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WIJSF and Lauderhill Jazz

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John Beckford, Joel Leshinsky, Mayor Richard Kaplan, Joan Cartwright, Sharon Brooks, Eula Murray-Hylton

On October 24, 2010, Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. presented Parkway Middle School of the Performing Arts Jazz Band led by Melton Mustafa, Jr. and Vocal Ensemble led by Lorna Lesperance, through a grant from Broward Cultural Division, and sponsored by the City of Lauderhill, Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce, Dwight Stephenson Construction and Total Orthopedic. The event was attended by WIJSF members, chamber members, vendors, including the Gold Coast Jazz Society and Jamaica Air, plus a multitude of Lauderhill residents and those from other cities around the county.

Joel Leshinsky, Tracy Fields, Roberta Young

Above, Joel Leshinsky with Mistress of Ceremony was Tracy Fields of WLRN 91.3 FM radio and Roberta Young of Gold Coast Jazz Society

Also in concert were Eugene Grey & Company, Sons of My-Stro and Joan Cartwright & Jazz Hotline.

Lorna Lesperance conducts Parkway Middle School Vocal Ensemble

On January 25, 2012, Parkway Middle School Jazz Band and Vocal Ensemble will perform the music of community composers, through a second grant to WIJSF from Broward Schools Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS). The compositions, arranged by Dr. Malcolm Black (BCC Jazz Band Leader for 20 years), are by Joan Cartwright, Jus’ Cynthia, Art Wilson, Robin Avery and Paul Banman.

This concert will take place at Broward Center for the Performing Arts from 10 – 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Attendees must be on a guest list for these performances that are closed to the public and attended by students from Broward Schools and their teachers.


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November 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Great Sister City Accomplishments

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The Sun-Sentinel printed several blurps on what South Florida Sister City organizations are doing for their worldwide sister cities.

From our own Sister City organization came this news:

Lauderhill Sister Cities collects books for Haiti
By Michael d’Oliveira ( August 17, 2011
Djenane Gourgue came to the United States from Pétionville, Haiti in 1989. But the school she attended and much of the city she left behind are no longer there. “My school was wiped out,” Gourgue said. The school may be gone but its students still need to learn. To help students in Pétionville continue their education, Lauderhill Sister Cities International is organizing a book drive. Gourgue, vice president of Lauderhill Sister Cities, came up with the idea. Books, she said, are not something students in Haiti can take for granted.

To read about all the accomplishments, visit this link:

Fiuggi-Lauderhill Twinning Report

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Lauderhill Sister Cities


To:           Lauderhill Sisters Cities Board of Directors

From:      Joan Cartwright, Board Member

Date:       August 20, 2011

Re:           Report onFiuggi,Italy

Dear Board of Directors:

Attached is correspondence between Patricia Chiti of Donne in Musica and me, plus the two emails that I received from Mayor Kaplan, while he and his wife were in Fiuggi, Italy, in June. The Mayor’s emails were copied to members of the City’s staff, as well. They sum up what took place between Mayors Kaplan and Martini of Fiuggi, Italy, and serve as my report on Mayor Kaplan’s visit to this city that is being considered for a twinning withLauderhill.

I have no further information about this trip. Perhaps, Mayor Kaplan has more to report.

Thank you,

Joan Cartwright

Executive Director


Sunday, August 21, 2011, 10:00 AM


Thanks for your message below. Though I work on staying very positive, I realize the world is in a financial dilemma. Money is not flowing like it was in the 1990s, when I traveled to and lived inEurope. However, I keep the dream close to my heart that I will get there sooner than later. This year is almost over, but I do believe 2012 will offer greater opportunities for us all.

I trust you are feeling better these days.

Our Sister Cities Board is interested in this twinning. Let’s see how it all progresses.

Love and Music,

Joan Cartwright
Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.

Lauderhill Sister Cities Board Member


Sunday, August 21, 2011, 3:50 AM

Dear Joan

We hope you get here at some time too. Yesterday, I saw our Mayor who was very enthusiastic about the visit from your Mayor and showed me a beautiful “memento” of the visit that had been sent by the Mayor’s wife who is an excellent photographer.

