Rotary Club of Cleveland
2016 International Fellowship Day Honoring Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson April 7, 2016
The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on April 7, 2016. The event featured the presentation of the International Service Award to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
Rotary Club President Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski welcomed the crowd and began the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.
Mayor Jackson and Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano and Chief Valarie McCall
Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano, Pastor of the Old Stone Church in Cleveland, gave a Cleveland focused invocation.
Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano
Next, Rotary Club of Cleveland President Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski gave a brief history of the Club and told of some of the work and accomplishments such as the near eradication of polio from the earth.
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys (also past president of Cleveland Rotary) announced the 2016 International Service Award and presented it to Mayor Jackson.
Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Mayor Frank Jackson,
Richard S. Pollak and Ingrida Bublys
Mayor Frank Jackson
Ingrida Bublys then introduced some of the dignitaries who had proclamations for the Mayor.
Council President Kevin Kelley
Mayor Jackson and Caryn Candisky from Senator Rob Portman's office
Representative from County Executive Armond Budish
Ingrida Bublys then introduced Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com and they presented a proclamation to Mayor Jackson and told of his efforts in the ethnic communities.
Mayor Jackson with Debbie and Dan Hanson
Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland, gave his acceptance speech for the 2016 International Service Award.
Mayor Frank Jackson
In the Q&A session,
Mayor Jackson was asked how the national immigration climate affects Cleveland and what are the relationships with the sister cities?
Mayor Jackson was asked how the challenges of hosting the Republican National Convention RNC. He said we are not afraid of the challenge. We will step up our game to meet whatever challenge is before us and put Cleveland in the best light. This is about who we are. How you deal with adversity is how you are defined.
Mayor Jackson was asked about refugees. He told a story of how he learned a lesson from meeting with people who recently came from a refugee camp in Africa. He said there used to be an infrastructure to support immigrants and refugees. That doesn't exist like it used to so we have to create that infrastructure. Programs are just programs - we believe in doing substantive things. What's relevant is what we do for people.
Rotary Club President Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski announced that Mayor Jackson would be one of the few who are made honorary Rotary members and the Mayor was then pinned by Past-President Mike Johns.
Congratulations to Ingrida Bublys, Richard S. Pollak, Beverly A. Ghent-Skrzynski and all of the Cleveland Rotary for the 2016 International Fellowship Day event and congratulations to Mayor Jackson for a much-deserved award.
Enjoy these other images from the event.
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Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski with Four-Way Test speech contest winning students Anthony Pilla and Anthony Harris
Chief Valarie McCall and Anthony Yen
Dr Vik Stankus and Ingrida Bublys with visitors from Ukraine
Mayor Jackson with ICC-WIN group
Murat Gurer, Alin Rosca and Mike Miller
Mayor Jackson and Debbie Hanson
Ingrida Bublys being thanked by President Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
Nada Martinovic, Anila Nicklos and Gia Hoa Ryan
Richard S. Pollak
Rev Mark Giuliano, Chief Valarie McCall and Mike Johns
Ingrida Bublys, Mayor Frank Jackson and Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski