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The Clarksville Sister Cities Initiative began in January 1998 when a group of interested members of the Clarksville community joined together to seek an overseas community with which to affiliate. Clarksville now has two Sister Cities - one in England and one in France. We are building new friendships and new understanding of people, not only in these two countries but all over the world.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clarksville Sister Cities Association is educational, cultural, and social. We hope to encourage the people of Clarksville and Southern Indiana to acquire a consciousness of people of similar cities in foreign countries, and to understand each other as individuals, as community members, and as part of the family of nations.

What sorts of things do Sister Cities groups do?

Our Sister Cities initiative can provide opportunities for:
  • Our citizens to build personal relationships through youth and adult exchange visits and participation in social and cultural opportunities.

  • Municipal and community problem solving through projects that connect our business, government and community leaders with their counterparts in another country.

  • Engaging our students and adults in international affairs through cross-cultural experiences, and citizen diplomacy.

  • Greater understanding of others' culture, history and government.

For more information regarding Clarksville Sister Cities call or email Anita Elliott-Neeld at
(812) 283-1504 or


Board of Directors

Orrie Bender
Arzelie Berouard
Trish Fraser
Catherine Goforth
Pam Halter
Greg Isgrigg
Shannon Kopf
Nancy Kraft
Jennifer Ray


Our Sister Cities

Bewdley, England
Bewdley, England
Bewdley, England
Bewdley, a town of about 11,000 people, is located on the River Severn in Worcestershire. The town was first granted a charter by King Edward IV in 1472. The charter provided independence and allowed the town to raise its own income, manage, and police itself in exchange for loyalty to the crown. The River Severn was an important trade route, and for some time in history, Bewdley was the second largest town in England.

Website: Bewdley, England

La Garenne-Colombes, France
La Garenne-Colombes, France
La Garenne-Colombes, France
La Garenne-Colombes is a town of about 19,000 people in the Hauts-de-Seine district 10 miles from Paris. Although the "warren of Colombes" had been mentioned as far back as 1240, it wasn't until the late 1880's that a village was created here. The town grew and in 1910 obtained its independence from Colombes.

La Garenne is a town full of activity and opportunities for its citizens. The many public gardens, a warm town center, and clever town-planning have made La Garenne inviting to both residents and visitors.

Website: La Garenne-Colombes, France

History of Sister Cities


  • The seventh Pub Night was held on Presidents' Day at St. Anthony school cafeteria. The fish 'n chips prepared and served by St. Anthony Men's' Club; wine and beer tasting provided by The Keg; and the challenging trivia questions researched by Martha Voll and Jane Sarles all created a fun evening for participants.
  • No students traveled to La Garenne-Colombes this year. This was probably due to the cancellation of last fall's visit from La Garenne students as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
  • The annual meeting was held August 19, prior to the Town Council meeting.


  • The sixth annual Pub Night was held in February. The evening included a fish 'n chips dinner deliciously prepared by the St. Anthony Men's Club, beer and wine tasting provided by Todd Antz at The Keg, door prizes, and challenging team trivia with questions created by Jane Sarles and Martha Voll.
  • Nine students and two chaperones from Southern Indiana spent eight days in La Garenne-Colombes, France over Spring Break. They were hosted by families in La Garenne and visited many sites including the Eiffel Tower and Normandy.
  • Several members of Sister Cities celebrated Bastille Day in July at Louis le Français in New Albany, enjoying French cuisine amidst authentic French atmosphere.
  • Hurricane Sandy interfered with the planned visit from La Garenne-Colombes students to Southern Indiana. Their flight from France was cancelled, and no other arrangements could be made during their school break time frame. Needless to say there were a lot of disappointed students on both sides of the Atlantic.


