About Turkish Society of Rochester
According to the latest figures, there are about 500,000 Turkish Americans in the United States, nearly 4,000 of whom live in Rochester. Early Turks were brought to Rochester by Hickey-Freeman Co. & Bonds, tailoring factories that were in need of highly skilled tailors. The number of Turks multiplies as the relatives and friends of settled Turks arrived. About 25 families established the Turkish Society of Rochester in 1969. Their main purpose was to gather Turks under one roof for celebrations and Turkish national and religious holidays.
In March 1979, the Society purchased a vacant school building on Culver Road. Even though building served the needs of the community for many years, there was a necessity to relocate to a larger property as the population of Turks in Rochester increased. In July 2007, the Society purchased a 20,000 sq ft. property previously known as "the party house". Today the building service as a school on Sunday for Turkish children who study the Turkish Language, geography, history and Islam. Parties, concerts and other social activities are held in the main hall. Partitioned coffee house serves as a popular gathering spot.
A 7 member board of Directors which is elected yearly, manages the activities of the society. Among the yearly scheduled events is the Turkish Arts and Folk festival. The 2 day long festival gives the Society the opportunity to display the riches of the Turkish culture to those living in Rochester. The Turkish Society is a member of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations and Federation of Turkish American Associations and actively participates in the events which serve its local community interest.
Başkan - President:
Gelecek Dönem Bşk.- President Elect:
Bşk. Yrd. - Vice President:
Veznedar - Treasurer:
Kayıt Sekreteri - Recording Secretary:
Muhasebe - Accountant:
İletişim Sekreteri - Communications Secretary: