Members of North Port’s Cpl. Roman G. Lazor Post 40 of the Ukrainian American Veterans, led by Post Commander, retired U.S. Army Col. Roman Rondiak, of Osprey, who is also UAV National Adjutant, will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Religious and Cultural Center — the Oseredok — in North Port. This is the first membership meeting after the vacation hiatus. The meeting will include several important agenda items, in addition to the financial and other reports, including nominating candidates for officers for the next term, election of delegates to the UAV 69th National Convention which will take place in Chicago from Oct. 13–15, and planning for the traditional Veterans Day dinner dance and installation of newly elected officers in November.
One of the UAV National Convention agenda items will be election of national commander and members of the national executive board for the next two years.
In view of all this, Commander Rondiak is asking all members to attend this important meeting.
Membership in The Ukrainian American Veterans is open to all Ukrainians, Ukrainian Americans, and Americans of Ukrainian descent veterans of armed forces of the United States who did not receive a dishonorable discharge. Also eligible are individuals who are not of Ukrainian descent who are married to a Ukrainian or Ukrainian American spouse.
The first post vacation membership meeting of North Port’s Milena Rudnycka Branch 56 of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America — UNWLA, popularly known as “Soyuz Ukrayinok” (Union of Ukrainian Ladies), headed by President Ann-Marie Susla, of Englewood, will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Ukrainian Catholic Parish Center, 1078 N. Biscayne Dr., North Port.
The agenda of the meeting will include, in addition to the mandated reports of officers, discussion of plans for the traditional fall picnic (date and location to be determined at the meeting). The traditional coffee and pastry social will follow the meeting.
Plans are being formulated for the popular Ukrainian American dinners, served for many years on Fridays at the Ukrainian Catholic Parish Center next to the Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God (St. Mary’s) Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Port, corner of West Price Boulevard and Biscayne Drive.
The opening date and schedule will be announced in a week or two.
Last week was a special week for our family. We were visited by our son, Lt. Col. A Ihor Kobryn, his wife, Angelita, and their son and our youngest grandson S. Bohdan Kobryn. In addition to enjoying the visitors and marveling at the antics of our 6-year-old grandson Bohdan in and out of the swimming pool, we got to celebrate Ihor’s 46th birthday on Sept. 2 with a traditional birthday cake.
Our oldest son and Ihor’s brother, Alexander Zenon Kobryn of Lakeland, was able to join us also. His youngest nephew Bohdan was especially happy to see him.
Our Neighbors — The Ukrainians
by Atanas Kobryn