Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation honored by Cleveland Rotary February 20, 2020
The Rotary Club of Cleveland is the home club of Arch C. Klumph, known as the father of The Rotary Foundation. Every year Cleveland Rotarians live the Rotary International “Service Above Self” motto! With countless hours of member planning and execution lead by their service committees, they provide a meaningful impact in the community, internationally, with youth, and in the business community.
Each year they present an International Service Award to a person or group.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland's International Service Award was presented to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation on February 20, 2020. This award celebrates Rotary International's vision of a "world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves." It was presented to an organization that for more than 100 years has served as a celebration of our city's diversity, sharing a common goal of peace through mutual understanding.
The crowd of several hundred included Rotarians as well as leaders, members and supporters of Cleveland's international community. After lunch the meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and an invocation.
Art Ward, President of Cleveland Rotary Club
Art Ward, President of Cleveland Rotary Club, introduced the Co-chairs of the Rotary International Service Committee: Ingrida Bublys and Yunus Badat.
They presented the award to Dr. Wael Khoury, president of the board of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation.
Ingrida Bublys, Dr. Wael Khoury and Yunus Badat
Dr. Wael Khoury, Yunus Badat and Ingrida Bublys
Watch a video of the award presentation.
Other proclamations and honors were also given.
Dr. Wael Khoury and Alex Lackey from the City of Cleveland
Raymond Paoletto from Senator Rob Portman's office
Anthony Yen and Liwei Huang of the Confucius Institute
Dr. Wael Khoury, president of the board of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, accepted the award and gave an overview of the past, present and future of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
Dr Khoury slide - Overview
Dr. Wael Khoury
Dr Khoury slide - Cultural Gardens as of 2020
Watch a video of Dr. Khoury's presentation.
Cleveland Rotary leaders with Dr. Wael Khoury: Yunus Badat, Dr. Wael Khoury, Rotary President Art Ward, Ingrida Bublys and Jerry Smith
Many members of the board of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation were in attendance for this honor.
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Board Members
Cleveland is blessed to have two such outstanding organizations as the Rotary Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation.
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