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Slovenian Statehood celebration 2015

Slovenian Statehood celebration
and Farewell to Consul Jure Zmauc
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
June 19, 2015

The celebration of 24 years of Slovenian Statehood in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall was bittersweet. This was the 6th and final event for Consul General Jure Zmauc who is completing his service in the US and moving back to Slovenia.

Flag of Slovenia in Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

Flag of Slovenia in Cleveland City Hall Rotunda


Nika Zmauc began the ceremony and the Choir led the singing of the national anthems of the United States and Slovenia.

Nika Zmauc

Nika Zmauc

 singing of the national anthems of the United States and Slovenia led by the Choir



 singing of the national anthems of the United States and Slovenia led by the Choir


Next, Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc introduced Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek.

Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek

Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek



Consul General Jure Zmauc and Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek

Councilman Mike Polensek gave Jure Zmauc a Collinwood cap

Consul General Jure Zmauc and Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek


Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman spoke next.

Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman

Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman



Then Joe Cimperman and Mike Polensek presented Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc with proclamations from City Council.

Joe Cimperman and Mike Polensek



Joe Cimperman and Mike Polensek

Joe Cimperman and Mike Polensek presented Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson became friends with Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc over the last 6 years of his assignment in the US and Cleveland.

Mayor Frank Jackson


He gave the Consul General a proclamation and also the key to the city at a celebration of the 24th anniversary of Slovenia's statehood in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson

Jure Zmauc and Mayor Frank Jackson



Jure Zmauc and Mayor Frank Jackson

Jure Zmauc and Mayor Frank Jackson

Jure Zmauc and Mayor Frank Jackson

Jure Zmauc and Mayor Frank Jackson


Josh Prest, representing US Senator Rob Portman, spoke next.

Josh Prest, representing US Senator Rob Portman

Josh Prest, representing US Senator Rob Portman



Lynne Stevens, representing Ohio Governor John Kasich, spoke next.

Lynne Stevens, representing Ohio Governor John Kasich

Lynne Stevens, representing Ohio Governor John Kasich



Jure Zmauc and Lynn Stevens

Jure Zmauc and Lynn Stevens

She was followed by Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko.

Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko

Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko



Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko

The president of the SNPJ, the Slovene National Benefit Society, gave a proclamation to Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc.

Slovene National Benefit Society president Timothy Percic

Timothy Percic



Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc and Slovenian leader

Other Slovenian Leaders then gave a proclamation to the Consul General.

Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc and Slovenian leaders

Slovene National Benefit Society leader

Slovene leader Phil Hrvatin

Phil Hrvatin

Artist Toni Rash painted a portrait of Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc and presented it to him.

Toni Rash

Toni Rash



Jure Zmauc with Toni Rash and portrait

Jure Zmauc with Toni Rash and portrait

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Then Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc gave his farewell address.

Jure Zmauc

Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc in Cleveland



Jure Zmauc

Jure Zmauc

Jure Zmauc


The Slovenian Choir then sang Slovenija V Svetu (Slovenian and the World)

Slovenian Choir in Cleveland City Hall



Slovenian Choir in Cleveland City Hall

The Choir then sang Planinska (Alpine).



Slovenian Choir in Cleveland City Hall

The Choir's final song was Slovenija Odkod Lepote Tvoje (Slovenia from where do you get your beauty?)

Slovenian Choir in Cleveland City Hall

The crowds then gathered to thank Consul Zmauc and enjoy Slovenian wine, potica and other snacks.

Everyone wanted to greet (and be photographed with) Jure Zmauc. Don't miss the People Page for all the photos.

Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc

Slovenian Consul General Jure Zmauc

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