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16th Congressional District Debate

On Monday, October 29th, our first event was a City Club debate between the two candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio’s 16th District which was moderated by our friend, Mr. Rick Jackson, Senior Host/Producer at ideastream.  Before the program started, however, Mr. Dan Moulthrop, the City Club CEO, took a moment to acknowledge that everyone present had probably had a very trying weekend due to impact of the

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Czechoslovakian Centennial Celebration

On the weekend of October 27th and 28th, Saturday and Sunday, the Czech, Slovak, and Carpatho-Rusyn organizations of Greater Cleveland all joined forces to host a centennial celebration honoring the 1918 formation of the country of Czechoslovakia which, as we know, was peacefully dissolved into two sovereign states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in 1993; nevertheless, the date of October 28th, when independence  from the Austro-Hungarian Empire was declared, remains a date

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Islamic Medical Association of North America Fundraiser

After we left the Budish fundraiser, we went to yet another fundraiser, this time for the Islamic Medical Association of North America (aka IMANA) that took place at the Signature of Solon Country Club. We decided to go here because our good friend, Ms. Julia Shearson of CAIR, recommended this organization as worthy of support. We were greeted by Dr. Simee Malik, the event coordinator, who remembered meeting us at a

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Budish Fundraiser

On Saturday afternoon, October 27th, we went to Kan Zaman Restaurant on West 25th Street to attend a fundraiser organized in part by our friend Mr. Pierre Bejjani of CAMEO on behalf of Cuyahoga Executive Armond Budish. While we were there, we met Pierre’s brother, Mr. Chafik Budish who, as we soon found out, used to sail quite a bit with our own Mr. Richard Drucker. We also said hello

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Liberia Economic Development Initiative (LEDI) International Life Changers Dinner

Later on Friday, along with our colleague, Mr. George Koussa, we went to the Glasscock Family Auditorium at CSU to attend the 2018 Liberia Economic Development Initiative (LEDI) International Life Changers Dinner, of which Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, along with Cuyahoga Community College and Mr. Steve and Ms. Joanne Kirk, was one of the top sponsors. In fact, in 2015, Ms. Margaret W. Wong received one of LEDI’s

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British American Chamber of Commerce

On Friday, October 26th, our first event was the British American Chamber of Commerce luncheon that took place at Delmonico’s on Quarry Lane in Independence. The speaker for the day was Mr. Claus A. Sorensen, Vice President-Great Lakes and & Midwest of Spliethoff, the largest ship owner in the Netherlands and “the only direct scheduled vessel service that moves containerized and non-containerized cargo between the Great Lakes and Europe, through

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Mentor International Trade Conference

From Monday, October 22nd to Wednesday, October 24th, the City of Mentor conducted its first international trade conference, aimed at encouraging international companies (in this case those in the biomedical field in the United Kingdom) to consider opening a subsidiary in the Mentor area. Mr. Kenneth J. Filipak, the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Mentor, explained that Mentor would be a good location for them since it is

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NEOIBN/CABE – U.S. Economy

On Tuesday, October 23rd, we went to Embassy Suites in Independence to attend a program about current state of the U.S. economy which was the result of a collaboration of the Northeast Ohio International Business Network (NEOIBN) and Cleveland Area Business Economists (CABE). While we waited for the program to start, we visited with several people including Dr. Ven Ochaya who is an Associate Professor of Business at Baldwin Wallace

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Corruption in Africa with Professor Lumumba at CSU

Later on Monday, we went to the Main Classroom Auditorium at CSU to attend a program about corruption in Africa and how people of the African diaspora could effectively work to combat it. The speaker was Professor Plo Lumumba who, according to the program notes, is “a renowned PanAfricanist” as well as “an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanzania and Law Lecturer at the Faculty of Law,

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Attorney General Debate at the City Club

 On Monday, October 22nd, we went to the City Club of Cleveland for a debate between the two candidates vying for the job of Ohio Attorney General: former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettlebach (Democrat) and Ohio Auditor Dave Yost (Republican). The debate was moderated by Ms. M.L. Schultze, reporter and retired digital editor of 89.7 WKSU.(for bios see their campaign websites at https://steveforohio.com/meet-Steve/ and https://daveyost.com/about/) In the course of the debate, the candidates

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