Cleveland Council on World Affairs honored by Cleveland Rotary April 21, 2022
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 Council on World Affairs on April 21, 2022. 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."
The Cleveland Council on World Affairs is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1923 to promote world peace. World peace remains at the heart of their aspirations. Today, they deliver a range of programs that promote international affairs education and build global understanding. Developing global competence and awareness of world affairs is critically important as Northeast Ohio is increasingly connected to the rest of the world and impacted by global issues. Their goal is to increase international awareness and engagement in our community for the long-term benefit of Northeast Ohio. At this moment in time, it is vital that American citizens be well-informed about global issues – whether geopolitics, climate change, or global pandemics – and make informed choices for the future of our country, and its global leadership.
Rotary Club of Cleveland President Christine Wiskochil
Rotary Club of Cleveland President Christine Wiskochil welcomed the attendees and gave a brief history of the Cleveland Rotary.
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She then introduced special guest Maureen Maguire, President of Soroptimist International from just outside Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Soroptimist International (SI) is a worldwide volunteer service organization for women who work for peace, and in particular to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Through its General (Category One) Consultative Status as a non-governmental organization at the United Nations, the organization seeks equality, peace, and international goodwill for women.
Next, Mary Beth Growney Selene, Past Trustee of The Rotary Foundation and Past Director of Rotary International, gave some remarks.
Mary Beth Growney Selene
Then President Brenner introduced Yunus Badat, chair of the International Service Committee and committee member Ingrida Bublys. Mr. Badat told about the award and presented it to CCWA CEO Carina Van Vliet.
Yunus Badat and Ingrida Bublys
Ingrida Bublys, Yunus Badat and Carina Van Vliet
Then, Cleveland Council on World Affairs CEO Carina Van Vliet accepted the award and spoke about CCWA's history, mission and programs.
Carina Van Vliet
Cleveland is blessed to have two such outstanding organizations as the Rotary Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Enjoy these other images from the event.
Cleveland Council on World Affairs team
Beverly Ghent-Skrzynsk,Past President Rotary Club of Cleveland and Past District 6630 Governor, Mary Beth Growney Selene, Past Trustee of The Rotary Foundation and Past Director of Rotary International
and Ingrida Bublys, Past Honorary President - Rotary Club of Cleveland and honorary consul of the Republic of Lithuania
Members of the Consular Corps including special guests from Canada
Rich Crepage, Ambassador Heather Hodges and Dr. Wael and Sawssan Khoury
Cleveland Council on World Affairs team with board chair Carter Strang and past board chair Dr. Wael Khoury
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