Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Month busy for veterans, others
Members of Cpl Roman G. Lazor Post 40 of the Ukrainian American Veterans, headed by retired U.S. Army Col. Roman Rondiak of Osprey, will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Religious and Cultural Center — the Oseredok.
The main items on the agenda: election of post officers and finalization of plans for the Installation of officers at the fundraiser luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club in North Port.
The list of candidates for post commander and other officers was presented by the nominating committee at last month’s meeting.
At Friday’s meeting, the members will have an opportunity, as provided by the constitution and bylaws, to submit other candidates’ names. The election will follow, and the elected/reelected post commander and other officers will be formally installed at the Installation Fundraiser luncheon on Nov. 16.
Tickets for the Brunch Buffet, at $25 per person, must be ordered in advance. There will be no tickets available at the door.
Other items on the agenda, in addition to the reports of officers including Finance Officer Oleh Sawkiw, will be the traditional participation of Post 40 in the community Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Park next to the North Port Public Library (U.S. 41 and South Biscayne Drive).
UAV Post has 40 participated in both Veterans Day and Memorial Day public observances since its formation and often it is the largest veteran contingent at the observances. Members of the local Ukrainian American community are being urged to join, as in the past, our veterans at this year’s observance to honor men and women who served and defended our country.
St. Petersburg members of Post 40, including Post Chaplain Rev. Roman Badiak and Post Adjutant John Czerkas, are inviting North Port veterans and members of the Southwest Florida Ukrainian American community to the 36th Ukrainian AutumnFest at Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in St. Petersburg from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.
Attendees will enjoy traditional Ukrainian food, imported Ukrainian beer, arts and crafts, entertainment, music by “Cathy and the Lorelei Band” and beloved “Kalyna” Ukrainian Dancers.
Admission is only $3.
For additional information, call John at 727576-0400, or Father Badiak at 727-576-1001.
The Ukrainian Language Society, headed by Professor Vira Bodnaruk, of Venice, and St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Religious and Cultural Center, headed by Professor Victor Lisnyczyj of North Port, are sponsoring a literary evening in honor of a great Ukrainian writer, publicist and poet Ivan Franko (1856-1916) at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Oseredok.
The program will consist of poetry readings and songs on favorite Franko’s poems. The program will be in Ukrainian language.
The Most Reverend Bohdan J. Danylo, Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (Diocese) of St.Josaphat in Parma, Ohio, will visit the Southwest Florida Ukrainian Catholic congregation to meet with parishioners and to attend the eparchial “fundraising” on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Port, where Rev. Vasyl Petriv is pastor.
Our Neighbors — The Ukrainians
by Atanas Kobryn