After visiting Seattle, Washington’s Macedonian community, UMD President Metodija A. Koloski traveled to Portland, Oregon to speak about the work of the United Macedonian Diaspora. Longtime UMD Macedonian Companions Dr. and Mrs. Leon Speroff, Macedonia Schools Project Coordinator Tom Lineham, and UMD members Mr. and Mrs. Toni Georgiev hosted him during the weekend visit.
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, Koloski gave a presentation to over 50 members of the Podkrepa (meaning “support” in Macedonian) organization in Portland followed by a potluck dinner. Podkrepa was founded in 1939 to jointly serve the Macedonian and Bulgarian immigrants to Portland. The Macedonian culture and flag were prominently displayed. It was a great opportunity to inform the audience about UMD’s work and why even in far off places like Portland, Oregon, UMD’s mission of promoting the ethnic Macedonian heritage is critical, particularly for the next generation.
UMD President Koloski’s presentation focused on UMD’s educational advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and its programs serving the global Macedonian community like the Bitove Scholarship, Generation M, Birthright Macedonia, UMD’s internship, and the UMD Endowment through the Cleveland Foundation.
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