CGSI held its 25th Anniversary - March 2013
CGSI 25th Anniversary celebration and Quarterly Program was held March 2013.
The 25th Anniversary Program was held at the Faith Presbyterian Church, 12007 Excelsior Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55343
Dave Pavelka gave a short history of the Czech Roots of Faith Presbyterian Church, followed by “The CGSI Story”, an interactive dialogue with the past presidents, led by Dave, about the past, present and future of CGSI.
Steve Potach talked about the Board of Directors actions and the decisions to translate and publish Czechs in America and Slovaks in America.
Gene Aksamit provided a history of early CGSI actions including the 2005 Back to the Homeland Conference planning and implementation, plus the Day at the Archive in Prague and work that was performed by the archive, led by Lenka Matusikova who put together the Back to One’s Roots exhibit.
Ginger Simek discussed many of the actions of CGSI including the hacking of our web site by hackers from Turkey. It took two weeks for us to restructure the web site. Ginger called the FBI and had them investigate the problem.
Kathy Jorgenson discussed the current situation of CGSI.
Ed Vavra gave a talk about Reverend Kun, who was a Czech Missionary of the Midwest, and the legacy he left.
25th Anniversary Cake
CGSI Emblem Cake
Presidents Gene Aksamit (2001-2006), Ginger Simek (2007-2012), Kathy Jorgenson (2013-) and Dave Pavelka (1998-2000)
CGSI Sales Chair Jerry Parupsky
Pam Peltier, Barb Douvier, Kathy Jorgenson, and Suzette Steppe
Ruth Ahrens, Garnet Bina and Pam Peltier
Presenter Steve Potach
Presenter Ginger Simek
Presenter Gene Aksamit
Presenter Kathy Jorgenson
Presenter Pat Slaber
Presenter Ed Vavra
Pat Slaber recording the presentations in the form of a webinar
Photos courtesy of Ric Peltier