Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ukrainian American Club meeting tonight

The monthly membership meeting of Ukrainian American Club of Southwest Florida, headed by Daria Tomashosky of North Port, will be held at 6 p.m., tonight, Nov. 30, at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Religious and Cultural Center/Oseredok.
The guest speaker at tonight’s meeting will be Global Investigative Group President Walter Zalisko, retired chief of police who served with several police departments. He will present a program on human trafficking. Many women from Ukraine who came to work here in the United States have been exploited, some forced into prostitution, and many others forced into involuntary labor with little or no pay.
This should be a very interesting presentation. The meeting, as always, is open to all, free of charge.
Mr. Zalisko’s presentation will follow a brief business meeting, including reports of officers and committee chairs. Following the presentation and questions-and-answers period there will be the traditional coffeeand- pastries social hour.
As it is a tradition every year at this holiday season, the club will be collecting canned and packaged nonperishable food for the local Salvation Food Pantry. Mrs. Halya Lisnyczyj of North Port, chair of club’s social services committee, is appealing to the members (and guests) “to bring your share and help out someone less fortunate than you.”
The traditional and very popular Christmas Party of the Ukrainian American Club of Southwest Florida will take place at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, at the Oseredok. This year’s party will have some traditional holiday segments as well as some new surprises.
Mrs. Halya Lisnyczyj, chair of club’s social services committee, is asking the members to take a new unwrapped toyto the club’s Christmas Party which will be delivered to Social Services here in North Port for distribution to the needy children. The club received a letter requesting toys for the needy children in our community. There is a great need. Your support and help will be greatly appreciated.
The Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God (St. Mary’s) Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Port will celebrate the Parish Feastday on Sunday, Dec. 4. The Parish Feastday Dinner will be held at noon immediately after the Divine Liturgy (Mass). Parishioners, visitors and guests are cordially invited to come and share this celebration with your parish family. For reservations and tickets at $20 per person, please contact Christyna Bodnar-Sheldon at 941-460-9890, or Ann-Marie Susla at 941-474-4930.
The traditional Christmas Bazaar-Festival of the parish will be held Friday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Featured will be Ukrainian food and baked goods; lunch, dinner and takeouts, offering varenyky (pierogis), borsch, stuffed cabbage, blintzes, potato pancakes, sausage and sauerkraut plates, as well as homebaked pastries, breads, poppy seed rolls, walnut rolls and “pampushky” (Ukrainian doughnuts). There will also be sales tables featuring Ukrainian crafts, including wood carvings, ceramics, embroidery, jewelry, Easter eggs, books and other items.
The Christmas Bazaar-Festival will take place at 1078 N. Biscayne Drive (corner of W. Price) North Port. For more information, call 941-423-2427 (Parish Hall) or 941-4267931 (Rectory).
St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Religious and Cultural Center will observe the Feast of St. Andrew, its patron saint, on Sunday, Dec. 11. More information in next week’s column.

Our Neighbors — The Ukrainians
by Atanas Kobryn

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