TAACO.org 2001 yılında henüz sosyal medya emekleme dönemindeyken o zamanki TAACO Başkanı Tunç Aldemir’in ileri görüşü ile başlatılan web sitesi idi.Bu sitede Columbus Ohio’da yaşayan Türk-Amerikan toplumunun etkinikleri fotoğrafları ile paylaşılıyor ve aynı zamanda Turkish American Associatıon of Ohıo’nun kuruluşu ve amaçları ile ilgili tarihi bilgiler veriliyordu.
Ne yazık ki Facebook’un popüler olmasıyla 2014 lere gelindiğinde web sitesi gereksiz görülüş olmalı ki yayından kaldırıldı. TAACO nun facebook sayfasında günlük etkinlikler fotoğraflarla birlikte çok güzel bir şekilde üyelere sunuluyor. Ama bizim gönlümüz TAACO nun tarihi ve kurucuları ile ilgili bilgilerin kaybolmasına razı gelmediği için Nostaljik TAACO.org sayfasını web sitemiz olan istanbullite.com a eklemeyi uygun bulduk. Burada TAACO. org’da yayımlanmış ve çoğu Tunç Aldemir’in ve bizim dosyalarımızdan aldığımız nostaljık yazı ve resimleri tekrar hayata geçireceğiz.
29 Eylül 2014
TAACO PRESIDENTS 1969-to PRESENT
* Presidents who served more than one term.
In this picture from March 2000, former Presidents of TAACO were recognized for their positive contribution to the The Turkish American Community in Columbus Ohio. A plaque of appreciation was presented to each President by Sevim French President of TAACO( 1995-2000).The three ladies in the picturen from left are Mrs. Mübeccel Caner (Spouse of the late rahmetli Acar Caner), Mrs. Necla Doğangün(wife of Burhan Doğangün) and Mrs. Sevim French. Standing from left are : Mehmet Sözmen, Tayfur Durupınar, Hayrani Öz, Ali Aslanbayrak, Erdoğan Güngör, Cahit Palantekin and Hasip Temizer.
TAACO TANITIM YAZILARI
Turkish-American Association of Central Ohio (TAACO)
Who We Are By Eren Giray October, 2001
The Turkish American Association in Columbus, Ohio was founded in January 1969 with the primary aim of representing the best of Turkish culture and history to Americans in whose land many Turks had come to make their living. The community of Turks in Columbus is nearly fifty years old, the first members of professionals arriving in the mid 1950s to receive specialized training and to stay at most a couple of years to work after that. By the late 1960s it became clear that they had a new home in the United States, but ever-committed to carrying on the traditions of their native land, the Turkish American Association was formed.
Faced with the prospect of becoming naturalized citizens, the idea of a formal association developed when in April of 1968 two Turkish doctors traveled to Chicago to meet with the Consulate General of Turkey. Their concern was to learn the official position of Turkey with regards to their becoming American citizens without severing their ties to their motherland. Greeted with the highest support, the Turkish Consulate suggested that they form an association as had been recently done in Chicago and Washington D.C., to help promote Turkish culture and heritage in their newfound country. Thus the Turkish American Association was founded in 1969 with a steady membership, and a Turkish Student Association formed shortly thereafter. The celebration of the founding of the Turkish Republic on October 29 marks an annual event which is the highlight of the year’s activities. The first October 29 celebration ball included 129 participants, 26 of whom were non- Turkish Americans.
In the course of the last 33 years, the association formed an executive committee, drafted a constitution and by-laws in keeping with non-profit organizational status, and has had 14 presidents overseeing its various events and activities. In the late 1980s and early 1990s a quarterly newsletter, “The Turkish Letter,” was produced for several years, highlighting achievements and announcing events. In February of 1993, a Ladies Auxiliary was formed with the intention of reinforcing the association by organizing additional fund- raising events and holding social gatherings to support Turkish women’s participation and sodality. They held garage sales, organized pot luck dinners and traditional Turkish “beans and rice” dinners to promote social exchange and fund raising. In the 1998, they organized a bus trip to the riverboat casino as a recreational activity. The “Friends of Turkey” was formed as a subsidiary of TAACO by a group of non- Turkish members in 1993 for the purpose of educating local community members about the culture and history of Turkey. Their activities included lecture series and slide presentations organized largely by American spouses of Turkish community members. Also in the early 1990s a Turkish Education Program was developed and had as its purpose to introduce reading, writing, and Turkish culture to the many first generation Turkish-American children and grandchildren born in the United States. They learned the Turkish National Anthem, folk songs and folktales such as stories of Nasreddin Hoca. This program lasted several years but disbanded due to lack of interest and support.
