Established in August 1995, Center Focus is an
independent publishing house which promotes the understanding and continuity of
contemporary cultural roots, attempting to reflect and preserve the traditions
and values of the Americans of Romanian origin.
In cooperation with talented and dedicated writers,
editors, graphicians and publishers from various ethnic groups of United
States, Center Focus Publishing has been able to produce materials such as:
catalogs, inserts, newsletters, booklets, brochures, magazines, newspapers,
books, church and trade directories.
These images are a brief presentation of the more
recognized publications for the Romanian-Americans, the latter project being of
greater international awareness not only among Romanians but also among foreign
relations dignitaries of many nations.
In 1995, Center Focus Publishing completed its first
ethnic publication commemorating the end of the first school year of
Chicago’s “Norwood Park Christian School”,
the only Romanian
ethnic private educational institution that replaces the public school, managed
and administered by and for the Romanian-Americans. In the American tradition
of yearbooks, this publication outlines the establishment and activity of the
also called “Romanian Christian School” of Chicago.
With hundreds of pictures and lots of articles, this book recorded many of the
special moments and challenges of the first year.
In 1996, we published another yearbook for the “Romanian Christian School”.
Besides the teachers' writings, this second edition yearbook, contained a
number of articles signed by students, written with a spirit of thanksgiving,
coupled with quality graphics and hundreds of pictures. This publication was
just as effective and informative as the first in the school’s efforts to
outreach in the Romanian-American community of metropolitan Chicago area.
In 1997, the school's third yearbook of memories was
published. An improvement in the quality of paper as well as in the printing
process turned this publication into a true black and white photo-album coupled
with articles that not only expressed thanksgiving but also recognized the
great accomplishments of top students, while reaching out to other
Romanian-American parents in an attempt to win their participation. As a
significant note we must ad the fact that the Norwood Park Christian School's
students of Romanian origin have proven to be in the top at all state
competitions organized through the Christian Schools' Associations both
National and of Illinois, in academical subjects and art.
In 1998, Center Focus Publishing outreached once again to
the Romanian-American community of Chicago promoting the “Romanian Christian School”
through another superior quality published yearbook.
In 1999, an unprecedented accomplishment marked a
milestone in the communication and network among the Romanian-American
community. After two and a half years of extensive work, Center Focus finalized
the first ever guide of the Romanian community in the United States titled
“Romanian-American YELLOW PAGES™”,
coupled with an Illustrated Social-Cultural Almanac. Information pertinent to the Romanian-American
relations was gathered from official sources, such as: the U. S. Embassy in
Bucharest, the Embassy of Romania in Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of
State, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Department for
Relations with Romanians Abroad of the Romanian Government. This was the first
opportunity for businesses owned by Romanian-Americans to make themselves known
through a resource book of this kind. Due to the fact that it was published
bilingual, this book was also an instrumental source of information to
different American organizations and agencies, social-cultural as well as
business trade. The official launch took place in a festive event organized at
the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, the headquarters of the Romanian
Government, with the participation of the U.S. Ambassador to Romania,
Honorable James C. Rosapepe, Romanian dignitaries and representatives from the
The launching festivity of the first edition of the Romanian-American YELLOW PAGES
May 13, 1999 - Victoria Palace, Bucharest
With Honorable James C. Rosapepe, U.S. Ambassador, Dep. Rev. Peter Dugulescu and Dep. Mihai Dorin
members of the Romanian Parliament, in Bucharest at the launching festivity, May 13, 1999
With H.E. Prof. Dr. Emil Constantinescu (then) Romanian President, in Detroit - Michigan
Presenting the first edition of the Romanian-American YELLOW PAGES to Hon. George H. Ryan,
(then) Governor of Illinois, Chicago - June 1999
In 2000, a revised and more complete edition of the
Romanian-American YELLOW PAGES™ and Illustrated Social-Cultural Almanac was published.
The launching of this edition was officiated in Bucharest as well, by Honorable James Rosapepe, U.S. Ambassador to
Romania. With a much improved look, this edition offered two color sections, one of which illustrated the beauty of
Romania through splendid color pictures of Romanian cities, landscapes and scenery.
Great improvement was also seen in the number of Romanian-American businesses
and organizations included in this edition.
In summer of 2002, on the occasion of the Fourth edition of Forum for the Romanian
Press from Throughout organized in Bucharest, the revised edition for 2002 of
the Romanian-American YELLOW PAGES™ was launched. The
presentation of the book took place at the Forum within its workshops, by
renowned Romanian-American journalist and writer Mircea Carp, Honorary Director
of the Forum. The launching festivity took place at the Cotroceni Palace and was officiated by H. E. Ion Iliescu, President of
Presentation by Mircea Carp of the 2002 edition,
at the 4th Forum for the Romanian Press from Throughout, in Bucharest
H.E. Ion Iliescu, (then) President of Romania, cutting the ribbon and launching the distribution of the 2002 edition,
during a festivity at Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest
In the spring of 2004 a new edition of the community guide has seen the light of
printing. This included a chapter designated specially to promoting firms and businesses from Romania
edited by the staff of Top Business newspaper, under the leadership of our good
friend prof. Constantin Dumitru. This new partnership facilitated the success of the Romanian-American YELLOW PAGES™
guide in a new business environment interested in international affairs between Romania and United States.
