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Horse Country Road Tour – Fundraising that’s Fun

The Storyteller at the 5th Anniversary "Horse Country Road Tour." (photo)
5th Anniversary "Horse Country Road Tour" -- Click to see Facebook Photo Album

My quest to use Cleveland history in promoting pride in Cleveland took a giant step forward as I presented at the 5th Anniversary “Horse Country Road Tour.” I wrote about this event last year as I so much enjoyed this unique charitable event sponsored by Leikin Motor Companies. My friend Tom Barrett does a marvelous job of pulling this event together with great volunteers to raise money for Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

A collection of some eighty antique cars is this core ofthe event. Each year Tom arranges to visit historical locomotives in this area. As we arrive, we tour each location while I give the relevant history. Then back to White North Stables in beautiful Hunting Valley, Ohio where we have a wonderful dinner and I do more telling of the history of the area. Tom shared with me that since adding the history component to the event two years ago, participation has nearly doubled. Tom always likes to make my day.

I write today because I think over the years fundraising has become rather predictable. Tom’s vision is just the opposite as he and his friends are able to raise thousands of dollars in a truly extremely enjoyable and unique event.

The following pictures probably will tell the story better than your Storyteller – included are those representing the places we visited this year.

Fourth of July Parade – Gates Mills

Fourth of July Parade
Fourth of July Parade (click image for more photos on Facebook)

On July 3rd of this year, I was meeting with my buddies, Bob, Freddie, Don, Skip, and John at our regular watering hole, Sara’s Restaurant in Gates Mills, Ohio, where we discussed our various plans for the 4th of July. For me, there was no question, as it is a day of early golf and yard work- I guess I have become a creature of habit. This one, however, proved to be special.

Freddie made comment that it would be nice to attend the annual parade which Gates Mills sponsors every fourth. Freddie commented that this parade represented the best of small town America and the great values that come with these communities. As I listened both Freddie and I concluded that we both needed a strong dose of America, something that made you so proud that the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up.

Well so much for golf as we agreed to meet on the lawn in front of the historical society, a perfect corner to view the entire parade. Freddie brought the water and I brought the blanket. Our buddy Bob was happy with our discussion since he was going to be in the parade with his vintage M.G. convertible. Continue reading Fourth of July Parade – Gates Mills

Fieldstone Farm, Part of Cleveland’s Greatness

White taught his sons that ownership comes with responsibilities Cleveland’s fabulous history teaches all of us the wonderful contributions our Cleveland has made in impacting societies worldwide. Cleveland, wealthiest city in all the world 1885 was and is today one of the most charitable cities in the entire world. Today, if I may, I would like to talk about a charitable endeavor many may not be familiar with and yet, one which has great importance in today’s society, an operation which deals in a very positive fashion with a cause near and dear to me, Autism .

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center is located in Bainbridge, Ohio a wonderful suburb located east of Cleveland, Ohio, a place that I have driven past for years and always thinking what a good looking and well-kept stable, never realizing that this piece of property represented oh so much more. I learned about Fieldstone Farm quite by accident while at a luncheon I attended in Gates Mills, Ohio. My passion for Cleveland history and using this history to fundraise for Autism always seems to come out at such lunches and in this case the conversation at our table quickly developed around this topic. When my hostess suggested that I might want to visit a farm called Fieldstone I was intrigued enough to call Executive Director Lynnette Stuart to set up a visit. Continue reading Fieldstone Farm, Part of Cleveland’s Greatness

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