Paul Burik was born in the city of Budvar – yes, the namesake of Budweiser Beer, in what is now the Czech Republic. He escaped with his father from Czechoslovakia in 1968 after the Soviet invasion. Mr. Burik attended Kent State University where he received a degree in architecture. Paul spent much of his professional career working for the City of Cleveland as Chief Architect. There, he also served on the Landmark’s Commission and the Streetscape Committee. He retired in 2010.
Paul is past president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation – umbrella organization of the 30 nationality gardens and currently serves as Vice President. He is Cleveland Chapter President of “Svaz Vedy a Umeni”, aka SVU – Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, organization dedicated to advancing the understanding of Czech, Slovak and Rusyn cultures. Paul is also a member of Sokol Greater Cleveland – Czech athletic and cultural organization, where he serves on the cultural committee. He is a member of Cleveland Bratislava Sister Cities and Carpatho-Rusyn Society.
In his home town of Avon, Mr. Burik is past president of the French Creek Foundation, an organization which he co-founded 25 years ago to improve and promote the down-town area of Avon. He also served as chairman of the Planning Commission there, developing the town’s master plan and zoning regulations.
Paul also volunteers with the youth at the Lorain Sailing and Yacht Club, teaching sailing. He is a past rear commodore, vice commodore and commodore of that club.
Paul with his wife Fran have a combined family of 5 adult children and 8 grandchildren. They both enjoy gardening, cooking and travel.
Born in Cleveland in 1928, Richard Fleischman was encouraged to study architecture at a young age by an uncle who noticed his avid interest in drawing and building models. During his senior year at East Tech High School, Fleischman won an academic scholarship to Carnegie Tech (now part of Carnegie-Mellon University). After graduating, he earned his master’s degree at Columbia University, where his education included a one-year fellowship visiting and studying iconic sites in Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany and Scandinavia. There he conceived his philosophy of architecture as “sculpted space.”
Fleischman has completed more than 480 projects and won over 120 awards. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1974, and received the AIA’s individual Gold Medal in 2001. His firm, Richard Fleischman Architects + Partners, was awarded the Gold Medal in 1988. Fleischman’s signature style is characterized by clean geometric lines, vast expanses of glass and light-filled open spaces.
In addition to designing new and recycling old buildings, Fleischman has been called the Master Church Designer. He also worked on the initial Master Plan for the Gateway Complex, created sophisticated office furniture for Saporiti Italia, and designed an award-winning abstract outdoor metal sculpture, The Dancers, for the Putnam Collection at Case Western Reserve University.
In the forward to Maurizio Vitta’s 1996 book, Richard Fleischman: Spaces to be Shared, Fleischman is quoted as saying, “Beauty in architecture and cities is largely dependent upon their harmonious and artful relationship to space.” Today, as an active 90-year-old and forever architect and optimist, Fleischman continues to consult and advise clients, students and friends on the beauty of space and timeless design.”Read
Ingrida Bublys, President of IB International Inc., shares 30 years in business development and company representation between the Baltic States and the US and lately has expanded business development to other surrounding countries. IBInternational represents a number of US companies in various industry sectors, while also representing and opening doors for a diverse range of Lithuanian companies in the US.
Secured and established contacts for trade development for various Baltic companies, as well as US companies; has developed a strong network across diverse commercial and government interests.
Organized the World Lithuanian Economic Conference in Chicago. Instrumental assisting Akron with Technology Bridge. Active member of various Cleve; land cultural, business and political activities.
Ingrida Bublys serves on various boards. She has been awarded “The Order of Grand Duke Vytautas the Great” by the Lithuanian government, the American Nationalities Movement’s “Eagle Award”, and the International Rotary Club of Cleveland, International Service Award, last year in Lithuania on the occasion of Lithuania’s Centennial of the Restoration of Independence chosen one of the 100 Women of Lithuania that all Lithuanians worldwide are proud off and many other recognitions by the Lithuanian community and the business communities..