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest with General Director Lilian Zamfiroiu (center)
and the editor of Business in Romania Prof. Constantin Dumitru
May 2004 - at the Department for Romanians Everywhere of the Romanian Goverment
with (then) Secretary of State Hon. Titus Corlatean
Surely these remarkable moments of recognition of the
community guide's importance are a justification for the tireless efforts of
Center Focus Publishing's associates. Also, they were and will always be an
incentive to continue and to rededicate ourselves to the noble goal of
enriching lives, connecting people and strengthening relationships within the
MILESTONES OF ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE THIRD MILLENIUM
In January 2001, Center Focus Publishing ventured into another project geared to
inform, promote and contribute to the unity of the Romanian American community
of Illinois, through a monthly publication, Romanian IMPACT Magazine. Well written articles
and select topics have insured a great success, thus opening doors for
distribution outside of Illinois. Beginning with the seventh issue, the Romanian IMPACT Magazine's distribution
was increased to 8,000 copies. Also, the quality of print and graphics has been
upgraded to full color. The positive
response from our readers has been overwhelming, encouraging us to expand our
networking with and among our community. Currently, we are preparing a
relaunching of IMPACT magazine with a new approach and design, expanding
circulation to 10,000 copies.
Looking at the first issue of Romanian IMPACT Magazine with H.E. Mircea Geoana,
(then) Ambassador of Romania to U.S., Washinghton DC - January 2001
With H.E. Sorin Ducaru, Ambassador of Romania to United States, Chicago - 2001
In January 2002, with
the occasion of the one year anniversary of IMPACT Magazine, we launched a new
periodical for the Romanian community of greater Chicagoland area, a newspaper
published every other week on tabloid format named Romanian Tribune. Printed
today in 17,000 copies and distributed free in all social-cultural clubs,
associations, churches and businesses in the Romanian community, the Romanian
Tribune became the most distributed newspaper in the Midwest region of the United States.
Romanian Tribune newspaper being launched by Hon. Sever Voinescu,
(then) Consul General of Romania at Chicago - January 24th 2002
At the end of 2002, with the help of some business men of Romanian origin from
Chicago metropolitan area, Center Focus Publishing opened a Romanian Library & Cultural Center
in a specially designated space in the same building. On the first inventory
the library had almost 3,000 books, magazines and other publications. In the
fall of 2006 the new inventory showed an increase to more than 8,500 books, of
which over 5,500 are published in Romanian language.
With Hon. George Predescu, Consul General of Romania at Chicago, Hon. Titus Corlatean,
(then) Secretary of State - Department for Romanians Everywhere of the Romanian Government, and Mrs. Ileana Andrei, Governmental Expert for Foreign Relations, receiving books donated for our Romanian Library & Cultural Center Niles, Illinois - December 2003
In summer 2003, Center Focus Publishing has attained another success through securing the copyright
and publishing the "Directory of Ethnic & Multicultural Publishers,
Distributors and Resource Organizations", under the supervision of EMIERT
of the American Library Association. This edition, the 5th, is authored by the
renowned research and archives expert Prof. Vladimir F. Wertsman, also an
American of Romanian origin. Center Focus Publishing, like the author, wishes
to develop this project so essential to the American libraries in the field of
researching the life of all ethnic communities from United States.
Also in 2003, Center Focus Publishing entered in a publishing partnership with the prestigious
"Top Business" newspaper from Bucharest,
which is published under the leadership of Prof. Constantin Dumitru. As a
result of this exceptional partnership we published the suplement "Magic Romania"
in our Romanian Tribune newspaper as well as the chapter "Business in Romania"
in the community guide Romanian-American YELLOW PAGES™. Our partnership has extended
through the "Taste of Romania" festival in Chicago in September 2004,
which was broadcasted live on five continents through the
television team of TVR international.
With H.E. Traian Basescu, President of Romania and
Mircea Lubanovici editor of Romanian Times - Washington D.C. March 2005
With Governor of Illinois, Hon. Rod Blagojevich, Chicago May 2006
We are looking forward to adopt new projects and more means of communication and information for and
about the Romanians living in the United States. We take pride in our
Romanian heritage, and we believe that our community deserves new and better
ways to interact. We aim to provide useful information for every individual and
family through works that will outreach and bring together Romanian-Americans
toward unity and prosperity.
Center Focus Publishing
has received numerous recognitions on various occasions from American and Romanian
dignitaries as well as from private organizations. We believe that all our hard
work would have never been possible without God's utmost providence. Looking
back at all these accomplishments we have a feeling of satisfaction while it
also challenges us to continue. We are convinced that our experience
accumulated will be of great help and the trust acquired can be a spring of new
resources contributing to the development of relations among Romanians living
in the United States.
As a testimony of
thanksgiving we publish these pictures first of all to express our appreciation
to all that have supported our efforts and have encouraged us in one way or
another and not lastly to witness God's love and blessing, and His wonderful
We thank you all for helping us come this far!
May God bless you and all the Romanian-Americans!
God Bless America and Romania!