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Estonian American National Council (EANC) leadership recently took part in a video conference with the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Tallinn, Brian Roraff. 

 

EANC President Marju Rink-Abel and Vice President Mai-Liis Bartling represented EANC, with Washington, DC Director Karin Shuey and Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) Managing Director Karl Altau also participating in the call. 

The Road to BERRICHI

 

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Berit Joosep

 

December 3, 2020


An accountant by day, and a herbal alchemist by night, Berit Joosep was living the  normal life of a working mom of two.

 

She had no prior experience in the world of cosmetics.

 

She did not set out to create an innovative skincare line. It just happened.


On the way, she learned about chemistry, about business and about herself.

 

She learned to push her boundaries beyond points she had not known before.

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A monument marking the boundary where Saaremaa islanders begin to pronounce the unique Estonian vowel "Õ" as "Ö" was unveiled this past week.

 

The challenge of having to cut through bureaucratic red tape was worth it, since the islanders now have a new attraction that is both deeply meaningful and unique.

 

More on the opening of the monument here.   


Photo by Margus Muld/ERR

Estonian Youth Spoke Up on Global Diaspora Day


On November 28, Estonian Global Diaspora Day was celebrated with a live internet broadcast organised by Vabamu, the Museum of Occupations and Freedom in Tallinn.

 

Estonian Diaspora Day is celebrated as a moving holiday each year on the last Saturday of November.

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Elmar Sepp was born on the island of Saaremaa in a free and independent Estonia in 1925.

 

The fifth of six children of Hindrik, a merchant marine, and Mari, a farmer and homemaker.

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The sauna builder’s grandson has just been granted permission to recover the smoke sauna and restore it in the Rocky Mountains

 

The more we write about Estonian saunas, the more people write to us about weird and wonderful Estonian saunas for us to cover, writes Adam Rang in Estonian Saunas Magazine at medium.com .


One in particular stood out recently. It’s a Seto smoke sauna.

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As we celebrate International Education Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week, we'd like to introduce to  you an exchange alumni and entrepreneur, Triin!

 

She studied in the U.S. in 2015 in the Digital Communication Network program.


While in the U.S., Triin wanted to understand how to utilize digital tools and social media platforms most effectively to support technology companies in engaging with their audiences and distributing messages at scale.

New Ministers of Education and Public Administration


Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab will become the new Minister of Education replacing Mailis Reps who stepped down last week.

 

Anneli Ott, who led the Riigikogu's European Union Affairs Committee, will be appointed the new Minister of Public Administration.

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