Ingrida Bublys is the Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Lithuania for the states of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky for the past 22 years promoting friendly relations between Lithuania and United States. She has established good relations with city and state officials, educational institutions and US corporations. Active networker through various organizations in developing contacts.
Instrumental in connecting Ohio Universities with Lithuanian Universities and various exchange programs. On the State level a relationship with Department of Agriculture of Ohio and the Ministry of Agriculture in Lithuania. Organizer of trade missions. Successfully bringing cultural events and providing access for Lithuanian government officials to key US decision makers and people of influence.
Marilyn Madigan is the daughter of the late Jack and Catherine Finn Madigan. She is a lifelong resident of the West Park area of Cleveland. She attended St. Patrick West Park Grade School and is an Alumni of St. Joseph Academy.
She is a Parishioner of St. Patrick West Park. As a youth, she was a participate and a coach in the Parish's Catholic Youth Organization. She recently became more active when the Parish was in danger of closing and during the closure. Marilyn's most celebrated accomplishment has been the successful Hierarchical Recourse to the Congregation of the Clergy-Marilyn Madigan et.al for the Parish of St Patrick-West Park. After the Parish was reopened, she served as Parish Council President, Eucharistic Minister, and Collection Counter.
In her professional career, Marilyn received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. John College. She started her career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Her career continued for 38 years as an Advanced Clinical Nurse in the Department of Operative Services. She retired in 2018 after 41 years of service at University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center.
Her involvement with the Irish Community started in 1969 when she started marching with the Ladies Drill Team of the West Side Irish American Club in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Her love of sports was enhanced by her participation in the Irish sport of Camogie. She was a player and President of the Emerald Camogie Team and served as the Registrar of the North American Camogie Board in the early 1980's.
Marilyn continues to be an active member of Cleveland's Irish Community with memberships in Cleveland Comhaltas,Gaelic Society, Irish American Club East Side, Irish Northern Aid, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, United Irish Societies, and the West Side Irish American Club. She was a member of the Irish Music Academy of Cleveland, Cleveland Feis and a dancer with the O'Leary Manning School of Irish Dance. Marilyn has served in many leadership positions: Board Member, Vice-President of the Irish Music Academy, Board Trustee of the West Side Irish American Club and Co Chair of the Ohio Irish Festival.
She has volunteered for many years at the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival and with the Irish American Archives Society at the Annual Walks of Life event. She is currently a columnist with the Ohio Irish News, a Deputy Director of the United Irish Societies, Treasurer of Cleveland Comhaltas and the National Secretary of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.
The organization that Marilyn is most active with is the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. She has been a member for 40 years serving in many offices including Division, County and State President. She was a founding member of the Ohio State Degree Team, and has served as Treasurer and Guardian. In 1988 when Cleveland hosted the National Convention, Marilyn served on the local committee. Marilyn served as National Fundraiser 2012-2014, National Irish Historian 2014-2016, National Treasurer 2016-2018 and is the current National Secretary.
She was very proud and honored to be serving as National Irish Historian during the Centennial of the Easter Rising. Marilyn has been very diligent and enthusiastic in promoting the Women of 1916 in the cause of Irish Freedom speaking in Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Ohio.
One of Marilyn’s heroes is President John F. Kennedy, and to paraphrase Marilyn will ask “Ask not what the Hibernians or your Community can do for you- Ask what Marilyn Madigan can do for the Hibernians and your Community”. Marilyn has shown her dedication as a hard worker and good communicator. She is a credit to the important work that the Irish Community does and has been recognized for her contributions.
In 1994, the United Irish Societies honored her by being named Co Chair of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Boland Berry Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians selected her as the 2002 Hibernian of the Year. She is very honored and humbled to being named to the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
Judge Ray Pianka
The induction speech for Judge Ray Pianka was given
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Karen Pianka accepted the honor for her late husband
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Judge Ray Pianka
“Dla chcącego nic trudnego” is Polish for “Where there's a will, there's a way”. Judge Raymond L. Pianka often quoted this Polish phrase when explaining how he was able to accomplish so much for the people of his Cleveland neighborhood, other city neighborhoods, as well as his city.
