Euclid Memorial Day Parade

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This is a picture you don’t see every day. Sisters Linda Holle and Ruth Feild nee Poropat pose in front of Euclid’s M103 Heavy Tank.  The proud Slovenian sisters accompanied the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame float at the 2018 City of Euclid Memorial Day Parade. Many in the Slovenian community may remember the sister’s parents Stan and Marge Poropat. Stan and Marge were the proprietors of Petrick’s Tavern in Euclid, Ohio until 1984.

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Slovenska Pristava a documentary film

You are kindly invited to the US premiere of
Slovenska Pristava

A documentary film by Studio Siposh
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the St. Mary Parish in Cleveland

The film starts at 12:00pm (noon) followed by a conversation with the Director David Sipoš about making the film

The film screening was co-sponsored by the Embassy of Slovenia, Washington DC

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The exhibit of the history of Easter Eggs from Bela krajina created by the Museum of Bela krajina, Metlika

The people from Bela krajina started to prepare for the Easter already in the winter time. For the intricate work of traditional painting of the eggs, they needed beeswax, a sharp tool, a candle, red and black coloring and a lot of patience. The eggs were mainly decorated by women, who gave the special Easter Egg to the men they liked. Later they gave the eggs to their godfathers and friends and this tradition continues to date.

The exhibition will open to public on April 19, 2018 at 7pm at the Slovenian Museum and Archives, 6407 Saint Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103. Refreshments will be served.

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The exhibit was made possible with the cooperation of:
- Museum of Bela krajina, Metlika, Slovenia
- Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington DC
- Consulate General of Republic of Slovenia in Cleveland
- Center for Slovenian Studies, and Slovenian Museum and Archives, Cleveland
- Bela krajina Club, Cleveland

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Super Button Box Bash

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Slovenian Consul General Andrej Rode and Mrs. Monika Rode enjoying the festivities at the 36th annual Super Button Box Bash on Sunday, April 8, 2018. The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame once again teamed up with the Slovenian Society Home on Recher Avenue in Euclid, Ohio, to host Cleveland’s biggest squeezebox event with over fifty musicains and performers on stage.

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Slovenian Cultural Center April 2018

KresNext week, April 15 – Don’t Miss! Sunday Dance Performance at 1:00 pm

Kres Dancers from Cleveland and our own Slovenska Mladinska Skupina of the SCC (SMS/SCC) will provide a short program of dances at 1:00 pm after Sunday dinner.

MladinskaCome enjoy some beautiful dancing and encourage our young folks in this rich Slovenian folk tradition!

Don’t forget!! April 29 – Member Appreciation Dinner
The ANNUAL MEETING of the Slovenian Cultural Center will be held on Sunday, April 29,

Have you made your reservations?
Have you renewed your membership? 2018 after the Membership Appreciation Dinner. Members of the Board of Directors and their committees will be providing reports summarizing the past year at the Center. During the meeting, we will also be electing the Board for the upcoming year. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join us for the meeting. We are always looking for new faces and new ideas on our SCC board. Anyone that is interested in joining the board should contact the Center or an existing Board member.
Your bakery donations are greatly appreciated!
Did you forget your reservations?
Did you remind Mom, Dad, Teta and Stric?
It’s not too late….YET! Spaces still available!
CALL TODAY 630-243-0670 or send email to secretary@slovenian-center.org

 

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Cleveland Kurentovanje

Cleveland Kurentovanje (koo-rahn-toh-VAHN-yay), a Slovenian-infused Mardi Gras festival, is a carnival event that has been celebrated in Slovenia for the past 50 years, connecting culture, arts, and people from all over Europe. Cleveland Kurentovanje is filled with costumes, a parade, ethnic food and drink, free musical and cultural performances, and authentic Kurents. The central figure of the carnival, the Kurent, is believed to chase away winter and usher in spring with its supernatural powers. Since it’s conception in 2013, Cleveland Kurentovanje has been held in the historical Slovenian immigrant neighborhood of St. Clair-Superior and has seen exponential growth with thousands in attendance each year. For 2018, Cleveland Kurentovanje presents four days of cultural and celebratory events:

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Slovenian Artistsan New York – January 2018

