The 2014 Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation officer induction ceremony was held at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland. Ariel is now the business home of the Federation.
President Sheila Murphy Crawford welcomed the crowd.
President Sheila Murphy Crawford
She then introduced Radhika Reddy of Ariel who told the Cultural Garden crowd about the philosophy and future of the Center.
Radhika Reddy and Sheila Murphy Crawford
Garden delegates and their guests were able to tour the Ariel International Center and were very impressed. After an international buffet dinner, President Sheila Murphy Crawford began the business meeting.
President Crawford welcomed some of the dignitaries at the ceremony, congratulated Ernie Mihaly for his upcoming induction into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
Kori Smith and Ernie Mihaly
She thanked outgoing Cultural Garden VP Erika Puussaar.
Aavo and Erika Puussaar
She then announced the newly elected officers.
Sheila Murphy Crawford
President Crawford with Vice-Presidents
Anda Cook, Paul Burik and Rich Crepage
Newly elected board members Paula Tilisky, Tom Turkaly, Pierre Bejjani, Dona Brady, Mary Hamlin, Anda Cook, Sheila Crawford, Paul Burik and Rich Crepage
Judge Diane Karpinski quoted Cultural Garden founder Leo Weidenthal and then administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected directors.
Judge Diane Karpinski
After the swearing in of the newly elected officers, President Sheila Murphy Crawford invited the other 4 officers to the stage and told of the continuing success of the Gardens.
Garden Federation Board with returning members Dozia Krislaty, Svetlana Stolyarova, Carl Ewing and George Terbrak
President Sheila Murphy Crawford thanked Dan Hanson and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com for all their efforts promoting the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
President Crawford presented the directors a special, and much appreciated, gift - business cards! It may seem insignificant but with the new office address and business cards, the Garden directors will have the tools they need to further their mission.
Congratulations to all the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation officers.
Below are photos of some of the attendees. If we made a mistake with a name or you can help ID someone please let us know.
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Board
Carrie Hansen (City of Cleveland), Mary Hamlin and Lex Machaskee
Dan and Dona Brady
Hans and Karin Ruus
Tom Turkaly with Jerry and Branka Malinar
Sheila Murphy Crawford friends and family
Boris and Irina Vinogradskaya
Tom Berardinelli and Shanna Ranae Allred
Carl Ewing and Charlie Mae
Dozia Krislaty and Svetlana Stolyarova
Kelli and Judge Ralph Perk Jr.
Mr and Mrs Hans Kopp
Pierre and Mary Bejjani
Stan Bohanek, Paula Tilisky,
Blanche Vanis, Paul and Fran Burik
African-American Garden guests
John and Judy Startari
Carrie Hansen, Paul Burik and Raj Pillai
Pierre Bejjani and friends
Mary Hamlin and Hans Kopp
As this last photo shows, the peaceful philosophy of the Cultural Gardens endures even when the rest of the world does not.
Russia and Ukraine Garden delegates shake hands in front of their flags
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