The C-RS Connection is a monthly e-newsletter providing information about upcoming events, membership announcements, new member introductions, volunteer profiles and more! 

C-RS Connection 

June 2020



Dear Friends, 

This has been a volatile last several months, testing the principles of the nation and rippling down through every one of us by way of sickness, uncertainty, hardship, loss, death, injustice, violence and strongly opposed political camps.  As we gradually return to normalcy, we must be aware of how these issues may be addressed in the polarized environment in which we find ourselves.  In this matter, I especially like to quote American author William Saroyan:

The counterweight to that is what we can do to show better sides to human expression and striving. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself.

Since this is America, and since we always learn from our experiences and incline towards the positive, I’m happy to announce that we are planning a series of remote presentations that will be sure to appeal to your tastes.  In cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh, we will be offering a series of Zoom presentations on Rusyn culture. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and get answers.  Also planned is the Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center’s Summer Seminar Series presented by the John and Helen Timo Foundation.  So please stay tuned.

On a cheerful note, let us wish a Happy Fathers’ Day to all our C-RS fathers. 

Take care,

Maryann Sivak, C-RS National President


Welcome to our newest C-RS members. The following list of names reflects new members who have joined (or have been reinstated) since May 15, 2020. Please review the list - you just might find someone you know. 

  • William Bache - Ixelles, Brussels BELGIUM
  • Anthony Bates – Mantua, OH
  • Bennett Burke - Seattle, WA
  • Dennis Chekan - Huntingtown, MD
  • Karen Davis - Warren, PA
  • Robert Eberly Jr - Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Paul Feyka - Indianapolis, IN
  • James Gajewski - Portland, OR
  • Aaron Hinkley – Houston, TX
  • Phillip Hlohinec - Morgantown, WV
  • Paul Kostiak - Scranton, PA
  • Charles LaBoda - Knoxville, TN
  • Irene Macinski Allen - Walnut Creek, CA
  • Janet Mancini - Huntsville, AL
  • Marceia Michalkova – Pittsburgh, PA
  • John P Nemeth - Sykesville, PA
  • Theodore Pawcio - Chattanooga, TN
  • Anne Pidcock - Baltimore, MD
  • Eric Schrock - Bedford, VA
  • Kathy Sekerak - Middleburg Hts, OH
  • Brad Spontak - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mark Tarby - Farmingdale, NJ
  • Anne Wright - Falls Church, VA

Again, we welcome these new members and look forward to a lasting relationship.  We hope they become involved by bringing their talents and skills to the C-RS.


The Anna Donson Memorial Scholarship will be offered once again in 2020 to an outstanding Rusyn student or any student enrolled in a Carpatho-Rusyn School, or who is a member of a Carpatho-Rusyn family, organization, society, or club that advances the Carpatho-Rusyn culture.

The aim of the scholarship is to assist students who themselves are members of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, or who would advance the Carpatho-Rusyn culture, language, or tenets of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. The purpose of this $1000.00 scholarship is to recognize and provide financial assistance to an outstanding student enrolled in a higher education program (2 or 4-year duration or graduate program) or any accredited institution that offers certified academic, professional, technical, or vocational training.

The scholarship wishes to encourage and highlight the excellent contributions that our Rusyn people are making to their communities and beyond. The scholarship also intends to accelerate the advancement of our young Carpatho Rusyn population, expanding the development of our C-R citizens within their community and state through higher education, advanced learning, and professional academic or vocational work.

For more information, visit The deadline for applications is June 30, 2020.


To provide more visibility, a link to the online prospective member referral form as been added to the “Join us” page of the C-RS website. Hopefully, this addition will make it easier and more encouraging for our current members to submit referrals.

When accessing the “Join us” page the referral link is to the right of title BECOME A MEMBER and above the title WAYS TO JOIN OUR MEMBERSHIP.

Clicking on the link will take you to the online referral form.


June 12th was designated “National Rusyn Day” in Slovakia.  For this occasion, the President of Slovakia, Zuzana Čaputová, made an official announcement, here translated by our past President James Kaminsky.

Today, our Rusyns are celebrating a holiday. Let me wish you dignified celebrations of Rusyn culture, language and history, despite the limitations this year has brought. Be proud of your identity, culture and language! I know that the preservation and development of the linguistic and cultural identity of the Rusyns is difficult as you have the largest representation in the northeastern part of Slovakia, often in the least economically developed regions. The consequence of these inequalities is also labor migration and the associated depopulation of municipalities. This problem is usually an economic problem, but in the case of Rusyns it is also a nationality [ethnic] problem. The forced departure of young people also weakens the ties through which the community maintains its cultural and linguistic heritage. We need to try to redress the economic differences between the regions for this nationality dimension as well. So that even small villages, in which our fellow citizens retain their language, customs, traditions and culture, can live on and so that we can pass on our common cultural wealth to future generations.


Saturday, July 17, Eastlake, OH

Tour Croatian Museum - Lunch at Dubrovnik Garden Restaurant

34900 Lakeshore Blvd

Eastlake, OH 44095

Tour the museum from 11:00 - 12:00.  Lunch to follow.  This event is designed to be a social outing that you may find of interest visually and gastronomically. Many of the items found in the museum would have been in our ancestors' homes. It will also give us an opportunity to learn about their ethnic neighbors. Take a step back in time and also meet other Carpatho-Rusyn Society members.


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The Carpatho-Rusyn Society (C-RS) is a national 501(C)(3) organization founded in Pittsburgh, PA in 1994. As stated in our mission statement, the C-RS is dedicated to manifesting Carpatho-Rusyn culture in the United States and supporting Rusyn culture in the homeland in east central Europe. Information about joining C-RS and a membership application may be obtained on the C-RS membership website at