  • Fifth annual Pub Night with fish 'n chips and team trivia was held in February
  • Five students representing four different schools traveled with two chaperones to La Garenne - Colombes for Spring Break in March staying with host families in La Garenne
  • Celebrated Bastille Day at the Bristol Bar and Grill in Jeffersonville with French wine and cuisine
  • Fifteen students and two chaperones spent 10 days in the area, staying with host families and visiting local attractions
  • The second European Market Day was held in October in conjunction with the student visit
  • Donated to the Assumption High School scholarship fund in honor of Rosette Rosckes, deceased board member


  • Worked with two classes at Indiana University Southeast for ideas on increasing participation and improving publicity and marketing for Sister Cities
  • Fourth Pub Night was postponed due to a winter storm; held in March
  • Thirteen students traveled with two chaperones to La Garenne-Colombes, France for a nine-day visit, staying in French students' homes
  • A delegation of nine Sister Cities members traveled to La Garenne-Colombes, France to share in the celebration of their centennial
  • On Bastille Day, July 14, 30 people gathered at the Bristol in Jeffersonville for an evening of French wine and cuisine
  • A new golf event was held at Wooded View Golf Course in September with a putting contest and closest to the pin contest
  • The annual meeting was held in conjunction with the golf event at Wooded View
  • Nine members traveled to Bewdley, England in September to experience the Ryder Cup in Wales and visit other areas in and around Bewdley
  • Twelve students and two chaperones from La Garenne-Colombes, France participated in the fifth visit to Southern Indiana in October
  • In honor of our two Sister Cities, a European Market Day was held in October, providing an opportunity for vendors to show their wares; customers enjoyed a beautiful day, beautiful crafts, and a delicious pancake breakfast


  • The third Pub Night and Trivia Contest was held in February at St. Anthony School with St. Anthony Men's Club cooking the meal
  • Received funding support from Clarksville Town Council for three years
  • Eight students and two chaperones traveled from Southern Indiana to La Garenne-Colombes, France for a nine-day visit
  • Annual meeting was held at Clarksville Town Hall with a presentation from student travelers
  • Twelve students and two chaperones from La Garenne-Colombes visited the Southern Indiana area for 10 days


  • Twelve delegates from La Garenne-Colombes visited Clarksville for the official signing of the agreement between our two communities
  • Sixteen students and two chaperones visited La Garenne-Colombes, France during spring break
  • Second Pub Night with Trivia Contest was held in February
  • Ten visitors from Bewdley were in town to experience the Ryder Cup being held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville and to see other sites in the area
  • The annual meeting was held at Wooded View Golf Course in conjunction with the Clarksville International Invitational golf event
  • Fourteen students and two chaperones visited Southern Indiana in October being hosted in area student homes


  • A group of seven people visited Bewdley during the Bewdley Festival; a portion of the Carnegie Center for Arts and History Underground Railroad exhibit - quilts by Penny Sisto - were displayed at the festival; Laura Wilkins, from the Carnegie Center gave a presentation about the exhibit.
  • Declaration by Town Council of official Sister City relationship with La Garenne-Colombes, France.
  • Delegation of 11 visited La Garenne-Colombes for the official signing.
  • Plans begin for Ryder Cup activities in Clarksville for September 2008.
  • Group of 10 students and two chaperones travel from Clarksville to La Garenne in March.
  • Group of 15 students and two chaperones spend nine days in Southern Indiana in October.
  • First Pub Night with a trivia contest is held in February.
  • A Bastille Day dinner was held at The Bistro in New Albany in July.


  • Bewdley Twinning Association president, Ken Bell, and his wife, Janice, visited the area in March.
  • As a result of the visit, plans began for an exhibit from the Carnegie Center for Art and History Underground Railroad to be sent to the Bewdley Festival in October 2007.
  • A group of nine students and two chaperones from La Garenne-Colombes spend nine days in Clarksville and Southern Indiana hosted by families in the area.


  • Group of five students with chaperone visited La Garenne-Colombes in March.
  • Continued communication with both towns.
  • Formed Friendship link with La Garenne-Colombes, France


  • Began communication with La Garenne-Colombes, France, a suburb of Paris.
  • Declaration by Town Council of official Sister City relationship with Bewdley, England.
  • Group of seven traveled to Bewdley in September for official signing of Sister City agreement.
  • Stopover at La Garenne-Colombes to formalize communications.
  • Visit from Philippe Juvin, mayor of La Garenne-Colombes, and Jean Mainz, president of La Garenne-Colombes Twinning Association, in October.


