TAFSUS

Turkish American Friendship Society of US

Aims

TAFSUS Logo TAFSUS is a non-profit organization established in 1966 to promote better understanding and friendship between the Turkish and the American communities through educational, cultural and social activities. TAFSUS is an association, which serves the Turkish, the Turkish-American and the American communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and South New Jersey.

Activites

TAFSUS is one of the oldest, best-organized and most effective local Turkish -American organization in the nation. Through your support, TAFSUS administers numerous projects.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: TAFSUS has a well-estbalished education program in 3 parts:
  1. OKUMUS-TAFSUS Fellowships to qualified teachers and school administrators for a 14-day study tour of Turkey
  2. Portrait of Turkey Program for select high school students
  3. Teacher Workshops - for 1 day intense study of Turkey. These programs are administered by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and funded by TAFSUS.

Other educational programs involve supporting scholars of the American Research Institute of Turkey (ARIT) and partially covering the cost of the students who travel to Turkey to study Turkish under the Middle East Center's sponsorship, and Halide Edip Adivar scholarships.

SOCIAL EVENTS: TAFSUS organizes several social events through the year to help bring the community together such as Republic Day, Dinner, Children's Day, Picnic, and Celebration of one religious holiday. CHARITY WORK: TAFSUS responds to disasters such as earthquakes in Turkey and emergency situations. LIBRARY SERVICES: Distribution of the books, the brochures, the posters to the teachers and the school libraries. CULTURAL PROGRAMS: TAFSUS presents lectures on Turkey with other organizations such as the World Affairs Council, organizes Turkish Nights in diverse locations such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and participates in public events such as the International Children's Festival at the University of Pennsylvania. COMMUNITY MAILINGS: TAFSUS uses email and U.S. Mail on all TAFSUS prorgams and Turkey related events to the Turkish-American community throughout the year. SPEAKERS BUREAU: Speakers, slides and written information on Turkey are made available upon request to museums, social and religious organizations. STUDENT SERVICES: The objective is to provide a relationship between TAFSUS and the Turkish students attending local universities and colleges, and to organize joint programs.

Giving a true and honest image of Turkey is important to all of us, Americans and Turkish Americans and of major importance to our children. With your help TAFSUS will continue to build bridges between the two countries and cultures.

Among TAFSUS' main activities are:

  • Teachers Workshops and Sponsorships of Teachers Traveling to Turkey in the summer months.
  • Library Services by collection and distribution of informative literature on Turkey to school and public libraries including curriculum guides for teachers.
  • Speakers Bureau help by providing slides aand speakers on Turkey upon request.
  • Festivals and Cultural Events participation in Philadelphia on various platforms.
  • Charity Work by donations for disaster relief such as earthquakes.
  • Newsletter as means of communication and dissemination of information twice a year.
  • E-mail and print mailings on all events aaand news.
  • Social events such as the annual Republic Day Dinner, Annual Picnic, and Various Holidays.
  • Media Watch and Response to provide correct and balanced information on Turkey and US-Turkish Relations in the US media and also in the state and federal congress.


Contact

TAFSUSTurkish American Friendship Society of United States
Address3 N. Columbus Blvd 103 Philadelphia, PA 19106
Email

2014 Executive Board

PresidentLale Iskarpatyoti
VP at Large & TreasurerIbrahim Onaral
Vice President of Public Relations Hasan Ayaz
Vice President of EducationBirtan Collier
Vice President of Social Affairs Muhammed Al-Khatib
Vice President of Cultural AffairsWallis Urmenyhazi
Vice President of MembershipAylin Sagay
Vice President of Student Affairs and SecretaryGozde Ayaz
Vice President of Youth Affairs Sila Yesilsoy
Vice President of Communication Selin Sakarcan
Director, ATA SchoolDilek Arig

Previous Board Officers

2013 TAFSUS Board
Lale Iskarpatyoti, President
Ibrahim Onaral, Treasurer
Hasan Ayaz VP of Public Relations
Birtan Collier, VP of Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, , VP of Social Affairs
Aylin Sagay, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs & Secretary
Sila Yesilsoy, VP of Youth Affairs
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School
2012 TAFSUS Board
Hasan Ayaz, President
Ibrahim Onaral, Treasurer
Lale Iskarpatyoti VP of Public Relations & Secretary
Birtan Collier, VP of Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, , VP of Community Affairs
Aylin Sagay, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Esra Ugurlu, VP of Social Affairs
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs
Utku K. Ercan, VP of Database
Sila Yesilsoy, Youth Coordinator
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School

2011 TAFSUS Board
Hasan Ayaz, President
Ibrahim Onaral, Treasurer
Lale Iskarpatyoti VP of Community Affairs & Secretary
Birtan Collier, VP of Second Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Esra Ugurlu, VP of Social Affairs
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs and Website
Ceren Kesici, Youth Coordinator
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School
2010 TAFSUS Board
Ibrahim Onaral, President
Lale Iskarpatyoti, Treasurer
Birtan Collier, VP of Second Education
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Hasan Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs and Website
Ece Gumus, VP of Community Outreach
Gozde Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs
Esra Ugurlu, VP of Young Professionals
Ceren Kesici, Youth Coordinator
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School

