For the first time in its history, the ATTA hosted the president of Tatarstan for an official meeting at the Bina on November 9, 2016.
Over 40 ATTA members helped welcome President Rustam Minnikhanov and his delegation of ministers and representatives. While it was a formal visit, the atmosphere was pleasant and friendly throughout. The charismatic President Minnikhanov thanked the community for welcoming him, and listened with interest as several members gave speeches and presentations on the history and mission of the ATTA and San Francisco Tatars.
The ATTA gifted President Minnikhanov with several mementos of San Francisco, including an official San Francisco Giants jacket, which he promptly wore to the delight of the audience. He was also officially declared an honorary ATTA member.
The president himself brought the ATTA gifts, including a framed painting of the Kazan skyline, and he personally bestowed on our own Rukiye Safa a medal in recognition of her commitment to supporting Tatar life and culture.
Rinat Zakirov, president of the World Congress of Tatars, later honored several ATTA members for their dedication to Tatar life. Rustu Agi, Dilare Capanoglu, Tahir Devletsah and Rukiye Safa were awarded medals for their great services to Tatar people. Naile Akchurin, Turan Apakay, Ibrahim Feyzullahoglu, Rukiye Mansur, Ilhan Sadri, Abduldeyyan Safa, Adile Safa, and Shaucat Salahutdin were presented with letters of commendation for their service.