Cleveland Rotary honors United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio
Cleveland Rotary honors United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio Windows on the River - Cleveland February 23, 2023
The Rotary Club of Cleveland held its annual International Fellowship Day on Thursday February 23, 2023, one day before the 1 year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. They honored the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio.
Some members of United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio
Rotary President-elect Jessica Hanes welcomed the large crowd which included many guests from the international communities.
Cleveland Rotary President-elect Jessica Hanes
She then introduced Sue Nelson the Founding Director of The Job Search Center. Ms. Nelson told how refugee status and war had affected her own family for generations demonstrating that the effects of war linger in families for generations.
Watch the video below.
Next, Cleveland Rotary President-elect Jessica Hanes gave some background on Rotary and the International Fellowship Day and brought greetings from the Rotary Club of Kiev, Ukraine.
Jessica Hanes and Marta Liscynesky
Yunus Badat, chair of the Cleveland Rotary International committee, and Ingrida Bublys, Honorary Consul to the Republic of Lithuania, presented the award to UUOO President Marta Liscynesky Kelleher.
Yunus Badat, Ingrida Bublys and Marta Liscynesky
Ingrida also presented proclamations from Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and others as well as a special letter from former US Senator Rob Portman. (video below)
Ingrida Bublys and Marta Liscynesky
After a brief slideshow of local Ukrainian events, UUOO President Marta Liscynesky Kelleher gave her acceptance remarks which included a timeline of the events starting one year before.
Marta Liscynesky Kelleher
The audience gave her a standing ovation in support of UUOO and the people of Ukraine.
Enjoy some more images from the Cleveland Rotary annual International Fellowship Day honoring the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio
UUOO President Marta Kelleher with Honorary Consuls Ingrida Bublys (Lithuania), Marianne Bernadotte (Swiss) and Cedric Le Rouge (French)
Halyna Yanema, Anna Barrett and Dozia Krislaty
Rich Creppage, Rania Abbadi, Mike Powell, Oanh Powell, Gia Hoa Ryan, Dan Hanson, Joe Meissner, George Koussa, Erika Pussaar and Lori Ashyk
Pierre Bejjani and Seven Hills Mayor Tony Biasiotta
Ingrida Bublys, Marta Kelleher and Jessica Hanes
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