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Michael J. Horvath From the desk of the Supreme Secretary
by Scott T. Pogorelec, F.I.C.
FLAG DAY

Greetings from the Home Office! I hope that all our members are starting to get outside to enjoy the warmer temperatures. As we concluded Memorial Day Weekend, this time of year gives us the opportunity to remember and be thankful for all those who have sacrificed for us.

On May 27th, we celebrated Memorial Day. It is a day in which we recognize all the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As Slovak Catholic Sokol members, we appreciate and remember those who have paid that sacrifice. I urge all our members to pay your respects to our current soldiers and veterans alike. A simple “thank you” can go a long way.

On Friday, June 14th, we at the Home Office celebrate an important day. It is a day that has become an annual tradition here. June 14th is “Flag Day” in the United States of America. Flag Day is important because we honor the American flag on the day of the first Flag Resolution, June 14, 1777. The Maritime Committee of the Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution- “Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

Please take the time out of your day to honor our flag. Our veterans fought for this flag and all it represents. We should honor them by showing our respect.

Along with our Supreme President, Larry M. Glugosh, I had the pleasure of attending our 78th International Bowling Tournament held in Pittsburgh, PA on May 17th and 18th. A huge thank you to our Director of Sports and Athletics, Kathleen S. Watkins, and her entire team on a job well-done. It was wonderful to see so many old faces, as well as meeting a handful of new faces. Congratulations to all our winners! I am proud to learn that the event also helped raise over $1,100 to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Great job to all involved!

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Robert Macko of S-167, Barberton, OH on receiving the Frank S. Petruff Memorial Sports Award. Brother Bob is certainly deserving of this tribute as he has been a loyal attendee for many years at our sporting events. Congratulations again and all the best to you, Brother Bob!

In this issue we are fortunate to see the smiling faces of our 2024 Scholarship Recipients. On behalf of our Organization and our Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate all our winners. We hope that you continue to make us all proud and continue to be wonderful ambassadors of the Slovak Catholic Sokol.

Finally, I would like to wish all our Sokol Dads a Happy Father’s Day, which we will celebrate on June 16th! Happy Father’s Day Dad! May God bless you all!

Stay safe, stay strong, and STAY POSITIVE! ZDAR BOH!

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