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Scott T. Pogorelec

From the desk of the Supreme Secretary

THANK YOU

by Scott T. Pogorelec, F.I.C.

It is hard to believe that the Fall Season is upon us! It is always my favorite time of the year as the air gets a bit crisper and the beautiful colors begin to form. This time of the year also allows us the opportunity to not only look forward to the holiday season, but to look back at the wonderful times had over the summer months. The Slovak Catholic Sokol had a busy summer calendar filled with great memories and true fraternalism.

Our 49th International Slet was held at SUNY Brockport in Brockport, NY from July 17th-21st. Our Sokol youth from eight participating Groups displayed their fine athletic ability in the best traditions of the Sokol Movement. Congratulations to our Slet Flag winner, Group 4, Chicago, IL, and to our John J. Stofko Memorial Spirit Award winner, Group 1, Passaic, NJ! I would also like to thank our Supreme Physical Fitness Board, our Group Physical Fitness Staffs, and all who had a hand in making the 49th International Slet so successful and memorable. Great job!

Two weeks after our Slet, the elected delegates of the Slovak Catholic Sokol met in Cleveland, OH for our 33rd Quadrennial Convention. The Convention is the highest governing body in the life of a fraternal organization. I want to thank the 173 Delegates who took the time out of their busy schedules to participate and give back to the organization. Decisions that were made at this Convention will guide our organization in the coming four years and beyond. I would like to commend our Supreme President, Michael J. Horvath, who served as Chairperson of the Convention. It is not an easy job to navigate through the agenda, but Brother Mike did a wonderful job in being effi cient and keeping us on task. I would also like to recognize our Supreme Vice- President, Edward D. Moeller, for stepping in and assisting Brother Mike where necessary.

I would like to give a special thank you to Bishop Roger Gries, O.S.B., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Cleveland, who was the celebrant at our beautiful opening Mass at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Thank you to our Supreme Chaplain, Rev. Andrew S. Hvozdovic for all his efforts in organizing the beautiful liturgy, which testifies to the great faith in our organization.

In the coming issues, you will have the opportunity to read about the proceedings at our 33rd Quadrennial Convention. An important role of the Delegates is to elect members of the Supreme Assembly. On this page, you will find the newly elected Supreme Officers who will serve our organization for the next four years. I would like to thank our Delegates for their trust in me to serve as your Supreme Secretary and I extend warm fraternal wishes to all our newly elected and reelected Officers. Once again, thank you!

Congratulations to all our flight winners at the recent 64th International Golf Tournament held in Beaver, PA at the beautiful Seven Oaks Country Club. A wonderful time was had by all and the spirit of fraternalism shone brightly. Thank you to the Greek Catholic Union for their generous hospitality and for being truly gracious hosts. Thank you to our Director of Sports and Athletics, James C. Matlon, and his entire staff for their efforts to make this wonderful event a success. A big congratulations to our 2019 Frank S. Petruff Award winner, Mary Margaret Starr, from V-054, Youngstown, OH. Mary is a longtime attendee at our golf tournaments and truly deserving of this honor. Congratulations Mary!

Finally, I wish to congratulate Brother Clifford A. Moeller, Sr. on being selected as the 2019 Slovak Catholic Sokol Fraternalist of the Year. There is a beautiful writeup in this edition of the Falcon to learn more about Brother Cliff. As you will see, Cliff is certainly deserving of this tribute and we thank him for his many years of service and hard work in the best traditions of our fine organization. Thank you and congratulations Brother Cliff!

Until next time, enjoy the last few days of summer and may God Bless you all!

Zdar Boh!

 

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