Inductees – Europe

    Eugenia Stolarczyk - 2016

    Eugenia Stolarczyk

    Eugenia Stolarczyk

    Eugenia Stolarczyk

     

    Since her arrival in Cleveland, Eugenia Stolarczyk has been an active member of the Polish community. She married Jerzy Stolarczyk in 1957 and with a special love for Polish music and folklore, the ambitious and hardworking couple began their radio career in 1961. During her broadcast career, Eugenia interviewed many outstanding Polish artists and scholars. Along with raising three daughters, Eugenia devoted herself nearly full-time to the popularization of Polish culture. She continues to do so today.

    Eugenia is a lifetime member of the Polish American Cultural Center where she served on its board for nine years and is now in their advisory board, In 2006 she was honored and celebrated at a banquet for her 45 years of faithful service as the producer and host of the Polish Radio program, by the Polish American Cultural Center.

    Eugenia was vice-president and served as the chairperson of the Cultural and Publicity committee for the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress. . She was state president of the Polish Women's Alliance and is a member of the Polish National Alliance, the Polonia Foundation and the Polish Roman Catholic Union.

    Eugenia Stolarczyk at Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Eugenia Stolarczyk at Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    She was a board member for the International Services Center for 18 years and was honored for her dedicated and outstanding community service. For 9 years she served on the advisory board of the Catholic Social Serves and also served on the Child Care Panel of the United Way.

    For 6 years Eugenia was a local correspondent for the Chicago based Polish daily newspaper "Dziennik Zwiazkowy" organized concerts, art exhibits, lectures and plays. She coordinated many events with the Ethnic Heritage Studies Program at Cleveland State University.

    All of the above have led to many local TV appearances promoting Polish culture and tradition.

    In 1982, Eugenia received the Polish Heritage Award from the Polonia Foundation for her outstanding service to Polonia. In 1995 Poland honored her with an Order of Merit/ Kawalerski Krzyz Orderu Zaslugi.

    In 1999 the International Service Center celebrated her for her outstanding contribution to the community.

    For decades in Cleveland, there was hardly an event in the Polish community without the participation of Eugenia and Jerzy Stolarczyk. . Sadly, Jerzy passed in 1983 and Eugenia continues the work they started together by airing their Polish program each Sunday on WERE AM.

    Since 1988, as a result of her diligent efforts, Eugenia also produces a Polish program on public radio, WCPN 90.3 FM Ideastream, promoting Polish classical music and featuring interviews with distinguished guests. She continues her work on both stations serving the Polish American community. Eugenia can be heard on WERE 1490 AM on Sunday from 9-10:00 AM, on WCPN 90.3 FM 9-10:00 PM and also online at www.newstalkcleveland.com and wcpn.org.

    Eugenia Stolarczyk and Polish Consul General Urszula Gacek

    Eugenia Stolarczyk and Polish Consul General Urszula Gacek

    Eugenia takes great pride in and is recognized for continuing the two oldest Polish American Radio Programs, first started in 1927.

    Eugenia Stolarczyk was inducted by Polish Consul General Urszula Gacek from New York

    Polish Consul General Urszula Gacek and Eugenia Stolarczyk

    Polish Consul General Urszula Gacek and Eugenia Stolarczyk

    Click on the white arrows to watch the videos from the 2016 Induction Ceremony.   Make sure your speakers are on and note that you can maximize the videos to fill the screen.

    Video 1: MC Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com told the story of the legendary Polish song the Hejnal before the induction of Eugenia Stolarczyk at the induction ceremony of the 2016 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  Then 12 year old Olivia Gutowski, dressed in traditional Polish costume, played the Hejnal on her trumpet.

    Video 2: Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com introduced Polish Consul General Urszula Gacek who came in from New York to induct Eugenia Stolarczyk into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

    Video 3: Polish Consul General Urszula Gacek came in from New York to induct Eugenia Stolarczyk into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  This was the Consul’s first visit to Cleveland.

    Video 4: Eugenia Stolarczyk was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the Polish community including 55 years and counting on Polish radio.

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    Arnie de la Porte - 2016

    Arnie de la Porte

    Arnie de la Porte

    Arnie de la Porte

     

    Charles A. Andre de la Porte, or Arnie de la Porte as he is known, was born and raised in the Netherlands. He is a graduate of de Kweekschool voor de Zeevaart, the oldest Nautical Academy in Europe, and a retired officer in the Royal Dutch Navy.

    After his nautical career he became very active in international business first in Shell and later as Sales Director for a B. Elliot and Co., a large European machine tool company, followed by General Manager of McCulloch of Europe and In 1981, he became Vice President International of Ridge Tool and located to Elyria, Ohio. Here he Co-founded Hexon inc. where he specialized in export and turn-arounds

    In 1996 Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands appointed Arnie as Her Honorary Consul for the State of Ohio.

