On the morning of Friday, June 13th we attended “Coffee and Conversations” a program put on by the Mentor Chamber of Commerce. Before the program started we had an informative conversation with Mr. Todd Arrington of the National Park Service who is Chief of Interpretation and Education for the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor. Mr. Arrington often conducts tours there and is a historian who contributed a chapter to the National Park Service’s official handbook for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the civil war. After he learned that we were involved with immigration to the United States, Mr. Arrington invited us to come to the next naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens which will take place at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site on July 11th at 10 am which we immediately put on our calendar.
The two speakers for this morning were Ohio State Representatives John M. Rogers and Ron Young both from Lake County who each got to speak for 8 minutes and then conducted a joint question and answer period. Both spoke of current happenings on the Legislative front in Columbus and how this would effect the Lake County area. This program was particularly interesting because Rep. Rogers is a democrat and Rep. Young is a republican and both acknowledged that they have differences in philosophy on issues like taxation and economic development. Nevertheless, both representatives conducted themselves like real professionals and agreed that they have a really fine working relationship based on mutual respect and the desire to help Ohio to be that best that it can be; the only disagreement was on how to accomplish this.
On a more personal level, Rep. Rogers was looking forward to a luncheon that afternoon in which he will be sworn in as President of the Lake County Bar Association and Rep. Young and his wife are both doing well in their recovery from recent operations wherein he donated a kidney to her.
In fact, Rep. Rogers is familiar with Margaret W. Wong and Associates because years ago he owned a business called Technical Employment Services (his daughter has since taken it over) where he once dealt with an engineer who needed an H1 visa that we helped him obtain.