The Turkish American community of Columbus Ohio strives to become an ethnic presence in the city. The original members now in their 70s and 80s are passing the torch of continuing the cultural preservation and representation which this community has been so devoted to maintaining. This mission has now been bequeathed to the younger generation. The group has achieved a certain measure of success in this venture, developing many ways in which to sustain its cultural heritage and sustain its ties with Turkey while adapting to their new homeland as well. A recent example is the relief efforts for the August 1999 earthquake which claimed thousands of lives in Turkey. A car wash was held with the help of numerous children of Turkish origin at the Golden Corral Restaurant along with a benefit dinner at the same place organized by the Turkish American owner operator and the proceeds were donated to the earthquake relief. This exemplifies the best of Turkish-American culture.
Through the years, holidays have been observed, participation assured in various ethnic and international festivals, and gatherings of an informal nature occur on a routine basis. A Turkish folk dancing group formed in the early 1970s, reached its peak as the group traveled to other cities and universities in the midwest giving performances. This too exemplifies the best of what this association set out to do at its inception. The folk dance group and the Turkish Students’ Association which fortifies it, still exists today. The mission of these two organizations, TAACO and TSA, is the representation and celebration of Turkish people and culture within the city of Columbus, with a second unstated goal of preserving social ties within the community itself. The ebbs and flows of interest and participation as evidenced from the first female president of TAACO elected in 1995 having to serve two consecutive 3 year terms, does not discourage the most loyal of the community’s and the association’s adherents. The passing in the last few years of several pillars of the community, three of them past association presidents, has had a compelling effect on the group’s solidarity. The persistence of the association in the face of social change both within and outside their own enclaves is testament to its vitality and adaptability to further the cause of the Turkish people and culture in a new land.
BIR TAACO TOPLANTISI circa1971-72
Ayaktakiler soldan Ali Aslanbayrak, Şevket Kurtiş, Ali Talibi oturanlar soldan Sare Kavak, Aysun Sualp , Haldun Öktener,Naci Aklar, Erdoğan Güngör ve Tayfur Durupınar.
Mezun Life’daki Tanıtım Yazısı
Cem Özmeral, Ekim 2003
Turkish American Association of Central Ohio, kısa adıyla TAACO, 1969 yılından beri Columbus Ohio'da faaliyet göstermekte olup, Amerika'da en eski üç Türk-Amerikan derneğinden biridir. 1950li yılların ortalarında Columbus ve civarına gelip yerleşen doktor, mühendis v.b. genç profesyoneller tarafından kurulan derneğin başlıca iki amacı vardı. Bunlardan birincisi, memleket hasreti çeken üyelerinin uyum sorunları, gelenek göreneklerini sürdürme ihtiyacı, kısacası bir dayanışma ve sosyal gereksinmelere cevap verme idi. İkincisi ve belki de daha önemlisi Türkiye'yi, Türk kültür ve folklorunu Amerikan toplumuna
Bu amaçlardan yola çıkan dernek, 1970li yıllarda ilk defa bir Türk folklor ekibini,Türkiye den getirmiş ve FOTEM adli bu grubu sponsor edip Türk folklorunun Amerika'datanıtımına büyük katkıda bulunmuştur. Bu tarihten sonra dernek yöneticilerinin kurdukları folklor grupları halen bu bayrağı taşımakta ve etkinliklerine devam etmektedir. Derneğin bugünkü kayıtlı üye sayısı yüzün üzerinde olup, Ohio State Üniversitesi’ ndeki öğrencilerin kurmuş olduğu kardeş kuruluş TSA ile birlikte her yıl çeşitli etkinliklere öncülük etmektedir.
Bunlar arasında, bayram yemekleri, Cumhuriyet Bayramı Balosu, ilk ve sonbaharda yapılan piknikler, 23 Nisan ve 10 Kasım toplantıları, hayır islerine gelir sağlayan çay ve kuru fasulye pilav günleri, yılbaşı baloları ilk akla gelenlerdir. TAACO yönetim kurulunun önümüzdeki yıllarda civar eyaletlerdeki kardeş kuruluşlarla ortak etkinlikler düzenlemek ve üyelerini ortak duyguları paylaşan Türk-Amerikan toplumunu bir araya getirmek gibi hedefleribulunmaktadır.
