A Historic Day for ATAA: Ambassador Tan Opens the Renovated ATAA Türk Evi
On Saturday June 11, 2011, Ambassador Namik Tan led the official opening of the renovated ATAA Türk Evi (Turkish House) with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by community leaders, diplomats, journalists, ATAA officers and delegates, student leaders, young professionals, and Turkic and other heritage community representatives. Throughout the renovation of the ATAA Türk Evi both Ambassador Tan and Mrs. Tan provided invaluable support.
The renovation of the ATAA Türk Evi, a historic building located in the center of Washington DC, was led by architect Nuray Anahtar. Her work provided an eclectic combination of the traditional and elegant with the contemporary.
In his opening speech Ambassador Tan stated that ATAA as the largest and most respected umbrella organization in the US, must ensure that the image of the building must reflect the organization's status.
Earlier in the day, ATAA held its Annual Delegates meeting with the representatives of its member associations from states across America. At the end of the Delegates Meeting the ATAA presidency was passed from Gunay Evinch to Ergun Kirlikovali.
ATAA's new Board of Directors, , half of whom are women, once again reflects its nationwide representation, credibility and dedication to the universal principles for which the Founding Fathers of America and Atatürk stood:
Ergun Kirlikovali, President (CA), Gunay Evinch, Past President (MD), Mehmet Celebi, President Elect (IL), Esra Ugurlu, Treasurer (PA), Esra Alemdar, Secretary General (DC), Feridun Bek, VP Mid Central Region (MI), Faruk Cingilli, Mid West Region (MN), Ibrahim Kurtulus, VP New York Metropolitan Region (NY), Ibrahim Onaral, VP North Central Region (PA), Mehves Sonmez, VP North Eastern Region (CT), Maria Cakiraga, VP Western Region(CA), Demet Cabbar, VP Capital Region (VA), Sibel Pakdemirli, VP South West Region (TX), and Sevgi Baran, VP North West Region (WA).
During the opening reception appreciation plaques and gifts were given to the following: Ambassador Tan and Mrs. Fugen Tan for their great leadership for Turkish American solidarity, Gunay Evinch for his outstanding presidency which brought ATAA to new heights, to Nuray Anahtar for her exceptional work in the renovation of ATAA Türk Evi, to Counselor Erdeniz Sen for invaluable service to people of Turkish heritage in the United States, to Bulent Ersoy for his tireless assistance to ATAA, to Oya Bain and Hakan Dakin for more than 30 and 20 years, respectively, of continuous and dedicated service to ATAA.