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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

Mayor Jackson and Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski

Ingrida Bublys

Ingrida Bublys

Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano and Chief Valarie McCall

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

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.



Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski


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.

Ingrida Bublys

Ingrida Bublys



Mayor Frank Jackson receives Rotary award

Mayor Frank Jackson receives Rotary award

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Mayor Frank Jackson, Richard S. Pollak and Ingrida Bublys

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Mayor Frank Jackson,
Richard S. Pollak and Ingrida Bublys

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson


Ingrida Bublys then introduced some of the dignitaries who had proclamations for the Mayor.



Council President Kevin Kelley

Council President Kevin Kelley

Mayor Jackson and Caryn Candisky from Senator Rob Portman's office

Mayor Jackson and Caryn Candisky from Senator Rob Portman's office

Representative from County Execuitve Armond Busish 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

Mayor Jackson with Debbie and Dan Hanson



Mayor Jackson and Dan Hanson


Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland, gave his acceptance speech for the 2016 International Service Award.

Mayor Frank Jackson

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 Frank Jackson at Rotary



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 Frank Jackson



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.

Mayor Frank Jackson



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.

Mayor Frank Jackson receives Rotary award

Mayor Frank Jackson receives Rotary award



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 winning students Anthony Pilla and Anthony Harris

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski with Four-Way Test speech contest winning students Anthony Pilla and Anthony Harris


Chief Valarie McCall and Anthony Yen

Chief Valarie McCall and Anthony Yen


Dr Vik STankus and Ingrida Bublys with visitors from Ukraine

Dr Vik Stankus and Ingrida Bublys with visitors from Ukraine


Mayor Jackson with ICC-WIN group

Mayor Jackson with ICC-WIN group


Murat Gurer, Alin Rosca and Mike Miller

Murat Gurer, Alin Rosca and Mike Miller


Mayor Jackson and Debbie Hanson

Mayor Jackson and Debbie Hanson


Ingrida Bublys being thanked by President Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski

Ingrida Bublys being thanked by President Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski


Jim Mcintyre

Jim McIntyre


Nada Martinovic, Anila Nicklos and Gia Hoa Ryan

Nada Martinovic, Anila Nicklos and Gia Hoa Ryan


Richard S. Pollak

Richard S. Pollak


Rev Mark Giuliano, Chief Valarie McCall and Mike Johns

Rev Mark Giuliano, Chief Valarie McCall and Mike Johns


Ingrida Bublys, Mayor Frank Jackson and Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski

Ingrida Bublys, Mayor Frank Jackson and Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski


Arch Klumph statue and international flags

Arch Klumph statue and international flags





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