2017 - Issue 1 – February 10

TACSCO Celebrates Foundation of Turkish Republic

Colorado Turkish-Americans celebrated the 93rd anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey with the Republic ball. The event took place at Mt. Vernon Country Club with 145 people attending. TACSCO board appreciates the support and enthusiasm of the Turkish-Americans, keeping this tradition alive for over 30 years. During the event, the TACSCO Board of Directors who have been serving the Turkish-American community between 2014-2016 were honored for their dedicated work. Our sponsors this year were Effie Pantazopoulou Sonmez and Erdal Somez (Nazar Market), State Farm Agent Nese Sahin, Meltem and Batuhan Kilinch (Adventure in Colors), Erol and Filiz Yilmaz (Erol’s Tailoring), Baki Ates (Roos Only Subaru), Hamdi and Kiraz Sahin, Shelley Thompson and Ismet Yilmaz (, and Cagri Paykoc (Paykoc Imports).

Turkish-Americans Met with Congressman Jared Polis in a Turkish Coalition of America Sponsored Event

On December 22, 2016, members of the Turkish-American Cultural Society of Colorado, and Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) representatives met with Congressman Jared Polis (D-District 2, center in photo) in a TCA sponsored event. Congressman Polis answered questions on Turkish-American relations and he was informed about the existence of progressive, secular, democratic Turkish-Americans in Colorado and their views on the current situation in Turkey and the Middle East.

2017-2019 TACSCO Board of Directors and Committee Members
During the Republic Ball Sarp Ozkan transferred the presidency to Tuba Firincioglu-Apaydin for 2017-2019 period. He will continue being part of the TACSCO board as the past president. The new board of directors and committee members are listed below.

President: Tuba Firincioglu-Apaydin
Vice Presidents: Elvan Goksu-Kaya, Yavuz Sarak
Treasurer: Ayhan Yilmaz
Past President: Sarp Ozkan
Advisory Board: Erdal Ozkan, Kadri Dagdelen, Robert Hazan, Sevket Acar, Sinan Sahin, Osman Apaydin, Erdogan Oray, Yakup Oner.
Membership Committee: Yavuz Sarak, Ayhan Yilmaz, Erol Elmas, Levent Afsar
Grass Roots Events Committee: Yavuz Sarak, Aysin Ozkan, Hulya Yilmaz
Community Outreach Committee: Allison Block, Nese Sahin, Shelley Thompson, Buket Aydemir, Erol Elmas, Elvan Goksu-Kaya, Tuba Firincioglu-Apaydin
Community Events and Solidarity with Other Non-profits Committee: Kivanc Ozer-Afsar, Ismet Yilmaz, Elvan Goksu-Kaya, Tuba Firincioglu-Apaydin
Arts and Culture Committee: Belgin Yucelen, Tuba Firincioglu-Apaydin
Communications Committee: Basak Sener-Kaya, Kivanc Ozer-Afsar
Social Media Committee: Onur Conger, Tugce Calisgan, Osman Apaydin
University Relations: Aysin Ozkan, Ezgi Karasozen

2017 Events

Please mark your calendars for the major events of 2017. You will receive reminders before the events.

23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day

Date: April 23 2017, Sunday
Location: Expo Park, 10955 E. Exposition Ave. Aurora, 80012
19 May Remembrance of Ataturk and Youth and Sports Day : TACSCO Cares Volunteering Day
We will honor Ataturk’s memory by volunteering for other non-profits to show Turkish-American presence in Colorado.

Date:19-21 May 2017
Location and Event Details: TBD
Celebration of Ramazan Bayrami Picnic
We will have bayramlasma in our June picnic this year. TACSCO will serve kofte. As usual, any food that you bring to share will be appreciated.

Date: June 25, 2017 Sunday.

Location: Belleview Park, 5001 S Inca Dr, Englewood, CO 80110

Celebration of Kurban Bayrami Picnic
We will have bayramlasma in our September picnic this year. TACSCO will serve kavurma. As usual, any food that you bring to share will be appreciated.

Date: September 4, 2017 Sunday.

Location: Centennial Park, 13050 E Peakview Ave, Centennial, CO 80111.
29 October Celebration of Foundation of Turkish Republic
Republic Ball

Date: October 28 2017 Saturday.

Location: TBD


The best way to support TACSCO is by becoming a member and paying a membership fee. By becoming a member or by making donations, helps us continue our annual events to bring the Turkish community together in Colorado and additionally organize events to increase, improve and promote public knowledge and understanding of Turkish culture, history and people.

Keep in mind that TACSCO is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible.
Click the following link to become a member online.
Or fill out the following form and send it with your check to TACSCO, PO Box 3283, Englewood CO, 80155