Cleveland Storyteller logo
cleveland-pano
Menu

Category Archives: Uncategorized

Cleveland Positive: The Touch of Human Kindness

John Phillips, M.D. photo
John Phillips, "The patient coming into the hospital should feel the touch of human kindness all through his/her treatment."

Part of the thrill of telling stories about Cleveland’s history is that my audiences are very attentive and on many occasions share stories and their ideas with me. Three weeks ago after presenting a talk about “Millionaires’ Row,” a young lady waited afterwards to share an idea with me. She enjoyed my presentation but felt my audience would have great interest in how Cleveland of today is making its way back to greatness. Thus, upon this suggestion, I have added at the end of most of my talks, “A Cleveland Positive” going on today.

My first Cleveland positive is our world famous Cleveland Clinic. Now I know Cleveland is blessed with many state of the art medical facilities, but it so happens that my dear wife, Susan, took ill and her doctors were with the Cleveland Clinic. Being a Cleveland history buff, our contact with the Clinic lead me on a mission to research the history of this great medical institution. In my search I came across a quote that stuck with me and, more than anything else I read about the Clinics early beginnings, gave me pause for the quote totally represented the experience Sue and I had at our Clinic.

John Phillips, M.D. was a Co-Founder of the Cleveland Clinic. I believe all of us who may ever need medical attention would have loved contact with Dr. Phillips based upon the following quote. Dr. Phillips said, “The patient coming into the hospital should feel the touch of human kindness all through his/her treatment.” What the good Dr. said 90 years ago is what Sue and I experienced with the Clinic. How the folks at the Clinic imbed in each and every one of their employees, Dr. Phillips philosophy of medicine is far beyond me. All I can say is that they have, and the Ruminskis are most grateful (Dr. Michael McNamara).

Thus next time a stranger pulls one of those negative Cleveland stereotypes on you, give them a 5-minute Cleveland history lesson and inform them with a dose of “human kindness.” That this city is home to one of the finest medical entities in all the land, our Cleveland Clinic

Dan Ruminski
Storyteller

The Junior League of Cleveland’s Hand in City History

I have had the great pleasure of meeting many, many fine folks and becoming aware of extremely fine organizations as a result of my Cleveland History presentations. A few days ago I received a wonderful email from one Emily describing to me the fine work that Junior League of Cleveland accomplished each and every year. Emily was kind enough to educate me on the history of the Junior League of Cleveland as they approach their 100th birthday.

Emily has given me permission to post her email and current press release concerning the Junior League of Cleveland, one reads their press release hopefully you will get the same impression I have; Cleveland is a wonderful place full of folks doing good works. This culture will result in our return to former greatness.

We thought this may be of interest to you because many of our facts are historical in nature. The Junior League of Cleveland has had a hand in this city’s history: Our members worked in local Red Cross stations during World War I, manned milk and food stations during the Great Depression, donated a large amount of funds for the restoration of Playhouse Square, among many other projects. This is just a small sample of the way the League has appeared in the history of Cleveland.

Kind Regards,
Emily Lopick
Junior League of Cleveland

The Junior League of Cleveland Launches
“100 Days, 100 Ways” Digital Campaign

Cleveland, Ohio – Nov. 1, 2011 – The Junior League of Cleveland, Inc. (JLC), is launching “100 Days, 100 Ways,” a special digital campaign to jumpstart its 100th anniversary coming up in 2012.

Beginning November 4, 2011 and continuing once a day for 100 days, The JLC will share ways the organization has impacted the Cleveland community through volunteer work, trained leaders, and partnerships with other organizations over the past 100 years.

The information will be shared via digital mediums including The JLC’s website, Facebook and Twitter. To access, visit www.jlcleveland.org, ‘Like’ the Junior League of Cleveland on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JrLeagueCleveland), or follow @JLCleveland on Twitter (www.twitter.com/jlcleveland).

“Our centennial provides an incredible opportunity to reflect upon our rich history of community impact,” said Hermione Malone, JLC President. “100 Days, 100 Ways is one way we’re reminding our membership – and the broader Cleveland community – of the difference the Junior League of Cleveland has made over the last century – both in the development of trained civic leaders and in programs that meet identified needs.

The culmination of the campaign will be the official launch of the JLC’s centennial year in February as it co-hosts a girls leadership symposium in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio.

About The Junior League of Cleveland

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2012, The Junior League of Cleveland, Inc. is an organization of women volunteers dedicated to community change. The JLC is comprised of diverse, creative, compassionate, and action oriented women who are committed to promoting the League’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action of trained volunteers. Our members have varying backgrounds and interests and share a commitment to volunteering.

Media Contact:

Betsy Nagy, Communications Director
communications@jlcleveland.org
216-231-6300

Continue reading The Junior League of Cleveland’s Hand in City History

So You Think the Green Movement is New?

The White Family was "green" before their time
The White Family was "green" before their time

Today, all of us seemingly have been indoctrinated as to the new definition of Green. One cannot turn anywhere but to run into a new green institute, a new green product which will save the planet, think green, be green, do green. A new idea right? I don’t think so.

Many years ago–1920 to be exact–there was a family in Cleveland, Ohio, who believed in green before today’s definition of green was ever invented. This famous family was the Walter White family of White Sewing Machine and White Motors fame.

They believed in planting thousands of trees (it was called tree farming) throughout their fabulous country estates so that future generations could truly enjoy them for years to come. Regular farming and tree farming were done jointly on the same properties. Mrs. Walter White actually received an award from her home state of South Carolina for planting more trees in that state than anyone before her. Knowing today that trees remove CO2 from the air in large quantities probably was a science unknown to the Whites, but no matter they already had a steady eye out for future generations.

I currently live on part of the old Walter White estate and own some 300 of these grand 60′ pines planted by the Whites. My enjoyment today truly understands their grand vision of the future.