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Our Michael Patterson attended the Heights-Hillcrest Chamber of Commerce Breakfast in Mayfield Village, 16 January 2014, and met many friends. Thomas D. McGuire from the Ohio Attorney General's office, was the speaker and spoke about consumer law. Mr. McGuire says that he used to work for legal aid and had some dealings with an office we used to have in Rocky River.

Amy Lui, who works with the Asian Health Center in Richmond Heights, said she knows us, and thinks we should have our own airplane to get around to all of the places that we have to go to.

Michael also met an interesting man from Russia who came here years ago and has never gone back. His name is Aleksandr Kitsis and he is a Chess Master/Professional Coach and works with a Chess School for Children and Adults called Vivacity, Inc. During the course of this job, we have met people of all kinds of professions but never a Chess Master before.

Later that day, Michael Patterson attended the Madison-Perry Chamber of Commerce Lunch in Madison, Ohio.  We do not belong to this chamber, but members of the Painesville Chamber were invited to this, Michael went.

We spoke to a person from the Perry public library about doing a program/presentation on immigration; we are always pleased to bring our public service information to groups of almost any size. Fewer thasay eight, and it’s not feasible – which is not to say that even one person should not hear about immigration.  We also met a young woman named Cyndie Culligan, whose husband Seamus (from Ireland) who we helped years ago, along with a couple of his friends. Cyndie and Seamus have 3 small children now, and Seamus works as a fire fighter, and Cyndie manages a family business that maintains office aquariums.

That very evening, our Michael Patterson attended the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Meeting at the Holiday Inn in Independence. There were about 30 people there and we were welcomed as a visitor.

The speaker was Andreas von Uexkull who is the new Minister Counselor/Head of Trade and Economic Relations who has an office in Washington, DC and is visiting here. According to Andreas, Sweden is eager to do business with the U.S. and is a big export country. They would really like to have a free trade agreement with the U.S., as there are approximately 250,000 people from Sweden working here in the U.S.

We spent some time speaking with Matias Bonnier, Chairman of SACC, & Therese Linde, president. They seemed to indicate that Margaret W. Wong & Associates could be of assistance, which would be greatly more easy to arrange were we members of SACC. Great idea!

Marianne Bernadotte who used to be from the Cleveland Museum of Art was there with her husband and knows us quite well. She said she’d reach out to us shortly to say, "Hello."

We also met C. Michael Nilsson, who is a highly-regarded biomedical and mechanical engineer specializing in creating mechanical replacements for spinal columns. Nilsson has counterparts all over the world it seems.

We got a "hello" from Neil J. Whitford, Attorney at Law who, who’s on the SACC board.

The morning of 17 January 2014, our Michael Patterson attending the morning City Club meeting, featuring Norton Bonaparte, the City Manager from Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon Martin was killed.

This was a powerful presentation. Mr. Bonaparte deliberately didn't share his personal views on the Trayvon Martin case but spoke about what he had to do to maintain the small city after it became the center of national and world controversy after the shooting. For instance-30,000 demonstrators marched on the city and he had to negotiate with them and the local citizenry to maintain peace. Among the things that he did was keep the local police (who wear blue uniforms), who were accused of being racist, from being involved by instead calling in police from the state or county (who wear green uniforms), to manage the crowd. Thankfully, Bonaparte was successful because no windows were broken, and no fights broke out.

Michael met several people who knew us including:

  • Rabbi Joshua Caruso from the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple.
  • The Very Reverend Tracey Lind and Reverend Will Mehane from Trinity Cathedral

We also gave our information to Assistant Professor Joshua L. Kirven from Cleveland State University, (who was in Orlando, Florida during the Trayvon Martin aftermath, and tried to help Bonaparte) and Professor Raymond W. Cox from University of Akron (who, along with his wife, who works with the local prosecutor, knows Bonaparte well), because both of them know a lot of students, some of whom we could assist.

Also there was Dr. Michael A. Dover of CSU who knows us and told Michael about a workshop that CSU will be conducting on 3/28 regarding immigration. Dr. Dover will keep us informed.

Friday at noon, both our Michael Patterson and Gordon Landefeld attended the speech at the City Club by Sue Helper, Chief Economist with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

This luncheon was completely sold out, but Michael made a few new acquaintances and saw several people that he knew there like Harriet Applegate from North Shore, Bill Deniham, and Mayor Mike Summers of Lakewood, Ohio.

Michael Patterson sat with some men from a steel stamping company as well as Lawrence P. Allen who is the Vice President of Corporate Banking with Dollar Bank.

Most importantly, we sat right next to Nancy Cronin, former President of the City Club who told me how much she adores us and would like to get together with us soon.

Gordon Landefeld, from our office, met Laura Desmond, Associate Dean of External Relations, Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU, Pat Ertle, Chief Development Officer at the Cleveland Sight Center, and was a guest of OWIT-NEO, the northeast Ohio chapter of Organization of Women in International Trade, which of course we’re a member of. Gordon met Pat Lambrix, founder and president of Soluna Air Charter, in Cleveland, as well as other members of OWIT. One of the members noted that her mother may need some immigration consultation, as she’s been living here, but wants to retire to her country of origin.  Gordon exchanged cards, and said we’d be happy to help.

Michael Patterson attended the St. Mary's of Bedford Ecumenical Dinner and Service in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He said this was a lot of fun.

Vanessa Griffin Campbell of the Office of the Ministry to African American Catholics was delighted that we took an interest and took me by the arm and marched me over to the priest to say hello. Well, the priest turned out to be Father Dan Begin (brother of Father Bob Begin of St. Colman's) who knows us very well and is a great admirer of ours.

Sister Juanita said to say, "Hello."

Michael also got to talk to the new mayor of Bedford, Stanley C. Koci.

Michael ate dinner with an old civil rights activist who told him stories about the turmoil of the 60's. She actually knew MLK, Jr. and Malcom X!

Michael renewed some good friendships there.

Also that night (we’re so busy!), Michael attended the dance at St. Clarence in North Olmsted to benefit the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Eucharist

A lot of the Irish community turned out to this from both the Eastside and Westside Irish American Clubs. Helen Malloy was the principal organizer and she was glad we took an interest.

The place was packed and both Brendan Sheehan and Shannon Gallagher (judicial candidates) were there and send us their best.

Michael spoke to a woman who puts together the sponsorship booklet for the West Side Irish American Club and she was very appreciative that we bought an ad.

Judge Bill Coyne was emcee and sent his greetings to us.

Most importantly, Michael spoke to Father Jim O'Donnell of Little Brothers and Sisters of the Eucharist. When we told him that we were an immigration law office, he mentioned that one of his students made a film about what it was like being an immigrant from Ireland in the 1950's and 1960's. He took our contact information and might have us over to see it.

From the people Michael spoke to, he learned that immigration from Ireland may be increasing.

 

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