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Rotary Club of Cleveland honors
Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra

Rotary Club of Cleveland honors
Franz Welser-Most & Cleveland Orchestra
February 17, 2011

Rotary Club of Cleveland

The February 17, 2011 meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland celebrated International Fellowship day. As members and guests enjoyed a buffet lunch, the Cleveland Rotary Singers accompanied by Mabledean Hancy, entertained.

Mabledean Hancy on piano at Rotary in Cleveland



Next came the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.

Cleveland Rotray Club Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem at Cleveland Rotary Club

David M. Browning, president of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, welcomed the crowd and gave some history of Rotary International's involvement in World Understanding and World Peace.

Cleveland Rotary Club Head Table - Ingrid Bublys, Gary Hanson, Dave Browning, Father Ralph Waitrowski, Michael Mendolera and Arnie de la Porte

An invocation by Father Ralph Wiatrowski, pastor of St Barnabas Church was followed by guest introductions with Jerry Smith, Director of Development, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio and Rotary business with President Browning.

Invocation by Father Ralph Wiatrowski

Father Ralph Wiatrowski


Past Honorary President Ingrida Bublys (Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania) introduced Charles A. "Arnie" de la Porte and Rick Pollak.

Dave Browning, Ingrida Bublys, Rick Pollak and Arnie de la Porte

The 2011 International Service Award was presented to Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra "who serve as outstanding ambassadors for Cleveland all around the world." The Rotary Club of Cleveland recognized the Cleveland Orchestra's "dedication to International Service through the 'Universal language of Music' in the furtherance of World Understanding and Peace."

The award was presented to Gary Hanson, Executive Director of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Gary Hanson and Ingrida Bublys

Dave Browning, Gary Hanson, Rick Pollak, Ingrida Bublys and Arnie de la Porte

Dave Browning, Gary Hanson, Rick Pollak,
Ingrida Bublys and Arnie de la Porte


Michael Mendolera from the City of Cleveland read a proclamation from Mayor Frank Jackson.

Michael Mendolera of City of Cleveland

Michael Mendolera


Gary Hanson delivered a keynote address, followed by Q&A.

Gary Hanson of Cleveland Orchestra

In this video, Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson gives an example involving the Emperor of Japan that shows the direct business value of the Cleveland Orchestra to the Cleveland community.

Cleveland Orchestra's Gary Hanson speaking

In this video, Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson tells where Cleveland Orchestra musicians come from.



Gary Hanson Q&A at Rotary of Cleveland

In this video, Gary Hanson talks about the affect changing music distribution and piracy have had on orchestras.

Enjoy these images from the event.

Rotary Club of Cleveland - Honorary Hungarian Consul Laszlo Bojtos, Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc, Honorary Serbian Consul Alex Machaskee, August Pust, Richard Pollak and Honorary Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys

Honorary Hungarian Consul Laszlo Bojtos, Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc, Honorary Serbian Consul Alex Machaskee, August Pust, Richard Pollak and Honorary Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys

Father Ralph Wiatrowski , Pastor Saint Barnabas Church

Father Ralph Wiatrowski , Pastor Saint Barnabas Church


In this video, Ingrida Bublys talks about the Rotary Club of Cleveland and the special award to the Cleveland Orchestra.

Jerry Smith of Cleveland Rotary Club

Jerry Smith of Cleveland Rotary Club

Consul General Roy Norton of Canada and Consulate of Netherlands Arnie de la Porte

Consul General Roy Norton of Canada and Consulate of Netherlands Arnie de la Porte

August Pust and Jure Zmauc

August Pust and Jure Zmauc

Arnie de la Porte, Gary Hanson and Ingrida Bublys

Arnie de la Porte, Gary Hanson and Ingrida Bublys

Rotaty Club of Cleveland banners





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