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Chief Valarie McCall Keynote

The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on March 15, 2018. The keynote address was given by Valarie J. McCall, the Chief of Government & International Affairs of the City of Cleveland.

Chief Valarie McCall keynote

Chief Valarie McCall keynote

Chief Valarie McCall keynote

As you will see in this video, Chief McCall also took some questions after her speech.

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2018 International Fellowship Day honoring Ingrida Bublys

The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on March 15, 2018. The event featured the presentation of the International Service Award to Ingrida Bublys, Honorary Consul General Republic of Lithuania

Ingrida Bublys with flowers

Congratulations Ingrida

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Latvian Mittens Exhibit

"For Latvians mittens are rooted so deeply in customs, traditions and mythology that they have become an attestation of our identity." Ziedonis, a Latvian poet

The Cleveland Latvian community gathered for an exhibition of Latvian mittens. Thanks to Cleveland Women Anda Cook for her guidance and Inara Liepa for the photos.

Latvia is located in northern Europe so as early as the fourteenth and fifteenth century, gloves and hats were being knitted. It is thought that knitting defused through Europe from the north. Wool was used as material because it is so warm.

Latvian mittens from Cleveland area Latvians on display

Latvian mittens from Cleveland area Latvians on display

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Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe

The latest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is called Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe. It showcases outstanding masterworks by revered artists who recorded some of the most newsworthy events and impressive spectacles of eighteenth-century Europe. It's an interesting concept. Nowadays we have many sources for our news - 24x7 cable news, Twitter, blogs, newspapers, radio, etc but in the 18th Century those were not available. So many got their "news" of an important event from a painting.

I think my favorite is The Fire at the Opera House of the Palais-Royal by Hubert Robert about 1781.

You can almost feel the heat coming off the canvas.

The Fire at the Opera House of the Palais-Royal

The Fire at the Opera House of the Palais-Royal

Photos, video and more information on the Eyewitness Views exhibit

Best Babushka Contest

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its 4th annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.Maslenitsa has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. It has been compared to Mardi Gras or Carnival.

A highlight was the Best Babushka Contest where ladies showed off their favorite babushka.

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Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

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Girl Scouts Kicks Off Next Century of Female Entrepreneurs with 2018 Cookie Season

There’s even more to celebrate in 2018 – the second century of Girl Scout Cookies! The largest girl-led business in the world kicked off locally for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) on January 3, 2018.

Time and technology have changed the way Girl Scout Cookies are sold. In the past, orders were gathered door-to-door and then delivered about eight weeks later. Today, cookies are sold in person as well as online through the Digital Cookie® platform. Girl Scouts send their cookie customers an email with a link to their personalized site, where they can order cookies to be delivered, shipped, or donated to the military.

Girl Scouts who use the platform in addition to traditional sales reach their goals faster – which is altogether awesome! The five skills girls learn: Goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills are all important aspects of the cookie program.

“We are building the next century of tech savvy female entrepreneurs,” said Jane Christyson, CEO for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. “By participating in the Girl Scout Cookie sale, Girl Scouts earn funds for their chosen activities while learning key skills that will help them in business and life. They learn to handle money and make decisions about how to use it. That means they’ll learn about spending, saving, and giving to those in need.”

Each and every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies – 100 percent of the net revenue of which stays local – is an investment in girls and their leadership capabilities, both now and in the future. Every box sold helps power unique and amazing experiences for the girls who sell them – it also gives her the opportunity to become a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ who soars in courage, confidence, and character, while making the world a better place.

This year’s lineup includes the classic favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles for $4 per box, as well as the $5 gluten-free Toffee Tastic and S’mores cookies. With its debut last season, the Girl Scout S’mores became the most popular flavor to launch in the 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies!

To learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit girlscoutcookies.org. To find a Girl Scout selling cookies in your neighborhood, call 1-888-9-Thin Mint, or download the Cookie Finder app to receive cookie booth alerts beginning March 9, 2018. For information about Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and how to donate, join or volunteer, visit gsneo.org.

Doing the Roomba Rhumba
Amy gets a new gadget

The box was surprisingly big for this new gadget that I hoped would collect cat hair and dust. Would it save my aching back? My vacuum attachments could reach "everywhere" but my arms no longer could.

Read the rest of Amy's Adventure with a Roomba

Svetlana's Story

Exactly 19 years ago, 12/12/1998 my husband, two sons, myself and our Airedale terrier Hrisenda Gerciron left Moscow for the United States. Thus began our long and not easy journey to the new life in the new country.

19 years ago we arrived in Chicago where stayed overnight and then took a ride to Cleveland that became our home, our life, and our love. Our kids liked the country at first sight because mail boxes looked exactly as in Tom and Jerry , and it was familiar and funny.

We learned how to bank, how to shop, how to speak and how to better understand American English, how to learn something new every day. Very quickly we figured out some baseball rules because there were too many references to this game in the kids' Math books .

We learned that football is not the game where players play ball by foot, and what we used to call Football is Soccer. We learned how to order Chinese food and Mexican food. We learned how public schools work and we liked it. Of course, we landed in Orange School system, so it was a lot to like and to appreciate there.

We learned how to get a job and how to start our own business despite a limited language ability and a limited knowledge of the system.

We learned how health care works, and we are forever grateful to all the amazing doctors, nurses and caregivers in the UH who saved our son's live when he got seriously ill. We learned how compassionate and helpful people are in our new country. We learned how important it was to have an opportunity to receive a simple help from our new neighbors, friends and even strangers when it's most needed: bring a hot soup, help to clean or shop, babysit with our other son. Forever grateful for this incredible kindness and for important lesson: we learned how to give back and how not to wait when someone asks for assistance but simply help.

We are fortunate and privileged to realize an American Dream and to become homeowners. We are fortunate to witness and to contribute to the Renaissance of our beloved Cleveland. We are privileged to belong to the vibrant International community of Cleveland. We are fortunate to witness Cleveland Cavaliers championship and glory of the great LeBron James, after all!

Love, gratitude and respect to my new country.

Forever grateful for an opportunity to change our lives and to be able to contribute as much as we can.



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ClevelandWomen.Com Book of the Week
The Girl on the Train

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go. All this and more helps propel Paula Hawkins’s addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. At times, I couldn’t help but think: Hitchcockian. From the opening line, the reader knows what they’re in for: “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” But Hawkins teases out the mystery with a veteran’s finesse. The “girl on the train” is Rachel, who commutes into London and back each day, rolling past the backyard of a happy-looking couple she names Jess and Jason. Then one day Rachel sees “Jess” kissing another man. The day after that, Jess goes missing. The story is told from three character’s not-to-be-trusted perspectives: Rachel, who mourns the loss of her former life with the help of canned gin and tonics; Megan (aka Jess); and Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife, who happens to be Jess/Megan’s neighbor. Rachel’s voyeuristic yearning for the seemingly idyllic life of Jess and Jason lures her closer and closer to the investigation into Jess/Megan’s disappearance, and closer to a deeper understanding of who she really is. And who she isn’t. This is a book to be devoured. -Neal Thompson

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

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