Eva Petric in conversation with David Cohen   on Saturday, January 27 at 3.30pm, Galerie Mourlot, 16 East 79 St., Suite 21, New York (between Madison and 5th Ave.You are cordially invited to join a discussion with David Cohen, publisher and editor of Art Critical and Slovenian multimedia artist Eva Petric who resides and works between New York, Vienna and Ljubljana about her work An Echo / A StainCS1 CS2

 

Concert by composer and saxophonist
IGOR  LUMPERT 
with his upcoming album release “ELEVEN” by Clean Feed Records  on Wednesday, January 31 at with sets at 8pm and 9:30pm at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York

“Igor absorbs the clatter and racket of the once (and maybe once again) Great City of New York. Fragmented words that you pass on the street or that seep into your ears in bars. He can make everyone in a room grow silent enough to hear his breath over the long notes of a ballad. He can veer and swerve outside the margins, leaving structure and melody in the dust and turning sound into emotion and making you feel like you’re being psychoanalyzed. That’s the thing about Igor: He’s always thinking. Always listening. Always playing. Always living. And always digging so deep that you think: I’m dead. Buried. Six feet underground. And then he digs you back out, and you see the light, and you’re glad to be among the living.”–Billy F

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Newsletter – Slovenian Consular Office in Chicago

Chicago Newsletter

 

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Tony Mravle Jr. Appointed as Chief Executive Officer at KSKJ

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On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to share a matter of importance regarding a change of leadership at KSKJ Life.

Following a successful 45-year career, of which seventeen were as CEO, Anthony T. Mravle has retired as CEO effective January 1, 2018. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tony Mravle Jr, Chief Information Officer, has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Rudy2One of the most important responsibilities of the Board is to ensure the stability and future viability of our organization. Along with strategic planning and risk management, the Board is responsible for managing the CEO and ensuring back-up and succession plans are in place.

Finding and retaining the right leaders is a difficult task for any organization. It is critical to identify the person that has the right combination of education, experience, skills, values, and organizational fit, not only for the present moment but for the future. It is also important to ensure that the collective leadership team has the necessary characteristics to support each other and successfully manage the array of serious responsibilities required for leading a fraternal life insurance organization.

We have experienced this challenge in our own organization. Tony Sr retired from the CEO position in the fall of 2012. Unfortunately, during the following year the Board felt it was necessary to ask him to return, and Tony Sr agreed to resume CEO duties.

Thankfully for KSKJ Life, it was during that period of transition that Tony Jr. was hired as VP of Fraternalism and Communications.

A life-long member, Tony Mravle Jr began working with us in 2004 as a consultant, supporting Julie Schneller with the creation of our Young Adult Leadership Conference, the first of which was held in Chicago in 2005. Since his hire as a full-time employee in 2012, Tony Jr has served on the home office executive committee and has played a key role in guiding KSKJ Life’s expansion of fraternal support and member benefits, technology innovation, branding and marketing development, and talent acquisition and growth. Tony Jr holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, the FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) designation, and the PHR (Professional, Human Resources) certification.

This transition and the new appointment are exciting milestones in the history of KSKJ Life.tony2

Tony Mravle Sr. originally joined KSKJ in 1972 as the Treasurer, and held several leadership positions before being appointed as CEO toward the end of 1999. During his time in that role, Tony Sr. led the society through a sustained period of significant development by executing key strategies for product expansion and asset growth. Among the highlights are KSKJ Life’s development of a strong independent agent distribution channel, expansion into new states, successful new releases of fixed annuities and final expense products. Since 2000, KSKJ Life has experienced incredible increases in membership growth and assets (from $50M to $500M).

In his new role, Tony Sr will continue to serve as Investment Manager, reporting directly to the Board of Directors, as he transitions these and other duties to the executive team. There is an excellent staff and strong leadership team in place at the home office that will continue in their roles, including Stuart Buchanan, Chief Operations Officer; Paul Kaiser, Director, Agent Sales; Kathy Lovati, Manager, Agent Sales; and Brian Sharp, VP Information Technology.

Tony Sr will leave a considerable legacy, and we’re grateful for his inspiring leadership over the years. We’ll look forward to working with he and Tony Jr to ensure KSKJ Life is positioned for continued success through a robust transition plan.

I want to thank the Board for their leadership, service, and dedication to KSKJ Life.

Fraternally,

Rudolph Krasovec Jr
Chair, KSKJ Life Board of Directors

 

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