Remembering Past STSCA President, Gary Furlong

A memorial service was held on September 16 at the Seattle City Hall for past STSCA President, Gary Furlong, who passed away over the summer in Las Vegas. Friends, family members, and dignitaries gathered to pay their respects to Gary and to honor the memory of his rich and impactful life.

Gary was devoted to humanitarian causes and to serving local and international communities. He was a past President of the STSCA and also served for many years as the Honorary Consul of Uzbekistan, contributing greatly to the development of people-to people diplomacy between Uzbekistan and the United States. His other accomplishments include putting together the Pacific Rim Disaster Team, which traveled to Armenia in 1988 to provide relief to the victims of the Spitak earthquake that claimed the lives of over 25,000 people. Throughout his legal and community service careers, Gary helped many people, including a young girl, Madina Rasulova, whom he brought to the United States from Uzbekistan for a surgery that saved her life. She now has three children of her own. Gary is survived by his children, Katya and Albert, and his siblings, Grady, Barbara, Linda, and Rhonda. He is predeceased by his parents and grandparents.

Gary loved life. He cherished his family and friends, and enjoyed reading and helping people. May his memory be a blessing to all those he knew!

Board Member Gives Successful Talk on STSCA to Retirement Home

STSCA Board Member Fred Lundahl gave a successful talk recently on the history and mission of the STSCA to the Judson Park Retirement Center in Des Moines, WA. The talk was well-attended by approximately 70 people, who expressed their interest in the work of our organization. Thank you to Fred for presenting and to the Judson Park Center for hosting him!

Get Your Tickets for Our Annual Summer Picnic!

Tickets are now on sale for our annual summer picnic on Sunday, September 24. As in years past, the picnic will feature authentic Uzbek plov, games, good music, and fun for both kids and adults! This year’s picnic will be held from 2-6 PM at the North Shelter in Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd N., Renton, WA.

Tickets are now available–get yours before they sell out! The cost is $10 for ages 12 and up, and free for under 12. You can purchase tickets here:

http://stscapicnic2017.brownpapertickets.com/

We hope to see you there!
–The STSCA Board

Navruz Featured in Video by Local Online News Site

This year’s Navruz celebration was featured in a video by the local online news site, Whats Up Northwest–thanks to Eugene Sarigumba for creating it! You can watch the video here:

Help Support Navruz!

Navruz is our largest annual event and is a community celebration that brings up to 450 people together for music and dance performances, authentic Uzbek dishes, a Central Asian Fashion Show, and good conversations! This popular event sells out every year ahead of time, attracting guests from all over the U.S. and Canada, while uniting people from our community, regardless of their cultural, religious, or ethnic background and celebrating the rich culture of Central Asia.

We are looking for corporate sponsors to offset the costs of the event, as well as in-kind donations for the Navruz raffle. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so all donations are tax-deductible. As our thanks to our sponsors, we will recognize sponsors from the stage during the festivities and offer them a wide range of benefits ranging from free tickets and a table at the event to marketing and publicity opportunities.

If you or your business/organization is interested in supporting Navruz this year through sponsorship or raffle donation, please email us and let us know!

For more information about our Navruz celebration, download the flier.

Tickets Now Available for Navruz 2017!

Tickets are now available for our 19th annual Navruz celebration–this year on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at a new location in Bellevue! The event promises to once again be full of fun with delicious Central Asian food and entertainment! Join us for a festive meal, dancing, fashion show, and more as we usher in spring!

DETAILS:

Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 1 PM – 5:30 PM, or until the dancing ends!
Location: Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Samammish Pkwy SE, Bellevue WA 98008
Directions: http://www.vasaparkresort.com/contacts.html
Parking: There is ample parking right by the ballroom.

Please bring fruit and/or dessert to share.

REGISTRATION:

The cost for this event is $25 for ages 11 and up, and free for ages 10 and under.

Tickets are available for purchase here:

http://navruz2017.brownpapertickets.com/

Please purchase your ticket early to guarantee your spot. This event is very popular and has sold out the past few years, and we expect a similar turnout this year. There will be NO tickets available at the door!

You must present a PRINTED ticket to be admitted, so please print your ticket ahead of time and bring it with you.

We look forward to seeing you there!
–The STSCA Board

Presidential Elections to be Held in Uzbekistan on December 4!

This year, presidential elections will be held in Uzbekistan on December 4th. On October 24, the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan, together with the Central Election Commission, organized a nationwide workshop entitled , “Participation of women in elections”, at the Republican Press Center for covering the presidential elections.

More information on the upcoming elections and on women’s participation in them can be found on the Embassy’s website here:

http://www.uzbekistan.org/presidential-elections-2015/archive/7306/

Come Join Our Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 7!

Everyone is invited to the Seattle-Tashkent Sister Association Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 10, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, in the North Star Dining Room at North Seattle College.

Come meet the Board of Directors, hear about our activities for the past year, elect new Directors for the Board, and enjoy light refreshments.

We will also have a raffle for a beautiful suzanne from Urgut, courtesy of our friends from Music for the Eyes. This is a free raffle – no purchase necessary!

See you there!

Attend the 17th Annual Seattle Sister Cities Reception!

Join Mayor Ed Murray and City Council President Bruce Harrell for the 17th Annual Seattle Sister Cities Reception: Global Connections through World Travel on Thursday, October 6.

Hear from travel guru Rick Steves and network with City Council members, sister city members, country consul generals and other internationally minded business and community leaders. Enjoy international exhibits, food stations, refreshments and entertainment. More information and tickets are available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/275924566133792/.

Tashkent Park Re-Opens as International Symbol of Goodwill

Tashkent Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill was officially re-dedicated on Saturday, September 24. The celebration featured remarks from representatives of the city of Seattle, the STSCA, and the Secretary of the Uzbek Embassy.

Former STSCA President Dan Peterson spoke about the Sister City relationship, and Deputy Mayor of the City of Seattle Hyeok Kim honored University of Washington Professor Ilse Cirtautas and former Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman for their role in the founding of the STSCA.

Mayor Uhlman, who served from 1969 to 1978, worked with Professor Cirtautas and Tashkent officials to make the sister-city relationship a reality. Governments may not always get along, he said at the ceremony, but people do. “I felt very strongly that we ought to get the people together and forget the government,” Uhlman said.

Secretary Abdufarrukh Khamirov of the Uzbekistan Embassy in the U.S., said the park is a piece of his country in Seattle. “It (is) a symbol of our friendship of our nations,” he said. He also said that the 43-year-old relationship between the cities is a good example of cooperation.

Renovations to the park included landscaping, tables and chairs, a new plaque and plaza upgrades that make it ADA-accessible. Funding for the upgrades came from the Community Development Block Grant, a federal program designed to provide resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

A big thanks to the City of Seattle Parks and Rec Department for their work in landscaping the park! Thank you also to everyone who attended the re-dedication–it was a historic event!