    Peter de la Porte accepts the honor for his father Arnie

    Peter de la Porte accepts the honor for his father Arnie

    Here is a partial list of Arnie's accomplishments:

    • Past Co-Chairman of the Cleveland Tall Ship Festival
    • Past Grand Commodore of the Ohio Commodores
    • Honorary chair of the Rotary club of Cleveland
    • Honorary president of the Cleveland Rotary Club
    • Past Chairman of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
    • Past Chairman of the board of the Elyria Country Club
    • Board member northern Ohio district export council (Nominated By US Secretary of Commerce)
    • Founding Board member of the French American Chamber
    • Founding Board member of the British American Chamber of Commerce
    • Founding Board member of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce
    • Founding Board member of the Benelux Business Association
    • Founding Board member of the German Roundtable
    • Past president of the Cleveland World Trade Association
    • Past board member of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association
    • Past board member State of Ohio economic development Council
    • Founding board member business advisory board Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine, ME
    • Founding Board member Cleveland World Trade Association Foundation
    • Founding board member North East Ohio Trade Network
    • He was awarded the "Ordre National du Mérite" by the country of France

    His motto was: "Trading nations seldom go to war."

    Arnie de la Porte was inducted by Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys.

    Peter de la Porte and Ingrida Bublys

    Peter de la Porte and Ingrida Bublys

    Click on the white arrows to watch the videos from the 2016 Induction Ceremony.   Make sure your speakers are on and note that you can maximize the videos to fill the screen.

    Video 1: Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com introduced Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys to induct Arnie de la Porte into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

     

    Video 2: Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys inducts Arnie de la Porte into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

     

    Honorary Consul of the Netherlands Arnie de la Porte was inducted posthumously into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  His son Peter accepted the honor and gave this acceptance speech stressing his father’s motto that ‘Trading nations seldom go to war.”

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    Carolyn Balogh - 2016

    Carolyn Balogh

    Carolyn Balogh

    Carolyn Balogh

     

    Carolyn Balogh was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her B.S. in Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Following graduation, she taught in Cleveland, Ohio, Euclid, Ohio, and Oakland, California.

    When Carolyn’s husband established their business, Mar-Bal, Inc. in 1970, Carolyn assumed the role of Human Resource Manager and Chief Financial Officer. She currently manages their real estate company, Balogh Real Estate LLP.

    Carolyn Balogh in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Carolyn Balogh in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    You will see Carolyn at all the events and programs for the Cleveland Hungarian community such as the Hungarian Cultural Garden of which she is president.  She recently helped the Hungarian Garden celebrate its 75th anniversary.

    Carolyn is on and part of many business and community boards and associations.

    Board of Directors:

    • Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel, President Emerita
    • Economic Development Chair
    • Hungarian Cultural Garden, President
    • Geauga County Community Improvement Corporation, President
    • Ohio University Foundation Board
    • Ohio University College of Education Advisory Board
    • Ohio University/University of Pecs Advisory Board

    Community Associations:

    • Cleveland Federation of Cultural Gardens
    • Women in Philanthropy- Ohio Women
    • Geauga County Hungarian Club
    • Hungarian Heritage Society
    • Ohio University Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland, Past President
    • Ohio University National Alumni Board
    • Ohio University Alumni Association – Metal of Merit recipient
    • Development Chair for 50th Anniversary Committee for the 1956 Revolution
    • Geauga Growth Partnership
    • Geauga Community Improvement Corporation- Past President
    • El Barrio Jobs Committee Chairman

    Carolyn Balogh was inducted by Dr. Maria Pujana

    Carolyn Balogh and Maria Pujana

    Carolyn Balogh and Maria Pujana

    Click on the white arrows to watch the videos from the 2016 Induction Ceremony.   Make sure your speakers are on and note that you can maximize the videos to fill the screen.

    Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com introduced Dr. Maria Pujana to induct Carolyn Balogh into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  Dr. Pujana was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2014.

     

    Dr. Maria Pujana inducted Carolyn Balogh into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame for her work in both the Hungarian and Hispanic communities.

    Carolyn Balogh was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame for her work in both the Hungarian and Hispanic communities.  In her acceptance speech Carolyn told of the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

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    Jack Kahl - 2016

    Jack Kahl

    Jack Kahl has been recognized globally for his innovative approach to business. He was named one of “America’s Most Admired CEOs” by Industry Week magazine in 1993. Inc. Magazine honored him as one of three CEOs in America to benchmark leadership practices, and Cleveland Magazine named him the “Best Boss in Town” in 1996 and 2000.