TAACO EXECUTIVE COMITEE 1995
Soldan sağa Neslihan Kavak, Sevim French (Başkan), ...?..., Sitare Özmeral, Fatih Başel
TAACO EXECUTIVE COMITEE 2001-2002
Soldan sağa : Cem Özmeral Vice President, Sitare Özmeral Director of Public Relatons, Çiğdem Gürhan Director of Cultural Affairs and Secretary, Erdal Özkan Treasurer, Tunç Aldemir President
Gerçekleştirdiğimiz Yardım Kampanyalarından Örnekler
Article in Lantern for the 1999 Eartquake ın Turkey
It was standing room only at the Buckeye Village Recreation Center on Sunday night as the Ohio State Turkish StudentsÃ Association addressed how the OSU and Columbus communities could help people recover from the massive earthquake that devastated Turkey last week.The goal of the meeting was for community members to introduce any ideas that could aid in the relief effort, said Kim Diehl of the Office of International Education.It was announced that the Turkish StudentsÃ Association had established an account through Bank One for students and community members alike to contribute funds. “Bank One allowed us to open the account free of charge,” said Meral Kaya, president of the organization. “The money will be used to buy medical supplies and food.”The organization also will host a benefit dinner on Friday, Aug. 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Royer Activities Center. During the meeting, many agreed to help by writing to Ohio congressmen and senators in a plea for more U.S. funds and troops to be sent to Turkey.”Time is crucial and we must move fast,” said Jim Ozmeral, manager of the Golden Corral restaurant on the corner of State Route 161 and Sawmill Road. Ozmeral hopes to host a dinner at his restaurant and donate $4 out of a $10-per-person cover charge to the relief effort.The Turkish StudentsÃ Association aims to collect $100-$200 from each individual department at OSU, Diehl said.The association can be reached at 228-7657.
GOLDEN CORRAL' DA 1999 DEPREMZEDELERI ICIN YAPTIGIMIZ CAR WASH
KAYSERİDEKİ ÇOCUKLARIMIZ KAMPANYASI
. I just want to make all of our friends aware of "Our Children in Kayseri Campaign."Even if you cannot help, please let your friends know about our campaign. For more information. Our letter to TAACO members is shown below. We alredy have thirteen sponsors. Selamlar, Saygilar. Cem Ozmeral
Sayin TAACO Uyeleri:
Gecen sene buyuk bir basariya ulastirdiginz; "Kayserideki Cocuklarimiz" Yardim Kampanyasini, bir kere daha acmaktan buyuk bir sevinc duyuyoruz.
Gecen sene oldugu gibi Altin Sponsorluk $120.00, Gumus Sponsorluk $60.00 olacaktir. Bir Altin Sponsor'un, ya da iki gumus sponsorun verdigi burs, yardima ihtiyaci olan bir ogrencinin kitap, giyecek, ayakkabi gibi okula baslarken gereksinim duydugu ihtiyaclarin kullanilmasinda kullanilacaktir.Bu ogrencilerin saptanmasinda ve burs paralarinin dagitiminda, gecen yil oldugu gibi Kayseri Il Ogretim Mudur Muavini, Sayin Erol Ozkan?in degerli yardimlarindan faydalanacagiz.
Gecen sizlerin verdigi $1680.00 ile ondort ogrencimizi sevindirmistik. Bu yilki hedefimiz 25 OGRENCI ya da $3000.00 olacaktir.