  • Hosted nine visitors from Bewdley for a week-long visit in May.
  • Welcomed Frank Baillie, mayor of Bewdley for a day-long visit in June.
  • Established a formal Friendship Link with Bewdley.
  • Continued efforts to find another European partner.
  • Received research help from an Indiana University Southeast political science class for this search.
  • Began work on student exchange program and other efforts to encourage student interest in international affairs.


  • Created a Sister Cities web site linked to the Town of Clarksville site.
  • Participated in activities at the Clarksville Lewis & Clark Festival.
  • Facilitated building of showcases in the Town Hall to spotlight Sister Cities and the Clarksville Historical Society. Created a Sister Cities display for the Town Hall atrium.
  • Participated in the Indiana University Southeast International Fair, sharing our activities.
  • Sponsored the Sister Cities International art competition at Clarksville High School.
  • Created a quilt depicting Clarksville history and locals sites of interest.
  • Worked on an innovative three-way Friendship Link with Bewdley and Melton Mowbray.
  • Began the process of looking for a Sister City on the continent of Europe. Received research help from the French II class at Clarksville High School.

2000 - 2001

  • Twenty citizens traveled to Melton Mowbray and Bewdley to establish Friendship links.
  • Clarksville High School participates in the Sister Cities International art competition.
  • The Clarksville branch of the Jeffersonville Township Public Library becomes a Sister Millennium Library with Melton Mowbray.
  • A Clarksville Sister Cities Association Constitution and By-Laws are created and the first annual meeting is held.


  • After more detailed communication Swords, Chipping Campden, and St. Neots determined they would not be able to sustain a relationship with Clarksville.
  • Sister Cities shared with the community what had been accomplished and received continuing support from the Town Council.
  • Continued communication via e-mail and postal service with the two communities in England, Bewdley and Melton Mowbray.
  • Sent a packet of materials about Clarksville and the surrounding area to the two towns.
  • Began effort to increase funds through:
    - Membership drive, including corporate support through founding member program
    - Town Council budgetary support
  • Shared our mission and accomplishments through presentations as schools, clubs, and other interest groups.


  • The existing connections do not provide a potential partner, so the group decides to seek an English-speaking community similar in size to Clarksville.
  • Created a community profile to send to prospective cities.
  • Researched possible cities on the Internet.
  • Contacted 10 cities and received five positive responses:
    - Swords, Ireland
    - Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England
    - St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, England
    - Bewdley, Worcestershire, England
    - Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England


  • An organizational meeting was held with seven people attending.
  • The group determined existing connections that could be used in the search including:
    - Companies in our community with international markets, offices, or affiliations
    - Suburbs of Louisville's Sister Cities that might be interested in connecting with Clarksville
    - Regional alliance with other cities in Southern Indiana
    - Sister Cities International list of cities seeking partners


  • Interested community members met with Town Council President Bob Popp regarding establishing a sister city relationship between Clarksville and a town in another country.
  • Clarksville became a member of Sister Cities International.
  • Clarksville consulted with the director of Sister Cities of Louisville for ideas on how to proceed.
  • A mailing was sent to businesses and organizations in Southern Indiana inviting representatives to an organizational meeting.



Clarksville Sister Cities Association

Anita Elliott-Neeld
Administrative Assistant
2000 Broadway
Clarksville, Indiana 47129
(812) 283-1504


The Clarksville Sister Cities Association Board of Directors meets at 10:00 AM the first Tuesday of each month in the Executive Conference Room of the Clarksville Town Hall, 2000 Broadway.

All Clarksville Sister Cities members and interested citizens are welcome to attend.

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Membership Categories:

Individual - $25.00
Family       - $50.00
Corporate - $200.00

Send your membership dues via U.S. mail using the following address:

Clarksville Sister Cities Association
Clarksville Town Hall
2000 Broadway
Clarksville, IN 47129

Make checks payable to: Clarksville Sister Cities Association