    Jack earned these accolades as an entrepreneur and the creator of Duck® Tape. He used servant leadership and a caring culture to grow his company, Manco, Inc. from a small industrial tape distributor into a leading global consumer products company. He bought Manco with $10,000 cash and an $182,000 loan in 1971, and sold the business to the Henkel Group nearly three decades later when sales topped $180 million.

    Jack Kahl inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Jack Kahl inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Under his leadership, Manco was the first company to receive three Wal-Mart “Vendor of the Year” awards and OfficeMax’s “Vendor of the Year – Supply Chain” Award. Manco was also one of the revolutionary companies featured in Jim Collin’s best-selling book, Built to Last.

    Jack was one of the founders of the Irish Garden Club which updated and enhanced the Irish Cultural Garden.

    Jack serves on the boards of several private companies. Jack has been the keynote speaker for conferences and companies around the globe, including IBM, AT&T, KPMG, and Michael Hammer’s Reengineering Conference. He also has lectured at business schools around the country. In addition, he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Industry Week, CEO Brief, Forbes, Fortune Small Business, and Inc. Magazine, talking about Manco and his visionary approach to business.

    Jack was the recipient of the School Home Office Products Association’s “Lifetime Achievement Award,” Beta Gamma Sigma’s “National Medal for Entrepreneurship,” and Cleveland’s “Philanthropist of the Year Award.”

    Jack Kahl inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Jack Kahl inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Jack is a strong supporter of education. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at John Carroll University and St. Edward High School in Cleveland. He was named “Outstanding Alumnus” and “Alumnus of the Year” at both institutions. John Carroll University established a “Kahl Chair in Entrepreneurship” in 1998. St. Edward High School dedicated its new student center, the “Jack Kahl Student Life & Leadership Center” in 2000.

    He is the former chairman of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), an organization that reaches more than 800,000 college students. SIFE dedicated a wing of its new world headquarters the “Jack Kahl Entrepreneurship Center” in 1999.

    Jack is the proud father of five children and thirteen grandchildren. He currently resides in Avon Lake, Ohio.

    Jack was inducted by Dan Coughlin.

    Dan Coughlin and Jack Kahl at induction in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Dan Coughlin and Jack Kahl

     


     

    Click on the white arrows to watch the videos from the 2016 Induction Ceremony.   Make sure your speakers are on and note that you can maximize the videos to fill the screen.

    Video 1: Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com introduced Cleveland sportswriter and TV personality Dan Coughlin at the induction ceremony for the 2016 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. He told of Dan’s Emmy and other awards and his 3 books.  Then he introduced Dan with a joke.

    Video 2: Cleveland sportswriter and TV personality Dan Coughlin introduced and inducted Jack Kahl

    Video 3: Jack Kahl, former Manco CEO, was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame for his many contributions to the Irish community including support for the Irish Cultural Garden and Johnny Kilbane statue. Jack tore up his prepared remarks and spoke from the heart as he accepted this honor.

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    Senator George Voinovich - 2010

    Senator George Voinovich

    From his time as member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Cuyahoga County Commissioner, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, Mayor of Cleveland and Governor of Ohio, to his present role as Ohio's senior United States Senator, George V. Voinovich has strived for more than 40 years to make all levels of government "work harder and smarter and do more with less."
    As mayor of Cleveland, USA Today credited him with "turning the nation's 22nd largest city from a laughingstock in the 1970s into a three-time All-America City winner during the 1980s" after Cleveland became the first major city to declare bankruptcy since the Depression. His work rebuilding the city through public-private partnerships earned him praise from the National Urban Coalition, which hailed him as one of four distinguished urban mayors in America.

    Over the last decade, Senator Voinovich has also been actively involved in crafting America's foreign and national security policies. He used his status as a five-year member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to conduct oversight of U.S. foreign policy in the most critical parts of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, the Balkans and former Captive Nations in Eastern Europe.

    Senator Voinovich played a leadership role in strengthening and enlarging the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Alliance and was the only member of Congress in the room at the 2002 NATO summit in Prague where membership was formally extended to Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

    Senator Voinovich has also carried the banners of advancing U.N. reform, strengthening U.S. public diplomacy, promoting lasting peace and stability in Southeast Europe, and combating global anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of intolerance. And, his Visa Waiver Program legislation was eagerly adopted, and is now benefiting countries that support the United States and are committed to fighting terrorism around the globe.

    Proud of his Serbian father (who was secretary of the Yugoslav Cultural garden in the 1930's) and his Slovenian mother, Collinwood's own often says "I have found over the years that those people who are proud of their ethnic heritage are great Americans."

    With all Sen. Voinovich has accomplished, he calls Janet, his wife of 47 years, God's greatest blessing on him.

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