May 2018 Newsletter - Volume 1, Edition 3

Greetings, Cleveland Friends.

Since our last newsletter, the Cleveland Club has had two successful gatherings: May 9 with the Cleveland Foundation, and April 21 to cheer the Indians against the Orioles.


Cleveland Foundation Report

On May 9, Cleveland Foundation president and CEO Ronn Richard presented a visual and oral report to the Club at the offices of the Washington, D.C. Economic Partnership near the U.S. Treasury Building. Ronn noted that, created in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation was the first community foundation in the world, since copied in major cities around the nation. Currently, the Foundation has an endowment of more than $2 billion and gave grants last year of $100 million to efforts within the city of Cleveland alone, other grants going to nonprofits in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.

Ronn outlined Foundation efforts in such categories as Neighborhoods, Arts & Culture, Social Services, Education, Economic Transformation, and in what it calls its Digital Excellence Initiative. Ronn noted that the new Public Square, supported by the Foundation, has been highly successful. He reported that the city population is growing, notably on account of millennials and empty nesters moving in from the suburbs, and also that jobs in Information Technology and such skills as welding are in urgent need of applicants.

Asked by a Club member what persons in the Washington, D.C., area could do to help, Ronn's response was 1) Donate money, 2) Donate ideas ("intellectual capital" is prized), and 3) Come back to Cleveland to visit, to live, or to establish a company or a branch of your company.

The report was very well received. Ronn distributed literature to Club members.

Additional information about the Cleveland Foundation can be found at and on Facebook.


Paul Hoynes Spins Yarns of the Indians, Who Then Proceeded to Defeat the Orioles on April 21

Plain Dealer sports writer Paul Hoynes met with 35 Cleveland Club Indians fans above the Indians dugout in Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 21 and spun tales of his decades covering Cleveland teams, mainly the Indians. Recalling episodes with Albert Belle, Ernie Camacho, Danny Salazar and more, Hoynes kept his listeners enthralled – despite a loud sound system blaring rock-and-roll. Hoynes recalled one time Manny Ramirez left his cowboy boots in a Kansas City locker room – one of the boots had his paycheck in it. Hoynes complimented Trevor Bauer as a hard worker and maturing well as a pitcher. The Tribe enjoyed a good game behind the pitching of Mike Clevinger, who went the distance and gave up only two hits. Jose Ramirez, Yan Gomez, and Yonder Alonso all hit home runs in the Indians' 4-0 victory. As an added bonus, Cleveland Club Sports Committee member Tom Steich arranged for Club ticket-buyers to get half-off passes to the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum that day; the Museum is a block from Oriole Park.

News from Northeast Ohio

Burning River Celebration! What good came out of the infamous Cuyahoga River conflagration of June, 1969? Answer: The Clean Water Act, the U.S. EPA and other efforts to restore the nation's rivers and lakes to healthier condition. Cleveland is planning a year-long string of activities culminating in a June, 19-22, 2019 50th Anniversary commemoration of the inadvertent combustion, improvements that have resulted, and visions for the future. One element: The Xtinguish Torch Fest (to help "extinguish the past and ignite the future," which will pass a torch down the 100-mile length of the Cuyahoga River and culminate in downtown Cleveland where the river will be designated an Ohio Division of Natural Resources Water Trail. There will be tie-ins with national conservation groups. For more information, contact Events Chair Peter Bode of the West Creek Conservancy, 216-749-3720 or

Washington Post "Covers" Dennis Kucinich. Readers of the Washington Post woke up Sunday, April 15 to see former Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich striking a combative pose on the cover of the Post's Magazine. The point of the story was that Dennis had preceded Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in some of the left-wing proposals Sanders touted during his primary contests with Hillary Clinton in 2016. On May 8, Kucinich lost the Ohio Democratic primary for governor to Richard Cordray, who grew up in central Ohio.

Watch out for the next edition of the Cleveland Club Newsletter in June. 

April 2018 Newsletter - Volume 1, Edition 2

Greetings, Cleveland Friends.

