From: John Halbert [mailto:johnhalbert@comcast.
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
To: 'Tom Halbert - President'
Subject: Yuri FedorovFormer city director for our Sister City of Vladimir, Russian Federation, Laura Flesch, has passed on information about the death of Yuri Federov who was our point of contact from the establishing our twinning with Vladimir. Laura writes “With deep sadness, I learned that Yuri died today. Yuri will be missed by so many people around the world whose lives he touched. He embraced and enriched Sarasota’s Sister Cities program with Vladimir through beautiful ideas that served to bring our people closer together, and shared his fond memories of this friendship to the end.
The memory of Yuri Viktorovich Fedorov remains forever in the hearts of his friends and colleagues, and he will be an inspiration for continued mutual cooperation with Vladimir. Notes and letters of condolence may be sent to his wife, Nadiezhda Fedorovna, and to the Mayor of Vladimir, Sergei Sakharov, via Anna Makarova of the International department, of Vladimir City Administration, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.comYou may like to take a moment to read the attached Proclamation for Yuri Fedorov Day issued by Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Sarasota Sister Cities Association last Spring, which reads in part: “…Yuri was a true Ambassador of Russian hospitality, with a global sense of Citizen Diplomacy, who has created lasting and progressive contributions to our joint mission, building bridges of peace and understanding between our citizens with dedication and commitment to the spirit of Sister Cities International…”______________
What a moving tribute to have Yuri Federov Day-----in our city.When I think of Russia, the image of Yuri is deeply embedded because he embodied the "soul" of Russia in our experience. Warm, humorous, full of the vitality of life, Yuri left no stone unturned in our magnificent trip. He brought us directly to the heart of the people - interesting cafe's, excursions, important meetings, historical and social contextual viewpoints on everything and always with that depth of feeling that was so characteristic of him.
I still picture him. Our van driving up in the snow, Yuri in his Russian hat (the cold air whipping us senseless) boldly coming down the steps of the City Offices , arms out stretched ,booming voice, welcoming us day after day after day, We never felt it was a "duty," never felt he was putting in time after long work hours.
Like a larger than life storybook character, he beckoned us to experience Russia on his terms-see the real Russia in its vivid religious mystical presence, its rich history enveloping every street, his laughter and soulful engagement warming every cold day.Yes, Yuri and Russia are one. His impact on our theatre artisans, our relationship with our Russian friends, educators and students was forever forged by Yuri. He shall be missed, but never forgotten for his legacy lives on.On behalf of Florida Studio Theatre,Our condolencesKateKate Alexander
Florida Studio Theatre
1241 North Palm Avenue
Our special board meeting at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, June 26 at the Helmsley Sandcastle on Lido Key will be for the presentation of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee business opportunity research conducted on behalf of SSCA with the objectives of:
1. Exposing business students to a foreign city and let they try to identify certain needs or opportunities between the Cultural Coast and our Sister City of Xiamen, China;
2. To identify any Sarasota companies that might be able to tie into any of the needs or opportunities identified;
3. Create an initial launch strategy for those companies.
The research by 11 MBA students, under the guidance of Dr. Robert Anderson, Dean of USFSM College of Business and Business Management Professor Dr. Jean Kabongo is a first step which has resulted in three teams now having an exposure to a foreign market, the issues involved in doing business overseas, and the process that one eventually has to apply. This will be the prime opportunity for all SSCA Board members to meet the key USFSM leadership involved and those who actually did the research to enhance the Sarasota – Xiamen relationship and to provide the first steps in creating a business model that could be adopted for expansion to are seven other twinned cities.
Those from USFSM who are planning to attend are Dr. Robert Anderson, Prof. Jean Kabongo, and students Alex Klotz, Kris Ranstorm, and Doug Scott. I would like for SSCA to host this team that did the research on our behalf at the Meet & Greet that follows the presentation. To do this I need four volunteers to be hosts for the team members. I will host one member, but need volunteers to host the other four. Please let me know by email if you would like to be a host.
If you haven’t already provided an RSVP, please let Gayle know before 10am Friday so the Sandcastle can determine presentation room requirements, firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks
The June SSCA Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 26 at the Helmsley Castle in conjunction with our Meet & Greet. The board meeting will be at 3:30pm – the Meet & Greet begins at 5 pm. Also – for those interested we have a special SSCA rate for a get-away outing at the hotel for 1 or up to 3 nights for $99 per day. Great opportunity for a relaxing time and chance to assess the accommodations for our possible hosting of the 2013 Florida Sister Cities Convention as part of our 50th anniversary year!