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Michael J. Horvath

Message from our Supreme President

by Michael J. Horvath

Our 2020 Lenten journey is almost completed. During the past 40 days of Lent we reflected on our lives, what we can do to help others and how to improve our lives, both spiritually and physically. The completion of our Lenten journey ends on the most Holiest of days, Easter Sunday, “Vel’konocná nedel’a”. Happy Easter, “Št’astnú Vel’ku Noc”, greetings to all our Slovak Catholic Sokol members and friends from the Slovak Catholic Sokol Supreme Assembly, myself and my family. I hope your Lenten journey helped you find your new you.

The joys of preparing for Easter Sunday, although very hectic, are special to us Slovaks because of our culture and heritage. Preparing our Easter foods and getting our Easter Baskets blessed for our Easter morning breakfast or dinner, are our special customs. And, I hope they will continue to live on.

However, it is the Holy Week services that are the customs that rise above the all rest, from Holy Thursday, through Good Friday, then Holy Saturday and finally Easter that are most important.

How you prepare and celebrate Easter depends on your individual Slovak customs. Let us remember Christ’s resurrection is the real reason for Easter and our eternal salvation. “Pan Ježiš Kristus vstal z mrtvych, Radujme sa”! Christ is risen, Let us rejoice and be glad!

The Board of Directors of the Slovak Catholic Sokol held its 1st 2020 Quarterly meeting on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21 via conference call. This was the first time maybe in the history of the Society that March’s meeting, often referred to as the annual meeting, was held via a conference call instead of the normal in person face-to face meeting.

Plans were in place for the normal in person meeting until it become clear a change had to be made on how the meeting would be held. Your Supreme Secretary, Scott T. Pogorelec, F.I.C. and I decided in mid-February to change the format of the March meeting because we saw there was a problem, the Coronavirus outbreak was on the horizon and that it would only get worse. We made the decision to hold the meeting via a conference call because we did not want to put any Board member in harms-way or contribute to the virus’ spread.

I am glad to report, the Board of Directors had a successful conference call meeting and all business that had to be conduct was completed in the time allotted for the meeting. The various committees will continue their discussions and report back to the Board their findings and recommendation via e-mail and other conference calls. Then at the 2nd Quarterly meeting scheduled for June 2020 the reports will be discuss and approved.

Earth Day 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of this special day and will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The purpose of Earth Day is for us to recognize how important the environment and the earth are in our daily lives and that both need help for our better tomorrow. Find an Earth Day project in your area to help improve the environment and mother earth.

We are very fortunate to be living in the United States of America where we have almost the best of everything. In some ways our struggles are minor as compared to citizens in other countries; this might have made us complacent because of the work that is done by others everyday behind the scenes.

The belief that nothing will happen to us has now been proven wrong. The outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, has shown us we are part of the global world and economy and that something we cannot see can cause havoc, sickness and death.

This protein molecule, that is called, the virus, and that can only live in a living cell to replicate, has so much power to bring us down is very scary. We now are experiencing what other generations in the past has faced; the 1918 Influenza. The difference is, we have modern technology and communications on our side, where in the past information was very slow to be disseminated and in some cases stopped from being printed. This gives us an upper hand in stopping the spread of the virus.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, you have heard what to do, wash your hands, stay in place, apply social distancing protocols, help others in need and do not panic. These are easy things to do but at the same time hard to do because of our current life styles. Without doing our best, where best is the least of what we can do, the COVID-19 will be around longer, infecting more and claiming more lives. So let us do better than our best.

In times like a pandemic we need more prayers to help us through the outbreak and hopefully when it is all over there will be more of us praying and are very thankful it being over.

What we are seeing is that for any future situation that can be recognized and could happen there needs to be contingency planning done and in place. This contingency planning is done to protect those that may be affected by the problem/situation and each problem/situation is different. The Slovak Catholic Sokol should be part of yours and your family’s contingency planning. The Sokol provides the necessary financial security your family needs via our life insurance products. It also has an income stream or wealth growth plan via its annuity products. If you recognize you do not have a contingency plan in place or one that needs updating, contact our Director of Sales, Albert J. Suess, Jr., F.I.C. or Home Office for assistance to help you with your contingency planning to minimize or mitigate the future problems that you now see.

Remember, wash your hands, stay in place, observe the social distancing protocols, do not panic and be safe!

With God’s Blessings and Love to All!
Zdar Boh!

 

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