All best wishes

Patricia Adkins Chiti

Donne in Musica


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Just met with Mayor Martini again, along with a Commissioner, and another Mayor and Commissioners of the adjoining city.  There was a lot of interest in the Incubator Program and the Enterprise Zone.

We also spoke about sports matters particularly golf.  There have a really nice course here, and they are interested in Inverrary’s.  Don’t know where that might go, but there was a lot of talk with a visit being considered to Florida.

Music and art were discussed too.

They are also into tourism, and thought about doing some sort of travel workshop in our area to encourage tour operators to stop in Fiuggi (which is pronounced Fu-jee).  Now that would go beyond Lauderhill, but that would be fine.  It really is a nice place that Lynn and I would recommend people come to for a variety of things.  I’ll talk more about that when we return.

I advised that we need to work out as many details that we can before they travel to make their trip worthwhile.  I think that each interested party will have to develop their area and work with whoever we can work it out with.  So there was a lot of positive action with a interest in being a Sister City.  I think that the common programs have to worked out before twining.

Mayor Kaplan


Mayor Kaplan and Mayor Martini - June 24, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lynn and I met with Mayor Martini over lunch and had a very nice meeting with him.  He speaks English, but no one else does.  He also does not read his own email.  Therefore, in the future, anything sent to him must be in Italian to reach him.

I presented him with the materials I given to me from Lauderhill and spoke to him about our programs.  There is quite a lot that interested him, particularly the art exchange and possibly the International Business Incubator Program.  Tourism is a major industry here, and his biggest exporter and local business is Fiuggi Water.  It is very famous and very good.  You actually get it from the tap and it is a natural mineral water.  It maybe available in the NY area.

He will be speaking with the company to see if they are interested in exploring South Florida.  Our program may be a way for them to enter that market.

Fiuggi is a beautiful town, and though it is not well known, is a place Lynn and I would recommend a visit to for a few days for someone coming into this area.

Lynn and I expect to meet with the Mayor again tomorrow night for a social engagement and see where it may go.

Lynn has taken quite a few pictures which she will be providing to the city, including photos that can be used in the Spotlight.

Thanks for all the help.

Mayor Kaplan

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August 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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Meet our Chairpersons – and Join a committee

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By City

Suzano, Brazil:                                       Joseph Mustipher

Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago:    Rafiek Mohamed

Falmouth, Jamaica:                              Judi Hamilton    

Petion-Ville, Haiti:                                Djenane Gourgue


By Commitee

Fundraising/Memberships Committee           Ouida McDonald

Special Events Committee                                  Richard Campbell

Cultural Program & Exchanges Committee     Joan Cartwright

Professional and Technical Committee             Djenane Gourgue

Trade and Commerce Committee                     Manny Torres

Public Relation Committee                                Judi Hamilton


Please advise what in committee you would like to serve and at what capacity.

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July 14, 2011 at 3:04 am

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Book Drive

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July 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Member/Interest Form

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Lauderhill Sister City


Make check payable to:
Lauderhill Sister Cities International
5581 W. Oakland Park Boulevard
Lauderhill, FL 33311

Annual membership fee paid in excess of $10 is tax-deductible

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June 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Lauderhill Sister Cities and Board of Directors

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The Sister Cities of Lauderhill, Florida are:

1. Suzano, Sao Paolo, Brazil
2. Chaguanas, Caroni, Trinidad-Tobago
3. Gemlik, Bursa, Turkey
4. Falmouth, Trelawney, Jamaica
5. Petionville, Haiti

On June 24-25, 2011, Mayor Richard Kaplan will visit Fiuggi, Italy, to discuss the twinning of that city.

Look forward to regular updates of this blog. You are encouraged to join Lauderhill Sister Cities in an effort to create and promote business and cultural exchanges for the future. The Board meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at at 6:00 p.m. at Lauderhill City Hall, 5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313. Regular Members meet the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the same location.

Board of Directors
Rafiek Mohammad, President
Djenane Gourgue, Vice President
Judi Hamilton, Treasurer
Ouida McDonald, Secretary

All the best,
Joan Cartwright
Board Member

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May 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm