Annual Meeting 2016

Annual Club Meeting on April 3rd

Please mark the date for our club’s annual meeting on Sunday, April 3, 2016. The meeting will take place beginning at 2 PM at the Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission, Kansas. It will be potluck and we ask that members and guests bring food based on the guidelines mentioned below. The business part of our meeting will include the current financial status of the club, upcoming programs, and the election of officers. You can mail your ballot to the address on the newsletter or bring it to the meeting.

Our program this year should be valuable to anyone interested in researching their family history. Member Iveta Blahut is a genealogy specialist with the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, MO. She will make a presentation that should be of great help to both beginners and accomplished researchers on uncovering details about your ancestors and family history. The Midwest Genealogy Center has many sources of information available, and Iveta will be happy to introduce you to those sources that would be of most interest to those of us with a Czech or Slovak background. Her program will take about 20-30 minutes and she will be available for individual assistance as well after that.

For the children, there will also be a table for egg decorating.

Please RSVP to Terry Smitka if you are planning to attend the meeting. Terry can be contacted at tsmitka@rwbaird.com or 816 217-9487.

Club Meeting:
Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 2:00 PM-4:30PM
2:00 – social
2:15 – meal
3:00 – meeting
3:15 – Program on Czech and Slovak Genealogy
4:15 – cleanup

Sylvester Powell Community Center
6200 Martway Street
Mission, KS 66202

A – F = salad/vegetable
G – L = dessert/appetizer
M – Z = meat/main dish


In order to promote and enhance the appreciation of Czech and Slovak culture and heritage, the Czech & Slovak Club of Kansas City has established two annual scholarship awards in the amount of $250 and $500, to be granted based on academic promise and evidence of cultural awareness and appreciation. Please click on a file format below to view the eligibility criteria and instructions for interested applicants:

Club News

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The 2016 Diplomatic Ball

The Czech and Slovak Commissioners for the Ethnic Enrichment Commission are proud to announce that the Czech and Slovak Republics will be co-hosting the 2016 Diplomatic Ball along with France, Germany, Greece and Spain. The last time our club hosted the Ball was in 2007.

Each country will feature an ethnic food on the menu and provide cultural entertainment peculiar to their unique European heritage. A ten piece band – Platinum Express – will provide ballroom dancing. Please consider joining your fellow club members for an evening of great food and entertainment. The price is $70 per person.

Join the “European Odyssey” on March 19, 2016 at 6 pm at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

For more information and to purchase tickets please contact: Jana Magnuson – 816-519-1437 or Mike Kalny – 913-962-2145 by March 12th.

-Terry Smitka

St. Mikuláš

Come and celebrate the tradition of St. Mikulaš with delicious food, music, and culture. This event is always fun for the children who will receive a traditional gift package from the club as well as a visit from St. Mikulaš himself. Non-members are always welcome as we observe this annual Czech and Slovak event.

We also ask that each parent bring a small wrapped gift for each of their children with name attached.

When: Sunday, December 6
Time: 2:00 PM until 4:30 PM
Location: Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202
Phone: 913-722-8200
Cost for members: Free
Cost for nonmembers: $10 per family. This can be applied towards a 2016 membership.
Entertainment: To be determined

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 L- meat/main dish,

M through R – vegetable/salad,

S through Z – dessert/appetizer

3:15 – 4:30  Visit from St. Mikulaš, children’s gifts, and other activities

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

Kids, can you sing a song, read a poem, tell a story, do a trick? Then share your talents with St. Mikulaš on a voluntary basis.

Please RSVP to Terry Smitka at 816-217-9487 or tsmitka@rwbaird.com by December 4, 2015. Please provide number of adults & children who will be attending so we can make proper preparations.

We hope you can join us for this fun 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.

St. Mikulaš Tradition

    In the Czech and Slovak Republics, the excitement of St. Mikulaš Day begins early. Children practice their poems or songs in anticipation of this occasion. They tend to act extra nice to their siblings or help out their parents more in hopes that they may make up for all the times they have been naughty.

As tradition goes, on December 5th, the eve of St. Milulaš Day, cherub children’s faces, wide-eyed in anticipation, glance out their window waiting. Then they hear the knock and squeal with excitement. St. Milulaš takes out his book about the children reciting what they have done good or bad, as the children anxiously peer from angel to devil.

St. Mikulaš asks the children to sing a song or recite a poem that they have been practicing for this event. By doing so, St. Mikulaš rewards them with sweets, candy, or other treats that are handed out by the angel. Meanwhile, the devil may try to frighten the children, especially if they have not been good this year, and then threaten to take them in his sack to hell. Some children stand scared or cry(while others laugh at the devil‘s antics), but the angel always rescues the children from the grasp of the devil. If the children were good, they would receive a stocking full of fruits, nuts, sweets, and other goodies. If the children were bad, they would receive coal or potatoes in their stocking usually along with a couple of goodies.

Filip Pogady Concert

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Upcoming Events

Dear Club Member,

Our club has several noteworthy events coming up over the next couple of months. Please add to your calendar and we really hope you can attend.

Friday, September 11 – Everyone should have received an email about the visit of Czech Ambassador Gandalovic and Slovak Ambassador Kmec. To make it possible for members to meet the ambassadors, the club will be sponsoring a reception beginning at 5:30 PM at Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City. Appetizers and drinks will be provided and there is no cost. The reception will be followed by a violin concert beginning at 7 PM by renowned Slovak violinist Filip Pogady. Visits by the ambassadors are very infrequent so we highly encourage you to attend and get a firsthand update on what is happening in the Republics. Please let us know if you are coming by responding to this email or the evite invitation you received earlier. Pogady concert tickets are $10/person and can be purchased at the door or online. Guests are welcome.
Saturday, September 26 – Bring your lawn chairs, side dish, and adult beverages to the Czech and Slovak Club annual picnic. Join with fellow club members and guests as we enjoy an afternoon/evening of good food, drinks, music, and our common culture. Hope to see you there!

Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 3 PM until 6 PM.
Location: English Landing Park in Parkville, MO
West Shelter House
Club will provide grilled meat/utensils/soft drinks
Please bring a side dish to share
The park allows alcohol!
Please contact Terry Smitka if you are planning to attend as we
need to know how much meat to order!
816-217-9487 or tsmitka@rwbaird.com

Children and guests are welcome!

Sunday, December 6 – Our annual St. Mikulas celebration will take place at the Sylvester Powell Community center from 2 PM until 4:30 PM. Please add this date to your calendar. A reminder will be sent out prior to the event.