Chancellor John Zavrel with the Vice-Grandmaster Dr. Wilson Greatbatch and Edward Tabachnik, the newest knight of the Alexander Order.
Toronto. The International Order of Alexander the Great has honored the Painter Edward Tabachnik in Toronto with the honorary membership of the Order. The document was handed over during a ceremony by the Vice-Grandmaster Dr. Wilson Greatbatch, the famous inventor of the implantable pacemaker. The ceremony was also attended by the Consul John Zavrel, Chancellor of the Order.
The artist was honored for his life work as a painter. Tabachnik is the proponent of the 'Romantic Impressionism' in painting. His unique style has found an echo among art lovers in Canada, United States and in Europe. Some of his paintings were shown in 2000 at an exhibition at the Museum of European Art in Clarence, New York.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Mr. Edward Tabachnik.
It is for me a pleasure to be here together with you at this meeting. And it is a special day. The Order of Alexander the Great for Art and Science will honor a man for his work as a painter. This artist is Edward Tabachnik.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great honor for me, that this meeting here and today takes place in the presence of Dr. Wilson Greatbatch, the Vice-Grandmaster of the Order.
Please allow me to briefly inform you about the Order and its goals. This spiritual community is based on the good deeds and ideas of Alexander the Great. It is this Greek royal son, who thousands of years ago set on a journey from Greece to create a world empire, stretching from the north African Egypt across Asia and all the way East up to the mountains of India.
There are many historical facts and myths about Alexander the Great, who was born on July 20th in the year 356 B.C. in Pella, and died at the age of only 33 in Babylon on June 10, 323 B.C. In memory remained the spreading of the Greek culture to the East, the mutual enhancement of the cultures. In memory also remained the fact that in spite of conquest expeditions and battles, Alexander also stood for cooperation, tolerance, promotion of the arts and science and an engagement for a world, in which the human dignity is a fundamental element.
The era of Alexander the Great has influenced architecture, science, and humanistic and spiritual thinking up till today. Emperors, kings, scientists and even popes have chosen his name in admiration of Alexander.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today the Alexander Order is a free community based on democratic foundation. It continues its work in the tradition of the late King Paul I of Greece, who was its protector and Grandmaster. In 1990, the Order was brought out from the darkness of secrecy by the Grandmaster Roger Peyrefitte, the French poet.
The Order of Alexander the Great is a society, which is based on the fundaments of democracy. It is a society, which does not finance its activities through dues from members. It is individual sponsors who financially support various projects.
An international panel does not decide publicly which persons of the contemporary history should be publicly honored for their merits, by presenting them the honorary document.
We are very proud to hand over this document to you, Edward Tabachnik. This document was prepared with the agreement of our late Grandmaster Roger Peyrefitte in Paris, and has a special value.
(Dr. Greatbatch hands over the document and pin).
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We need not mention here all our older and young members, like the former President Ronald Reagan, the Prince of Spain, the painters Salvador Dali and Ernst Fuchs. But please allow me to recall my meeting some years ago with the famous writer Ernst Jünger in Germany, one of the leading writers in Europe. I met him about one and a half years before he died at the age of nearly 103 years. He told me that Alexander the Great had much influence on his own life and work.
And Ernst Jünger left us this saying: "Die Hoffnung bringt uns weiter als die Angst.'
These words encourage all of us, to never give up to work for the good, even if there are often setbacks in life.
The words mean in English: "Hope brings us further than fear."
This, ladies and gentlemen, should be on our mind. Dear friends, "Die Hoffnung bringt uns weiter als die Angst" should be on our mind when we remember this very special day of being together with our admired artist Edward Tabachnik and our Vice-Grandmaster Dr. Greatbatch.
Thank you for your attention.
Vice-Grandmaster of the Alexander Order, Dr. Wilson Greatbatch (left) with the painter Edward Tabachnik in his atelier in Toronto, Canada.