Upcoming Events

May 9 with the Cleveland Foundation

Please join us for lunch on May 9 during which we will hear from Ronn Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. We will meet at the offices of the Washington, D.C., Economic Partnership (WDCEP) at 1495 F Street NW. Ronn will present slides and talk about how the Cleveland Foundation is working to improve the Greater Cleveland area. The Foundation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. Learn more about The Cleveland Foundation at

RSVP and learn more about the event here.

Indians v. Orioles - April 21

The Sports Committee obtained group-sales discount for Club members to attend the Indians-Orioles game in Baltimore on April 21. The tickets are in Section 53 above the Indians dugout. The Plain Dealer Indians writer, Paul Hoynes, will be talking to Club members in their Section 53 seats about The Tribe before the game. Go, Tribe!

RSVP here if you haven't already!

News from Northeast Ohio

The Wall Street Journal on February 17-18 ran a story about the Garfield Memorial in Lake View Cemetery. Completed in 1890, commemorating the life and short presidency of assassinated (in 1881) James Garfield, the Memorial was a major Gilded Age work. Funding in part came from Cleveland native John D. Rockefeller – himself buried in Lake View Cemetery – and the Memorial dedication was attended by President Harrison. The Journal article, written by Ryan L. Cole, calls the building designed by Georg Keller the "grandest of all presidential tombs." Cole wrote that Garfield, born in Moreland Hills, lived a life that is "proof of the power of self-determination, education and equal opportunity to transcend poverty."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame scheduled its 2018 Induction Ceremony for yesterday, April 14, in Cleveland. This year's inductees are: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton is coming to Cleveland's KeyBank State Theatre in Playhouse Square July 17 to August 26. Sixty thousand tickets sold out last week within hours. Some tickets remain and will be made available closer to the production dates and by lottery.

Watch out for the next edition of the Cleveland Club Newsletter in May. 

March 2018 Newsletter - Volume 1, Edition 1

Greetings, Cleveland Friends.

We herewith initiate a Cleveland Club of Washington, D.C. Newsletter. We look to post it each 15th day of the month (summer months perhaps excepted).

We expect it to be short, but to post news from Northeast Ohio and items of interest to persons from Northeast Ohio living in the Washington, D.C. area.

Club News

Indians v. Orioles

The Sports Committee is working on the notion of organizing a Club member outing to see the Indians play the Orioles in Camden Yard on Saturday, April 21. The Committee is working on having Paul Hoynes, the Plain Dealer Indians beat writer, as a pre-game speaker. Last year’s and the previous year’s expeditions to watch the Indians play the Orioles and the Nationals including pre-game visits by broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus were both very successful.

For more information, see the Event page and RSVP here.


May 9 with the Cleveland Foundation

Please plan to attend a luncheon on May 9 with Ronn Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, likely to be at the offices of the Washington, D.C., Economic Partnership (WDCEP) at 15th & F Streets, NW. Ronn will present slides and talk about how the Cleveland Foundation is working to improve the Greater Cleveland area. The Foundation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. Details about this lunch program to come later.

For more information, see the Event page.


News from Northeast Ohio 

Each month in the Club newsletter, we’ll provide a few news clips from and about Northeast Ohio. If you would like to submit a link, please respond to this email with a link and a short note describing why you think it would be an interesting article to share. Also, please indicate if you would prefer we do not note you as the source of the link.

Global Cleveland

Since the 19th century, Cleveland has been known as a city of immigrants. Persons from around the world have enriched the Cleveland area in ways too numerous to count but certainly in no less than food, festival, architecture, skills, music, innovation and politics. The modern incarnation of Cleveland’s welcoming hand to immigrants is Global Cleveland ( Its mission is to “welcome and connect international newcomers to economic and social opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.”

Freshwater Cleveland

Bringing to light Cleveland’s more dynamic and creative efforts is Freshwater Cleveland (, a website and eNewsletter. Says the group: “Our focus areas include technology, innovation, diversity, local food, and entrepreneurship. We speak to creative, highly mobile, and curious people who are interested in where the growing companies are, where innovation is taking place, and where unique neighborhood transformations are taking root.” Check them out.

