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Michael J. Horvath

Message from our Supreme President

by Michael J. Horvath

First, a very big Thank You, Vel’ké D’akujem, to all of the first responders who are working every day to help keep some normalcy to our lives by doing what they do to serve and protect us during these past months and days to come as they defend us from the Covid-19 virus pandemic. Your selfless and humble dedication is not going unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank you for the lives you mend and save and for the work we do not know you do or how you do it.

Welcome to the beginning of summer 2020! It is not the beginning of a summer we are normally used too and the summer of 2020 will not be like the summers of the past. Albeit with the days getting longer, the sun shining brighter and the temperature rising, our mind and body tell us we should be outside, attending church, First Communions, graduations, weddings, taking trips we have planned, preparing for our vacations and other social events. Instead we have to adjust our lives to deal with the Covid-19 virus pandemic by cancelling, delaying, postponing these events to do what we can to mitigate the chance of becoming infected or infect others. This is not to say, we cannot socialize, it means we have to be smart about how we do socialize to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. We have seen how to do social distancing activities with the birthday, graduation and wedding parades and other unique gatherings that bring joy and happiness on everyone’s faces. So as the summer of 2020 continues, be smart, be safe, and do what is right to protect yourself and others, but most of all have as much fun in the sun as you possibly can.

Your Society continues to operate under the constraints that currently exist in the business world. On the business side the Society is seeing new business come in daily and all sides of the business is being processed on time thanks to our Supreme Secretary, Scott T. Pogorelec, F.I.C., and the Home Office employees. Your excellent work shows your dedication to serving the Society and its members. You make all of us proud of what you do for us every day.

On the fraternal side, it was a big disappointment to have to cancel the 74th International Bowling Tournament two weeks ago. The Society acted on the best interests of all who would have attended but the closing of enclosed places of gatherings helped make decision easier. If there is a way to make up the tournament we certainly will think of a way.

The 65th International Golf Tournament, scheduled to be held at Seven Oaks and Black Hawk golf courses in Beaver Falls, PA on August 14-16, 2020 is still a go at this time. Since golf courses have reopened under new safety protocols the golf courses will guide us through how the tournament can be held for all participants’ enjoyment and safety.

The Supreme Physical Fitness Board held Zoom meetings to discuss how to hold the Clinic, “Kruz”, this summer. They will be in communication with the Group Directors and Directresses to inform them on their Clinic plans.

The Scholarship Committee met via a Zoom conference call on Saturday, May 19, 2020 to select the Slovak Catholic Sokol and the other specific named scholarship recipients. Congratulations to all who received a scholarship this year. May your education goals be reached with the financial aid these Slovak Catholic Sokol scholarships provide you.

The Slovak Catholic Sokol is looking for its 2020 Fraternalist of the Year, FOTY. I encourage all Groups, Assemblies, Wreaths, and Yes members, to submit the name of a member who meets the Fraternalist of the Year criteria via an application to the Home Offi ce. Let us know who is a potential SCS FOTY.

I extend Happy Father’s Day greetings to all our members who are blessed to have this title. I hope you are treated royally during the perfect weather day. No matter what you are doing on this Father’s Day let it be the best. Let us also remember the Fathers who are no longer with us, may our memories of them bring pleasant thoughts and smiles to our faces.

For all who have not looked at the new CSO rates, now is the time to do so. The rates offer existing and new to be members an easier way to increase your life insurance coverage or obtain new insurance. Also, the Slovak Catholic Sokol annuity rates are some of the best being offered at this time. Take a moment and call the Home office or our Director of Sales for information and advice.

We are living in unusual times, no one knows the future, so we must not give up or stop living, we all have to do our best to help and protect each other in a civil and humanitarian way until our lives come back in the post Covid-19 normal.

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

 

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