in Aspen, Colorado.  I have been lucky to be able to participte.. Read More →
Representatives of  Bariloche and Aspen Chambers discuss tourism in the time of Covid

Representatives of Bariloche and Aspen Chambers discuss tourism in the time of Covid

Since Aspen is emerging from its summer/fall seasons and Bariloche is entering its spring/summer seasons we were able to share some of our.. Read More →
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support our mission

To support the Sister City International mission statement of
promoting peace through mutual respect. understanding,
& cooperation – One individual, one Community at a
time by facilitating exchanges between Aspen Sister Cities.