Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Clubs’ post-vacation schedules in place

    The three most active North Port Ukrainian American clubs’ meetings are back on the regular (post-vacation) schedule — the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, Branch 56, will be meeting at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, Post 40 of the Ukrainian American Veterans will be meeting at 3 p.m. on the first Friday of the month, and the Ukrainian American Club of Southwest Florida will be meeting at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Tonight’s meeting of the Ukrainian American Club of Southwest Florida, headed by Daria Tomashosky of North Port will take place at 6 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Religious and Cultural Center (known as the “Oseredok”). The agenda of the meeting, the outline of which was approved by the club’s executive board at its meeting last Oct. 22, will include, in addition to the
customary reports of officers and committee chairs, a discussion of this year’s Christmas dinner, caroling and other projects.

    This year’s Christmas dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Oseredok. The dinner, chaired by Anna (Nusia) Mariani of Port Charlotte, is working diligently to make this year’s affair even better than last year’s, including some pleasant surprises. Details — except the surprise part will be communicated at tonight’s meeting.

    At the end of the meeting, but prior to
the traditional coffee and pastries social, our member Col. Roman Rondiak, USA (retired) of Osprey will share his experiences during his visit to Ukraine last summer. Considering Col. Rondiak’s extensive experience in the military, his talk will undoubtedly include much information about Ukraine’s war with the terrorists in Eastern Ukraine who are supported by arms, supplies and manpower from Putin’s Russian Federation.

    Members are being asked to bring to the meeting nonperishable food items, preferably cans, which the club will donate, as in the previous years, to the Salvation Army in North Port.
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    It can now be made official that the website of the Ukrainian American Club can be accessed by visiting The site contains interesting material that will be added and edited regularly.
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    The North Port Branch 56 of the UNWLA, known as “Soyuz Ukrayinok” (union of Ukrainian ladies), headed by Ann-Marie Susla of Englewood, will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ukrainian Catholic Parish Hall, 1078

N. Biscayne Drive (corner of West Price Boulevard), North Port.

    The meeting agenda will include the continuation of discussion and fundraising planning for the National UNWLA War Victims Fund’s
“Aid for the Victims of the Ukrainian War of Dignity Program.”
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    The monthly membership meeting of Post 40 of the UAV, headed by Commander Eugene “Gene” Tomashosky of North Port, will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Oseredok. The main item on the agenda will be the election of post
officers for 2014-2015.

    The elected officers will be formally installed at the installation/fundraiser luncheon at noon Nov. 13 at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club.

    Atanas Kobryn covers the Ukrainian community for the North Port Sun. He can be emailed at 

Our Neighbors — The Ukranians

by Atanas Kobryn

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