News from Washington, D.C.

Scores of Ohioans joined a majority of the Ohio Congressional Delegation on March 7 in the Library of Congress Madison Building to celebrate the state’s 215th birthday (Ohio was admitted to the Union in 1803). Host for the Ohio Society of Washington celebration was the University of Akron, whose president, Matthew Wilson, was master of ceremonies. The Ohio Society celebrates Ohio’s birthday each March.

Watch out for the next edition of the Cleveland Club Newsletter in April. 

Website Launch

We wish to introduce you to the new Cleveland Club of Washington, D. C., website.

This website, as well as the Club Facebook page, has been crafted by Michael Palinkas and we all owe him abundant thanks.

As part of the new website, you will be receiving emails about Club events and news from the website itself. I think you will agree the new format is an improvement.

Even though you are currently a member of the Club and receive our emails we ask you to visit the new website, go to the "Join" page, and fill in your information. 

We only require three bits of information: email addressname, and zip code.

All other information boxes are optional. But, we feel that gathering this additional information will be useful. Some questions include:

  • Cleveland neighborhood or suburb
  • Northeast Ohio High School (if applicable)
  • High School Graduation Year
  • Northeast Ohio College (if applicable)
  • Profession
  • Employer

This information will allow us to create and maintain a Member Registry. Such a Registry will allow you to network with other members who share common interests and backgrounds and will allow the Club to develop future events and initiatives that better fit our member's interests.

We suggest you "bookmark" the Club website to your browser - the quicker to check Club news, events and announcements.

Thank you for your interest in the Club. We welcome your suggestions.

Former Ambassador to Slovakia Tod Sedgwick Explained Cleveland's Contribution to Central European Democracy

Former ambassador to the Slovak Republic Tod Sedgwick spoke to the Cleveland Club on September 26, 2017, stressing the ties between Czechoslovakia and Cleveland. Speaking at the law firm Jackson & Campbell, Sedgwick pointed out that during the latter half of the 19th century representatives of American industrial corporations actively recruited in Central Europe, helping to stimulate a significant migration of Czechs, Slovaks and others to American mills. Once World War I broke out, Czechs and Slovaks in Cleveland got together in 1915 and wrote the Cleveland Agreement, a bold and original statement calling for an independent and democratic Czechoslovakia to be formed from portions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire then at war with Britain and France, later to be at war with the United States. In 1918 Czechoslovakia joined the family of nations.

Sedgwick said the Cleveland Agreement of 1915 was fundamental to the formation of the Czech and Slovak nation, which of all the countries formed after World War I, retained democracy longest in the inter-war period. Sedgwick said that the work done in Cleveland in 1915 paved the way for strong relations between the United States and Central European countries. "When I was Ambassador to Slovakia, I kept a copy of the Cleveland Agreement in the foyer of my official Residence for anyone walking in to see," he said. He also noted that his Residence was decorated with art by Cleveland Slovak artists.

Efforts he is proud of from his work as ambassador include keeping natural gas flowing to Slovakia from the Ukraine despite Russia's attempt to cut it off; spurring Slovakia to spend more on its national defense; and working with U. S. Steel Corporation to retain its mill in the eastern part of the country, a presence that would defend against Russian influence in the region. Ambassador Sedgwick said he feared the notion of the United States being the "beacon of the world" for democracy and freedom was slipping in the face of the notion that the United States was overly militaristic and aggressive. He warned against increasingly effective Russian propaganda and called for better efforts by the United States to present its message to Central and Eastern Europe.

Ambassador Sedgwick noted the presence in the room of the first U. S. ambassador to Slovakia, Ted Russell, and praised him for his work during the difficult period of the formation of the new nation. Also in attendance were Josef Polakovic, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Slovak Embassy, as well as representatives of Slovak Public Television and the U. S. State Department.