2009 TAFSUS Board
Ibrahim Onaral, President
Lale Iskarpatyoti, Treasurer
Serap Menda, VP of Information
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP of Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural Affairs
Suzan Aydin, VP of Community Outreach
Birtan Collier, VP of Second Education
Hasan Ayaz, VP of Student Affairs and Website
Ceren Kesici, Youth Coordinator
Dilek Arig, Director, ATA School
2008 TAFSUS Board
Lale Iskarpatyoti, President
Nihat Bilgutay, Vice President At-Large
Serap Menda, Treasurer
Hasan Karatas, Secretary and VP of Public Relations
Ibrahim Onaral, VP of Social and Membership
Suzan Aydin, VP of Community Outreach
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP of Cultural
Hasan Ayaz, VP of Student and Website
Canan Bilgutay, VP of Second Generation
Birtan Collier, VP of Second Education
2007 TAFSUS Board
Lale Iskarpatyoti, President
Nihat Bilgutay, VP-At-Large
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Aysen Ozezer, Treasurer
Serap Menda, VP Information
Meltem Pusat-Gonnella, VP Public Affairs
Ibrahim Onaral, VP Social and Membership
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Cultural
Hasan Ayaz, VP Student Affairs
Canan Bilgutay, VP Second Generation
Birtan Collier, VP Education

2006 TAFSUS Board
Nihat Bilgutay, President
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Birtan Collier, Treasurer
Serap Menda, VP Membership & Information, e-mails
Lale Iskarpatyoti, VP Public Affairs
Dilek Arig, VP Social and Cultural
Ibrahim Onaral, VP Social and Cultural
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Social and Cultural
2005 TAFSUS Board
Nihat Bilgutay, President
Hasan Karatas, VP Information
Birtan Collier, Secretary and Treasurer
Ibrahim Onaral, VP Membership
Lale Iskarpatyoti, VP Public Affairs
Jason Iskarpatyoti, VP Production
Dilek Arig, VP Social and Cultural
Serap Menda, VP Social and Cultural plus TAFSUS e-mails
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Social and Cultural
2004 TAFSUS board
Ibrahim Onaral, President
Hasan Karatas, VP Information
Birtan Collier, Secretary and Treasurer
Suzan Aydin, VP Membership
Nihat Bilgutay, VP Public Affairs
Jason Iskarpatyoti, VP Production
Serap Menda, VP Social and Cultural
Gulcin Bal, VP Social and Cultural
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Social and Cultural

2003 TAFSUS Board
Ibrahim Onaral, President
Hasan Karatas, VP Information Services
Birtan Collier, Secretary and Treasurer
Belgin Cuhaci, VP Administration
Suzan Aydin, VP Membership
Nihat Bilgutay, VP Public Affairs
Brian Menda, VP Production
Wallis Urmenyhazi, Social and Cultural
Timur Atilgan, Social and Cultural
Rahsan Canturk, Social and Cultural

2002 TAFSUS Board
Hasan Karatas, President and VP Information Services
Birtan Collier, Secretary and Treasurer
Belgin Cuhaci, VP Administration
Suzan Aydin, VP Membership
Nihat Bilgutay, VP Public Affairs
Selin Ozezer, VP Production
Nilgun Anadolu, VP Social and Cultural
Wallis Urmenyhazi, VP Social and Cultural
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA's Regional VP

2001 TAFSUS Board
Akin Oktem, President
Birtan Collier, Secretary
Aysen Ozezer, Treasurer
Belgin Cuhaci, VP Administration
Serap Menda, VP Membership
Hasan Karatas, VP Information Services
Nihat Bilgutay, VP Public Affairs
Selin Ozezer, VP Production
Suzan Aydin, VP Social and Cultural
Brenda Alpar, VP Social and Cultural
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA's Regional VP

2000 TAFSUS Board
Birtan Collier, President
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Aysen Ozezer, Treasurer
Belgin Cuhaci, VP Administration
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP Membership
Turkay Arig, VP Information Services
Ali Selvi, VP Media and Public Relations
Nermin Ucar, VP Production
Suzan Aydin, VP Social and Cultural
Gulcin Bal, VP Social and Cultural
Brenda Alpar, VP Social and Cultural
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA's Regional VP

1999 TAFSUS Board
Kenan Umar,President
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Tayfun Tastepe, Treasurer
Birtan Collier, VP Administration
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP Membership
Gulcin Bal, VP Membership, New Jersey
Turkay Arig, VP Information Services
Armagan Ozdinc, VP Media relations
Suzan Aydin, VP Social and Cultural
Aysen Ozezer, VP Social and Cultural
Serap Menda, VP Social and Cultural
Nermin Ucar, VP Production
Ali Selvi, VP Sunday Lectures
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA's Regional VP

1998 TAFSUS Board
Kenan Umar,President
Hasan Karatas, Secretary
Tayfun Tastepe, Treasurer
Birtan Collier, VP Administration
Mohammed Al-Khatib, VP Membership
Gulcin Bal, VP Membership, New Jersey
Turkay Arig, VP Information Services
Armagan Ozdinc, VP Media relations
Suzan Aydin, VP Social and Cultural
Aysen Ozezer, VP Social and Cultural
Serap Menda, VP Social and Cultural
Nermin Ucar, VP Production
Ali Selvi, VP Sunday Lectures
Lale Iskarpatyoti, ATAA's Regional VP


Founders & Past Leaders

Nejat Tezcan, Founder and President
Ulker Tezcan, Founder
Kenan Umar, Founder and President
Hasip Tanyol, President
Ayfer Karwoski, President
Nejat Aydin, President
Suzan Aydin, President
Ahmet Yolacan, President
Ayhan Ozer, President
Hasan Ozbekhan, President
Mirat Gurol, President

Founders & Past Presidents

(Turkish American Friendship Society of Philadelphia)

Nejat Aydin, President
Hasip Tanyol, President
 

We recognize and appreciate the hard work and commitment of all past founders and presidents and their dedication to the organization. Our sincere thanks to all individuals who brought TAFSUS to its present stage.