Kampanyaya son katilim tarihi : 30 HAZIRAN 2004
Gecen yil oldugu gibi TAACO'nun yardim sever sevgili uyeleri sayesinde bu hedefimize kolaylikla ulasacagimizi umit ediyoruz. Yardim ceklerinizi : TAACO P.O.Box 3566 Dublin, Ohio 43017
adresine yollayabilirsiniz. Ceklerinizin uzerine "Kayseri Kids" yazmayi unutmayin. Iptal edilmis cekleri vergi makbuzu olarak kullanabilirsiniz. ?u andaki sponsorlar a?a??da gösterilmi?tir. Dear TAACO Members : Once again, we are pleased to announce the kickoff of our campaign to help the needy "Children in Kayseri." Just like last year, the Gold Sponsorship will be $120.00 and the Silver Sponsorship will be $60.00. A Gold Sponsor or two Silver Sponsors will be able to accommodate the needs of a student. As the school year begins, these needs can be typically summarized as shoes, coats, books etc. Again, just like in 2003, Mr. Erol Ozkan, Superintendent of the School Systems in Kayseri, will assist us in determining the needy students and the allocation of such funds. Last year, with your help, $1680.00 was collected and used in making a difference in the lives of 14 Students. This year our goal is 25 Students or $3000.00. The deadline for this campaign is: JUNE 30, 2004 We feel very optimistic that with the help of our dear TAACO members, these goals will be easily attained. Please send your checks to TAACO P.O.Box 3596 Dublin, Ohio 43017 Also, please don't forget to write "Kayseri Kids" on your checks. Your canceled checks can be used for tax purposes. Current sponsors are shown below
TAACO EXECUTIVE COMITEE 2003
Soldan : Firuzan Sharp Secretary, Muharrem Güder Director of Cultural Affairs,Cem Özmeral President, Sitare Özmeral Treasurer,Oktay Çini Director of Cultural Affairs, not in picture Altuğ Bilgiç Vice President
TAACO EXECUTIVE COMITEE 2004
Soldan Öner Kirk, Arif Çetintaş,Firuzan Sharp,Sitare Özmeral, Sema Muharrem, Cem Özmeral
TURKISH FLAG RAISING CEREMONY AT THE STATE HOUSE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO ON OCTOBER 29, 2004
TURKISHREPUBLIC DAY SPEECH
Dear Members of The Turkish American Community and Dear Friends,
I like to welcome you to the 80th Anniversary Celebration of the TurkishRepublic. As all of you know, the TurkishRepublic was founded on October 29, 1923, by the leadership of our first President, Mustafa KemalAtaturk and the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
Eighty years passed since then. During these eighty years, the world has witnessed several wars. Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, numerous wars in the Middle East, to name a few. We have also witnessed the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the emergence of new nations and republics in Africa, Asia and elsewhere.
But the word " Republic" was not always used as it was intended. Often, even the tinniest dictatorships used the word "Republic", to disguise their form of government. On the other hand, Ataturk and The Grand National Assembly used the word "TurkishRepublic" in its true sense. "TurkiyeCumhuriyeti" or" TurkishRepublic. " Cumhur " meaning: "The People". "Cumhuriyet": meaning " The Government by The People".
Government by the People, for the People. Doesn't this remind us of something?
Today two years after the tragic events of September 11, the World is still looking for some answers in rebuilding relations between, East and West, Muslim and Christian and Jewish faiths. People in our communities and elsewhere are trying to learn more about other people, other religions, other countries with the hope of peaceful coexistence and a better world for our children and the next generations to come. People all over the world are looking for some answers, searching for models. They are talking about tolerance and understanding the "Other Side".
Well, they don't need to look any further. The TurkishRepublic with its eighty-year history shines a role model for an all nations looking for these answers. Yes, The Turkish Republic, with it's secular state and pre-dominantly Moslem population, serves as a bridge between East and West, religious tolerance between all faiths, ethnic diversity, yet one national unity.
We the Turkish-Americans are proud of our heritage and our eighty-year young Republic. As Ataturk once said and it immediately became the motto of TurkishRepublic: PEACE AT HOME AND PEACE IN THE WORLD.
PS: This speech was delivered by CemOzmeral, President of TAACO during the Republic Day Celebrations at the Fawcett center of The Ohio State University
SLIDE SHOW OF FLAG RAISING CEREMONY
THE PLAIN DEALER,NOV 16 2006 ISSUE
CEM OZMERAL AND GOVERNOR TAFT
RESOLUTION PRSENTED TO TAACO BY GOVERNOR BOB TAFT
TAACO VE TÜRKİYE'Yİ TANITICI ETKİNLİKLERDEN ÖRNEKLER
With former Governor of Ohio Bob Taft and Mrs.Taft
In the summer of 2003 we were invited to the Governor's Mansion in Columbus for a BBQ outing in recognition of local community leaders as the President of TAACO.(Turkish American Association of Central Ohio)
During 2003 and 2004 TAACO had invited the famous documentary filmmaker Robin L. Williams to Columbus for the showing of his two part series: Biblical Treasures of Turkey, featuring all of the Biblical sites of Turkey to the American public.