Sister Cities of Vandalia

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SISTER CITIES OF VANDALIA is a non-profit international organization dedicated to fostering global friendship, understanding, and communication, serving the Vandalia Butler Community in southwestern Ohio, USA. Sister Cities of Vandalia is a component of Sister Cities International begun by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as the "People to People" program. Today over 900 U.S. cities are paired with more than 1300 cities in 92 countries  worldwide. Vandalia joined SCI in 1975 when it signed Lichtenfels, Germany as its first Sister. After a tentative first visit by Lichtenfels' Fanfarenzug Band to our Bi-centennial Parade in 1976, the relationship evolved into a biennial exchange that becomes stronger with each visit.

In 1993 Vandalia signed as its second Sister City, Prestwick Scotland. An unusual factor in this new relationship is that Prestwick was already paired as a Sister City with Lichtenfels. By signing the partnership agreement with Vandalia, the three cities have created a unique triangular arrangement within Sister Cities International.

Sister Cities is an exciting way for local citizens to expand their cultural, civic and educational horizons. With more than 250 members, Sister Cities of Vandalia is comprised of citizens from all walks of life, cutting across religious, economic and political lines within the Vandalia-Butler community. Sister Cities brings people here at home closer together, as well as opening a window on the world.

Sister Cities of Vandalia, while sanctioned by the City of Vandalia, is wholly funded by the Vandalia Oktoberfest which falls on the first weekend after Labor Day each year. For 2014 the Oktoberfest will be September 5, 6, & 7.


On odd numbered years, an Official visit takes place between Vandalia and Lichtenfels. Either citizens of Vandalia make the trip to Germany, or in their turn, citizens of Lichtenfels come to the United States. During the visit guests stay in the homes of their hosts. The visit usually lasts about one week. Often people return to the same family again and again. A similar people-to-people exchange was begun with Prestwick in the Summer of 1993.

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Each year on the weekend following Labor day, an authentic German Oktoberfest is put on by Sister Cities of Vandalia. This three day event generates all the funds needed to host visitors from Lichtenfels and Prestwick, send exchange students to Lichtenfels, give the senior scholarships and a host of other community activities.

Why should you join Sister Cities?
  • Become involved in one of the best Sister Cities programs for cities under 50,000 people.
  • Learn about the customs and cultures of Germany and Scotland.
  • Participate in programs, trips and exchanges.
  • Be a volunteer Oktoberfest worker.
  • Serve as a Host for visitors from Lichtenfels and Prestwick.
  • Attend the monthly meetings and Gemuetlichkeit (social) hours.
  • Receive the monthly newsletter and calendar of events.
  • Learn to know your neighbors.
General meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00, at the Vandalia Senior Citizens Building on Tionda Drive in Vandalia.
Family membership is $20 per year and single membership is $10 per year.

Download a membership form.

For more information, contact Harvey Kimmel at (937) 901-6032

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