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We are excited to share that on Wednesday, May 16, the ambassador of the Czech Republic and the consul general of Slovakia will be joining us for a special luncheon at Union Station to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Agreement, which initiated the creation of the state of Czechoslovakia. The diplomats will discuss the valuable role of the modern states of the Czech and Slovak Republics and the important economic, social, and cultural ties between the Czech and Slovak Republics and the U.S., with particular emphasis on the Midwestern United States.

A small business round table with the Ambassador and Consul General will follow the luncheon as an opportunity for Kansas City area companies to develop their relationship with the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

We hope that you can join us. Tickets are available for $40 (general admission), $30 (IRC member rate), and $20 (students), and special opportunities are available for groups purchasing whole tables ($400) or sponsorships ($750). This program is a joint effort with IRC, the World Trade Center–Kansas City, the Czech & Slovak Club of Kansas City, and Honorary Consuls Ross Marine and Sharon Valasek.

For more information, please, visit: http://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1098362

Diplomat luncheon flyer

 

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Eva Strizovska’s visit

On Sunday, April 18, a few members of our club met with Eva Strizovska, editor of the Czech Dialogue (Cesky Dialog) and author of a bilingual book about Texas Czechs. Eva Strizovska visited Kansas City on her way from a presentation at the University of Lincoln, Nebraska. She brought along a documentary film by Tomas Hasler titled Reconnecting With My Father. The film is about Karel Hašler, a Czech songwriter, actor, lyricist, film and theatre director, composer, writer, dramatist, screenwriter, and cabaretier. Karel Hašler was arrested by the Gestapo in September 1941 during the production of his film Městečko Na Dlani, and died in a concentration camp. Tomas Hasler will visit Kansas City this fall to speak in conjunction with the showing of the film. Please take the time to view Eva Strizovska’s magazine, the Czech Dialogue, at cesky-dialog.net.

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Annual meeting

The club’s annual meeting was held on Sunday, March 28. The main entertainment was provided by Freida Kossyk and her daughter Irene Thompson, who demonstrated their Easter egg decorating techniques to the club members. During this meeting the club president, Terry Smitka, also introduced the elected club officers for the year of 2010.

Club President – Terry Smitka
1st Vice President (Membership) – Iveta Blahut
2nd Vice President (Social/Programs) – Hana Buric
3rd Vice Presidents (EEC Commissioners) – Bob Bee, Mike Kalny
Recording Secretary – Sharon Short
Corresponding Secretary – Susan Zvacek
Treasurer – Jana Rooney
Historian – Gene Simon
Board Emeritus – Joyce Cox, Linda Vlasak, Jirina LaVine

Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic – Sharon K. Valasek
Honorary Consul of the Slovak Repulic – Ross P. Marine

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Mark your calendars for our club’s annual meeting on Sunday,
March 28. It will once again be a potluck and we ask that members
and guests bring food based on the guidelines mentioned below.
The club will provide the setups and drinks. Entertainment will be
provided by Freida Kossyk and her daughter Irene Thompson. They
will be giving a demonstration on the old custom of egg decorating.
Their work is quite impressive. An assortment of the decorated eggs will
be available for purchase. We will also have our election of officers as
listed on page 8. Please mail your ballot to the address on the newsletter
or bring it to the meeting.

Annual Club Meeting
Sunday March 28, 2010 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Agenda
2:00 Social time
2:30 Meal
3:15 Meeting
3:30 Demonstration of Egg Decorating
4:30 Cleanup

Location
Southminster Presbyterian Church
6306 Roe Avenue
Shawnee Mission, KS 66208
913-432-3505

Potluck
A –J = salad/vegetable
K – R = dessert/appetizer
S – Z = meat/main dish
The club will provide soft drinks, plates, and other utensils.

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St. Mikulas 2009

Come and celebrate thus traditional Czechoslovakian holiday.  This is a special event that focuses on the children, who are especially welcome, as well as all those interested in Czech and Slovak culture, customs and history.

When:  Sunday, December 6
Time:  2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Location:  Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS  66202

Phone:  913-722-8200

Program:

2:00 – 2:30

Gather and musical entertainment

2:30 – 3:15

Potluck Meal – We ask that each family bring a dish as follows:

Last Name A through J- appetizer/dessert

K through R – main dish

S through Z – vegetable/salad

The club will provide soft drinks, plates, and other utensils

3:15 – 4:00

Visit from St. Mikulas, children’s gifts, and other activities –

(Please bring a wrapped gift for each of your children with his or her name on it-maximum value of $10)

Kids, can you sing a song, read a poem, tell a story, do a trick?  Then share your talents with St. Mikulas on this celebration day.

Please RSVP to Terry Smitka at 816-217-9487 or tsmitka@yahoo.com by December 3, 2009.  Please provide number of adults & children who will be attending.  There is no charge to attend.

We hope you can join us for this fun-filled afternoon.  If icy or snowy conditions exist during the morning of December 6, please contact Terry Smitka before departing in case we need to cancel the event.  We do not want anyone injured while driving or walking up to the program.

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Fri, 12/4/2009 8:00 PM
Visitation Church   (5141 Main Street, Kansas City, Mo.)
Steven Jarvi, Bruno Walter associate conductor chair

SUK Meditation on the Chorale “Saint Wenceslas”
ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings

Christmas in the Czech Republic is contagious and steeped in tradition, from cookies and cakes to caroling and Christmas trees. Our Chamber Players have captured this Old World enchantment in an intimate holiday program featuring “Saint Wenceslas,” arranged by Dvorák’s pupil Josef Suk. Anton Arensky’s tribute to Tchaikovsky, and Tchaikovsky’s own Serenade for Strings, provide a warm soundtrack for your own Christmas celebrations.

You can buy tickets here: http://www.kcsymphony.org

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Saturday, December 5  from 5:30 PM to 10 PM

Holy Family Club – Mejak Hall, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, KS

Contact JoAnn Lipovac at 913-299-2792 for more information

Don Lipovac Orchestra Booster Club- 30th Annual Christmas Party

$25 per person includes a Sarma and Chicken dinner

Please send payment  to Treasurer Dolores Ruffolo, 12201 Cherokee St., Leawood, KS  66209 along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

The legendary Don Lipovac Orchestra will be joined by several members from the Sugar Creek Tamburitzans.  This will be a great opportunity to hear some of the best musicians in the area playing traditional Slovenian, Croatian, Czech and Slovak influenced music.

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