CGSI Slate of Candidates for Office 2021-2023

Authored on
October 3, 2020

The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) Nominating Committee recommended the following slate of candidates for terms of office beginning January 1, 2021. The slate was approved by the CGSI Executive Committee at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

CGSI Executive Committee Candidates
First Vice President Mark Dillon Minnetonka, MN
Recording Secretary Karen Cermak Maplewood, MN
Website Chair Michelle Hartley Owasso, OK
Education Chair Iveta Blahutová Lee’s Summit, MO
Hospitality Chair Pamela Peltier Champlin, MN
CGSI Board of Directors Candidates
Sharon Valasek Kansas City, MO
Jerry Martinek Burnsville, MN
How to Vote
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A vote by the membership on the slate of candidates will occur during the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday October 24, 2020. The meeting occurs at 3:15pm Central Daylight Time (CDT), immediately after the CGSI Symposium. CGSI members can cast a proxy ballot for this meeting.

If you would like to vote, you may download a proxy ballot here (login required) or request a proxy ballot from Judi Engels, Corresponding Secretary, by writing to CGSI, P.O. Box 16225, St. Paul, MN, 55116-0225 or by e-mail at Proxies must be returned and received by October 17 through US mail or by October 21 via email to assure being counted.

Visit the Annual Membership Meeting event for online registration to attend this year's meeting via online webinar.

CGSI Organizational Structure

The CGSI Executive Committee is made up of six officers and 10 committee chairs and runs the day-to-day operations of our society. Committee members attend the monthly meetings either in person at the Minnesota Genealogy Center or virtually through GoToMeeting software tool so that members living anywhere can serve.

The CGSI Board of Directors consists of six officers and nine directors at-large. Either one or two of the at-large positions are filled by past presidents, depending on the number of terms as President. The directors are responsible for making broad policy decisions, such as establishing the levels and rates of membership, and recommending changes to the articles of incorporation or bylaws.

CGSI attempts to obtain a broad geographical representation on the board to receive input from persons of varying backgrounds and interests. The Board of Directors meet a minimum of three times annually, with most meetings held virtually via GoToMeeting software tool.

All positions carry three-year terms, staggered so that approximately one-third of the positions are open each year. The Executive Committee and the Board of Directors are responsible for meeting the various needs of our members. The smooth operation of the day-to-day activities of the society depends on member volunteers, whether in society leadership positions, on operating committees, or on special projects. We always need members to volunteer their service to their society. We continue to be successful with the dedicated help of our members.

The Nominating Committee for this year's slate of candidates was appointed by President Kevin Hurbanis and included Suzette Steppe (Past President), Evelyn Funda, Paul Makousky, Robin Selvig, and Carol Smetana.

If you want to become involved for the future, notify any Officer or Director or contact us at