Slovak Catholic Sokol - A tradition of providing sound financial protection and benefits to our members.


Scott T. Pogorelec

From the desk of the Supreme Secretary


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

Two weeks ago, we celebrated the 243rd anniversary of our nation’s birth and I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday with their friends and families. It is always important to look back and reflect on the history surrounding this special day. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress partook in a formal session to vote on the independence of our Nation. The rest of the day and the next were spent debating over the form and content of a declaration drafted by Thomas Jefferson. Not too different than when our Bylaw Committee presents at our Conventions! Several changes were made and the final document was adopted on July 4, 1776. As President of the Congress, John Hancock was the first to sign and on July 8th, the Declaration was first read publicly in Philadelphia. By August 2, 1776, some 50 members of Congress had signed the document and over the next several months, others followed suit. The Declaration of Independence is the most important document in our history and July 4th allows us the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the meaning of this special document and the men who created it.

July 4th is also a special day for the Slovak Catholic Sokol. It was on that day in 1905 that 46 young Slovak immigrants gathered in Passaic, NJ and decided to form a new organization celebrating Sokol traditions. Just as our American Forefathers had, hope had to permeate through those meetings. Since they wanted to be patriotic Americans and were grateful to the United States for the opportunity to begin a new life, they selected the Fourth of July in 1905, the 129th anniversary of American independence, to enable their dreams to become reality. In addition to our Sokol traditions of good sportsmanship and fraternalism, our organization also addressed the need to provide financial security to its members. This year’s Fourth of July, we celebrated the 114th anniversary of our organization’s founding. Many societies have been founded among various immigrant groups, but few have survived and prospered over the years. It is with great pride that we continue to promote the high ideals of fraternalism which inspired our organization’s founders 114 years ago. Generations of Sokol members have worked and promoted our great society and today we are financially sound and hope for your continued support.

As our sports season is underway, the youngsters of our organization are currently enjoying the 49th International SLET at beautiful SUNY Brockport in Brockport, NY. This event is our organization’s oldest and most revered sports gathering. I hope all our young people show the great sportsmanship that our founders promoted and I hope all of them have an enjoyable and exciting SLET experience!

Also, in two short weeks, our Delegates will be meeting in Cleveland, OH for our 33rd Quadrennial Convention. Preparations have been made and we are in the final stretch of planning a wonderful event for our Organization. Our delegates should have recently received a package of important Convention materials that I urge everyone to read and bring along with you to Cleveland. Please note that all Convention related materials are on our website,, under our Convention Menu.

Finally, I would like to take this time to announce that my wife, Maggie, and I were blessed on June 25th with our 2nd baby boy, Cole William Pogorelec! Mommy, Cole, and big brother Reid are all doing great! We thank everyone for all the heartfelt messages we have received!

Until next time, I hope all our members are enjoying a pleasant and relaxing summer and I hope to see many of you at our upcoming events. Have a wonderful July! Zdar Boh!


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