Yorucu ama bir okadar da zevkli bir Festival surecini geride biraktik. Bu festivalin gerceklesmesinde emegi gecen, basta Festival komitesi baskani Sn. Canan Ozaktay'a ve onun organizasyonu altinda ozveriyle calisan tum gonullulere, ayrica festivale gelerek bizleri yanliz birakmayan tum ziyaretcilere buradan tesekkur etmek istiyorum.
'Birlikten kuvvet dogar' deyimini gerceklestirdik. Bir defa daha gorduk ki, istedikmi altindan kalkamayacagimiz bir gucluk yoktur. Bize maddi ve manevi destek veren, cok sayida arkadasimiz bize bunu ispat etmis oldu.
Piyangodan kendisine Turkiye'ye gidis donus ucak bileti cikan ve bu biletin gelirini FTAA'ye bagislayan Sn. Tulin Tosyali'ya da buradan tesekkurlerimi iletirim. Aralik ayi icinde bu bileti acik artirmayla satisa sunacagiz.
Gerceklestirilen 10 yillik festival deneyimimizden dersler cikararak, daha iyisine kosuyoruz. Sizlerin de bu yondeki gorus ve onerilerinize acigiz. Lutfen bunlari dile getirin.
All of us at Florida have been saddened by news of the terrible earthquake that has struck the eastern province of Van in Turkey. Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute of Turkey has estimated that between 500 and 1,000 people may have perished in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake. (As of Nov. 5, 2011 number of victims are 600, and counting) Our thoughts are with the injured and the families of the victims. We extend our deepest condolences to all families who lost their loved ones.
We would like to convey our sympathy and solidarity by establishing the Van Earthquake Relief Fund at FTAA. 100 % of your contributions will go to AKUT, Kizilay and their grantee partners who are directly involved with Van, to help victims recover from the devastating effects of the earthquake.
The Turkish republic is 88 years young – yet has accomplished much. We are a shining republic in a volatile region. We are, perhaps a source of inspiration for many: A modern, democratic, secular, free republic run by a proud people, all in the vision of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Ataturk set the course and the goal: raise our country to the level of the most prosperous and civilized nations of the world. And we remain true to his vision.
I am reminded of two quotes of Ataturk this year: That “…Turks, as a nation throughout history has been a symbol of freedom and independence;” and that “the most appropriate system of administration to the character of the Turkish people is a Republic.”