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Michael J. Horvath

Message from our Supreme President

by Michael J. Horvath

This being the first article of the New Year I would like to wish all members and friends a Happy New Year, 2020, and hope all of you had a wonderful 2019 Christmas and holiday.

This year our Christmas was a little different than the many Christmas' of the past. My family held our traditional Christmas Eve dinner as it was always done, with the Christmas Eve prayer and toast, then the breaking and sharing of the oplatky, servings of fish, potatoes, peas, pirohy, pagach, stewed fruits and to finish the meal the mushroom soup. Then on Christmas Day the family came to visit from the afternoon to the evening to share the special day, to watch the children open their Christmas gifts, receive their crazy uncle Mike gift and to see our new and untraditional Christmas tree. No fresh- cut this year!

Yes, an artificial Christmas tree! This was done out of necessity since we were leaving on Saturday, December 28 to visit my wife's sister and her family in Fort Worth, Texas for New Years and to attend the "2020 Winter Classic" the ice hockey game on New Year's Day at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The home team, the Dallas Stars, won so everyone was happy. Since we were going to be gone for a week the need to assure the tree had enough water everyday was our concern, so an artificial tree made sense just for this year. For all of you who think I made the most Grinchious sin, I ask for your forgiveness. For the artificial believers, I did not go over to the plastic side, yet. As of today, the tree is still up and not a single artificial plastic needle has fallen. What a pleasant feeling!

2020, a new decade has begun and everyone who has the ability of using their crystal ball, read cards, tea leaves or any future fortune telling abilities what are you seeing or predicting before it happens. Yes we know the obvious and the general predictions, but what we really need to know are the unusual who's, what's, when's and where's.

As we all know, 2020 is the standard for perfect eyesight and most of us need help achieving a 2020 vision. So here is what I see, 2020 means opportunities for everyone who has a positive attitude, is focused on seeing the opportunities and making them happen and realizing the good the opportunities will bring to all. Now you are asking, how will this happen?

Our Society has entered its 115th year of existence and of providing financial security and fraternal activities on a national and local level to its members. How many businesses do you know that are 115 years old? I am sure not many! This makes the Slovak Catholic Sokol special and part of a unique group of companies in today's business world, especially fraternal insurance.

The positive attitude is the Society is 115 years old, and continuing on our past performance the Society will see its 116 anniversary and beyond. The Society's Board of Directors and Executives are focused on doing all they can to see that the Society remains profitable and grows. The Slovak Catholic Sokol is committed on seeing all of its fraternal activities are better than the best and is ready to add new fraternal activities for members to participate in and enjoy Sokol fraternalism.

This 2020 future is attainable and requires all to get involved. However, there is, "The top down or grass roots" conundrum here. Where does growth, profitability, fraternal activities, member's involvement, etc. all begin but not end and who is responsible for all of this. I like to see this as everyone is responsible. All this can be summed up this way; for grass to grow it needs sunshine and rain from the top and the proper nutrients to feed the grass roots. If there are not the proper nutrients for the roots all the rain and sunshine will not make the grass grow.

So from the top, The Society and Supreme offices will supply the sunshine and rain for the grass to the Assemblies, Wreaths and members to grow; from the bottom the Assemblies, Wreaths and members have to grow the membership base allowing younger members to become involved and take leadership roles to give the grass the nutrients needed for strong and healthy growth while using the sunshine and rain from the top. Then when it is harvest time all will benefit.

I just returned from the Supreme Physical Fitness Board (SPFB) meeting which was held January 17-19, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA. Your SPFB which has decades of service to the Society and its members met to prepare for the fraternal activities that will take place in 2020; the 74th International Bowling Tournament, May 15-16, 2020 in Cleveland, OH, the International Clinic, July 2020 at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA and the 65th International Golf Tournament, August 14-16, 2020 in Beaver, PA.

In addition to these events for 2020 the SPFB is also working on venue sites for our fraternal activities in 2021 and 2022. However, most of their organizational skills in 2020 will be focused on the 50th International Slet which will be held July 2021 at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. The SPFB will use all of their creative talents to stage a spectacular 50th International Slet that all remember for the next 50 years. The SPFB's 2020 crystal ball sees over 200 members participating in the 50th Slet and hundreds of members in the stands to witness a mass drill made up of the 2021 Slet participants and Slet participants of past Slets. Mark your calendars today to attend the 50th Slet in July 2021 in Kutztown, PA.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. Also may all have a wonderful Mardi Gras Day celebration and a reverent Ash Wednesday as all of us begin the forty days of Lent.

I will close with, help make 2020 the year that is vision clear, you belong to a great Society and you can make it even better by signing up new members, participating in fraternal events and getting involved in your Assembly or Wreath and Group.

With God's Blessings to All!
Zdar Boh!

 

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