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 ClevelandFoundation.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.