DUNCANVILLE, TX – The Duncanville City Council, Staff, and community leaders held a welcome reception at City Hall on March 21, 2016 for Mayor Marco Cavaglià of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy reaffirming the long-term partnership and friendship between the two communities.
The City of Duncanville flag, Key to the City, a personalized street sign, and a book on the history of Duncanville was presented to Mayor Cavaglià in a ceremony following a tour of City facilities. A Proclamation was also signed on this day decreeing Monday, March 21, 2016 as Sister City Day in Duncanville.
“It was a pleasure to host Mayor Cavaglià today and showcase the great assets the City of Duncanville offers,” said Mayor David Green. “Having a Sister City abroad provides our community, as well as communities from different parts of the world, an opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and best practices. We are looking forward to a strong continued relationship with the city of Monasterolo di Savigliano.”
The history behind the Sister City relationship
The relationship had its earliest beginnings in 1994 and 1995 through the friendship between Drs. Nancy and Cecil Wood (Dentists in Duncanville at the time) and Mr. Dario Crosetto (a Physicist formerly with the “super collider” and a native of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy).
The friendship blossomed into a semi-formal visit to Duncanville in 1997 by a delegation of Italians, including Monasterolo di Savigliano Mayor Antonio Prochietto. Under the leadership of then Mayor Ed Purcell, the City of Duncanville sponsored a reception at City Hall in recognition of the Italian guests.
In 1998, the Duncanville City Council passed a resolution supporting the “twin-city” (Gemelaggio, in Italian) relationship. In July, a delegation of 13 Texans, including State Senator Jane Nelson, were led by Mayor Glenn Repp to Monasterolo di Savigliano to participate in a formal ceremony instituting the arrangement. Italian dignitaries attended the celebration.
In September 1999, a delegation of 39 Italians from all walks of life visited the City of Duncanville to formalize the Sister City program. During their stay, they were hosted by local citizens. A formal ratification ceremony was held at City Hall on September 28th with an exchange of documentation and gifts. Local dignitaries, including City Council Members, Staff, Duncanville Independent School Administration Officials, and the Honorary Vice Council of Italy participated. The visitors were treated to tours of local businesses, as well as a visit to the State Capitol, San Antonio, Galveston, and the Houston Space Center. They witnessed the Duncanville ISD homecoming parade as well as a football game.
Since these initial visits, there have been numerous personal exchanges between citizens of both cities while friendly communication continues to this day between families and young people in both communities.