Ray Pianka was always about public service. The author Alex Kotlowitz described him as “humble, a student of history, courageous, empathetic, filled with a (sometimes corny) sense of humor and directed by the belief that life ought to be fair.”
As a young man, Ray Pianka organized residents on West Clinton Avenue, his street on the west side of Cleveland, to get trees planted, some of which still shade the street. He also tried to save a historic home where Theodore Roosevelt had once stayed; although he lost that battle, his commitment to his Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood led to his dedication to the City of Cleveland, and the belief, in a time when others were abandoning all hope for the nation’s urban areas, that cities were unique places that could provide the sense of community so necessary for a healthy society.
Educated in Cleveland public schools, Ray Pianka graduated from the old West High, where he met Karen Olson, who later became his wife. He graduated from Cleveland State University, and then attended the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law while helping start the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization in 1973; he became the organization’s first executive director.
Pianka was a key player in many economic development and community projects, and was instrumental in saving the Gordon Square Arcade building from demolition, which is today the centerpiece of the thriving Gordon Square Arts District.
Ray Pianka first ran for Cleveland City Council in 1985 because he felt that his neighborhood wasn’t getting the service it needed; he knew he could do more for his neighborhood than he had already done running the community organization. Ray was a long-shot candidate running against a well-known incumbent, but he ended up winning the race (Dla chcącego nic trudnego).
As a Councilman, his hallmark was his accessibility to his neighbors, even on one Christmas Eve evening when someone stopped by his house looking for help. But Ray Pianka’s other equally important hallmark as a Councilman was his commitment to pass legislation and implement policies that strengthened Cleveland’s neighborhoods. All of Cleveland’s neighborhoods.
He championed neighborhood development and sought innovative ways to help the community. For example, he used block grant funds to hire neighborhood residents to plant trees and beautify the I-90 corridor in his ward. Pianka became chair of Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee, where he led the effort to equalize spending federal community development funds in all city neighborhoods. He also worked to strengthen the city’s building and housing codes and increased funding for building inspections.
Ray Pianka was first elected to the Cleveland Housing Court in 1995. As judge, Pianka implemented numerous innovative programs to help people comply with the City of Cleveland's building, housing, and health codes. These programs included requiring negligent landowners to pay neighbors for the blight their properties cause and imposing daily fines on landowners who didn't show up in his courtroom for housing code violations.
Often when individual homeowners, residents who might be on the cusp of foreclosure or struggling to pay health care bills or needing a job, ended up in front of him, Judge Pianka just wanted to know what got them there — and what he and the city could do to help get them back on their feet. He and his court staff worked with the homeowner to get the violations corrected as well as get stabilized in other areas. But when people came into Cleveland to make money off the misfortune of others by flipping homes, Judge Pianka fined and even jailed them when they refused to maintain their properties. Steve Lorenz, of Cleveland’s Kamm’s Corners neighborhood, wrote, “He (Ray) was keen at discerning the story tellers from those who really needed help.”
There may be no one else in the city who has the same depth of knowledge and the compassion toward Cleveland's neighborhoods that Ray Pianka had. Frequently, he would surprise defendants in the court by knowing details about their own street.
Ray Pianka was involved in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, supporting efforts by the Polish Catholic churches to teach Polish language and culture.
In 2017, the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus posthumously awarded Ray its annual "Four Eagle Award", which honors an individual who has been especially noteworthy in building up the greater community.
Ray knew that a street in his Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood was where the famed boxer Johnny Kilbane had lived, and worked with the Irish American Archives Society on the Johnny Kilbane Sculpture Project. The Society honored him with its’ Thomas J. Campbell Award in 2015.
Judge Ray Pianka once wrote, “Nothing I have done or could do to serve my community is more important, or more fulfilling, than being the Housing Court Judge.”
Author Alex Kotlowitz wrote this about Ray Pianka: “He’s our north star. He’s what we all should aspire to. He’s the best of America. He was a good friend. And a good man. He’s shown us the way.” Dla chcącego nic trudnego.
Rest in Peace Judge Pianka. You are greatly missed.