CGSI Conference - October 2009

CGSI held its 12th Czechoslovak Genealogical/Cultural Conference in Cleveland, Ohio October 14-17, 2009.

Major conference sponsors were the First Catholic Slovak Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Helene Cincebeaux displays one of many kroje at her Baine/Cincebeaux Slovak, Czech and Rusyn folk dress collection.

            Joe Hornack
Joe Hornack presents the Slovak Institute as part of the Czech, Rusyn and Slovak Neighborhood Tour. The Slovak Institute, headquartered at St. Andrew Svorad Abbey in Cleveland, Ohio was founded in 1952. The institute was founded to provide a facility in which the Slovak nation then under communist rule, could fight for its freedom and independence.

The screen seperates the church from the altar at the St. John the Baptist Byzantine Cathedral. During this neighborhood tour stop, we also visited the Rusyn cultural museum.

              Joe Hornack
Joe Hornack reading the Proclamation designating Friday October 16, 2009 as a day to honor Slovak and Czech heritage. It was signed by Gregory P. Kurtz, mayor of Independence, OH.

Edward Ference sang both the Star Spangled Banner and the Slovak National Anthem at the conference’s opening ceremony.

                Kveta Morgan sang the Czech National Anthem

                John Corpus sang the Carpatho-Rusyn Anthem

              Library Staff
The Traveling Library consisted of some of CGSI’s most commonly used library reference books, atlases and maps used in research. The library staff included; Kathy Jorgenson, Pam Peltier, Donette Kranz, and Suzette Steppe

              Registration Table
Ruth Chovancek, Adeline Chovancek, and Deb Makousky handled the duties of the conference registration table

              Sales Table
Jerry Parupsky the CGSI Sales Chair assists Dan Bodien, husband of CGSI Regional Representative for Washington and Oregon, Rosie Bodien. Jerry sold books, maps and shirts.

              Egg Decorating Table
Daniela Sipkova-Mahoney decorated eggs in the Vendor Room

              Miss Czech
Theresa Mahoney, First Runnerup at 2009 Miss Czech Slovak USA Pageant
and Olivia Bujdos, 2009 Miss Czech Slovak Ohio working in the Vendor room

              Dave Muhlena
Dave Muhlena from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa spoke of the devastating flood that destroyed the Museum & Library. He told of the forecast that a few inches of water would enter the Museum & Library while actually many feet of water came in. Efforts are under way to raise money to rebuild in/near the same place. This time the Museum & Library will be built on stilts with parking underneath.

              Silent Auction
102 items were donated to the Silent Auction. A total of $2,661 was bid on the items by the attendees. In addition, donations of $272 were collected. A total of $2,933 will be sent to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library as part of the flood relief fund.

Two Distinguished Service Awards were presented at the Saturday Evening Dinner. Ginger Simek, President of CGSI (center) presented the awards to Dottie Speidel and Paul Makousky.
Dottie Speidel The award for Dottie Speidel reads “Distinguished Service Award presented to Dottie Speidel, In recognition of her many innovative ideas, and expanding our outreach programs to serve the membership, October 17, 2009”.
Paul Makousky The award for Paul Makousky reads “Distinguished Service Award presented to Paul Makousky, In recognition of his exceptional dedication and valuable contributions in many areas to enhance the purpose and goals of the society, October 17, 2009”.

Saturday Evening entertainment included the Karpato-Rus Ensemble.

Saturday Evening entertainment included the Karpato-Rus Ensemble.

Saturday Evening entertainment included the Sokol Greater Cleveland Folk Dancers.