Thirty-fourth Annual Dinner Meeting

 Sunday, May 7, 2017

The successful Annual Dinner Meeting held at Genetti Best Western was attended by 33 members and guests. The following members were elected to a serve a 3-year term on the Board of Directors: Magdalen Benish, Jackson Hendershot, Dorothy Sullivan, Bernadette Yencha, and William Zdancewicz. Board Chairman Elaine Palischak presided over the meeting. The Board and Society's members reviewed the annual report and discussed different activities. Everyone had an enjoyable time.

One of Slovak Heritage Society's long-time and hard-working members was honored. Helen Savinski has been a member since the Society was formed in 1983.

Helen and her husband, Francis, were part of the choir that made our first recording. The choir made several recordings and sang at many religious ceremonies and masses.

She was also part of the folk group who performed everywhere. On the streets of Danville (Sisters' Villa), on the stage in a New York City hotel, at the New Jersey Festival, at many folk fairs, the Wilkes-Barre court house for Christmas and many other places.

Helen became a member of the Board of Directors in 1992 (23 years ago) and remained on the board until her retirement in 2016. She was Chairman of the Board for 3 years. Helen began teaching the Slovak classes in 1992 and continued until the classes were cancelled in 2015. She was a great help in translating messages and letters the Society got via e-mail and when something had to be written in Slovak for the web page or Society flyers. One of her biggest achievements was the editing of the Society’s published book, Slovak Folk Custom and Traditions. For one year, Helen hosted in her home Zuska Danisova, a student from Slovakia who attended Wilkes College.

Helen helped to set up and explain many of the traveling exhibits of Slovak artifacts that the Society presented. She helped at Eckley Miners Village’s Patch Town Days, at the Ethnic Festivals, and with the Society’s cooking classes. At the cooking classes she prepared and shared her recipes for Vianoce Medovnicky, Krepla, Pagach, Kolac, and winter vegetable soup. Another task that Helen always handled was preparing the coffee after many of our presentations.

Helen, we thank you! We greatly appreciate your help, service, and wonderful ideas; we will miss you. We wish you all of God Blessings and Good Health.

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